Breeding rabbits

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Because this is a wiki dedicated to general pet rabbit care, we believe all pet rabbits should be spayed and neutered and not given the opportunity to make more babies. With the amount of rabbits available for adoption in local shelters and rabbit rescues, we do not encourage the casual breeding of rabbits without obtaining the healthiest of stock available from reputable breeders, a clear goal in mind (e.g. for show or health), and a responsible plan for the babies that does not encourage dumping intact unwanted rabbits in the streets or in the shelters.

Rabbit reproduction

Rabbits are reflex ovulators with no regular oestrous cycle. In the domestic rabbit, ovulation occurs about 8 to 12 hours after copulation.[1] Waves of follicles develop and regress on the ovaries and is reflected by periods of receptivity, usually for 12-14 days, followed by 2-4 days of non-receptivity.[2] This can vary, and some does can become receptive every 4-6 days during the breeding season—Jan to Sept in the northern hemisphere.[2] Does are also fertile immediately after kindling, especially during the summer months.[3]

Ovulation can also be induced by mechanical stimulation of the vagina or by the act of being mounted by another female, which can result in pseudopregnancy.[4]

Further reading

See also


  1. Lumpkin, S & Seidensticker, J. (2011). Rabbits: The animal answer guide.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Keeble, E. & Meredith, A. (2006). Rabbit medicine & surgery: Self-assessment color review.
  3. Harcourt-Brown, F. (2001). Textbook of rabbit medicine. (1st ed.).
  4. Varga, M. (2013). Textbook of rabbit medicine. (2nd ed.).