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Breeding Age

  • Breeding age of female (optimum) - 3-10 months
  • Breeding age of male (optimum) - 3-24 months
  • Sexually mature- 5-6 weeks of age

Female Statistics

  • Type of estrus- polyestrous (heat at fairly regular times- year round)
  • Frequency of estrus- Every 4-5 days
  • Length of estrus- Usually 12 hours (most often at night)
  • Return of estrus after delivery- 12-24 hours
  • Female menopause- 18 months (variable)
  • Pelvic fusing in females- No
  • Number of teats on a female- 12
  • Number of uteruses- 2 (“uterine horns”)

Pregnancy and Babies

  • Gestation- 21-23 days
  • Weaning age- 21-28 days
  • Average litter size- 6-12 (variable from 1-22)
  • Average size of newborn- 6-7 grams
  • Fur on babies: 7-10 days
  • Eyes open- 12-15 days
  • Ear canal open 12-14 days
  • Descent of testes 15-50 days

Posted on November 25, 2005, 15:44, Last updated on December 9, 2007, 05:53 | Basics



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