Mixed breed cottontail and pet rabbit?

by Cherrie Horner
(Glenford Ohio)

I believe my dwarf lop ear may have bred with a wild rabbit. A day after she had been seen with the wild rabbit, she started frantically moving her bedding around and while out of her hutch, she is digging holes.

What can I expect from this accident? Are the babies more prone to not making it in this situation?

***** Karen Sez *****

Well, the good news is that due to chromosome differences between a domestic rabbit and New World cottontails, the likelihood of a successful rabbit pregnancy is probably zero.

The fact that your doe is now digging holes may indicate the ending of a false pregnancy cycle, assuming of course, that there are no other domestic rabbits in her life.

I don't expect any babies from the suspected tryst. But if there were any, it is impossible for me to say whether they would be stillborn, defective, or simply sterile, like crossing a horse with a donkey.

Enjoy your rabbit... :-)

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Comments.

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Check Software

Double-Value Guarantee

Our policy is to always OVER-deliver on value,
which is why your purchase is fully covered by our
Double-Value Guarantee.

Go ahead - take any of our e-books for a test drive. Peruse our detailed informational and educational e-books. Examine our plans for building rabbit cages, runs, or metal or PVC hutch frames. Check out the Rabbit Husbandry info e-books.

If you aren't completely satisfied that your e-book purchase is worth at least double, triple or even quadruple the price you paid, just drop us a note within 45 days, and we'll refund you the entire cost. That's our Double-Value Guarantee.

Note: When you purchase your e-books, they will be in PDF format, so you can download them to any device that supports PDF format. We advise making a back-up copy to a drive or cloud account. If the books are lost, you can also purchase another copy from Raising-Rabbits.