Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
History of the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit breed was first produced in the Netherlands in the early 20th century. Small Polish rabbits were bred with smaller wild rabbits. Early dwarfs, had aggressive temperaments due to their temperament they were not good pets. This was a result of breeders selecting wild breeding animals for their size. The breed was accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders’ Association in 1969.
It’s important to take special care of your Netherland to keep him as healthy as possible. Rabbit’s diet should consist of pellets, fresh hay, clean water, and fresh vegetables. 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 fiber which leads to obesity and overgrown teeth. Fresh vegetables keep your rabbit’s intestines well hydrated, which helps with overall digestion.
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. Without enough water, intestinal contents can become very dry and get stuck. There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
The Netherland Dwarf is among the very smallest breeds with a typical weight range of 1 -2 lbs (0.4-0.9kg). Netherland Dwarf Rabbit has a compact and rounded body. They have short, small ears, stiffly and close together but they do not touch and end with a slightly rounded point. The feet are quite short and close together.
Fur / Coat
A Netherland Dwarf rabbit’s coat is short to medium in length and soft. They don’t need a lot of grooming since they keep themselves clean.
Netherland Dwarf rabbits can be shy and slightly skittish. They are also great little bunnies for couples, singles or seniors who live in either a home or apartment. Netherland dwarf rabbits are often called ‘The Gems of the Fancy’for their small, round creatures with big personalities. They are the second most popular breed among the 46 pure breed rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).