INTO THE RABBIT HOLE WITH NETHERLAND DWARFS
Smallest rabbit breeds make popular pets. The Netherland Dwarf rabbits, with their cute and energetic personality, are a favorite. From the name itself, this breed originated in the Netherlands, quickly gaining popularity across various countries.
The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) first recognized the breed into its Standard of Perfection in 1969. According to the book Rabbit Breeds: The Pocket Guide to 49 Essential Breeds by Lynn M. Stone, the Netherland dwarf ranked as the third most common purebred rabbit registered between July 2013 to June 2014.
The Netherland Dwarf is the smallest of the breeds recognized by the ARBA, weighing only 2 to 2.5 pounds for both bucks (male rabbits) and does (female rabbits).