Netherland Dwarf rabbit breed is one of the smallest rabbit breeds which is popular for being raised as a pet. It is also well-known for its compact, round appearance with playful nature. Also, it has large eyes compared to its compact body which makes the rabbit more cute and adorable. Similarly, miniature rabbits refer to those rabbit with dwarfing gene or to any small breed of the domestic rabbit. As Netherland Dwarf rabbit also carry the dwarf gene, it is a true dwarf breed. And due to the spunky personality of the Netherland Dwarf rabbit, it makes him unique than other dwarf rabbits. Generally, it is mostly found in the size of 1.1-2.5 pounds of weight. Despite this compact size, they are still strong, muscular, and active due to which they are the most preferred one among the dwarf rabbits.
History of Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Breed
Initially, Netherland Dwarf breed was first developed in Netherland in the early 20th century by breeding small polish rabbits with smaller wild rabbits. After several generations of breeding, the result was a small domestic rabbit available in different colors and patterns. Then Netherland dwarfs were first imported in the United Kingdom in 1948. Similarly, in the 1960s and 1970s, the United States also imported its first Netherland Dwarf rabbits. After that Netherland dwarf rabbit breed was accepted by the American Rabbit Breeder Associations as a recognized breed in 1969 and also it was accepted by British Rabbit Council. And now it’s one of the popular rabbit breeds throughout the world.
Lifespan of Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
Like other pet, Netherland Dwarf Rabbit also need proper care and companionship. They need a lot of attention, exercise, affection, and most importantly a proper home with fresh food and water. Similarly, the average life span of this breed is generally 5 to 6 yrs but if it is spayed or neutered early in life. It can increase their life expectancy up to about 10 yrs. So it’s on your responsibility to spay your pet when it’s time. Also, the life of these breeds mostly depends on the health condition and their diet.
Most of the Netherland dwarf rabbits don’t do well at high or low temperatures which makes them suffer from several health problems. So, it’s better to keep them indoor and daily grooming should be done to remove loose hair. Similarly, we must be concerned regarding other health issues as well as respiratory diseases, dental problems, etc.
The diet of good qualities pellets, veggies, and hay is always best for the Netherland dwarf rabbits. But the diet should be properly managed like feeding only 1/8 cup of pellets per pounds of body weight every day and fresh greens, vegetables or fruits can be given as a supplement. And for those rabbits under 8 months of age, unlimited plain alfalfa pellet should be fed. Similarly, as they grow up alfalfa should be replaced by other hays and pellets.
Behavior of Netherland Dwarf Rabbits
Netherland Dwarf rabbits are known for their poor temperaments such as being skittish, grumpy, and wild. However, with a bit of patience and a comfortable environment, it can be a loving pet that you desire to have, and whereas their spunky personality makes them more fun and entertaining companions. Similarly, they are lively and very playful which makes them seem active. Also, they are intelligent and can be trained to use a litter box but still, they should be caged when not supervised in order to prevent them from chewing wires and also for their own protection.
Having a well-known reputation for being shy, nervous and aggressive, it’s quite hard to make them familiar with the surroundings. But little gentleness and understanding will help you to make the rabbit bring out the best in their behavior and you will enjoy its companionship.