When you think of bunnies, you cannot help but get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. If you love rabbits, then you will absolutely love anythingand everything to do with the Dutch bunny. While they are widely available in most pet stores around the globe, learn a thing or two about these special creatures before committing yourself to a pair.
What Is It?
This little creature is one of the most popular breeds available on the market. Not only are they absolutely adorable, they also make perfect pets. Although it is not recommended for you to raise these rabbits and very young children simultaneously, these pets are the perfect companions for kids aged eight and above. Their gentle demeanor and playful attributes make them the perfect playmate not just for children, but for adults as well. Keep in mind that children should be supervised when they interact with these rabbits because, similar to most breeds, they have a natural fear of being picked up and dropped. Their small size and light weight may work against them if they are not handled with care. It is very easy for a bunny to be injured during rough play. Weighing an average of only five pounds with an average lifespan of up to eight years, these bunnies are small yet very easy to look after.
What Are Some Fun Facts?
Every breed of rabbit boasts certain characteristics that make them special. The same can be said about the Dutch species. Not only are they adorable, they also display interesting characteristics unseen in most other breeds.
1. They Are Communicative & Social
The Dutch bunny is an extremely social creature. It has no qualms about asking for attention and affection. Owners have reported that their rabbits tend to get bored very quickly and need to be entertained most of the time. Because they are clever, they are very easily trained, making them the perfect house pet. Rabbits tend to be most active in the morning and at night. Like cats, they love sleeping during the day. Running and jumping are signs of a happy and healthy bunny, so do not be intimidated when you see plenty of this happening. Like other creatures, rabbits thrive in groups, so the least you can do is to ensure that you raise a minimum of two of the same breed at a time. Finally, ensure that you let your rabbit run around on a patch of grass or in the garden on a regular basis for exercise and fresh air.
2. They Have Very Special Markings
There is no doubt that this breed’s most dominating feature is its markings. Like penguins, they look like they are wearing a special tuxedo and about to attend an opera. Because of these specific characteristics, they tend to stand out in a crowd, making them easily distinguishable from other breeds. The American Rabbit Breeder Association (ARBA) has officially recognized six varieties of the Dutch rabbit. They are blue, black, gray, steel, chocolate and tortoise. In the United Kingdom, yellow and pale grey markings are also recognized. To qualify for a show, your rabbit has to meet certain criteria. For one, its body must be compact and have a rounded back. When viewed from behind, your rabbit’s head should feature an even curve over its shoulders to the tip of its loin and hips. Its shoulders must also be narrower and rounder than the hips. As for its ears, they should be well-furred, erect, stocky and proportionate to the rest of its body. Another indication that you have a show bunny is to take note of its eyes. They should be bright and free from any spots or discoloration.
3. Feeding Time Is Important
When it comes to the Dutch bunny, its diet is very important. In order to raise a healthy rabbit, you have to replicate its wild and natural diet as best as you can. By doing this, you will keep health risks at bay, securing your bunny a long and happy life. Start by feeding your pet twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Feed it an all-natural rabbit pellet mixture during the day, and end the day with plenty of hay. Do not forget to replenish its container with fresh water once a day. Also, do not be afraid to let your rabbit graze on clean grass once in a while, as it is good for their digestive system.
4. They Are Not Dutch
Interestingly, the Dutch bunny is not Dutch at all. Contrary to popular belief, this breed does not hail from the Netherlands, rather its genetic roots can be traced back to England. In the mid nineteenth century, many rabbits were imported to England from Belgium to boost the booming meat and fur trade. Top English breeders selected the rabbits from the Petit Brabançon breed as they displayed mild characteristics and special markings.They then developed a special breed known as the Dutch rabbit that we know and love today.