Netherland Dwarf Bunnies. Their Lifestyle, Habits, and Proper Care. What are Netherland Dwarf Bunnies?. Netherland Dwarf Bunnies are a smaller breed of bunny. They originated in the Netherlands, in the early 20 th Century, where small Polish rabbits were bred with smaller wild rabbits.
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Their Lifestyle, Habits, and Proper Care
Netherland Dwarf Bunnies are a smaller breed of bunny. They originated in the Netherlands, in the early 20th Century, where small Polish rabbits were bred with smaller wild rabbits.
Netherland Dwarf Bunnies have the appearance of baby bunnies even through adulthood, due to their round, fluffy bodies, small ears that stand straight up, and flattish, round faces. They weigh 1.1 to 3.5 lbs when fully grown, though usually they just weigh around 2 lbs. Their fur is short, dense, soft, and glossy. They are popular for showing and as pets.
Netherland Dwarfs used to be rather feisty and disagreeable from their wild heritage, but due to careful breeding, they are now known to be domestic and docile. This makes Netherland dwarfs great pets.
Netherland Dwarfs should be fed approximately 1/3 cup of pelets consistently every day, and they should always have fresh water. Since Netherland Dwarfs have short hair, they do not USUALLY need to be brushed, although they rather enjoy it. Also, their nails need to be clipped at least once a month.
Hay: Timothy Hay is an ESSENTIAL part of Netherland Dwarf Bunnies’ diets. It helps them digest their food better along with other benefits. They should be allowed to eat as much Timothy Hay as they like! Caution: Do Not feed them alfalfa hay. It can give them gas.
Straw: Netherland Dwarfs need straw in their cages so they can make nests in it and to make them feel comfortable.
Netherland Dwarfs are comfortable in an 18x24x14 in. cage or larger. You can choose a cage with a wire bottom and a drop pan or one with a solid bottom and try to litter box train your rabbit. I prefer the latter.
Netherland Dwarfs love to play. They need “run time” (time out of their cage), and toys. They NEED chew toys so that their teeth don’t get too long. If their teeth get too long, it causes them to not get enough food, and it can make their teeth grow into their heads. They also need things to climb on so that they don’t get bored.
Yes, Netherland Dwarfs CAN be litter box trained. Make sure the litter box is low enough for the rabbit to jump in and out. Put pine shavings in the litter box. Caution: NEVER use Cedar! It can be fatal for Netherland Dwarfs.
Although diet, habitat and play are important for Netherland Dwarfs, the most important thing for them is LOVE! If you care for and love your bunny, it will love you back and you will have a very good friendship and always be happy. If you create a GOOD relationship with your bunny, it will be content and so will you!
These rules are for the health, safety and contentment of my bunny. Because these animals are so sensitive and fragile, I want to keep mine safe and happy.