Rabbits and dogs don’t usually mix too well. Most dogs have a hunting instinct which pushes them to chase small furries. But if well socialised, exceptions can occur.
By, 3 May 2020
This is the case for this German Shepherd and a small litter of black and white rabbits.
A curious bunch
The video shows the dog (huge in comparison to the little lagomorphs), meeting the bunnies for the very first time. Note that this is being done under close supervision of the owners, who are also holding the dog by the collar, just in case he does decide to follow his instincts at any point.
The dog definitely seems very interested in the little animals! He stares down at them, fixating every one of their movements. Slightly trembling, his excitement is obvious.
A gentle giant
Despite this, the dog never lunges. It seems as if he knows these little beings are fragile and shouldn’t be played with like his fluffy toys! In fact, the dog gives the bunnies a few tender licks – no nibbles intended!
It is recommended that pets (no matter how different) are introduced to each other and socialised as early as possible. However, the utmost caution must be taken when doing so. Remember that an accident can happen in the blink of an eye – no matter how well you may know your pet, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.