Dwarf rabbit dewlap

Julie Lambert Amoureuse Lapin Nain

Julie Lambert, Paris, France

February 24, 2021


01 – What is dewlap?

Dewlap is the name given to the double chin that can be seen on some rabbits. It is a natural fat reserve.

02 – Dewlap in females

Dewlap is a peculiarity of females in dwarf rabbits. It can be described as equivalent to cellulite in females and has nothing to do with obesity. A female rabbit can be quite thin and have significant dewlap. So if your rabbit has a large dewlap, there is no need to worry as long as it does not interfere with your rabbit’s life. However, if it does become a problem, you can go to your vet to find a solution such as neutering, dieting or surgery.

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Pipine with its winter outfit and clearly visible dewlap.

Photographed by Julie Lambert.

03 – Dewlap in males

Males cannot have dewlap. So if you see a double chin on your male rabbit, it could be a sign of overweight or even obesity. If this is the case, you should plan a diet and exercise to help your rabbit. Furthermore, if your male rabbit is not larger than average, I advise you to consult a veterinarian to check the nature of this “dewlap” and especially to verify if it is not a tumour or an abscess.

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