Rabbits are prolific and early breeders and bunnies that are not separated soon enough may surprise you with an unexpected batch of new babies. Depending on the size of your bunnies, you may be able to identify the sexes by the time they are about 6 weeks old. Telling them apart gets easier as you gain experience and become familiar with what to look for. Hold your rabbit in a secure position on its back so that it can relax enough not to hurt itself or you. A good way to hold each bunny is to place it on your lap with its head toward your body and its rear aimed at your knees. Once you have the bunny in position, place one finger on either side of the anal area under its tail.
Rabbits are social creatures who enjoy the company of other rabbits. Unfortunately, however,pet bunny rabbits do breed rampantly "they breed like rabbits" and two pet rabbits of the opposite sex can very quickly produce dozens of offspring if they are inadvertently housed together. For this reason - to avoid rabbits of the opposite sex being placedinto the same hutch together - it is important for rabbit owners to be able to accurately determine the gender of their rabbit pets. Many owners of rabbits find it very difficult to determine the gender or sex of their pets, particularly newborn rabbit kittens, and often need their veterinarian to sex their rabbits for them.
Some Basics Sexing rabbits is not really hard to do. You can usually do a good job identifying a buck from a doe, at least from the age of 3 weeks and on. An older buck is easy to identify. The head and body is generally more blocky than the doe. Does of the medium and large breeds often develop a fold of skin under their chins.
Last Updated: September 21, References Approved. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years. There are 13 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.