The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is one of the smallest rabbits in the world! This little animal is unbelievably cute, laid-back, and is a lovely pet for someone older and more chilled out! Join us as we dive down the rabbit hole and discover 35 facts about the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit.
Fact 1: The Netherland Dwarf rabbit breed was produced in the Netherlands, as the name suggests! The breed was developed by a team led by Jan Meyering, who worked for over 30 years to produce the tiny rabbit that we all adore today.
Fact 2: As you might’ve guessed the breed has been around for a few years, in fact, it was created in the 20th century.
Fact 3: The very first Netherland Dwarf rabbit generations that existed were very temperamental and acted quite wild and were not domesticated. This is because of their breeding, but they have since been developed to be quite loving creatures!
Fact 4: Polish rabbits were bred with small wild rabbits to create the small Netherland Dwarf rabbit. The fact that there were elements belonging to ‘wild’ rabbits in these first generations of Netherland Dwarf rabbit is likely to be where their poor temperament came from.
Fact 5: With good selective breeding the Netherland Dwarf rabbit has become a gentle and friendly domesticated rabbit, different to its ancestors who had the prominent wild streak. Today, breeders are able to select rabbits that have the best characteristics to breed with, thus resulting in a far better-behaved bunny!
Fact 6: The price of a Netherland Dwarf bunny varies from country to country, and from one retailer to another. But, they are generally reasonably priced, and it doesn’t cost too much too look after them.
Fac 7: The Netherland Dwarf rabbits’ head and eyes are relatively large compared to its body. This is perfectly normal for this type of breed.
Fact 8: These little bunnies come in various colors. These include, but are not limited to Blue Eyed White, Chocolate Point, Lilac Otter, and Siamese Smoke, and that’s me naming just a few!
Fact 9: Although they generally come in a color, there are occasions when these Netherland Dwarf rabbits come with patterns too. But, these patterns are not significant.
Fact 10: Like most rabbits, Netherland Dwarf rabbits like to eat veg, hay, and pellets. They shouldn’t be given foods that are high in sugar as this is bad for them. On another note, given that they’re so small, they don’t actually eat that much food in a day. Some say about half a cup of food a day is all they’ll eat! Which is a lot less than bigger rabbits!
Fact 11: A female rabbit is known as a ‘doe’.
Fact 12: Netherland Dwarf rabbits can be trained, and some say they have far higher intelligence than other regular-sized rabbits. Litter training is an area that this little bunny aces!
Fact 13: While a lot of bigger rabbits enjoy being held and cuddled, this doesn’t seem to be the case for the Netherland Dwarf rabbit. These little ones are not too keen on being continuously picked up and cuddled. This is likely to be a throwback to their wild side from generations ago!
Fact 14: They like to be very active! They love to have plenty of exercise during the day! Which means that you, the owner, need to play with them, or you need to provide your little friend with plenty of toys to tire them out. They will become bored because in the wild their brains would’ve been on the go all the time!
Fact 15: In 1948 the Netherland Dwarf rabbit arrived in the UK. It wouldn’t be until the year 1950 when it was accepted by the British Rabbit Council.
Fact 16: The Netherland Dwarf rabbit needs plenty of water. Then again, all animals need water! On hot days, you can leave frozen ice in bottles for the little ones to drink out of!
Fact 17: Netherland Dwarf rabbits are not the best pets for kids. Why? Because the Netherland Dwarf bunny has a natural predisposition to feel nervous. Given the rabbit’s history, it doesn’t like to be played with too much and prefers a quiet and older environment to live in. Children are likely to over-play with the rabbit and cuddle it too much, which could make the Netherland Dwarf bunny feel on edge.
Fact 18: When young, Netherland Dwarf rabbits should be fed plenty of alfalfa pellets and hay to help them grow, but the alfalfa can be replaced with more vegetables as the rabbit gets older.
Fact 19: During the 1960s-1970s the USA began to import the Netherland Dwarf rabbit.
Fact 20: Doe Netherland Dwarf rabbits are usually larger than buck Netherland Dwarf rabbits.
Fact 21: The Netherland Dwarf has the genetic symbol ‘dw’. This signifies that it’s is a dwarf.
Fact 22: A male rabbit is known as a ‘buck’.
Fact 23: A Netherland Dwarf rabbits’ ears are high up on its head and are quite small in comparison to other rabbits’ ears.
Fact 24: The Netherland Dwarf rabbit breed was officially Accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1969.
Fact 25: The Netherland Dwarf rabbit likes to bond with its owner over time. But it does take time to develop this special bond as they can be quite nervous creatures. However, once the bond has been sealed it lasts a lifetime.
Fact 26: Some research suggests that breeding 2 ‘true dwarf rabbits’ doesn’t yield favorable results. Namely, the bunny rabbits produced in this type of breeding are likely to die quickly after birth because they have not developed correctly.
Fact 27: The Netherland Dwarf rabbits’ face/head are considerably shorter than what would be expected of a rabbit. The term for this is ‘brachycephalic’ and this type of characteristic is usually seen in pugs.
Fact 28: As you might assume, the Netherland Dwarf rabbit has fragile bones. This is likely to have occurred because of breeding, and because of its tiny size.
Fact 29: Baby rabbits are known as ‘kittens’. Gosh, that’s confusing – next you’ll be thinking of cats.
Fact 30: Netherland Dwarf rabbits are very likely to develop ‘malocclusion’. This is when the teeth and jaws don’t fit together correctly, and the teeth eventually start to become overgrown in the mouth. This can be a problem when the rabbit needs to chew food, and this usually requires veterinary assistance if not treated!
Fact 31: The Netherland Dwarf rabbit generally weighs about 1.1-2.5 lb. This is absolutely nothing when you compare it to some Flemish Giant rabbits that weigh up to about 20 lbs.
Fact 32: The Netherland Dwarf rabbit does prefer to live in quiet environments. These environments are usually found in a child-free, elderly, single person, and retirement homes.
Fact 33: 17 Netherland Dwarf rabbits survived World War 2. Eventually, English breeders started to breed the rabbits again, and the breed was recognised by the British Rabbit Council in 1950.
Fact 34: While the Netherland Dwarf rabbit may not like young children, they do like adult interaction. They find it easier to get along with adults because they are less fearful of being dropped on the floor. And, adults are more likely to give the rabbit the ‘space’ it needs.
Fact 35: The general lifespan of the Netherland Dwarf rabbit is about 10-12 years. This, however, does depend on the individual rabbit and its life circumstances.