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For each breed the breeding age is different.

Rabbits that are small like the breeds; Mini Rex, Mini Lop, Holland Lop, and Netherland Dwarf; can be bred at the earliest 3 months of age. But the bucks of small breeds are often not ready in till 4-5 months of age. It is recommended to wait until the 6 month so that both the doe and buck are fully mature by that age.

Rabbits that are of a medium size or between 5-10 lbs are not ready in till they are older. The average breeding age is 6 months but some aren't ready even then and wait in till the 7th month.

Rabbits that are large and range anywhere from 10 lbs to 20 lbs including the Flemish Giant and the Checkered Giant are often not ready in till the 9th month to breed. Some even are not ready until the 12th month.

You can tell if a doe is ready to breed if her vulva is a dark coloring like pink/purple. You can tell if the buck is ready to breed by looking at his penis and making sure it is a bright pink. Also look at his testicles and make sure they are a dark pink/purple coloring and not deflated.

Never breed a rabbit that is showing any signs of sickness!!

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