INTO THE RAB­BIT HOLE WITH NETHERLAND DWARFS

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL - By RICH BRI­ONES Pho­tos by HU­BERT SY and MICHAEL SY

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).

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