Dutch Rabbits

Hollander Rabbits

Family: Leporidae Dutch Rabbits, known as Hollander Rabbits in Holland!Oryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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Hi, I had a black and white dutch and he was the most friendly rabbit that I have ever met. He was very social and loved people and our dog very much. If you ever... (more)  Stacy

   Dutch Rabbits are small colorful bunnies with a great disposition. They are an excellent pet choice for children and make a great first bunny!

  The baby Dutch Rabbits pictured above are about four weeks old. They are still very small and even as adults they will stay small.

   The Dutch Rabbit is not a "dwarf" but it is a very small rabbit. Probably the most recognizable of the small breed rabbits because of its distinct markings. It is an excellent all around pet as well as a good choice for showing. Their easy going personality and their small size makes them easy to house.

For more information about Rabbits and their care see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Rabbit

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Lagomorpha
  • Family: Leporidae
  • Genus: Oryctolagus
  • Species: cuniculus
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Background:    Introduced into England from Holland in 1864, the Dutch Rabbit is one of the oldest of the domesticated rabbit breeds and are referred to as Hollander Rabbits in Holland. They are bred as pets, for showing, and as lab animals.

Description:    The adult size is about 4 1/2 pounds. Medium sized and large sized rabbits can get much larger than that! Dutch rabbits can be identified by their distinctive markings, which include the white blaze on their faces and the white band around their upper bodies.

Color differences:    Black is the most popular color of the Dutch Rabbits but other nice colors include blue, chocolate, tortoise, steel gray, and gray.

Lastest Animal Stories on Dutch Rabbits

Stacy - 2004-01-13
Hi, I had a black and white dutch and he was the most friendly rabbit that I have ever met. He was very social and loved people and our dog very much. If you ever want a pet rabbit, definitely choose a dutch rabbit, a male if you can. They are much more friendly than the females. Mine lived to be 10 years old. They make fantastic pets!!

  • Juliana and Savannah ( Savannah is a rabbit) - 2014-08-18
    I also have a black Dutch named.Savannah :)
Vedo - 2003-12-22
Dutch Rabbits are great they are very nice and never have bitten me, but they do like to chew on your clothing but thats alright. its very funny and it doesnt hurt. if you get one it will love you very much if you spend a lot of time with it but if you get two together they will run away from you and not like you as much as they like each other. if you dont have time for it dont get one because there is nothing sadder than a bored and lonley rabbit so get two if you dont have time for it as much as you should. but they are still great for every one you just have to be gentle with them and they will love you so much but it takes some time, maybe like 1 month and they will be so much fun if you know how to take good care of them and spend a lot of time with them !!

  • Brent - 2013-12-30
    I have a b/w 1 month old Dutch buck; Hoppers. When my Netherland Dwarf of 8 years died I was inconsolable as I couldn't find another chinchilla coat Netherland Dwarf to replace him. I did find a sweet baby black & white Dutch whom I adore. After cleaning Bun Bun's 2 story hutch - he loves all the living space available. I have fastened a 10' x 10' dog pen around the front door so he can safely run, jump and dig. I feed him local dandelion weeds, raw carrots w/tops in addition to pellet food. Hoppers is a wonderful delightful pet.
karlhblanco - 2003-11-20
i have a white and black striped bunny but he always trys to scratch me when i carry him.what do i do?

"It sounds like your bunny is trying to get away when you pick him up. Try picking him up by the nape of the neck or under his chest with one hand and put your other hand under his back legs or hold both of his back feet in your hand. Make sure he has support for his back feet. That will make him feel secure and he may not try to get away. I hope this helps!"

Dr. Jungle

LaVina - 2005-01-18
I have a blue and white dutch bunny. He is the first pet I have had as an adult and my first bunny. He has a great disposition, is very playful, and loves to be petted. He is easy to care for and was easy to litterbox train. He pretty much trained himself. They are very smart animals. He loves to play. He runs all over the room and binkys high! He has a ball that he likes to roll around and he likes to hide in his little huts made out of cardboard boxes. He loves treats such as raisins, apples, carrots, broccoli, oranges, cilantro, mint, and parsley. He seems particularly fond of the mint and will pull it right out of your hand and gulp it down! : ) He does require alot of attention as they do get lonely but he is so worth it! He also gives bunny kisses which is a high honor. They will only groom some one they truly trust and love. He also knows that i always kiss his nose and has started to put his nose out for kisses! So cute. Bunnies are a great pet if you have the time for them but they also require alot of research. They are a fragile animal and need the proper care. But if you are considering one for a pet, a dutch is great to start out with. But be prepared. They can live up to around 10-15 years if properly cared for.

Adele Infante - 2004-08-25
It is so easy to see that those people who posted their tributes to their pets are truly the caregivers of the animal world. The animals are part of the family and they realize what a treasure it is to have them, even if it is only for a while. We know that the time with them will be short...but precious. We know that in the end we will be hurt by the loss of these dear critters. But we chose to love them again and again. Their claim to immortality is that they will live on forever in our hearts and souls.


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