Hello, I am a new member here, please excuse me if I've posted in the wrong place. I have just brought home two new bunnies and I am looking for opinions on breeding and bonding these bunnies. I have a 9 week old male Netherland Dwarf, siamese smoke pearl marten colored, and a 7 week female Netherland Dwarf, lilac/fawn harlequin colored. They came from different breeders. I've had the male for 8 days and the female came home yesterday. My end goal for these bunnies is for them to both be fixed, bonded, and semi free roam house pets. I understand that I may not get what I want but I want to increase my chances, which is why I'm here seeking advice. As of right now my bunnies are in separate cages in the same ex pen. I let one out at a time for exercise and safe introductions. My female seems indifferent to the male, she is only interested in escaping the ex pen, but my male is completely enamored with my female. This boy is in LOVE! He tries to groom her through the cage bars, he spends his turn in the ex pen right next to her cage watching her every move, and he very briefly mounted her the one time I let them in the pen together. So here are my questions: I am interested in getting one healthy litter from these two, the babies would already have homes with my adult sisters and their older children. Should I put them in the same cage right now (provided the introductions continue to go well) and let nature take its course or should I keep them separate until the female is older? How old should she be for safe breeding? Are they likely to bond before and stay bonded after the litter is rehomed and both parents are spayed/neutered? What are some possible complications of this scenario? Are the parents both good colors for breeding to each other? I know absolutely nothing about rabbit genetics and breeding. I am just very curious what color their babies might be. Is this whole thing a bad idea and should I just proceed with spaying and neutering them both and hoping they will bond? I am a first time bunny owner, everything is new to me. I have done a lot of research but as we all know learning is a never ending process and the internet is full of conflicting information, so I'm here seeking interactive advice from all of the experts here. Thank you for any and all replies!