Can Rabbits Change Gender / Intercourse?

I’ve seen this query on many boards and over heard breeders discussing the truth that their rabbit modified gender. In reality rabbits which have received awards at ARBA conventions as a doe, have been proven later solely to search out out it was truly a buck. Does this imply {that a} rabbit has modified intercourse?

Amazingly in nature there are some situations the place an animal can change its gender. Take for instance a clown fish. Clown fish reside in faculties. Inside that college is a management construction led be a feminine clown fish. When that clown fish dies, the very best male in management takes over for the feminine and modifications gender together with reproductive features. That is nevertheless a rarity for this kind of organic change to happen. In reality there are much more uncommon instances of people which have modified gender because of both 5-alpha-reductase deficiency (5alpha-RD-2) or 17-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase deficiency (17beta-HSD-3).

Rabbits don’t fall into that unusual and uncommon class of animals that change gender. A rabbit born a buck, might be a buck at 6 months, might be a buck at a 12 months. A rabbit born as a doe might be a doe and 6 months, might be a doe at a 12 months.

At younger ages it will possibly often be troublesome for skilled breeders, and much more troublesome for inexperienced breeders to intercourse a rabbit. The vast majority of “intercourse modified” rabbits are literally the results of rabbits mis-sexed by the breeder. Now we have hardly ever made this error. You possibly can often belief a breeder who has been breeding for a number of years.

There are different components that may contribute to a mis-sexed rabbit. A buck with a cut up penis will usually be sexed as a doe. Utilizing unreliable strategies to find out the gender of a rabbit will usually end in errors. We are going to quickly have an article on the right way to correctly intercourse a rabbit.

The underside line is that it’s genetically not possible for a rabbit to alter gender. Subsequent time you hear that, bear in mind, its a rabbit that was not correctly sexed.

Rob Usakowski

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