Decorative dwarf rabbits The Dutch breed is one of the most popular domestic rabbits in the world, famous for its miniature size and variety of colors. Childish, perky behavior, affection and friendliness are wonderful features of these wonderful pets.
Characteristics of the Dutch dwarf rabbit
The average weight of adult decorative rabbits of the Dutch breed is acceptable in a wide range from 0.6 kg to 1.6 kg.
The head is round, large, slightly out of proportion with the rest of the body. On the top of the head are short erect pointed ears, about 5 cm long, with a maximum size of 7.5 cm.
The muzzle is slightly flattened, short – a characteristic inherent in many decorative dwarf rabbits, giving them a childish appearance until old age.
Other dwarf breeds and hybrids can also have this charming childish look, but not to the extent that the Dutch dwarf ones. In addition, most representatives of other decorative breeds are larger and heavier.
Shoulders and croups are of equal width, well balanced with growth, harmonious. No narrow, lean or angular parts of the body should flow into the eye when examining a purebred Dutch Dwarf rabbit.
This decorative dwarf rabbit is often compared to the Dutch Ram. They really have a lot in common – a compact body, a high-set head, small size. The physique is tight, the ears and bodies are short. Breeders who grow one of the breeds can easily contain the other.
But, in fact, the type of these rabbits is completely different. The Dutch Baran is of a more coarse, stocky structure, it has a massive "bulldog" head. The upper torso line rises steeply from the shoulders to the hips, forming an angular, cubic figure.
Dutch dwarf rabbit. decorative breed of a completely different type of appearance – it is round, round and round again. A round head on a round body is the image of a true Dutch Dwarf rabbit.
Genetic features of the Dutch dwarf rabbit
At least, this should be a real, thoroughbred specimen. The breed is so widespread that individuals are often long, lanky, similar to Polish or Britain Petit. A serious breeder who wants to raise an exhibition animal should carefully choose the parents of his future pet, focusing on the winners of the exhibitions.
But even in this case there is no guarantee that the acquired Dutch dwarf rabbit will have ideal proportions. It’s all about genes. The correct type depends on the action of the dwarf gene.
Rabbits carrying one gene will be small and round, carrying two normal genes – large, oblong, with long ears. This type is unsuitable for exhibitions, but may well be used for further crosses. An individual with a pair of dwarf genes will have a very small size, digestive system disorders, and is unlikely to live more than a few days.
The problem is that with purebred breeding of this decorative dwarf breed, you can get all three types in a litter.
Color of the Dutch dwarf rabbit
Decorative Dutch dwarf rabbits boast a delicate, silky, radiant fur coat that can decorate any breed.
Fur type rollback, high-quality, dense, requiring minimal grooming – just comb it with a soft brush once or twice a week. Sometimes you can simply sweep the coat with wet hands to collect dead hair.
The Dutch dwarf rabbit, being a truly stunning decorative breed, appears in a discouraging abundance of beautiful colors, which are collected in five large groups.
Solid: black, blue, chocolate, purple, white with blue or red eyes.
Shaded: sable point, Siamese sable, Siamese smoky-pearl, tortie, blue tortie.
Agouti: chestnut, chinchilla, lynx, opal, squirrel.
Tan: otter, sable marten, silver marten, smoky-pearl marten, tang.
Any other variations (AOV): spotted, deer, Himalayan, orange, steel.
Dutch dwarf rabbit color agouti
Below are considered the six most attractive colors of the Dutch dwarf ornamental rabbit.
- Chocolate: The rich color of dark chocolate evenly colors the entire surface of the body, reaching the skin. The undercoat is pigeon gray. Brown eyes.
- Black silver marten: The main deep agate-black color in the skin itself is mixed with a dark shade of blue slate. The abdomen, circles around the eyes, nostrils, jaw line, the underside of the tail, the inner surface of the ears, the triangle on the back of the head and collar, the back of the front legs and the inner surface of the hind legs are silver-white. Silvery outer hairs are scattered on the chest, sides and lower thighs. Brown eyes.
- Sable point: The saturated color of the dark brown sepia of the muzzle, ears, legs and tail turns into a light cream tone of the rest of the body. Closer to the skin, the coat on the entire surface of the body becomes creamy. Shading is acceptable around the eyes. Eye color is brown.
- Himalayan: The basic tone is pure white, other colors are acceptable only on points – ears, nose, legs and tail. Possible variations: black, chocolate, lilac or blue points. The painted areas are bright, expressive, the spot on the nose is rounded, with smooth edges. The dark color of the ears does not go below their base. Eye color with a ruby pupil and a light pink iris.
- Steel: black with a light brown tick, closer to the body turns into the color of dark blue slate. Nape and nostrils ticked or black. The abdomen is dark gray to coal. Brown eyes.
- Orange: Bright orange body color, deeply staining the hairs to the skin, brightens on the sides and chest. At the surface of the skin, the tone is closer to white. The color of the jaw line, glasses, nostrils, abdomen, back of the front legs, the inside of the hind legs, and the lower part of the tail is light cream. Brown eyes.