Netherland Dwarf

By: Lauren Bryant


  • They should be broad, medium-heavyset bunnies with short ears and bodies.
  • Netherland Dwarf’s eyes and head are large and not in proportion with the rest of its body, while its ears are very small and carried high – right on the top of its head.
  • Usually about 2 1/2 pounds.
  • The face is circular and quite short.
  • Pure-bred Netherlands come in an array of colors and patterns including chocolate, Himalayan, chestnut, black, blue, chinchilla, otter, merle, tan, steel, orange, fawn, sable, lynx, onyx, silver and sable marten and pure white (with blue or ruby eyes). Other colours do exist, but these are usually displayed by non-show quality animals and dwarf ‘mongrels’.


  • The Netherland Dwarf first appeared in Holland at the beginning of the 20th Century and was created by crossing Polish rabbits with smaller, wild examples. The product of these breeding efforts was a diminutive animal that came in a variety of colors with a huge array of markings.

Diseases & Parasites

  • Abscesses
  • Malocclusion
  • Broken Bones
  • Sore Hocks


  • About 28 to 30 days
  • Usually have 2-4 babies

General Care

  • If they have white fur you have to clean it with witch hazel.
  • Keep their cage clean.
  • Feed them pellets everyday.
  • Let them have as much Timothy hay as they want.
  • Give them fresh water everyday.

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