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Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

Family: Leporidae Picture of a Netherland Dwarf RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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I just purchased a dwarf bunny, she is black and very soft to hold and it only took me 2 days to litter train her. I named her jasper and she knows her name.  patti russell

   These are the cutest rabbits one could imagine! They come in about 36 different varieties (more than any other breed!) all of which stay very small!

   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 if it is bred. However if you aren't planning on breeding, getting your bunny sterilized can often help avoid behavioral problems. There are also definite health benefits for the rabbit as well. Neutering or spaying can be done when your rabbit is over 4 months of age.

Dr. Jungle..."Wow Leanne, thanks for sharing your Netherland Dwarfs!"

"Thumper" is a male Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
"Thumper"
"This is my rabbit is called Thumper, he is a purebred Netherland Dwarf. I think he is so cute, because he has a gorgeous face, he comes when he is called, and he licks me. Thumper.. is the smallest Netherland Dwarf I have seen!"...Leanne

"Bonnie" is a female Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
"Bonnie"
"Bonnie loves to play in her 'Bunny Playground', she runs really fast. She loves to chew and burrow, and when she's in the garden, she doesn't sit still.. She is very small and has a lot of character."...Leanne

Photo Courtesy: Leanne Wall

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


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Lagomorpha
  • Family: Leporidae
  • Genus: Oryctolagus
  • Species: cuniculus
Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

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Ginger the baby Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

Ginger - 6 Week Old Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

Background:    The Netherland Dwarf rabbits were developed in Europe and are thought to be based on the British Polish breeds. It is suggested that these early dwarf rabbits were seen in Holland, which is where they got the name "Netherland" dwarf rabbits. It was recognized as a breed in the United States in 1969.

Description:    The main feature of Netherland Dwarf rabbits is their small size. They have a similar appearance to the Polish dwarf, except that they are the smallest of all rabbits - weighing only 2 to 2 1/2 lbs. They are very compact, with short little ears that stand straight up. Their fur is short, dense, soft, and glossy. They are popular for showing and as pets.

Color differences:    Netherland Dwarfs rabbits come in all kinds of colors. There are currently 24 colors recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Some of the colors include black, blue, chocolate, lilac, lynx, opal, otter, silver marten, tan, fawn, and steel, as well as the white red-eyed (ruby-eyed) and blue-eyed.

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patti russell - 2013-12-29
I just purchased a dwarf bunny, she is black and very soft to hold and it only took me 2 days to litter train her. I named her jasper and she knows her name.

  • Anonymous - 2014-02-07
    nice
  • sarah - 2014-02-26
    Mine took about that long to litter train. His name is Rusty, and he has been mine since he was born. I love him to bits and I don't know what I would do without him. Whenever I'm sad he gives my an encouraging lick on the nose. If anyone was thinking about getting a Netherland Dwarf, I definitely recommend it.
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Oscar - 2008-12-01
I have ten Netherlands Dwarfs. We originally bought two but we were told they both were males and later we found out one was a female and was pregnant. We separated them after that but we kept making mistakes and letting them reproduce two more times. Now we have ten but we are very happy with them. We have had only two major accidents. At the beginning with the first and second litter we let them be together when they were young and they ended up fighting. One morning we found one of them a female, Pikachu, with part of the fur in her face ripped. We immediately took her to the vet and got her fixed and ever since then we keep them separate in separate cages. Each male has his own cage and females can share cages because they are less territorial and can get used to live with each other. The second accident we had was about two months ago my wife put the cages in out patio. The patio has a roof so she thought the rabbits would be ok with the shadow for the day while she was cleaning the house but when I checked them I found out one of the males Noodle, was shaking and acting weird. We immediately took him in the house along with the other rabbits we cooled him down but it was too late he had a heat stroke. We treated him at home and he survived it took him days but he got full control over his body and can do everything normal now he loses balance from time to time but he is happy again. It was very sad to see him struggling when he lost the mobility of half his body. If you get a rabbit make sure you take precautions when leaving them outside they are very delicate and they can easily die from a stroke. I love my rabbits as if they were my kids. This rabbits are not mean. Some have a stronger character than other but they are good rabbits when you show them respect they will show you love. Pikachu and Noodle seem to be aware we save their lives because they are the rabbits that lick us most and they seem happy to see us every time we get home. We have another male that he is very nice to me now that I don't pick him up anymore. Some rabbits don't like to be picked up they rather be pet in their cages or outside in the floor. As humans not all rabbits are the same you will learn how your rabbit is as you interact with them and you learn what they like and what they don't like and they will be nice to you if you respect them and treat them right. The question shouldn't be if Netherlands Dwarf are good for kids or not the question should be Are your kids good for the Netherlands Dwarf. If your kid is respectful and knows how to handle small animals and can learn to treat the rabbit the right way and learn what the rabbit likes and dislike then it can be a really good pet. Otherwise its better to get a bigger rabbit or even better a different pet like a dog. Sometimes Rabbits can look cute but they might not be the right pet with you they are not a pet you can leave on the corner and just fill their food and water. They need to be cared for, special attention and sometimes they need medical care as well as they are very delicate so think well before you buy a rabbit. Don't let them die because you made a poor choice. There are other pets that need less care and it breaks my heart to know that there are little Pikachus and Noodles not being taken care of and let die because of it. Please think before you get your rabbit.

  • Megan Kirkman - 2010-06-08
    I am thinking about getting 2 rabbits and am interested in netherland dwarfs and your comments have help me get more knowledge on the breeds behavior I hope that my rabbits will be as loving to me as yours have been to you.
  • Bev Fish - 2010-12-18
    We are wanting to buy a Netherland Dwarf Bunny for our fifteen year old daughter for Christmas but we are having a hard time finding any breeder in the area where we live. I am willing to drive to Los Angeles, CA. I live in Ventura County, CA. I have gotten on line and looked and have put some emails out but only one called me back and she is all the way down in San Diego and only has two left. A one year old and a 3 year old. She wants $50.00 each. Do you know of any breeders in our area of Southern California?
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Sarah - 2003-09-30
I have recently bought one of these fantastic rabbits. So far it seems very gentle, but also very afraid. I would advice constant supervision if letting them run around the house or backyard as they are very fast and agile. I recomend this rabbit to anyone that loves animals and is prepared to spoil their rabbit with love and affection.

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ellie - 2008-08-10
My grandad has 20 adult netherland dwarf rabbits, 13 girls and 7 boys. They are all soooo cute and have their own. The reason there are lots of mixed reviews is because there are lots of different rabbits, humans aren't all the same so why should rabbits have to be. The majority of ours love being held and stroked but some like to be held up and some along. You just have to get to know your rabbit. Some will love the company of all animals but some will hate it, and some are very territorial and some love you to stroke them in their cage. There are very rarely vicious rabbits, but if you have one, the key thing is trust. The rabbit must know you respect that it is their hutch and must come to you in their own time. We find the boys tend to be a little more territorial than the girls, but it really just depends on the rabbit. To anybody looking into have a netherland dwarf i am sure you have been told they are a lot of work. But they don't always have to be. You can have cared for your rabbit in 10 minutes each day, altough they do like lots of fuss and attention. By having an organised way of cleaning them, most rabbits will choose one corner as their "litter tray" and you can simply clean that corner each day, and your rabbit won't smell much at all. We do, however, have one rabbit with head tilt who almost died and all of the vets said her chances were slim, but she survived. We had to syringe feed her for almost a month and we made a special cushion. Well, good luck to everybody who wants a rabbit, I hope you get your furry little friend soon!

  • Emily - 2010-06-10
    Guess what I might get a baby bunny.
  • Angelik - 2010-06-29
    Know anyone, like your granddad, that is a breeder for netherland dwarfs?
  • rose - 2010-11-29
    Wow that is a lot of rabbits I have one myself his or her name is thumper I feel sorry for the bunny that almost died, is your grandad giving any bunnys away? Have a good day sincerely
    rose
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Jlarsen143 - 2008-07-25
We have 2 N. Dwarf rabbits - both male. Litter box training was a bit trying but it's done now and well worth the patience. I feed the bows ONLY OXBOW pellets and OXBOW grass / hay. Once they turn 6 months old, the hay will become 70% of their diet and the pellets will be cut way back. Vegetables will be introduced at 6 months and fruits there after. I love these rabbits the way some people love their dog. N.Dwarfs can be extremely playful and express themselves very well. We get kisses from the rabbits every day. One of my rabbits only weighed in at 0.6 lbs and the other at 1 lb. These are not the type of rabbits to have around very small children - unless the children are taught to be careful and GENTLE.

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carol - 2008-03-23
I inherited my daughter's Netherland Dwarf when she went to college last year. His name is Wallace and he is adorable. He has a great personality and disposition. I almost lost him this past November. We came home to find blood all over his cage. We rushed him to the vet! It was discovered that he had a mass in his bladder. Although it would cost a lot of money, I decided to go ahead with the surgery,and the doctor's removed a crystalized stone almost the size of his bladder. Wallace miracously survived the surgery and is completely healthy today. I was told not to feed him alfalfa pellets, and that I should feed him Timothy Hay pellets. The Vet told me that pellets should only consist of 25% of his diet and the rest should be leafy greens and carrots. At first he did not like the change in his diet, but now he loves all the greens and only eats a small portion of pellets. He has maintained his weight and his coat is shiny,and he just seems so happy with the change. Because I never had a pet rabbit I just fed him what I thought was good for him. Our Vet's have told us that the alfalfa pellets were first invented for rodents and rabbits that were in labratories. Of course these animals were not expected to live a long life, so the alfalfa was OK to use. Unfortuantely I had to learn what I should feed my bunny the hard way, but thank God he is now happy and healthy. I just love the little guy so much. I always need a dose of rabbit-therapy at the end of the day and he is always happy to give it. I highly recommend Netherland Dwarfs to anyone who wants a pet that is not a cat or dog, but still want an animal that is intelligent and loving.

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