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22 Feb 2005

Rabbits
Can I put a "normal" rabbit with my dwarf rabbit. The dwarf rabbit has been living in our garden for 4 weeks. Will they get along. Do I have to get them neutered?
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CyberVet

01 Jan 0001

If your dwarf is female and the new rabbit a male, this would probably result in the babies being too big to deliver normally, necessitating a caesarean section, so I would not recommend putting unneutered rabbits together. If they are both the same sex, you could put them together, just remember that your current rabbit may be very territorial and may beat up the newcomer for a month or so before they start settling down. Before introducing any new animals to each other, it is best to let them smell the other animal for a few days(no contact!) and then introduce them in a neutral area (an area the current rabbit is not familiar with). Neutering is always a good idea if one or both of your rabbits are female, as up to 80% of nonbreeding female rabbits that remain unspayed develop uterine cancer at 3 years of age. Also, rabbits have a tendency to increase exponentially in number once they start breeding.

Good luck
Dr Willemien van Wyk
Bird and exotic animal veterinarian
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