5. Pathology

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Genetics of rabbit breeds and populations
Coat colour and hair structure
Groups of breeds by adult size and origin
Local populations and strains
Breeding characters
Biological characters
Genes and the environment
Genetic improvement: selection and crossing


It would be inappropriate here to insert a treatise on rabbit diseases. A disease cannot be described without reference to medical data with which the user of this book in all likelihood is not familiar. In addition, the pathogenic agents of many rabbit diseases are known and in some cases well described their presence does not necessarily imply the existence of a disease. Disease is almost always the result of poor surroundings and environment coupled with the onslaught of a pathogenic agent-microbe, virus or parasite.

This chapter therefore starts with a general discussion of the pathology of the rabbit before it goes into more detailed descriptions of the principal diseases.


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