The Netherland Dwarf breed was first produced in the Netherlands in the early 20th century. Small Polish rabbits were bred with smaller wild rabbits; after several generations the resulting animal was a very small domestic rabbit available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Netherland Dwarfs were first imported into the United Kingdom in 1948. In the 1960s and 1970s the United States imported its first Netherland Dwarf rabbits. The breed was accepted by the ARBA in 1969 using a modification of the British standard. Netherland Dwarfs' heads and eyes are disproportionately large with respect to their bodies, and their ears are tiny and carried high on the head. Additionally, their faces are rounded and shortened. These features, a part of the animals' dwarfism, cause them to look infantile even at adulthood. Netherland Dwarfs have a reputation of being skittish, wild, and/or of poor temperament. This is a leftover stereotype from the beginnings of the breed, when temperament wasn't the best. This has changed through selective breeding, making Dwarfs a docile breed. There are always exceptions, however, and there are testy individuals out there. In general, the Netherland Dwarf is curious and gentle. Those that are handled often learn to seek out human contact and enjoy companionship.
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These are the cutest rabbits one could imagine! The Netherland Dwarf breed was first produced in the Netherlands in the early 20th century. Small Polish rabbits were bred with smaller wild rabbits; after several generations the resulting animal was a very small domestic rabbit available in about 36 different varieties all of which stay very small!
Average weight is approximately 2 lbs.
This extremely cute bunny is easily one of the most popular show rabbits in the United States. It is also very popular in Europe where it is known as the 'European Pole'.
Most of the time Netherland Dwarfs are happy, friendly little pets, but once in a while there will be one that becomes less agreeable as it approaches breeding age. During this time it may be more protective of its body and its cage. Usually the bunny will settle down and become friendly again with patience and understanding. This can also be improved once it is bred but if your dwarf will be a pet only, spaying or neutering may also help.
SHOWING NETHERLAND DWARFS
Body (30 pts)
Short, compact, cobby, full cheated and wide shouldered. Devoid of raciness. Front legs short and straight
Ears (15 pts)
Erect, of good substance, well furred, slightly rounded at tips. Desired length 50 mm (2 inches)
Eyes (5 pts)
Round, bold, bright of good colour. Should be bold bright and large.
Head (15 pts)
Colour (15 pts)
Accept any colour so long as if conforms to the normal pattern of accepted colours of other breeds
Coat (10 pts)
Soft, short, dense, rollback
Condition (10 pts)
Firm in flesh,good coat, free from any disease
Weight: (Note for guidance, the weight of an ideal Adult exhibit should be as near as possible to kg 1.0 - (21b) ). Disqualification - over kg 1.134 (2.1/21b) Adult.
Faults: Narrow shoulder; ears not erect, bent or over length, narrow face, white hairs, white toenails in coloured rabbits, ticking on shaded rabbits and black hairs in blues, fly-back coat.
Disqualifications: Racy type, crooked legs, odd coloured, wall or speck eyes, white patches, white armpits, putty noses. Young rabbits over kg 0.90? (21b) (but lt the exhibit in the opinion of the judge is over developed for the age of the class it should be disqualified irrespective of weight). Overgrown or mutilated teeth, running eye(s). Not in a fit condition of health to be judged.
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