History of the Dutch Rabbit
They are one of the oldest domestic breeds, and were once the most popular breed. The name suggests that the Dutch rabbit is from the Netherlands, but it was actually developed in England. During the 1830s rabbits were imported to England from Ostend in Belgium every week for the meat market.
Hay is the most important part of your rabbit’s diet. Pellets should only make up a small amount of your rabbit’s diet. They are high calorie and low fibre which leads to obesity and overgrown teeth. Fresh vegetables keep your rabbit’s intestines well hydrated, which helps with overall digestion. There are many vegetables that you can feed your rabbit, including celery, collard greens, green peppers, and radish tops. Rabbits have a sweet tooth and would probably love to eat a lot of fruit. However, because of the high sugar content, fruits should be fed only as treats.
There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt. Seeds, cookies, and crackers, and high-fiber cereals are also off-limits to your rabbit.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
Dutch rabbit is small or medium animal that has a rounded, compact body and a round head. The ears are short, well-furred, and robust and stand upright.
|Junior Bucks and Does||1.74 pounds (0.79kg)|
|The Senior Bucks and Does||4.49 pounds (2.04kg)|
Fur / Coat
The coat of the Dutch Rabbit should be dense, soft, glossy and smooth. The qualities of fur color are very important and vary between the different varieties. The varieties of Black, Chocolate, and Blue coats should be very glossy and uniform with the color running deep toward the skin.
The Dutch rabbit is quite a sociable individual by nature. They have a great personality and can be very energetic. Some can be a bit jumpy and wary. They are a great pet for adults and children.