Animal Stories - Netherland Dwarf Rabbits

Animal-World Information about: Netherland Dwarf Rabbits

   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!
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Marlee - 2010-05-18
Hello I just got my first Netherland dwarf rabbit it is named Taylor hopner ( after taylor lautner) I love him so much! I will be putting him in 4h! He is a chestnut coloured, I am planning on breeding him, and his father was a champion show rabbit! I am looking forward to winning! :)

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  • shekina - 2010-05-22
    Hi my name is shekina I really want a netherland dwarf I feel sad whaaaaaaaa :(
  • joye - 2010-07-17
    I have a similar story- I got a buck and two does from a good breeder. I am showing them and will be breeding them soon. Good luck with 4-H...I started but disliked it so much I quit. Love my netherlands:)
stacy - 2010-07-10
We have a sweet bunny that is extremely tolorent of my son. I keep close attention to how he handles the bunny and occasionally I'll see him drop the bunny to the floor. I've handled the bunny and I've noticed that it's ribs seem to crackle on both sides. She has been able to do all of her normal activities.. walking, hopping, eating, drinking etc. But now today I went to look a lot closer at her and she has one front paw that she won't put pressure on. I've placed her in her cage and praying that she has a small sprain. She is eating and drinking, sitting up and moving around in her cage. Would she be able to do all these things if she really does have broken ribs? Is it normal for the rib bones to have that crackling?

Lauren driver - 2010-06-17
Hi I've got two different bunnies a dwarf lop and a netherland dwarf and recently they have been humping one another and sometimes it's just the dwarf lop humping the netherland, I got told they were both girls now I don't know what to do? Lately the netherland has been sometimes charging at our fingers and also grunts wen we try to pick her up. Can anyone help me?

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  • carli wickett - 2010-06-18
    I have a netherland dwarf and he is constantly biting me and charging at me. He is always trying to have babies with my foot which is quite gross. I was told it was breeding season and to leave it be. But now I'm not sure anymore. I hope this helped somewhat at least!
  • Jester - 2010-06-22
    Netherland Dwarfs are the smallest of rabbit species so the smaller the rabbit the more up tight it is. Lops are larger and usually more sweet. But all rabbits have their own personality. But larger rabbits are known for their sweeter behavior. I personally love Holland lops. I want to get one.
  • Ana - 2010-07-08
    It is very possible that they are both girls. When you introduce two rabbits, one needs to establish dominance over the other. This happens by one humping the other. You have to be really careful during rabbit introductions though, because they can fight/bite/kill each other. So when bringing two unknown rabbits together, monitor very closely to see and make sure that it's only some harmless chasing, and some humping that is inevitable. After they "bond" and start cuddling,g rooming each other, and getting along the humping usually stops. Are your bunnies fixed? This improves health, disposition, and litter habits. Where did you get them? If from a pet store or somebody selling them, they often lie and tell you that both are the same species just so that you buy them and think you don't have to worry about babies. It's actually really tough to tell what gender a rabbit is; my experience is that most pet stores don't take the time to really care properly for the rabbit, sell good-quality rabbit hay/foods, or learn how to watch rabbit behavior or gender. If you got your rabbit from a shelter or more conscientious pet store, it is very possible that they are both females. It is best to take your bunny to a vet WHO IS KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT BUNNIES and have him check. I stress the part about being knowledgeable about bunnies bc most vets don't have the specialized experience with these species and some of the things that they do for dogs and cats can be extremely painful or wrong for rabbits (some vets stick a thermometer up male rabbit's urethras thinking they are sticking it up the rectum to take temperature. No need to take the rabbit's temperature, and this is extremely painful and should not be done. Vets who know bunnies know not to do this. Just one example). Not sure where/what country you are in, but check out for some resources and help finding an appropriate vet.
callie - 2010-06-14
I recently got a netherland dwarf from a friend. He is two years old. I intended to put him in my first grade classroom. I am concerned because he is not very friendly. When I put my hand in his cage or even just at the door of his cage, he rushes forward and bites me. He draws blood. Obviously, I can't put him near the children while he acts like this. My question is...Why is he so aggressive? Is this normal? Can I do something to change this? He is very cute and I would like to keep him but, I can't take a chance on him hurting the children. What can I do to help him be more friendly? I have considered neutering him but I don't know if this will be enough.

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  • Joy - 2010-06-29
    Sir I'm a domestic helper in Singapore first I take care of 3 kids my employer have a lots of smaller animals like chinchilla and 2 rabbit. Later on the kids growing up my employer take over to me to take care the animals. So, means I'm the strangers to the small animals. Obviously the rabbit very aggressive to me. What will I do I feed the hay but they don't like to hold the while they eating if you do that later on they bite. Just let it put the hay in food pan and open the cage then slowly "sayang" the head. Means slowly touch the head do these everyday when you feed them. Then let the rabbit ran for a while in your home or on balcony do this at night not in day time to avoid heatstroke. How to catch hold with your to hand but the left hand must hold at the back of head and right at the buttock. Don't catch him in front sure your rabbit bite you. That's all I can share.
  • Ana - 2010-07-08
    He might be stressed by the situation or scared. Rabbits are not good pets for small children because they are easily frightened and do not like to be picked up or handled roughly. Neutering usually does help with the disposition, but I think that the best thing for the bunny and the safety of the kids would be for him to NOT be a classroom pet. Some bunnies might be okay with it despite their natural tendencies because their dispositions allow for it or because they were used to it from their babyhood, but being a classroom bunny is usually a pretty bad deal for the rabbit based on their likes/dislikes and comforts/discomforts. Most bunnies like to nap and lounge during the day, and are active in the mornings and evenings. Being in the classroom setting exposes him to more activity, noise, light, and handling than he'd probably like during the day. I suspect some of the aggression comes from his discomfort, and possibly some previous treatment/handling. I have fostered bunnies who have come to us aggressive but after some patient and careful care the aggressive tendencies started to disappear and they went on to very happy homes. Please have a look at for some further info on rabbit behavior and tips on how to create a good environment for him.
Chelsea H. - 2005-02-14
I have two rabbits. One of which is a Netherland Dwarf named Patrisha. I too think that they are kind natured and that they just need a humans love and care. They are very energetic. Yet when I hold her she nuzzles and licks my hands.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-07-07
    If your bunny is licking your hand you need to buy it a salt lick.
Sabrina - 2010-02-08
Just to let you know, you do not have to puut your rabbit down. It just has snuffles which is when a rabbits nose is runny or wet and they sneeze, will pass evenily. I am into 4-h rabbits and have menny rabbits at home. Don't worry, your rabbit will be fine and your last rabbit that had diarrhea did not have to be put down. My rabbit spunky got diarrhea 5 times because he kept eating to much apple.

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  • Jenny - 2010-04-24
    What does 4 H rabbit stand for?
  • lewi - 2010-05-29
    Hi sabrina glad to hear that we have a six week old blue
    we got from a well known big pet supplier here in the uk
    and she has snuffles keep reading oh its fatal and all that,
    so yours got better?
    Love to hear more can I send you my email?
sierrah - 2010-05-16
I have two dwarf rabbits they are amazing...but they have been humping each other lately( the breeder said they were both girls)...anyways we think she is pregnant because she is getting very territorial lately and she is pulling fur off the other rabbit and I have read online that they do that to nest for their young...I just wanted to know how to take care of the babies when they are born like if there are any special things needed to keep them all healthy?

Terri-lea cook - 2010-04-20
I got joey my netherland dwarf 11 months ago he's so cheeky and tries to push my buttons sometimes when we first got him he was so tame and liked being picked up. He lives indoors with me and my partner and loves having run of our home. But recently after moving he has gained a bad attitude and has bitten me which then told me it was time to get him neutered, which i was told would better his temper but nearly two months later he still believe it or not grunts and goes for me sometimes. I'm at ends with what to do with him I buy him treats and toys and take great care with him. I have been contemplating whether to get him a mate but I need advice on what to do with him because I'm scared to go near him and will never pick him up because he's just so unpredictable. Please any suggestions or advice is welcome. What should I do next?

joseph vella - 2010-04-13
How long does the dwarf rabbit live?

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  • Lauren Smith - 2010-04-24
    5-8 years but some can live longer.
Marlee - 2010-01-04
Can neatherland rabbits be outside like in a porch ? i am getting a rabbit in march and thinking of breeding, i am still learning about them and really need to know if it can be outside. if they can how cold or hot can it be ?


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  • Kelsi - 2010-03-13
    Yes they can! I have a rabbit and she lives outside in a hutch. The only thing that you need to take caution in is that when it gets under 50 degrees outside you need to have some towels over her cage! But when it gets over 50 degrees then you need to take the towels off otherwise it might get too hot in side of its cage! I hope that this will help you a lot! :)
  • Paradise - 2010-04-01
    Yes Netherland Dwarfs can be outside.You can not take them inside and outside or they will die. If it is below 30 degrees you might want to put some bedding in there or they will freeze to death.I have to say it is much easier to take care of a rabbit outside then it is inside. Good Luck!
  • taylor - 2010-04-03
    If you buy/build a hutch you can put it on the porch. It should be fine in the winter but on those hot summer days spray its ears with cold water.
  • sierrah - 2010-05-16
    Well it depends how big the porch is and what the weather is like outside.