Bunny Rabbits Compete In Show Jumping — VIDEO

Dressage for rabbits? Really?

European bunny owners have been busy creating a new spectator sport: rabbit show jumping. It’s known as Kaninhop, and involves not horses, but rabbits, bouncing and running around courses containing several jumps of various heights.

Long-Jump And High-Jump For Bunnies

The Daily Mail reports:

Over the past few decades the sport has spread far from its Scandinavian homeland and clubs have now sprung up in several other European countries, the U.S., Canada and even Japan.

Rules vary from country to country, but generally the more jumps a rabbit clears the higher its score. There is also sometimes a time element to competitions.

As well as the dressage-style courses, there are also long-jump and high-jump challenges. The world height record is 99.5cm while the best distance is fully three metres, according to Swedish fan site kaninhoppning.se.

You can see lots of cute rabbits by clicking here.

Good Exercise Or Animal Abuse?

What do you think? Is this good exercise for the bunnies, or is this cruelty to animals? Check out this video and see what you think:


Photo Credit: captainsubtle via Creative Commons

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Louise Kelly
Louise Kelly4 years ago

I think this is OK and at least, the rabbits are getting plenty of exercise and it is a break for them, from being cooped up in their pens etc.

John Doe
james rico4 years ago

i think its cruel since they are forced to do this with a lease if they did it on their own it would be fine. and anytime a animal is trained for long hours to do tricks its cruel since what if the animal does not want to be forced in this way. i have a pet ferret and he follows my footsteps in the park but it is something that he picked up easy on his own so its fine. thats why circuses are under critisim these days cause they force animals to do complicated tricks some time risky ones that they were cought beating them to do behind closed doors to make them learn them.

Ishita Saha
Ishita Saha4 years ago

i do not think this is abusive. they seemed to be enjoying themselves!! certainly, they ought not to be forced or trained cruelly.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y.4 years ago

Too cool! And a much better use for bunnies than farming.

I agree with other animal guardians, as long as the sport is regulated and humane, the more the better.

For example most horse owners love their animals and treat them well; a horse is an expensive proposition and takes a major investment financially and emotionally as well as major time commitment.

Because a few owners and breeders are abusive doesn't mean we should sever our links with the animal world and return our pets to the wild. On the contrary we should do all we can to strengthen those bonds, and teach others to be better owners.

Because puppy mills and dog rings exist and some people abuse dogs badly, does that mean we should return all dogs to the wild and not have them in shows? No, it would be a death sentence on 99% of the dogs, who are no longer adapted for wild conditions and aside from big strong breeds like Labradors or Huskies wouldn't stand a chance.

The Bond we develop with an animal is an expression of the chain of being that binds all life. To break it for any reason, or to surrender our animals for a dogmatic abolitionist agenda would be an affront to life itself.

Lorraine B.
l Butcher4 years ago

One more time just for those who cannot be bothered to read everyone elses comments and do not understand just what a rabbit is all about:

Jumping IS in a rabbits nature. They like it. They also like their people - and enjoy this kind of bonding activity. They cannot be forced to do anything.

People need to remain vigilant regarding abuse, but we do not need to turn any interaction between human and animal into a cruelty cause I hope.

Parvez Z.
Parvez Zuberi4 years ago

This comes under animal cruelty you are forcing the animal to do some sort of acrobat which is not part of their nature

rene davis
rene davis4 years ago

thank you for this story.

Susan S.
Susan S.4 years ago

I didn't know that bunnies could be so competitive. It must be their guardian's influence.

Valarie S.
Valarie Snell4 years ago

good article

Nancy P.
Nancy P.4 years ago

I think these bunnies are having a blast. They obviously are not in any danger or being made to do anything beyond their natural ability to run and jump. Companion animals enjoy doing fun stuff with their humans. I had a horse I adored who I showed and he absolutely loved it. He would paw and prance before we got in the ring. As long as companion animals aren't forced to do something like this when they are shy or frightened of it and instead actually enjoy it, it's good exercise for them and the people.