Bonding a neutered and unfixed bunny?

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Hello everyone!!
Next year I'm looking to show fuzzy lops for FFA. I have a neutered buck Holland already, who lives in a fairly large pen.
I'm looking to keep my pet and show rabbit together next year, but whether I get a buck or doe, they cannot be fixed for showing.
I'm not looking to sell the rabbit after shows, and I would really like to have the bunnies bonded.
My Holland now, Finny, is very affectionate and sweet, but I don't know how he'll react to other rabbits.
Is it possible to bond one fixed rabbit and one unfixed rabbit? And does anyone have any tips for raising and picking a good show rabbit? Thank you!!
 

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If it was an unspayed doe, it could possibly work out if she's not excessively hormonal. But an unneutered buck would not work out at all. That could very likely lead to a fight. Whether or not your neutered buck and a doe will get along, will just depend on the does personality and your buns personality. I had a neutered buck and unspayed doe together for a few months until I could get her spayed, and they got along together and were a good match. But they also had plenty of space for him to hop away and avoid her when she was being a pest.
 

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If it was an unspayed doe, it could possibly work out if she's not excessively hormonal. But an unneutered buck would not work out at all. That could very likely lead to a fight. Whether or not your neutered buck and a doe will get along, will just depend on the does personality and your buns personality. I had a neutered buck and unspayed doe together for a few months until I could get her spayed, and they got along together and were a good match. But they also had plenty of space for him to hop away and avoid her when she was being a pest.
Lovely, thank you. Even though a doe wasn't my first choice for a pet, I was planning on getting one for showing anyway.
Again, thanks a ton for the advice.
 

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My house rabbits are an intact buck and a spayed doe, if Herr Hase wouldn't have got athrosis I would have considered neutering him since sometimes he was a PITA to Dotty, and sprayed her with no regard to where they were. But that issue unfortunatly resolved itself.

Neutered buck and intact doe are a quite common combination over here for pets, there are some benefits from spaying does, especially if they are indoor rabbits. Guess Fury is a special case, in her 8 months as indoor rabbit she pretty much destroyed my apartment (now 9yo happy outdoor bunny), but many intact does have more drive to "change" their envirnment when they are hormonal.

I like my 5 intact rabbits too, with all their quirks, but they wouldn't qualify as free roam indoor rabbits, at least the does. Buck alone worked perfectly though.

I don't recommend trying to bond with a second buck, even with a neutered one chances are high that it doesn't work out. (here many bucks get neutered at 8-12 weeks, not going through puberty makes bonding somewhat easier, but I haven't read that that would be available in the US)
 

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My house rabbits are an intact buck and a spayed doe, if Herr Hase wouldn't have got athrosis I would have considered neutering him since sometimes he was a PITA to Dotty, and sprayed her with no regard to where they were. But that issue unfortunatly resolved itself.

Neutered buck and intact doe are a quite common combination over here for pets, there are some benefits from spaying does, especially if they are indoor rabbits. Guess Fury is a special case, in her 8 months as indoor rabbit she pretty much destroyed my apartment (now 9yo happy outdoor bunny), but many intact does have more drive to "change" their envirnment when they are hormonal.

I like my 5 intact rabbits too, with all their quirks, but they wouldn't qualify as free roam indoor rabbits, at least the does. Buck alone worked perfectly though.

I don't recommend trying to bond with a second buck, even with a neutered one chances are high that it doesn't work out. (here many bucks get neutered at 8-12 weeks, not going through puberty makes bonding somewhat easier, but I haven't read that that would be available in the US)
Thank you so much for your insight!! I have lots of hope for my current and future bun.
 

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