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Are rabbits naturally aggressive

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No. In fact, most rabbits are extremely nice once they get to know you.

When rabbits are scared, they tend to bite. Aggression is a common reaction for rabbits that are frightened, angry, insecure, etc. Aggression can also be caused by sexual hormones, territorial feelings, etc.

There are many things you can do help reduce aggression in a rabbit. Spaying/neutering is the first step: it's a safe procedure for most rabbits (at the hands of an experienced, rabbit-savvy vet), and widely recommended. Otherwise, do what you can to control the rabbit's environment so as to maximize his or her sense of security. There are many resources online that can help you. Refer to the related question linked below for information and links.

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Male and female rabbits might display aggressive behavior at sexual maturity, around six to twelve months of age, they don't want to be touched or picked up. They want to destroy everything in sight. This is their way of learning to protect themselves, to establish their social position in the rabbit world. They can often take out their aggression on you or other rabbits. There may be more biting, striking, lunging and chasing. It is advised to neuter just before or shortly after sexual maturity to keep this behavior to a minimum.

Boy, I don't know what strain of rabbit you have but I have raised rabbits most of my adult life and at any given time have had upwards of 200 rabbits in my barn and I never had any that wanted to destroy everything in sight! Most of my rabbits enjoyed being taken out of their cage and groomed and they enjoyed the occasional pat on the head. If a rabbit is 'taking out it's aggression on you and other rabbits' there is more wrong with the rabbit than needing to be neutered or spayed. (Does are spayed not neutered) If your rabbit is biting, striking, and lunging at you it is because it as been teased or hurt by a human. Spaying or neutering will not cure this behavior and may increase it, just one more assault from a human. Treating your bunnies with respect and kindness will go a long way to improve their temperament.

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