Why do they need company?


Most people accept that guinea pigs need a companion of their own kind, yet many people are still under the impression that rabbits can live happily by themselves. Imagine living by yourself for your entire life and never having anyone to interact with - how would that make you feel? Rabbits that are kept on their own are more likely to become bored or even depressed. They are very sociable animals, and thrive with company of their own kind! Even if you spend hours each day caring for your rabbit, this does not substitute for another rabbit.


Some reasons why a companion is essential:

  • For security and to feel safe

  • They groom one another

  • Interaction

  • Playing together

  • Cuddling each other

  • Better quality of life

  • Happiness and well being

What are good rabbit combinations?








2. Pair of males

Another possibility is to have a pair of males. After they have matured, this could be a risky move and fighting could get serious, which is why they should be neutered beforehand to reduce dominance.








​4. Pair of females

The next option is to house two females together. This is generally not recommended as females can be quite aggressive. It is important that both the rabbits are neutered early and helps it they have been brought up together (for example, from the same litter).







3. Trio of mixed rabbits

It is also possible to have a trio of rabbits together. In general, it is only possible with mixed gender. If you have an existing mixed sex pair, I would not advise adding another rabbit. If on the other hand, you already have a pair of same sex rabbits, it is possible to add another rabbit of the opposite gender.







5. Group of mixed rabbits

Finally, you can have a group containing equal numbers of males and females. This combination is usually very successful.






​1. Neutered male & female

The best combination is a neutered male with a female. This is ideal because it is similar to how they live in nature, so it has a higher chance of being successful.