Sexing your Rabbit

We welcomed a litter of Silver Marten babies yesterday! It’s so exciting to see those little ones wiggling around and mama so proud!

Earlier this year I saw a post on a rabbit group claiming you can sex a rabbit at birth. I had never heard of this, so I’ve decided to try it with this newborn litter and see how it turns out in the end.

Traditionally, you need to wait until the rabbits are about six weeks or older to see if you’ve got a male or female. To check this, turn the rabbit over on its back and clasp the base of the tail between your second and third fingers. Using your thumb on the same hand, press down at the top of the genital area. This will cause the area to open and you will see a slit opening for a doe and a round opening for a buck.

Older bucks protrude a lot – there can be no doubt you’re looking at a penis! Another clue is whether testicles have descended, they would be located on either side of the genital area. The funniest thing I’ve read is about a gal who was too embarrassed to sex her rabbits and would sneak out at night with a flashlight to shine under the cage and try to catch a glimpse of testicles!

The post I read recently claims you can sex your rabbits at birth! They posted the following picture and explanation:


“Both pictures of a buck, the one on the left is actual the one on the right is marked in red to make it a little easier to see. There is a little bit of a gap between the penile opening and the anus. This will not be present in the newborn doe.”

According to our observations last night of the newborns, we believe we have three does and three bucks. We have put a mark with sharpie on the left ear for our buck guesses and the right ear for our doe guesses. Now it’s just a matter of time to see if we guessed right! I’ll be sure to update and let you know!


“This is a doe. The anus and vent will be touching.”

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7 thoughts on “Sexing your Rabbit

  1. mcfiremonkey January 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm Reply

    How interesting! I’ve never heard that! I’ll have to try it out on our next litter


  2. Laura April 24, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    Did this work for you?


    • madhatrabbits April 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply

      It would have worked better if they hasn’t licked the ink I used to mark them off their ears! 🙂 I’ve done it with other litters and had good success.


  3. Bianca Fernandez July 27, 2013 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Great insight!


  4. Hill Rise Rabbitry March 24, 2014 at 12:22 am Reply

    Out of curiosity, do you know where your source images came from? I wanted to refer people to these most excellent photos, but want to give credit to the person who took them.


    • madhatrabbits March 24, 2014 at 1:26 am Reply

      I wish I knew! This was a set of photos that I saw shared on a number of Facebook groups but I still don’t know who originally took them.


      • Hill Rise Rabbitry March 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

        I managed to track it down! They were originally taken by Moorcroft Stud Rabbits in Britain.


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