My dog loves my rabbits. I had the rabbits first and got my dog when he was 9 weeks old, so he grew up around the rabbits. I made sure to teach him to respect them and that he has to be gentle around them.
I trust my dog around my rabbits, he's very sweet to them. However, I always make sure to supervise when they are together. I never let the dog near the rabbits when I'm not right there with them. No matter how sweet the dog, accidents can always happen.
So I'd say yes rabbits and dogs can be friends, but just to be safe I would never leave them alone unsupervised.
We have two dogs. One chases rabbits and can't be near an uncaged bunny. The other (my dog, thankfully!) is perfect with the rabbits and basically ignores them (sometimes they bully her, though). Both dogs were raised around rabbits since we already had several. So it really comes down to the individual animals.
My dog never saw a rabbit until he was 10 or 11 years old. Dogs can be trained to be gentle, mine was. I wouldnt let the bunny be cornered by the dog, let the bunny come to the dog on its own terms. Acacia and Coco are good friends and outside in the back Kaysh will even duck under Coco's paws! Does not matter the breed, both chi and pugs are toy/non-sporting . . . Terriers, like my Coco were bred to chase rodents and such. So I wouldnt pay much mind to them not getting along.
I have a dog and everything is just fine - he respects Oliver's space, and he always knows the cat is boss, too, I think he feels similarly about the bun. Roy, my dog, is also pretty old and really mellow, which I think is important. That said, I'm getting ready to have a roommate and he'll come with a pug - the pug is pleasant, but neither the bunny nor the dog care for him, at all.
He moves too fast, makes too much noise (not barking, but just general pug noises) and is far too close to the ground. He's a pleasant enough puglet, but I don't think the cat nor the bun will ever learn to appreciate him - it's just not in the cards.
Chuey is kinda scared of Smudge (Smudge used to chase him around and bite him...). Sometimes they try to play though: Smudge will come up to him and sniff him, and do a little head shake/binky and run off really fast. Then Chuey gets into it, and he will bark and do his little "play bow" trying to get Smudge to play, and Smudge will dash around the room again. I think Smudge knows that poor Chuey isn't fast enough to catch him!
Ziggy (bunny) and Kit (dog) play chase too. But Kit is the one who always gets chased lol. He loooooves being chased. He'll just sit around in front of Ziggy until Ziggy gets in the mood to chase him, then the two of them go nuts running all over our apartment, and it's always the bunny chasing the dog. It's really funny. I need to try to take a video of it but they move so fast that it's hard to keep them in focus. :lol:
That is adorable, Michelle! Chuey would get all sad when Smudge would try to chase him, and he would keep wanting to go outside to escape Smudge LOL. He isn't very secure in his manliness I guess I don't let Chuey chase after Smudge though, because I don't want Smudge to get freaked out. So their playing doesn't end up going very far LOL!
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