Last Updated on December 17, 2021 by Rei Garnet
If your rabbits already reached sexual maturity and are opposite in gender, jumping over each other can be a sign of what’s called “The Mating Dance”, this dance is what rabbits do to court each other.
If your rabbits are young, jumping over each other is likely just playing. Rabbits that are playing would often jump all over the place while chasing each other, it’s a sign that your rabbits are getting along and are forming a bond.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits jump over each other:
What are the reasons why rabbits jump over each other?
Your rabbit jumping over each other can mean different things depending on your rabbit’s age and gender. If both of your rabbits are the same gender and they’re young, jumping over each other is a sign that your rabbits are playing and forming a bond with each other.
The same is possible if your rabbits are opposite in gender and are less than 4-7 months. Simply put, rabbits that have not reached sexual maturity(4-7 months) that are jumping over each other are likely playing with each other.
While adult rabbits that are of opposite gender jumping over each other can be a sign of mating ritual.
Here’s an example of a rabbit’s courtship dance/mating dance:
Here’s another video showing the mating dance of two wild rabbits:
While here is an example of two rabbits playing by jumping over each other:
As you can see, the body language of the two is completely different. Rabbits that are playing with each other are also running and jumping all over the place while the mating dance is mostly done on the same spot.
Are rabbits that are jumping over each other fighting?
Rabbits that are fighting would not jump over each other. So no, rabbits that are fighting have a completely different body language.
Rabbits that are fighting would stand on their hind legs and use their front paws to scratch each other. Here’s an example of two rabbits fighting:
If your rabbits are jumping over each other and they’re the same gender, it’s more likely that they are just playing with each other. If you are worried, check both rabbits for any wounds especially in their ears, nose, and eyes.
Rabbits jumping over each other can mean different things depending on your rabbit’s age and gender. If your rabbit is young and hasn’t reached sexual maturity yet, jumping over each other is likely just playing.
If your rabbits are opposite in gender is are already 4-7 months old, it could a mating behavior. Rabbits would often do the “mating dance” when they’re courting each other.
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