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DUTCH RABBITS 


Dutch Rabbits are a breed of rabbit originating in Holland sometime around 1850 or later where it is called the Hollander Rabbit.  It found its way to England in 1864 where it has risen in continued popularity and been exported to points around the world.  The Dutch is one of the oldest breeds of domestic rabbit known, owing its existence, as do all domestic rabbits, to the much earlier domestication of the European wild rabbit. The Dutch rabbit is a fairly small compact rabbit, with ears that stand erect and powerful back legs that are longer than the front legs. The Dutch rabbit is always white with the addition of another base color.  They are one of the most popular rabbits kept as pets today.  The average adult Dutch Rabbit will weigh between 4 to 5 ½ pounds and on average will live 5 to 8 years.  Longer life spans can be expected if the animals are neutered or spayed.  The longest life span that has been reported is 15 years with 10 years not all that uncommon.  

 


 BUCKS


 


 

Gilbert

Chocolate Dutch Senior Buck
3 Legs


 


 


 


 Thanks to Hailey 'n Steph of HnS Rabbitry for this fancy pair of Dutch's... more info coming soon


 


DOES


 


 

Princess (pictured left)
Sold to Nickie Raines

Blue Dutch Senior Doe


Litter Coming Soon - TBA


 


 


 


 


 


 

Also Coming Soon
Chocolate Dutch Senior Doe



 


 

 

 

 

 


The American Rabbit Breeder Association, (ARBA), recognizes 6 distinctive varieties of Dutch Rabbits, the Black, Blue, Chocolate, Gray, Steel, and Tortoise.  The American standard allots 50 of the 100 total points to markings, 25 points to general type, 10 points to color, 10 points to fur and 5 to condition.


 

Ears short and strong, not pointed, and fairly broad at their base. (10 points)

Eyes bold and bright, fairly large. (5 points)

Blaze wedged shaped, carrying up to a point between ears.

Cheeks as round as possible, and coming as near to the whiskers without touching. Also covering the line of the jawbone. (15 points with Blaze)

Clean Neck means free from coloured fur immediately behind the ears. (10 points)

Saddle is the junction between the white and coloured fur on the back. This line to continue right round the animal in an even straight line. (10 points)

Undercut continuation of the saddle. To be as near up to the front legs as possible without touching them. (10 points)

Stops white markings on the hind feet, about 1 1/4 inches in length, and to cut cleanly round the foot in a similar manner to the saddle and undercut. (15 points)

Colour see below for colours. (10 points)

Shape (type) and Condition compact, cobby, rounded. Shape also means type. Weight and condition also have a bearing on shape or type. The ideal weight of an Adult Dutch should be 41/2 to 5lbs. Hard and firm in flesh. Back well covered with firm flesh. Not baggy in belly. Skin tight, gloss on coat, bright eyes, lively, alert. (15 points).



 


 


 


 

Ring Size B

 

Ears short and strong, not pointed, and fairly broad at their base.

 

Eyes bold and bright, fairly large.

 

Blaze wedged shaped, carrying up to a point between ears.

 

Cheeks as round as possible, and coming as near to the whiskers without touching. Also covering the line of the jawbone.

 

Clean Neck means free from coloured fur immediately behind the ears.

 

Saddle is the junction between the white and coloured fur on the back. This line to continue right round the animal in an even straight line.

 

Undercut continuation of the saddle. To be as near up to the front legs as possible without touching them.

 

Stops white markings on the hind feet, about 11/4 inches in length, and to cut cleanly round the foot in a similar manner to the saddle and undercut.

 

Colour see below for colours.

 

Shape (type) and Condition compact, cobby, rounded. Shape also means type. Weight and condition also have a bearing on shape or type. The ideal weight of an Adult Dutch should be 41/2 to 5lbs. Hard and firm in flesh. Back well covered with firm flesh. Not baggy in belly. Skin tight, gloss on coat, bright eyes, lively, alert.