Rabbit Breeds: Dutch

Origins

The Dutch rabbit is one of the oldest domestic breeds recorded, dating back as far as the 15th Century. The Dutch rabbit is a descendent of the Petite Brabancon, which originated in Brabant, Flanders.

During the 1830’s the Petite Brabancon among other rabbits were shipped in large quantities to the UK from Belgium, destined for the meat trade. English breeders selected the Petit Brabancon with even markings, from there they developed the Dutch rabbit as we know it today.

The Dutch rabbit was and is one of the most popular breeds of rabbits in the UK today. However, in our opinion, all rabbits are fabulous no matter their shape, size or markings!

Appearance

Dutch Rabbit

  • Small to medium sized rabbit, weighing between 1.5 – 3 kg.
  • Well rounded body with short strong legs.
  • Rounded head with upright ears.
  • Their markings start with a straight line down the middle of their back to the tail. The head and ears of the rabbit are coloured save for an upside down V which extends under the chin. The rest of the rabbit is white.
  • The coat is short and should be glossy and smooth.

Temperament

The Dutch breed is known for being easy going yet energetic.

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