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One of the things you should consider when adopting a rabbit is its gender. Would you choose a male rabbit or a female rabbit? Although both genders make great pets, it's still your choice whether you want a male or a female bunny.
Later on, after you choose the suitable bunny, you are more likely to adopt the opposite gender to make your first pet bunny happier. Some bunny parents keep only one gender and they're okay with it. Either way, you are still a fantastic bun parent!
How do you know if it's a male or female rabbit?
It is easier to determine the gender after a couple of weeks. Lay the rabbit on its back, gently pull the tail, and carefully press the belly to see the genitalia. The bunny is male if you see a round dot near the anus and if you see a slit, the bunny is female.
Both genders are the same unless you closely observe them. You will know there's a difference if you've been caring for two bonded rabbits of a different gender.
Male Rabbit vs. Female Rabbit: Buck and Doe
A male rabbit is called a buck. Bucks have broader heads than female rabbits of the same breed. Doe, on the other hand, is the female rabbit. They are ahead of maturation than bucks. Unlike male rabbits, female rabbits have dewlaps which are seen under the chin. The excess skin is used for nesting since the dewlaps produce much fur and keep the kits warm.
When it comes to the sizes of both genders, it will depend on the breed. Some rabbit breeds have bigger males than females and some breeds have bigger females. And their diet varies, too.
The temperament of Male and Female Rabbits
Since female rabbits can reproduce kits, they have maternal instincts like other female pets and humans. This instinct makes them more affectionate and protective of the family. Does are sometimes picky and careful in choosing male rabbits to mate with. If a female rabbit doesn't like the buck, it will eventually get into a fight, so spaying is vital if you want two bonded rabbits.
Male rabbits are more playful, especially at an early age. You might see male rabbits hop and run around the house looking like they'd always get into trouble, but they are the chill and more relaxed gender. A buck can become more aggressive when it reaches maturity, especially when it wants to mate, so neutering is highly advised.
To prevent fighting and unwanted litter, neutering or spaying rabbits is important, especially when both genders are at home. If you're not planning on taking care of more bunnies in the future, get your pet rabbits fixed as soon as they reach 3 or 4 months.
Disclaimer: We are not professional veterinarians or medical doctors. We created this blog based on our experiences with pet rabbits, volunteered hours in the rabbit shelter, extensive pet product research, and experienced peers. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about properly taking care of rabbits. Please know that it is still best to visit the vet regularly. For medical emergencies, contact a rabbit-savvy vet. Always observe your rabbits around new products or environmental changes.
Final Thoughts on Male Rabbit vs. Female Rabbit
Regardless of gender, it depends on how you care for a bunny. Both female and male bunnies are amazing but it is still your choice what gender to adopt.