What to do: To check the gender of your rabbit you will need to turn it over onto its back. You may have already noticed that most rabbits don't like being turned over on their back -- and they get especially jittery when some clumsy human begins pawing at their super tender personal parts!
So before you attempt to examine your bunny, be sure you are wearing appropriate protective clothing -- thick jeans (and/or a heavy towel or blanket across your lap) and perhaps even a long sleeved shirt. Plus we recommend having a second person on hand to help you hold the rabbit still.
About this point many of you will retort, "Easier said than done!" This is because, although this is the time honored method for checking rabbit gender, telling a male from a female is much easier when you've had a several to look at and compare. That is, when you really know what you're looking for, visually.
What's more, the more mature the rabbit, the easier it is to tell males from females. And conversely, the younger the rabbit... the harder it is. Even a veterinarian specializing in rabbits may find it very difficult to sort the girls from the boys before 3 months of age. This is why so many mistakes are made in gender determination: pet stores and amateur breeders selling one and two month old bunnies -- before an accurate gender assessment can be made.
Unfortunately, it is at 3 months of age that many bunnies become sexually active! Which is why some rabbit fanciers recommend separating your bunnies from one another at 2 months old. But we feel that 11 weeks is sufficient, and we strongly recommend having your rabbits spayed or neutered as soon as your vet feels it is safe to do so.
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