Are male rabbits friendlier than females or vice versa?

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  1. Aug 1, 2012 #21

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    Sorry this is somewhat off topic.. but what a beautiful picture SnowyShiloh!
     
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    I find that males tend to be nicer (and less territorial) than females, but obviously there’s always exceptions and personalities differ from rabbit to rabbit.
     
  3. Apr 16, 2019 #23

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    I️ own a NETHERLAND dwarf female and male. She was aggressive until she was spayed. Now she is a sweetheart, he was always sweet. I️ also own a holland lop buck and doe. He is friendlier but she isn’t mean, just stand offish. Neither has been fixed yet. I️ think the does get hormonal around 4 months of age.
     
  4. May 13, 2019 #24

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    My male is very socialized, thought my friends male is very shy, and her female is very social and will jump to you. Great question! I think it depends on the bunny.
     
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    I love my male holland and I have two females. Although my male just went through puberty and is constantly jumping my leg and honking lol he is getting neutered after he is done breeding in our program.
     
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    Our female is super friendly and kissy. She and I have many games and snuggles, but she will freak with excitement if my boyfriend goes by. She acts just like she has a crush on him I’m the one who spends the most time with her, brushes her, feeds her and snuggles with her. But she just loves John to pieces! She runs circles round his feet and always binkies with joy when he comes to see her
     
  8. May 16, 2019 #28

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    Every rabbit has there own personality. They do experience emotions like jealously, happiness, sadness, anger etc...
    My rabbit has push other animals off peoples lap because he wants all the attention.
    I had to leave for 5 weeks and when I came home he turned his back on me gave me the cold shoulder.
    He was angry at me for almost 2 months. He wouldn't listen, respond or sit next to me. Then one day he let it all out by having a temper tantrum. He was grabbing things of mine an throwing them around. This lasted for about 1/2 hr. . After his tantrum he was back old self. I was shocked
     
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    We've had 2 males and 4 females over the years. Both sexes are usually quite friendly if spayed/neutered and socialized/bonded with well. Somebunnylovesme is right, every rabbit has their own personality. It's like asking whether male or female humans are friendlier, you know?
     
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    I think it depends on how they were handled when very young. I also think bucks tend to bond more with female owners and does with males, in my experience.
     
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    That may sound weird, but my husband and I have had that exact same experience with pretty much all of our rabbits and cats - mommy's boys and daddy's girls all around, lol (though the difference with rabbits doesn't seem as distinct as it does with cats).
     
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    Bucks are generally friendlier... but honestly I'm not too much a fan of that. I'd rather have a curious, active rabbit than one who is mindlessly friendly to people. It makes those little sweet interactions feel all the more important between us - because of that, all my favorite rabbits have been does.
     
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    The male rabbit I have now definitely prefers male humans over female! He warms up easily to guys... not so much to me or my daughter-in-law. Other males I've had were either the opposite or neutral.

    The two most outgoing, adventurous (ie. mischievous), and bold rabbits I've had (at separate times) were 1 female and 1 male.

    So, in my experience, I just don't see any consistent generalizations of males or females (rabbits, that is ;) )
     
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    In my opinion male are the most clingy, or maybe it’s just the breed netherland dwarf. The other breeds haven’t been as clingy and adventurous as them.

    I feel more that females have a temperament. At least the ones I’ve met and handled. They now what they want and what they tolerate. But all bunnies are friendly in their own ways.

    I still prefer males over females, because I love their docile nature when someone handle them. I think I’m more biased towards males. Because my first bunny was a male netherland dwarf, as a kid .
     
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