Dogs that will NOT hunt my pet rabbit?
I'm thinking of adoptin a dog! Hooray!
I'm most interested in a pug, dachshund, or corgi.
Can ANYONE tell me if these dogs will execute my rabbit? (She's a mini rex, easily startled)
And if no one can bring up to date me that...even though finding out about those breeds are my #1 priority then make available me names of non-hunters? I need specific breeds--come on, people. I know at hand are some out there.
Aside from hunter dogs, it sort of depends on how you train them.
My dog Bailey (generic, I know) is a lab, which are bred for hunting.
But she's a big sweetheart because we rasied her that approach. She wouldn't hurt a fly.
We got my bunnies when she was five, or so, and she looooves them. haha she used to be a bit afraid of them (which shows she's a big baby), but now she lays down and let them hop on her, and has tried to bathe them before. it's pretty cute.
So, that go to show it doesn't necessarily depend on the breed, but how you raise them.
However, I would stay away from anything meant for protecting or hunting.
A pug or possibly a french bulldog could be good choices.
Just keep in intellect that puppies are playful and may accidentally hurt your bunny, so aim for an older, more mellow dog.
and introduce them slowly.
There are certain breeds you want to stay absent from. These include terriers, hounds (both sight and scent), any breed that hunts small animals. These breeds are most likely to bother, harass and possibly injure or take out your rabbit.
Breeds that can live with rabbits can include working dogs, toy breeds, non-sporting (some breeds more than others).
A calm dog is generally better than an excited or busy dog.
Of the breeds you listed, the dachshund is out. They are bred to hunt rodents and other small animals in dens. A corgi is a herding dog, so may try to group the rabbit. A pug could live with a rabbit.
The individual personality of the dog is a huge factor. One pug may be able to live peacefully beside a rabbit, while another one may not.
You have to pick a breed that suits your life style. Just because a breed may work well next to a rabbit, doesn't mean it will be a good fit for your life style. Look for breeds that are fitting for your life style, then find one that can live with a rabbit.
Dachshund is a big no no. Dachshunds be bred to hunt and kill vermin-so your rabbit might be toast.
Pugs are a safe bet. Avoid terriers because they have a prey drive. Corgis are iffy-they be meant to heard, so probably not.
A corgi is not a hunting animal, just a herding. All that will happen is that it will instinctively drive your bunny to you - mine does that next to my hamster, we find it hilarious.
With that said, get a young puppy. If you put your rabbit contained by a cage for a few minutes a day, and let the puppy totally bring used to the rabbit at a very young age, it may not chase it, just consider it piece of the background, or even a playmate.
Any dog is programmed to kill a rabbit. Despite what the cartoons show they DON'T live optimistically together.
You have to be really careful because a dog can actually motive a rabbit to have a heart attack by staring at it. It doesnt go by breed but by temperment of the dog itself.