Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

Netherland Dwarf Rabbits

The appeal of the Netherland Dwarf bunny can be attributed to its small size, variety of showable colors, and brachycephalic head. Netherland Dwarf rabbits were first produced in the Netherlands in the early 20th century. Since then their popularity has grown, new color varieties have been recognized, there are now 25 colours.

If you’re looking for a unique pet to bring a bit of liveliness to your home, consider the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit. They are very cute, cuddly, active, and full of bold personalities. Their sweet temperament and cuddly size will make a great addition to your family.

Netherland Dwarf bunnies are a unique breed and they will give your home extra excitement and personality. This breed of rabbits was bred over multiple generations to perfect its petite size and its friendly nature.

Once your bunny becomes comfortable in its new location, they quickly become part of the family. Netherland Dwarf bunnies are actually quite active and it’s quite comical to watch as they dart around a room.

While some domestic rabbits have their origin by pure chance, Netherland Dwarf rabbits were purposefully engineered.

In the early 20th Century, Dutch breeders worked over generations to breed pure white Polish rabbits until a lineage of very tiny rabbits emerged.  By mixing wilder Netherland dwarf rabbits with more domesticated rabbits with dwarf genes, the breed that we know and love today is quite docile.

 

Scientific Facts

Common Name: Netherland Dwarf Rabbit | Scientific Name: Oryctolagus cuniculus | Life Span: 7 to 12 years | Habitat:   Human homes, yards, farms, and gardens | Body Shape: Compact | Country of Origin: Holland

NETHERLAND DWARF BUNNY CHARACTERISTICS

NETHERLAND DWARF RABBIT COAT

Netherland Dwarf bunnies have a lovely coat that has a short to medium length. It is easy to maintain and does not need a lot of grooming.

COLORS

The original coloring of Netherland Dwarf rabbits was pure white. Over time many more colors have been accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). Colors are blue, chocolate, tortoiseshell, fox, orange, and a bunch of others.

HEALTH

Netherland Dwarf rabbits have minimal health complications. Like all rabbits, Netherland Dwarf rabbits have teeth that grow continuously but with a proper diet, their teeth should file down on their own without any concerns.

TEMPERAMENT/BEHAVIOR/PERSONALITY

Netherland Dwarf rabbits are very timid, but they do not like loud noises or unexpected movements. You need to give your new rabbit time to get used to its new surroundings. However, once your Netherland Dwarf bunny becomes accustomed to its surroundings, it will become a very loving pet. You can expect lap cuddles and other affectionate behavior. Make sure your Netherland Dwarf Rabbit gets lots of physical activity. When they are not cuddling, the Netherland Dwarf is extremely active. Playtime and running time are essential to keeping your new bunny happy and healthy.

LIFESPAN

Netherland Dwarf rabbits can live between 7 and 12 years. Which is a remarkable lifespan given the rabbit’s very tiny size.

WEIGHT

One of the smallest domestic rabbit breeds, Netherland Dwarf rabbits weigh between 600g – 1.4kg. Female rabbits are normally slightly larger than male rabbits.

HOUSING

Despite their very small size, Netherland Dwarf rabbits still need plenty of space to live in. Their cage should be at least 60cm in height x 80cm in length. However, the larger the better so that they can be able to play and run around inside.

TYPE OF CAGE BOTTOM

Wood is preferable for a cage bottom so that your rabbit has a softer place to walk on. Wire bottoms are acceptable but there should always be a spot of no wire so that sores don’t develop.

FEEDER

Rabbits are messy eaters. It’s best to have a feeder that is attached to the side of the cage so that nothing becomes overturned as your Netherland Dwarf rabbit is moving around.

WATERER

Instead of placing a bowl of water in the cage, buy a water bottle that attaches to the side of the cage to prevent any spills.

LOCATION

Small rabbits, such as Netherland Dwarf bunnies, need to be kept warm. Find a spot that isn’t near any drafts. A warm cosy corner in the house is ideal.

You should avoid direct sunlight from windows or doors.

CLEANING

Thankfully, Netherland Dwarf rabbits are easy to train to use their litter box. They like to go in the same spot, thus provide a tray of litter and empty it of droppings as you see it gets full.

For bedding, you can use straw, hay or wood shavings. You should give the entire cage a good cleaning at least once a week.

WHAT CAN NETHERLAND DWARF RABBITS EAT?

Rabbit pellets and fresh hay should always be provided. Hay makes up 70% of a Netherland Dwarf Bunny’s diet. Leafy lettuce, crunchy carrots, and sweet apples are all tasty treats for your bunny

ARE NETHERLAND DWARF RABBITS CUDDLY?

It might take a bit of effort and patience, but if you show your new Netherland Dwarf rabbit that they are a part of your family, they will become cuddly and loving in no time. These bunnies want to be affectionate, but they are also easily frightened. You will find that if you sit down long enough you will have your bunny occupying your lap for some cuddles all on his or her own.

HOW MUCH IS A NETHERLAND DWARF RABBIT?

Purebred Netherland dwarf rabbits can cost between R1000 to R3000 depending on gene quality. Be careful of sellers who sell at lower prices, these rabbits are mostly not pure. You can find your bunny either through rabbit breeders or through online advertisements, but make sure to ask if the breeder is registered.

TO CONCLUDE

The Netherland dwarf rabbit breed is has many colours. But the most interesting thing about this breed is that it retains a baby-like appearance, features, and size even in its adult years. Remember that it needs the correct diet, the right housing and companionship.

Hay forms the bulk of a rabbit’s diet because of its many advantages. But you should also feed them rabbit pellets because this contains added vitamins and minerals for your rabbit’s health. You can also give them small pieces of vegetable and fruit. Netherland Dwarf Rabbits are very active during the day, they eat, forage, socialize, and breed. They tend to sleep in the evenings at around 8 hours per day. Feeding your Netherland Dwarf bunny must be done in the morning when they are very active.

GROOMING

Netherland Dwarf Rabbits are similar to all rabbits when it comes to grooming. Netherland Dwarf rabbits will groom themselves for hours. Rabbits may also groom each other, which is a sign that they are happy with their companions.

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