History Of The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit was developed in the early 1900s in Holland from the white Polish Rabbit and wild rabbits to produce a small rabbit in a variety of colours. The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit was first given a show standard in Holland in 1940. Netherland Dwarf Rabbits were introduced in the UK in the late 1940s and into the US in the late 1960s. Today the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is one of the most popular breeds of rabbit kept as a pet.
The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit has a small compact body, a short neck and a compact, broad head with curved profile. The ears are small, erect, rounded at the tips and approximately 5cm in length. The coat of the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is short and soft.
The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is available in a variety of colours including Agouti, Chinchilla, Squirrel, Opal, Lynx, Black, Blue, Brown, Lilac, White, Tan, Fox, Sable Marten, Otter, Fawn, Himalayan, Orange, Steel, Sable Siamese, Sealpoint, Smoke Pearl Siamese and Tortoiseshell.
The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit, along with the Polish Rabbit, is the smallest of rabbit breeds weighing just 800g - 1.2 Kg when adult.
The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is timid, lively and can be highly strung and so despite its small size is not the best of rabbit breeds for small children. The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit breed has been associated with bad temperament, particularly in bucks and so assessment of temperament is important when buying.
The average lifespan of the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is 7-10 years.