People who haven't own a rabbit often ask those who do if a rabbit would make a wonderful pet, and if so, do they look more like cats or dogs. I found it's hard to answer this question not only to make a comparison between those pets, but the nature of the question themselves makes me feel uncomfortable.
Naturally most people perceive that any animal should be a good pet if she shows affection the way we want it to be. For example, coming when called, fetch a thing, chase a string, or make a vocal sound. People usually seem fairly sure that these qualities can't be expected in rabbit, hence they would not make a good pet. Such assumptions take away the responsibility for the relationship from the human being and place solely on the animal. Although the rabbit is expected to comply with human expectations, too often human being never consider complying with her.
What they look like?
Do they look more like cats or dogs? Instead of answering the question I rather asking them a question. Are people more like gorilla or monkey? Rabbits are rabbits, the only way you want to know them better is by live with them. They share the same characteristics of cats, and sometimes dogs. But mostly they're like rabbits and the true joy of keeping them is learning of what they're like as a rabbit.
Maybe the phrase of rabbit as wonderful, exciting, and intelligent creatures only works with people who understand the value of companionship from a creatures name rabbit!