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Dutch Rabbit

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The basics:
The Dutch Rabbit is one of the most popular pet and show rabbit breeds. The Dutch Rabbit is believed to have been was developed in England in the 1830's from a Dutch breed known as the Petite Brabancon.

According to the American Dutch Rabbit Club (ADRC), "The Dutch were imported to the United States in the early 1900s. The original Dutch were Gray and the additional colors we now recognize being Black, Blue, Chocolate, Tortoise and Steel, which were not developed until later."

Appearance / health:
According to the American Dutch Rabbit Club, "The general type of the Dutch rabbit should be relatively rounded and balanced throughout. It should start from behind the head, over the shoulders to the highest point of the loin and rounding off over the hindquarters. The shoulders should remain well rounded. Regardless of whether it is a small or large Dutch they should remain well rounded."

The Dutch Rabbit is distinguished by its “blaze”, which is a triangular white color covering the nose and running along the jaw line. The ears and cheeks are colored but the neck and chest (known as the “saddle”) as well as the front feet are white. There is color on the body to the tail but footstops (toes and front portions of the hind legs) are also white.

In the US, color variations are Black, Blue, Gray, Steel, Chocolate, and Tortoiseshell. In the UK, Yellow (US: Gold) and Pale Grey (no US equivalent) Dutch are also recognized for show.

Like other small mammals, Dutch Rabbits can be susceptible to colds and viral infections. Exposure to draft, sudden changes in temperature and stress can lower the rabbit’s resistance to sickness. Rabbits are also vulnerable to conjunctivitis (a bacterial infection of the eyelids caused by smoke, dust, and fumes) and ear mites. Intestinal ailments like coccidiosis (parasites propagated by unsanitary conditions), bloat, and hairball obstructions are also common in rabbits.

Behavior / temperament:
Dutch Rabbits are calm, friendly, and social, getting along with other domesticated pets like cats, dogs, and guinea pigs. They are most active at sunset and at daybreak. Because they are timid, easily stressed, and physically fragile, they are not recommended as pets for small children.

Housing:
Dutch Rabbits are often kept indoors to protect them from extreme temperatures, predators, and other outdoor dangers, but it is possible to keep a bunny year-round on a covered porch or garage just as long as it is out of sun and rain and given adequate ventilation. They should be allowed to roam and exercise, preferably where they can get sunlight and fresh air. Extension hutches, exercise pens or lawn enclosures are recommended for safe outdoor exposure. However, you have to be careful letting a bunny loose even in a fenced yard. Bunnies can dig under a fence or even climb (short distances). Cats can also get over a fence and there can also be the threat of hawks from above.

If kept in a cage, the enclosure should be at least five times the size of the rabbit with plenty of room to stretch and stand upright. Rabbits are often healthier kept in a wire-bottom cage since most many pet owners do not clean the cages often enough to prevent urine and feces from becoming a problem. A wire-bottom cage can help alleviate this condition even if this is only part of the cage. A hide box or sleeping quarters should be provided for times when the rabbit needs to hide or sleep in private.

Rabbits can be taught to use a litter box. To avoid health hazards caused by toxic wood shavings or clumping kitty litter, only organic litter should be used such as paper, citrus, or wood pulp.

Rabbits may also be allowed to roam inside the house as long as the areas where they are free to explore are “rabbit-proofed” for safety.

Diet:
Like other rabbits, Dutch Rabbits are herbivorous. The main ingredient of their diet should be commercial rabbit pellets. Hay, preferably Timothy grass hay, which is rich in the fiber needed to prevent diarrhea, obesity, and hairballs can also be provided. Leafy vegetables, though also essential to a rabbit’s health, should be given sparingly to prevent digestive disorders. For variety, treats may be given (although occasionally because of potentially high starch or sugar content) such as carrots, peaches, plum, apples, papaya, pears, strawberries, and other fruits. Fresh water should always be available, either from a sipper bottle or in a stable water bowl.

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We've had no luck finding any of these frisky fellas so far, even though we've put up wanted posters and everything! But don't worry, we're working on it!

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