The Dutch Rabbit
Originally the Dutch rabbit was known as the Hollander rabbit and is thought to have been around since the 1850’s. The first Dutch rabbit came to the UK around 1864 and since then has been one of the most popular varieties of rabbit kept by pet owners in the UK.
The Dutch rabbit is one of the oldest rabbits known and like other rabbits kept as pets it owes its existence to the domestication of the European rabbit. The big attraction of the Dutch are its beautiful markings which for many years breeders strived to perfect. Breeders have put much into improving the Dutch rabbits markings as well as its body shape and it is thanks to their hard work that we now have this perfectly formed rabbit.
The dutch is a relatively small bunny with powerful legs and ears that stand erect, this rabbit is always white with another colour over the top. Typically you can expect a dutch to live from between 5 to 8 years and will weigh around 5 pounds. As with other breeds if your rabbit is spayed or neutered you can expect a longer life span, the oldest known dutch was an incredible 15 years old.
The Dutch is a very striking rabbit with a formal attire, this rabbit always stands out in a crowd and is one of the most easily recognized rabbits.
This breed is suitable for both children and adults however young children under 10 should always be supervised when bunny is around. Showing young children correct handling techniques and how to be gentle towards bunny is always a good idea but never leave them unattended.
Typically you will find the Dutch rabbit to be both social and will display a personality of their own. They are a very intelligent rabbit and will quickly learn their name and come when called, as with other intelligent pets they do need plenty of daily attention as well as exercise. The dutch rabbit makes a great house rabbit due to them being easy to train and their social temperament.
One of the biggest differences that you will notice between rabbits and other domesticated pets is that they are not happy to be handles and picked up at first, this is a natural fear and it will take time for them to overcome this fear.
Commonly asked questions
Body temperature of dutch rabbit?
Actually the temperature should not change no matter how large or small the rabbit is.
However; the Pulse Rate and Respiration Rates are susceptible to change due to a larger mass.
An Average Sized Rabbit’s Vital Signs Are:
Temperature: 103 104 F
Pulse Rate: 130 325 Beats Per Minute
Respiration Rate: 30 60 Resps.
If your rabbit is larger than a normal rabbit, the pulse could decrease and the resps could either increase or decrease depending on how the rabbit is acting.
I hope you have found this answer educational and helpful! 🙂
Can Dutch rabbits and Holland Lops get along?
Are your friend’s rabbits neutered? This is critical to know for answering your question. If they are not, you will likely get stuck with the cost of doing so. (That may be one of the reasons your friend is giving them away)
I would advise against getting a baby bunny. You’ll be much happier in the long run getting a rescued rabbit that’s not a baby.
Many people think it’s best to get real young rabbits but it just isn’t true. When bunnies reach adolescence they turn into a behavioral nightmare and can even get aggressive. They even may un learn their potty training. You’ll just be setting yourself up for frustration getting a baby. (This is precisely why rabbit rescues get so many of their rabbits owners get completely frustrated and sick of their formerly sweet, now tyrannical rabbit)
I’d suggest you consider getting your bunny from a rabbit rescue. They are usually at least a year old, so their personalities are established and they are settled. This is the best time time to find one that fits your personality and one that likes you too.
Rescued rabbits are also (usually) litter trained AND neutered. (Costly neutering is another expense that people don’t want to have to deal with when their former baby bunny reaches adolescence.) The personality of the rabbit that you see is just what you’ll get (while baby ones will completely change).
Some other pros for getting rescued rabbits:
Rescued rabbits are vet checked, so you’ll know their *real* condition.
The rescuers know their rabbits and can tell you the distinctiveness of each one.
They have unique mixed breed rabbits that can be adorable.
You can hold and see and “get to know” the choices at a rabbit rescue and they don’t mind you taking your time to find the right one. (All rabbits have distinctly different personalities.) And they are very knowledgable and willing to answer care questions even long after you’ve brought your new bunny home.
Here is a great site for future reference: myhouserabbit.com
Especially explore your caging options. NIC or c&c cages are popular for being inexpensive to make and nice and roomy.
How big do dutch rabbits grow??
“The Dutch rabbit is a fairly small breed, weighing between 3 1/2 and 5 1/2 pounds. Despite its popularity, the Dutch rabbit has not changed much over the years. The most striking aspect of the breed is the marking pattern, and it is available in eight different colors and a few unique multi colored versions.”