Rabbits/New friend ?


I have a miniature French lop. Holly is two years old now and we just moved to a new home. Someone is usually always home with her but she still seems to be getting lonely. I was thinking of getting her another bunny friend of the same breed. Is this a bad idea at her age? She has been around other rabbits before but the rabbit she was around was a mini Rex. And they did not get along at all. Also Holly is not fixed. Is it a bad idea to get her a friend?
Thank you for your time.


Actually, getting her a friend is a great idea, but after she's fixed and had time to recover. Her body will also need time to finish out processing the hormones in her system. If you attempt a bonding before this, she'll likely begin to exhibit territorial behavior whether the bun-panion is male or female due to hormones and the hard-wired habits of bunnies. That's what you saw happen with the mini-rex.

It's recommended to look at bonding her with a male over another female, and breed doesn't really matter. We've seen flemish giants match up well with much smaller breeds just fine, so don't let that keep you from looking at a potential companion.

Last but not least, look to your local shelters and rescues to find a friend. There are plenty of healthy happy rabbits out there just waiting for a good home.

My apologies on the delay in answering, but I hope this helps and please let me know if you have more questions. Have a great day!



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Christine Whetstone


I am not an expert on wild rabbits, only domesticated rabbits. I can answer questions regarding habitats, behavior, diet, health, pairing/bonding - pretty much anything having to do with owning a rabbit.


I've owned indoor rabbits for the last 10 years. During that time I've gained experience in areas like bonding exercises, understanding behavior, warning signs of sick bunnies, how to handle more serious illnesses (GI stasis, abscesses, eye problems, etc.) and more. It's rare that I come across an inquiry that I do not already know the answer to.

House Rabbit Society, supporter of local rabbit rescues


Personal experience beats the pants off of a degree, in my opinion.

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