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Rabbit - Dutch Breed Profile

Rabbit - Dutch

General
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Lifespan
On average the Dutch rabbit can live to 5 years or more. 
Breeding
The ideal age for the female Dutch rabbit to start breeding is between 5 and 6 months of age. The first litter must be born before the female is one year old. The reason for this is that after this age the pelvic bones fuse and she would not be able to give birth naturally. They should have no more litters after the age of three years. 
Average Litter Size
The Dutch rabbit can produce, on average, 3-5 young. Litters of up to 6 or more have been recorded. 
Gestation Period
The gestation period is between 28-31 days. On average they give birth at 30-32 days. 
General Physical Description
The Dutch rabbit is a fairly small rabbit. They are compact animals with ears that stand erect. The powerful back legs are longer than the front legs. The Dutch rabbit is white with another colour. They are one of the most popular rabbits kept as pets today. 
Size
On average the Dutch rabbit is 2.3kgs. 
The mainstay of a rabbit’s diet should be large unlimited amounts of fresh hay, fresh fruit and vegetables, a well-balanced dry rabbit mix and plenty of clean water. Rabbits have quite delicate stomachs so when feeding fresh fruits and vegetables make sure they are added to the diet one vegetable at a time and eliminate specific varieties if they cause diarrhoea. An earthenware bowl is the best type of feeding dish to use, as they are harder to knock over than the plastic ones, also they not chewable. A water bottle fixed to the outside of the cage, with the water tube going into the cage, ensures a fresh water supply is available. 
For an outdoor rabbit the ideal home is a wooden hutch made of a heavy wood with a waterproof roof, and raised off the ground. If the rabbit is going to live indoors then a wooden hutch can also be used or a cage. The cage would have a plastic or wire base with a wire lid fixed to the base. All rabbits must have an adequate exercise area, whether it is an outside run or an enclosed area in the house. Wood shavings should be used for the floor of the hutch or cage. Fine sawdust can cause eye irritations so this should be avoided. Bedding material should be provided especially in cold and wet weather for the outdoor rabbit. The best thing to use is straw on top of a layer of the wood shavings in the sleeping compartment. The rabbit home should be cleaned out weekly and any old food removed. If it is necessary to wash the home then only use a cleaner specifically designed for cleaning rabbit hutches. An earthenware food bowl and a drinking bottle will also be required to feed and water the rabbit. 
Characteristics
Suitability For Children
The Dutch rabbit is suitable for both children and adults. They are best suited for children over 10 years of age, for younger children an adult should supervise the care and handling of the rabbit. The Dutch is generally good natured and quiet to handle. < 
Character & Temperament
The Dutch rabbit is quite a sociable individual by nature. They have a great personality and can be very energetic. Some can be a bit jumpy and wary. 
Sleeping Habits
Rabbits are most active in the morning and at night; they generally sleep during the day 
Toys & Exercise
Rabbits need things to climb on, crawl through, dig and chew. It is possible to provide plenty to entertain this rabbit with using household items, such as toilet roll tubes and boxes. Several boxes can be put together with holes in them so the rabbit can go from box to box, just like being in a warren. Ramps can also be put against the boxes so the rabbit can climb up; they like to have a lookout post.  
Grooming
Types of Coat
Short haired 
Colour
The Dutch rabbit is white with another colour. The other colours being black, blue, chocolate, yellow and tortoiseshell. 
Other
Intelligence
Rabbits can become trained to learn their name. They are more intelligent than guinea pigs and hamsters. They can even be litter trained. 
Show Characteristics
This rabbit should be compact with ears that are long and erect. The marking have to be pretty precise for a Dutch to be a successful show rabbit.Colour wise they are always white with another colour. They should have a white blaze on their face between the ears. The front half of the body should be white while the back section is coloured. The front feet are white and the back feet are white from th e toes to the middle of the foot. The colours preferred for showing are white with black, blue, chocolate, tortoiseshell, steel gray and brown grey. 
Country of Origin
Holland 

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