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What is a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit?

K. Gierok
K. Gierok

The Netherland dwarf rabbit is considered by many professionals to be the smallest of all breeds of rabbits. Typically, in order to be acceptable for show or pure breeding, a Netherland dwarf rabbit must remain under 2.5 pounds (5.4 kg). Netherland dwarf rabbits are well known for a variety of specific features that include relatively short ears and large eyes, a surprisingly round belly, and a broad head. Netherland dwarf rabbits typically have short fur that is thick and easy to keep clean. For best results when raising Netherland dwarf rabbits, individuals should be sure to provide adequate amounts of the right type of food, and and home that is both safe and clean from germs and bacteria.

As Netherland dwarf rabbits increase in popularity, breeding of this breed is becoming much more common. For best results when breeding the Netherland dwarf rabbit, it is important to wait until both the female and male partners are at least four and a half months old. Breeding the animals before this point can not only result in very small litters, but can also be extremely dangerous for the female rabbit. Many Netherland dwarf rabbit breeders choose to have their breeding pairs evaluated by a qualified professional before beginning the breeding process in order to determine if the rabbits are healthy enough to produce viable babies.


In order to raise healthy Netherland dwarf rabbits, it is essential to provide them with a healthy diet that is rich in the vitamins and minerals that they need. One of the most important components in the diet of a Netherland dwarf rabbit is high amounts of protein. Typically, adult rabbits require food that is composed of approximately 16% protein, while breeding rabbits need a diet that provides around 18% protein. In addition, Netherland dwarf rabbits also require adequate amounts of salt, fat, and fiber in order to live a healthy life. Be sure to consult with a veterinarian that is familiar with rabbit care in order to learn exactly what is required when feeding Netherland dwarf rabbits.

Finally, be sure to provide Netherland dwarf rabbits with a safe, clean home. Typically, these rabbits are kept in hutches that are filled with hay or other types of bedding to protect the animal from inclement weather. The hutch should be cleaned on a regular basis in order to prevent the spread of any possible disease.

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