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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Pet rabbits and hounds

I have wanted a pet rabbit for as long as I can remember. I have two main barriers to this dream: I am severely allergic, and I own three beagles with a nasty habit of chasing the little furballs Anyone out there have both hunting dogs and pet rabbits? Been doing some research on how to care for pet rabbits because I really love them, but the last thing I want is to come home and find a dead pile of fur and three happy dogs. What do you guys think? Bad combo?

Just so you know, this isn't an impulsive Easter thing. I have always wanted one and would be doing research before deciding on ANYTHING! I think my wife is allergic too, so the chances of us actually being able to get a bunny are slim, but I'm thinking that if we build a hutch outside that will make it easier so that'd probably be the ticket for us.

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If the dogs are confined and the rabbit is confined, and they can not get to each other you should not have those problems, but I would worry about the allergies.
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Daughter and son-in-law had a pet rabbit and kept it in their house. When the bunny got to full maturity they found that it had an uncontrollable desire to gnaw on baseboards and quarter round.....
It also became very aggressive, bit and scratched them a lot.

Now, I ain't no expert but if I had this urge to have a pet rabbit I would not not have it in the house (hutch outside) and I would not have it alone (needs "companionship" if you get my drift).

Be prepared for what to do with little bunnies.

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Yeah I would probably have two or three rabbits, but they would be 'fixed' bunnies... no little bunnies unless I'm raising meat bunnies (something I also would like to do at some point... rabbit is by far my favorite meat.) The allergies are definitely the bigger barrier. My wife is being tested for bunny allergies, and if she isn't allergic I may just get them and not worry about it. Definitely thinking outside hutch and a rabbit run is the better way to go.
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Fixed bunnies - what will they think of next?

BTW, when I lived in Europe (40 + years ago) I saw European hares at street markets and sometimes in cages at restaurants where patrons could chose which one they wanted for dinner (kind of like how people pick out a lobster). Brother, let me tell you that them bunnies are very, very LARGE......

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Raised meat rabbits for years and really enjoyed them. I can tell you different rabbits have different personalities and some are very smart. Can be littered trained to cat boxes and will come when called. Also, there is, or at least was a great market for them.
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