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    Hiya All,
    I rescued Misty,a female dwarf lop rabbit, a few months ago and she has made a lovely companion for my male bun Barney. She has settled in lovely but we cant help but notice that she has a massive chin!!! I have tried to do some research and find out why females have big chins but cant find any info on it!!! Can anyone update me??
    She hasnt been neutered yet but will be in the next month. Will this make a difference?? It doesnt really seem to bother her but it just looks strange to me and i havent seen such a big chin on any other does!!!
    Cheers, Karen

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    Hiya,

    The fold of skin under her chin is called a dewlap. Female rabbits would usually pull fur from it to use to line the nest when they have babies. It varies in size from bunny to bunny but it can also be larger is a bun is over weight

    Tam

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    Thanks for your reply, Tam.
    I havent seen her once pull any fur from it but will keep an eye out. Her weight was checked a few weeks after we rescued her and the vet was happy. I dont think that she has put on much weight in the meantime but when she is neutered we will have her weight checked again to be sure.
    Oh well. At least she can use it as padding to rest her head when she's sleepy!!
    Karen

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    Hi Karen,

    just to say that we have a Doe called Emma who is 8 years young, very slim, and has the biggest dewlap I have ever seen
    Talk about having a double chin, Emmas is so long it nearly reaches the ground, but we adore her, even if she has got very saggy skin

    It is quite strange really as dewlaps vary so much in size, and some bunnies hardly have one...I guess it is all in the genes

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    Thanks Adele,
    I was beginning to feel that maybe her chin wasnt actually that normal and that we should be getting her checked out!!!
    Glad to hear that she isnt the only big chinned Gal!!
    Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarneysMum
    Glad to hear that she isnt the only big chinned Gal!!
    Karen
    I am sure it is absolutely nothing to worry about Karen, and as you say, at least she has something to lean on for a comfortable nap...and we have to provide most bunnies with vet bed to curl up on usually , but big chinned girls come ready prepared...great hey!!

    So Chin up Karen and do not fret anymore :wink: (okay bad joke!!)

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    Yes I agree, nothing to worry about! My bunny Pip who is 5 has quite a good sized chin but it doesn't seem to bother her, must be quite comfy to rest on really! My little girl Amy is starting to get a dewlap, only in past couple of months, seemed to come with age, filling out from a baby rabbit to adult! Well teenager lol

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    I dunno about a big chin but Toby has a goatie in his old age lol! When his sat his back has curled more in the last couple of years and I swear he now reminds me of the evil lion from "The Lion King 1" from a side view lol. (The pix below are from last week but cannot tell from the angles)

    My female rabbits had a fairly big chin also -- I think its a girl thing (in rabbits)

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    My lop looks like someone has blow her up and let it down and the skins not quite gone back to normal. Shes got a giant chin and a giant skirt too. I called her Dougal for a while so you can imagine what she looked like. When she lies on the floor she looks like a duster - very cute

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