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Dwarfing genetics explained.

Posted by Shirae Verster on

I have had a lot of queries regarding Dwarf rabbits & why they sometimes do not look like a typical Dwarf. So here is an explanation …….. Each rabbit has two size genes, one dominant and one recessive. When a male and female rabbit reproduce, each parent will pass one size gene to each of their offspring. The dwarf gene is a dominant gene so one dwarfing gene will create a dwarf rabbit. However…, if the rabbit baby gets two dwarf genes, one from each parent, it will die. If this happens it is called a Peanut. The dwarf gene...

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No such breed as a "Standard Dwarf

Posted by Shirae Verster on

This post has been brewing for a while and we have decided to set the record straight about the dwarf saga in South Africa.  We recently received a phone call from a well known pet shop in KZN. The owners (who we know), got one of their managers to call instead of popping around to chat to us. They were upset as one of their clients had come to us with their bun (for a health check and nail clipping) and we had said that it wasn’t a dwarf rabbit (which it was supposed to be). We have had numerous rabbits...

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Breeding rabbits

Posted by Shirae Verster on

I would like to start off by saying that I in no means advocate the willy nilly breeding of rabbits and most definitely do not support the idea of ‘backyard breeders’. There are far to many unwanted, abandoned bunnies out there! Of course there are exceptions;                    The rabbit fancier – a member of a rabbit club, who regularly shows their rabbits and breeds according to strict guidelines and breed standards.                  The homesteader – providing family with food. Not only is rabbit meat highly nutritious, their...

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