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Old 12-30-2011, 04:04 PM
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Thanks for all the information, it's interesting to see the different opinions on spaying/neutering. It seems to be the same in dogs, lol. (All the controversy, that is. )
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I noticed an amazing difference in my rabbits once they were spayed. It was almost instant. They stopped lunging to bite me, they stopped growling and stomping their feet. They also stopped fighting with each other.

Neutering rabbits and neutering dogs is very different, they work differently. If you ask most vets, they will tell you the same. I would always recommend a rabbit was neutered, females more so. And also, spraying, just like many entire cats do, is very unpleasant! Spraying also stopped as soon as my rabbits were spayed.

Its also very unlikely a pair of rabbits will stay friends without them being neutered.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:59 PM
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I noticed an amazing difference in my rabbits once they were spayed. It was almost instant. They stopped lunging to bite me, they stopped growling and stomping their feet. They also stopped fighting with each other.

Neutering rabbits and neutering dogs is very different, they work differently. If you ask most vets, they will tell you the same. I would always recommend a rabbit was neutered, females more so. And also, spraying, just like many entire cats do, is very unpleasant! Spraying also stopped as soon as my rabbits were spayed.

Its also very unlikely a pair of rabbits will stay friends without them being neutered.
Hey, I'm not saying I wouldn't alter a rabbit if I got one. I'm not saying I would either.

What I AM saying is the oft quoted statistics promoting altering in rabbits are rife with some seriously eye-brow raising issues, and that does not speak well for the cause. The particular "statistic" I quoted earlier, with its extra variables, is nothing short of propaganda, in fact - twisting information to promote a cause.

As for asking a vet, they'd tell me to spay my dog too, so... *shrug*. And I've had vets say that "ALL intact females will get pyo eventually" and multiple vets have told my training clients that "neutering will calm him down". Uh huh.
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Hey, I'm not saying I wouldn't alter a rabbit if I got one. I'm not saying I would either.

What I AM saying is the oft quoted statistics promoting altering in rabbits are rife with some seriously eye-brow raising issues, and that does not speak well for the cause. The particular "statistic" I quoted earlier, with its extra variables, is nothing short of propaganda, in fact - twisting information to promote a cause.
If someone was asking me about altering a rabbit I'd be all about it if it were female and all it was wanted for was a pet, I could go either way with a male rabbit - the boys ime were friendlier although yeah... they did spray pretty frequently. I had plenty of female rabbits hit about 5.5 - 7 months and turn into a ball of **** rage and viciousness - except... when they were pregnant. If the goal is a housepet - imo not much would be better than a female rabbit that was spayed.

I had a very nice dwarf hotot doe. Beautiful type wise and just a pretty rabbit. She was the most vicious rabbit I've ever encountered. She would just snarl and growl as you walked by her. Once you got her out of the cage she was fine - when she was bred - she was the happiest friendliest critter on earth until you weaned her litter. Then back to grumpy pants.

I didn't really notice any distinct temperament traits among breeds of rabbits for the most part except with the checkered giants. A nastier group of rabbits I am not sure is in existence. Every single one I dealt with was a snappy biter - in or out of their cage. My friendliest rabbit was a holland lop but I can't really say all or the majority of holland lops were people friendly. Many were, many weren't. They really did seem to span the range.

Now just as a disclosure. My rabbits weren't housepets for the most part except for a couple special ones who received pet status - Albert, Calvin, and Licorice. They were for 4H, for ARBA competition, and failing those two roles they were for dinner or snake chow.
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I didn't really notice any distinct temperament traits among breeds of rabbits for the most part except with the checkered giants. A nastier group of rabbits I am not sure is in existence. Every single one I dealt with was a snappy biter - in or out of their cage.
I have been scheming to get some of those for a while now. I have the breeder picked out, just have to wait till someone I know is going down that way. I have heard they are vicious. I'm still so stoked

I also want some Jersey Woolies. I've found them to be quite sweet rabbits. I had one that was really dumb, maybe one step above a plant, but ohhhh soooo sweet, just the nicest bunny. If you held her she'd give you kisses, rarely kicked, never showed an ounce of aggression towards human or bunny or anything else, even before she was spayed and was in her own cage, you could put another doe in there and she'd be happy as a clam. I miss her

Also want some kind of argente. The breeder I just bought the NZW doe from has cremes, champagnes and argente bruns, and I should be seeing her mid-February so I'm going to ask her for a bred doe from one of the above. All three are so pretty!
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Champagne de argent and creme de argent are the breeds. I don't have much experience with the cremes but the champagnes were nice meat rabbits. BTW baby champagnes are born black and turn grey as they age - so just keep that in mind when you have little black bunnies hopping out of the nest box.

Good luck with the checkered giants. We only had a couple litters before we decided they were more trouble than they were worth. Happily the show quality ones were easy to place and the non show quality ones were good stewers. I found the sports to be far more pretty than the marked ones.
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