Dutch rabbits are easily noticeable by their color pattern. Dutch rabbit also has another name, Hollander and Brabander. Different name but they are all the same. Despite their name, Dutch Rabbits are originated in the UK rather than the Netherlands. These intelligent, gentle rabbits are easy to train and make great pets for young children.
Dutch rabbits comes from the old generation of Petite Brabançon originated from the Brabant region in Flanders which was bred just for its lean meat in the late 19th century. Do you know eat rabbit meat a lot can cause protein poisoning? It does, rabbit meat is very lean, with almost all of its caloric content from protein rather than fat. Enough sidetracked, the Dutch rabbits imported to England from Belgium every week for the meat but some are kept as pet. The Petite Brabançon are really famous back then, they even can be found in 15th century paintings. The breeders in England selected those with even markings and fix it into what we now have.
Dutch rabbits have a rounded small body with a rounded head. They have broad ears and back legs much longer than the front. Their fur is short and easy to maintain. American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) stated Dutch rabbit have a short, glossy “flyback” fur and there are only 6 colors that are recognized. Of all the colour, the most striking feature is the marking pattern.
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Dutch rabbit is an easy going rabbit. They are easy to train and very friendly with other pets. Make sure they are potty trained from an early age so that they know where to go when they need to. Never yell or shout at your rabbit when rabbit do anything unpleasant such as urinating in the corner or chewing furniture or any actions that are not as obedient as you would like them to be. Rabbits will consider you as an enemy and may become aggressive towards you. If they do not like you, they will absolutely refuse to participate in any further training.
They also love to be outside with some soft grass and under the sun where they can be freely hopping high into the air. Like any other rabbit, their enclosure could be indoors or out and weather-proof since rabbit do not do well in extreme heat and also cold. Rabbit will become bored and then they might be depressed when they have no companion hopping with them.
Rabbit teeth never stop growing. Thankfully, they are also constantly being worn down by everyday activities such as chewing their food and grinding their own teeth. Be sure to give them some chew toys to avoid your rabbit’s teeth from being overgrown.
Dutch rabbit are no more than a common domestic rabbit. You should considered taking it to the veterinarian. There are no cases of this breed had genetic diseases been reported but they still can suffer from other rabbit symptoms. Rabbit breeders have done more then they could to make this breed healthier and less genetic disease. Some of the illnesses seen in this breed is:
- Dental disease: Overgrown teeth, can change alignment of the mouth
- Uterine cancer: fertility problems and stillbirth, loss of appetite and blood in the urine.
- Respiratory tract disorder: Sinus infection from the upper teeth and gums due to inflammation.
- Gastrointestinal disorder: build up of gas and bacteria that cause bloating and can be fatal if left untreated.
- Parasites: Cheyletiella mites can cause itching and hair loss, easily treated by vet
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