The Dutch is a small compact rabbit (2.037kgs - 2.60 kgs (4.1/2 lb to 51b)) with bright bi-coloured markings that are hard to miss in the yard.
George Harris of Canowindra coined the
phrase the “border collie” of the rabbit world, and as a
border collie owner, I know exactly what he means.
You have to keep these guys busy with lots of things to
do (including hiding food in tubes and stuff), otherwise they
get up to mischief. There’s
nothing worse than a bored border collie except a bored Dutch. But
still they make great house bunnies as they are always
inquisitive, and wanting to share in whatever you are doing.
They follow you around and want to sample anything you
are eating – so be careful.
I’ve been mugged for a potato chip by a Dutch in the
Dutch mum’s literally feed their babies
everything they have and go to skin and bone when doing so, and
are absolutely devoted to their offspring.
And they make great foster mums as well.
Don’t seem to count how many they are feeding as long
as they all get fed.
The markings on a show Dutch are dictated
by strict BRC standards and judged accordingly, but it is quite
miraculous to breed one that will conform to everything.
One judge calls them the “jigsaw” breed – that you
have to swap a bit of this one and a bit of that one on the
table to make the perfect bunny.
They should have short broad-based ears, with bright,
large eyes. The
should have a wedge of white colour on their face going up to
just between their ears and rounded cheek markings that do not
go in to the whisker area or onto the jaw line.
The junction between the white and coloured fur on the
back is called the saddle and should be a straight line that
continues like a circle right under and over the animal.
The little white socks on its back feet are called stops
and should be even and go right around the foot: about an inch
(2 1/2 cm) long.
Normally a bright happy bunny, I was really glad to find this breed and look forward to having one as my companion animal when I am finally forced to go back to only one pet
Steel Dutch Doe
Sire: Adkery Patrick (black)
Dam: Ziyadah Blue Fire Lady (blue)
|The Dutch Hutch Dooby