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Old 01-25-2005, 03:51 AM   #21
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Thanks Gabby.

Cali has no dewlap. She was spayed at 4 months. Diva has one, andalthough she's younger - she seems to have a different build from Cali.

I wonder what will come back through the phone line or the email -- isit age-related? genetic? puberty? weight? diet? All, or some, of theabove?

Wonder if my Cali girl will ever get one. And if she does, I'm curiousas to why Diva got one at 4 months, while it's taken at least 10 months- if ever, for Cali to get one.

Just Curious.

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will be interesting to hear more opinions on it...




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Old 01-25-2005, 03:52 AM   #22
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Dear Pam and Gabby,

I'll definitely share your posts with Kathy. It might help her understand more.



Thanks a lot.

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Old 01-25-2005, 05:30 AM   #23
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Iz was bred and has a dewlap. Pandmonium wasn't, and has a bigger one. lol

They are related, though!

Smokey is a dwarf and does not have one. Bub is a mystery.

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Old 01-25-2005, 01:53 PM   #24
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Rick Stahl's comment about them:
They're mostly due to over indulgence ingroceries but may be some genetics. Some breeds don't faultfor one in either sex, some just in does and some faultfor it in both sexes. Basically a sign of matronly doebut sometimes seen even in juniors in some breeds.

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Old 01-25-2005, 02:35 PM   #25
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Many years ago i had a dwarf doe with a largedewlap.i bred her ,all her daughters developed dewlaps before they werebred .needless to say she and all her offspring were sold.bluebird
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Old 01-25-2005, 10:41 PM   #26
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Kathy contacted me today and although she's still looking into theDewlap question, her sources tell her - at this point - that they'redirectly related to fat. She's still digging.

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Old 01-25-2005, 10:48 PM   #27
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In many cases, it can be excess fat due to weight.

We have a grand champion Holland Lop doe that suddenly had this huge,hanging dewlapblow out, but it's comprised simply of thin,loose skin hanging down and she's not at allfat.In her case, it's more of a breakingdown of elasticity and connective than any relation to weight.

Also, Steph's French Lop has had her dewlap since she was very young,and she is also not a rabbit with a weight issue -- just loose skin

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Old 01-25-2005, 11:19 PM   #28
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Gotcha Pam.

It seems as if it's all of the above. Some cases hereditary, some fat, some just difference of body types.

It's not as big of a mystery anymore.



Once again, thanks so much for your time and help.

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Exactly You'll find some very fatrabbits with no dewlap at all -- or conversely, very thin rabbits withpendulous folds of skin hanging down.

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Old 01-25-2005, 11:46 PM   #30
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Yes.

I understand now.

I guess I'll just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in storefor my Cali-Girl. As of 8 months, nothing, however as she ages and herskin elasticizes, or once she's filled out, she might develop one.

These rabbits!

They sure keep me guessing and learning!



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