Netherland Dwarf rabbits are tiny animals. They have a small round body with thick fur, which is soft and shiny. Their head is large as compared to their body, and they have small ears which are straight and point upwards. The Nether-land Dwarf Rabbit is available in 24 colors including Agouti, Chinchilla, Squirrel, Opal, Lynx, Black, Blue, Brown, Lilac, White, Tan, Fox, Sable Marten, Otter, Fawn, Himalayan, Orange, Steel, Sable Siamese, Sealpoint, Smoke Pearl Siamese and Tortoiseshell etc.
The Netherland Dwarf rabbits weighing only 2 - 2 1/2 lbs.
Being a domesticated animal, the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit has lost most of its wild traits. Therefore, they cannot survive in the wild.
Rabbits like to eat plants, grasses and grains. You can feed them vegetables like carrot and certain fruits like apple or banana in moderation. Nuts and seeds should be strictly avoided, and fibrous foods are best for their health.
Racoons, cats, dogs, crows and other pray birds.
Rabbits living indoor have a life expectancy of 10 - 12 years. On the other hand, because of all the dangers they get exposed to, pet outdoor rabbits usually live only from 1 - 4 years. They are much more likely to get ill if they live outside than inside.
Rabbits have a language all their own. here are some tips on interpreting your bunnies hops, kicks and grunts.
Chin - Their chin contains scent glands, so they rub their chin on items to indicate that they belong to them. Same as a cat rubbing its forehead on people and objects.
Binky - (Dancing and hopping madly) a sign of pure joy & happiness!
Standing on Hind Legs - May be checking something out. Also used for begging. Rabbits are worse than dogs about begging, especially for sweets. Beware of giving the rabbit treats as overweight rabbits are not as healthy as trim rabbits.
Flat on the ground, legs spread out to the side or behind -Relaxation, bliss.
Upside down, legs in the air - Your rabbit will only do this when in total bliss, and often after a big bout of binkying.
Territorial droppings - Droppings that are not in a pile, but are scattered, are signs that this territory belongs to the rabbit. This will often occur upon entering a new environment. If another rabbit lives in the same house this may always be a nuisance.
Playing - Rabbits like to push or toss objects around. They may also race madly around the house, jump on and off of the couch and act like a kid that's had too much sugar.
Thumping - Rabbits often are displeased when you rearrange their stuff. They are creatures of habit and when they get things just right, they like them to remain that way, and may thump in anger.
Thumping - He's frightened, mad or trying to tell you that there's danger (in his opinion).
Tooth Grinding - Indicates contentment, like a cats purr. Loud grinding can indicate pain.
Tooth Chattering - Loud grinding or chattering can indicate pain.
Sniffing - May be annoyed or just talking to you. Some unspayed females sniff loudly when being handled.
Grunts - Usually angry, watch out or you could get bit!
Honking - Sign of horniness, usually in an unneutered male.
Shrill scream - Extreme pain or fear.
Feet circling - Usually indicates sexual behavior. He/She's in love.
Spraying - Males that are not neutered will mark female rabbits in this manner as well as their territory. Females will also spray.
Pulling out hair; collecting hay - This could be a pregnancy or a false pregnancy. Usually just unspayed females may build a nest, pull hair from their chest and stomach to line the nest. They may even stop eating as rabbits do the day before they give birth.
During breeding time, they may become less friendly. They also become more protective of their bodies and their cages around this time. After breeding, they settle down and become friendly again. The best age for a Netherland Dwarf female rabbit to start breed-ing is when she is 5 - 6 months old. She should have her first litter before she is a year old. After this age the pelvic bones fuse and she will not be able to give birth naturally. They should have no more litters once they complete 3 years of age. The average size of the litter is 2 - 4; however, some have even produced 6. The gestation period is usually between 28-31 days and they usually give birth at 30 - 32 days. If you do not plan on breeding your rabbit it is best to get is sterilized and thereby avoid behavioral problems. Spaying or neutering can be done when the rabbit is over 4 months old.
NETHERLAND DWARF RABBIT HISTORY:
Dwarf Rabbits are also called as the Netherland Dwarf Rabbits as they were first found in Netherlands, in 1900's. They are the descendants of the small Polish rabbit breed who were inter bred with the small wild rabbits. In 1948, the Dwarf rabbits were introduced in England. Later in the 1960's, the Dwarf breed was brought to United States and was recognized by the American Rabbit Breeder's Association in 1969.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A DWARF RABBIT:
One thing to remember before buying a dwarf rabbit is that there are pure as well as false bred dwarf rabbits in the market. The false bred dwarf rabbits are products of hybridization and look larger than the pure bred ones.
Like all domestic pets, it is important to train the Dwarf rabbit from the beginning. They should be taught to use the litter cages to relieve themselves. You have to be strict with them to make them listen to you. But, avoid being harsh, as it may scare or confuse them.
It is essential to take extra care while feeding the Dwarf rabbit, they have a sensitive digestive system. So, overfeeding the animal should be avoided.
The Dwarf rabbits develop inappropriate behavior when they become adults. To avoid such behavior, it is best that you sterilize your pet.
DWARF RABBITS FUN FACTS:
The smallest rabbit breed is the Netherland Dwarf and the largest is the Flemish Giant.
Rabbits can run up to 35 mph.
A rabbit can jump as high as 16 feet.
Rabbits twitch their noses from 20 - 120 times per minute.
Rabbits are very adaptable and can live almost anywhere; grasslands, forests, marshlands, deserts or mountains.
There are over 200 recognised breeds of rabbit and new breeds are being developed all the time.
A rabbit's whiskers are as long as they are wide to help them judge distances.
The skeleton of a rabbit comprises only 8% of its body weight.
The force of a rabbit's kick can break its backbone.
A rabbit has three eyelids, upper, lower and inner.
There are two types of rabbit droppings; a hard round pellet and "caecotrophs" which are soft droppings normally produced at night. The rabbit re-ingests these to extract the extra nutrients.
Rabbits will sometimes excrete red urine. This is not blood but rather pigments from plants or vegetation which they have eaten.
Rabbits cannot vomit.
Rabbit's ears help regulate their body temperature.
A rabbit will sleep up to 16 times a day.
Rabbits have very good memories.
Rabbits have 28 teeth. These will continue to grow throughout their life, at approximately 1/2 inch per month.
Rabbits are creatures of habit and do not like it if you re-arrange their things. Females can become very protective of their hutch/home.
The lucky rabbits foot is a superstition thought to date from around 600 BC. Due to the fact that rabbits are great breeders the foot is a symbol of fertility.
A rabbit has binocular vision which means they are able to view an angle of 360 degrees. They have both rods and cones in the retina and so are sensitive to blues and greens present at dusk.
Because rabbits are animals of prey they will hide any illness or injury. Therefore you should keep a close eye on your rabbit for any warning signs that they are not well.
Rabbit's ears help regulate their body temperature.
Dwarf rabbits are the third most popular pets in America and England, after dogs and cats. They are cute and adorable, and are gentle and obedient creatures.
Constant and selective breeding have made these rabbits gentle and docile creatures. However, one should know that every Dwarf rabbit has its own personality. Dwarf rabbits love to play and are friendly towards both, children and adults.
Rabbits were introduced into England in the 11th Century for sport, meat and fur.
Netherland Dwarfs are extremely cute rabbits and make excellent pets.
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