Do Rabbits Fur Colours Affect Their Personalities?

Sometimes, intending owners of bunny pets and even existing owners wonder whether the colour of a rabbit’s fur influence the personalities of the rabbit. Some even go as far as only adopting rabbits with certain colour out of an innate prejudice or a popular belief.

The truth is there is no fact supporting that. Whether there is a direct link between rabbit colours and their personalities is yet to be proven. Unlike in other animals like dogs, where red coloured dogs are believed to be more aggressive than the others.

What has been suggested rather, is the use of colours on rabbits to relieve stress. Although, one might suggest that rabbits with white tails and dark-coloured furs are wild animals and cannot be used as pet. This colour is predominant among cottontail rabbits, and as a given, they are wild animals, predominantly found in the united states. But another might argue that the environment of these rabbits and their genetics are the primary determinant of their personality type.

Even though majority of the domesticated rabbits tend to have colours ranging from white to grey, there is no proof to validate this claim. Rather, their temperaments and personalities are determined by factors such as;

Environment

The environment of rabbits has been proven to affect the way they behave. Rabbits living in the wild behave differently than rabbits living as pets. While wild rabbits are more aggressive than others and show strongly several peculiar behaviours, the pet rabbits are calmer and more amenable.

 

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Rabbits living in groups/warrens are more social that rabbits living in isolation. They are more communicative and expressive than rabbits living with only humans as neighbours. Rabbits generally adopt the behaviours and traits they are exposed to. They are creatures of habits; they repeat what they’ve seen or what they are used to.

The personalities of pet rabbits are determined by their owners because of the level of trainings they’ve had.

Age

Younger rabbits are more active than older rabbits. They tend to be more expressive and prefer to explore their environment on their own to establish their own territories and abode. The older rabbits are calmer and easier to manage. They are more submissive and can exist comfortably in large warrens because they are used to the system.

Out in the wild, the adult age is two, but domesticated rabbits become full adults at age four because they are used to being pampered by their owners. As rabbits get older, their mental keenness develops too. Maturity helps modify their behaviour just as their environment does.

Gender

Female rabbits are perceived to be more reserved and calmer than the male rabbits. Male rabbits have higher tendencies to easily get aggressive, they are more expressive, domineering and prefer to spend more time in groups engaging with others of their kind.

 

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Female rabbits are more territorial in nature, preferring to stay in their space. Female rabbits can be seen as homemakers. They care for their kits and engage more in building nests and burrows for resting. Male rabbits are the explorers and protectors.

They defend against intruders and mark their territories as far as they can.

Breed

It is normal for rabbits from a certain breed or genus to exhibit certain behaviours. For instance, cottontail rabbits are wild breeds and they are not particular about their space. In fact, this specie of rabbits can intrude on other rabbits or human space and living quarters. However, other species like the European rabbits are known for their “warren system” of living.

Some breeds alternative thumping as a cry for alarm or annoyance for vocal calls. Breeds from New Zealand are known to be playful. Others like Flemish rabbits are known for being docile. Netherland dwarf rabbits are known to be intelligent and active. European rabbits are also known to be skittish and easily alarmed by loud noises.

Spayed Or Neutered

Rabbits tend to have a personality change as soon as they reach sexual maturity. The female rabbit becomes more restless and territorial, expressing affectionate behaviours towards anyone they are fond of and sometimes towards rabbits of the same gender and objects around.

They tend to enjoy being petted by their owners, flopping beside them in anticipation, licking their faces, hands and legs, rubbing their chin glands on the faces of their owners, humping anything in sight. This behaviour is even more severe in male rabbits who become more aggressive and domineering, running around tirelessly to burn off excess energy. But as soon as they are neutered, their behaviours change and they become calmer and more amenable.

Regardless of these factors, rabbits are unique in their personality. Each one is fairly different from the other and no matter how familiar you are with a particular breed or gender, there are definitely certain unique attributes and behaviours that are peculiar to each rabbit.