You're rabbit shouldn't either be upset when you pick it up... it's not adjusted right. I have no problems with my rabbits.. and I've had over 20 at a time. Many vets also don't know how to operate on them, and they are not that much work... Actually really cheap pets. And mine are healthy as can be. They are very good for beginners if you find the right breed and it's been handled well. I've had rabbits live to be over 10 years old with good care. Also depending on breed. I don't spay mine because if you keep them as only rabbit in house.. no reason to spay it? I even clip their own nails! or look into your local 4-H in Alabama, see if they have a rabbit club.
Have I given you a detailed history of my rabbit? Because I don't remember sending you one. My rabbit was not bought off a breeder, she was the unfortunate victim of a backyar breeder. She lived in a commercial cage with her mother and 3 other siblings (one with a chronic broken foot) for 3 and a half months. She was let out and picked up by the kids in the house and traumatized by the dog they had. So, no I would not go on to say she is not "adjusted" right, if it wasn't for me she would be dead like her siblings most likely are.
As prey animals, rabbits are prone to go into overdrive and freak out in unfamiliar situations. I don't know if your familiar with the problem pet stores have created by selling unfixed bunnies to everybody. Cases like my unfortunate bunny are not only common, it's where most bunnies around here end up- and I'm in a small city. Nothing compared the the USA where rabbit are the third most abandoned/surrendered pet after dogs and cats. After moving from home to home, kids to mature adults some rabbits just have trust issues. As prey animals most are not "adjusted" to being picked up and most actually do not enjoy it. Not spaying them is just plain irresponsible.
I in all my times of raising, and breeding rabbits to SHOW them.. Yes I show them. Have NEVER heard of that... they are not prone to that. Another reason even if I was a pet owner, I don't want a vet touching my rabbit because MANY are not trained nor specialized into rabbits. They feed many false information to rabbit owners.
I treat my own rabbits, and know many tricks to treating rabbit diseases. The head tilt disease, it's common, but ONLY if they come in contact with another rabbit with it. If a rabbit gets a digestive problem, stalled/blockage you feed them Pumpkin Pure from the can- 100% pumpkin. Best trick :)
Male rabbits will spray once in awhile... I don't have issues with spraying. They do not pee on you to mark territory... I have baby bunnies pee on me! It's natural. They aren't something you can train like a dog to go outside and pee... If they pee, oh well! No matter with it, bodily function :)
I really hate people giving other people false information with rabbits... They are a great pet if you know how to take care of them.
But yes, if a rabbit does get frighten they can easily break their own backs.
I saved this comment for here. Have you EVER seen a rabbit savvy vet? The chances of females devloping ovarian cancers is 85% before they reach 5 years old. They are not meant to live to 10-12 years old in the wild (bc of their prey status). As responsible pet owners we have a duty to look after them and not let them suffer. That's what advancing vet science is for.
I don't have the time to go into it now, but rationalizing it as "just having one indoors" is not a good enough reason to not have her spayed. She will most likely suffer.
I don't apologize for being blunt. I don't want to start an argument either. It's not a differing point of opinions. It's real research.