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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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The dewlap on a rabbit is typically found on females and serves as a fold of skin under their chin. It can indicate the rabbit's gender and is also commonly seen in pregnant females as a nesting area for their young. The dewlap can also help to regulate body temperature and store fat reserves.

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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 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.

Is there a picture of a rabbit with dewlap?

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

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.

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.

Do pregnant rabbits develop lumps under the chin?

Yes, pregnant rabbits can develop lumps under the chin that are known as dewlaps. Dewlaps are normal in female rabbits and typically develop during pregnancy or when a rabbit gains weight. Dewlaps help provide cushioning for newborn rabbits when the mother is nursing.

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.

Do female moose have a dewlap?

No, several other animals have a dewlap

What are the name of the flaps in your throat?

It is referred to as the "epiglottis" pronounced

What is a turkey's dewlap?

a turkey's dewlap is the flap of skin under its neck. Also called a Wattle.

How big is a normal rabbits dewlap?

A finger sized to a pencil size role for smaller breeds. Large and giant breeds can get very large dewlaps. The larger the doe, often the larger the dewlap. This should be a loose pendulum of fur. If the dewlap is large and feels like there is a golf ball in it , your rabbit has an abscess and needs to see a vet or other knowledgeable person. It must be lanced and the offending particle (a splinter, hay burr or whatever) removed all the pus must be drained.