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The dewlap is found mainly on female rabbits, although, in certain breeds, the males are also allowed a small one. Its purpose is to provide another area for the doe to pull fur from when she is making her nest for her kits.

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Q: What is the purpose of a dewlap on a rabbit?
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Is breed or age have anything to do with determining that a rabbit has or not have a dewlap?

In most breeds the doe has a dewlap and a buck is disqualified if it has a dewlap. Some breeds do not have a dewlap at all. A doe will have a dewlap by the time she is breeding age (which is 6 months:)

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Do male rabbits have a dewlap?

They can but they shouldn't. The dewlap is the large flap of skin underneath a rabbit's chin that the does pull fur from to build their nests.

Do rabbit females or rabbit males have a dewlap?

Most females have dewlaps, some males do also. The dewlap is more prominent on female rabbits than male rabbits; it's also prominent in some breeds than others; it's also more prominent when the rabbit is overweight. A dewlap in male show rabbits is a disqualification.

What is the pouch under a rabbit's chin?

Ii is called a dewlap, most does have it, it's normal

Do male bunnies have extra fur around their neck?

It's the female rabbits that have the extra fur. It's called a dewlap. It's different from the dewlap of other animals in that it's fatty, and the mother rabbit plucks fur from her dewlap to line her nest for her babies.

What are the name of the flaps in your throat?

for a rabbit it's called a dewlap, outside, which is a fold of fat around the neck

Is there a picture of a rabbit with dewlap?

Yes, just search the image. Unfortunately, on Wikianswers, we cannot post images with the answer.

What can a bump on a rabbit mean?

It's probably an abcess especilly if it is in the ear/chin/dewlap area. See a vet.

Can cats have dewlaps on their stomach?

That's what some people call it, but technically it is a flap of loose fat under the skin, outside the abdomen, similar to the flabby fat double-chin on a person or the dewlap on a female rabbit under the chin. Unlike the rabbit, it doesn't serve any purpose.

Do pregnant rabbits develop lumps under the chin?

The lump you are referring to is probably her dewlap. A dewlap is loose skin that often develops on the neck of the female rabbit. They are found mainly on female rabbits in certain breeds, the males are also allowed a small one. Its purpose is to give another area for the doe to pull fur from when she is making her nest for her kits.

Is it okay if the rabbit has a dewlap even if it's not pregnant?

All rabbits have dewlaps -- males and females of all breeds. It's just the dewlap is more apparent on some rabbits than others. Usually, dewlaps are more apparent on females, and within females they're more apparent in some breeds than other breeds. Dewlaps are also more apparent on obese rabbits than healthy rabbits. Unless it's a sign of obesity, there's nothing wrong with a rabbit having an obvious dewlap. Your rabbit-savvy vet can tell you if your rabbit is obese or healthy. See the related question below for info and helpful links.

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