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Do Male Rabbits Make Better Pets?

Updated on October 26, 2010
The Jersey Wooly rabbit, recommended for experienced and dedicated owners only.
The Jersey Wooly rabbit, recommended for experienced and dedicated owners only.

A reader asked: Do male Jersey Wooly rabbits make better pets and if so can more than one be kept together?

There are two separate issues in this question I'd like to address, so please bear with me whilst I first address the Jersey Wooly issue, then the male rabbit question.

Do long haired rabbits make good pets?

I would not recommend that any child is bought a long haired rabbit, like the Jersey Wooly as a pet. I would not even recommend that most adults buy these long haired bunnies. Although I can understand the attraction to the notion of a ball of fuzz hopping about the place, the grooming schedule is absolutely brutal, and if you don't keep up with it, you will end up at the veterinarians, paying for your rabbit to be anesthetized and shaved. Fur balls are a real problem in long haired rabbits and they can form very quickly indeed.  A few days without proper grooming can lead to clumps of matted hair that will have to be cut out, or worse, removed by a professional.

I really cannot emphasize this point enough. Long haired rabbits need daily grooming, no exceptions. And we're not talking about a quick five minute brush here, we're talking about a proper grooming that make take up to half an hour or more. Do you really have half an hour a day to devote to your rabbit for the next ten years or more? If the answer is no, purchase a short haired rabbit. They make equally charming pets and they require a fraction of the grooming.

Do male rabbits make better pets than females?

In my experience, yes. Males tend to be more relaxed and less aggressive than females. However this very much depends on the temperament of the individual rabbit. However as a male rabbit grows to maturity, it may start to become more aggressive both to the owner and to other pets. They also start spraying a strong urine to mark their territory. It is recommended that you have your rabbit neutered in order to curb their natural aggression and tendency to spray.

Can two male rabbits be kept together?

If they have been raised together and have both been fixed, yes. Males that have not been neutered are likely to fight, and can cause serious damage to one another. It is not a good idea to introduce a new male to an existing male, however if you raise two male bunnies together and ensure that they are fixed before they fully hit maturity, they will likely be the best of friends.


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      bunnygirl 5 years ago

      I just want to state that Jersey Woolies for the most part, have an easy care coat, as it is predominated by coarser guard hair. I should think that once a week grooming would be more than sufficient for most woolies. There are those that genetically have a softer coat (and thus more maintenance)and while the bunnies are still young molting you will need to groom more frequently.

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      Animal99 5 years ago from USA

      I have a male Californian rabbit that is un-nuetered. His brother, Frostite, died last summer. 89(the rabbit described previously) is about 1 year old. I have a few questions:

      About how much does it cost to nueter a rabbit?

      Will a small animal vet. do the job?

      Would it be a wise choice to get him a comapanion?

      If anyone could answer these, that would be great! Thanks!

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      Xelah Rain 5 years ago

      i used to have a boy bunny his name was peterson i bought him from theses people but they were really bad owners they fed him dog food and he was really depressed. i bought him and ended up spending 80 dollars on him to take him to the vet.... he died in 2011. he was so special to me!

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      Kira 6 years ago

      I got my first rabbit when I was 10 and he was so special he used to come up to the wire of his run and nose me it may have because I was the one who feed him

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      cheeze171 6 years ago

      dear bunniez, i am in my other account, but you might know me as "iknowaboutrabbits". i just made this account because i was have diffucultys on the other account. oh, and just to let you know, im 11. i have a pet rabbit named gruntz, and he's the most important thing in my life. in my experience, you might get more followers if you add some humour to your hubs. i got most of my info from you, and i want to say thanks, because if it weren't for you, i would have never gotten the info i needed to convince my parents to let me buy a rabbit. but fyi, because you are still another rabbit hubber, im sorry to say we are frienemys. but we could fix that if you are willing to team up. email me @ 2 let me know.

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      Texas Boer Goats 6 years ago

      Males rabbits do indeed seem to make better pets than females, oddly this observation holds true with boer goats too. lol

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      mary 6 years ago

      hi im a rabbit lover and have two BEAUTIFULL LOP DWARF RABBITS , One pure black but in summer he (rastus ) goes a deep choclate tipped fyr . he is so placid BUT THE BOSS IN THE HOUSE IN SIDE. he has always been like that , VERY CUDDLY AND DEMANDS ATTENTION . HE will kick our foxy and the foxy goes for cover . GOT a female golden brown lop as well shes a georgeous baby as well . intend breeding him andf her in spring . yes i love my bunnies . we never had kids and these are far more adorable , WE THINK MARY

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      Rabbit Breeders 6 years ago

      I agree on your observation, I believe male rabbits do make great pets!

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      kids-toy-box 7 years ago

      Cute bunny. Rabbits do seem be to low maintainance pets.Definitely much more quite than dogs but are they any fun to have around? Can you teach them tricks?