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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

Dutch Rabbit: 15 Facts You Won't Believe!

Dutch rabbit facts about the rabbit species that liked feeding on Alfalfa hay

There are a variety of animals that make awesome pets. One intelligent, cute, and friendly pet with a good temperament you can have is a rabbit. There are a variety of breeds of rabbits all across the globe. One such breed is a Dutch rabbit. With its characteristic colored patterns, the Dutch rabbit breed is also known as a Hollander or a Braabander. This rabbit breed was originally developed in England, although many may think that they are originally from the Netherlands because of their name. But earlier in the 1830s, this Dutch rabbit breed was exported to England from Belgium for their meat, so their earlier breed was known as Petit Brabancon because of its earlier origin in Brabant in Flanders. The Dutch rabbit found today is the modified version of the old breed. The scientific name of the Dutch rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus. It belongs to the genus Oryctolagus, the genus of the European rabbits, and is native to the Iberian Peninsula.

Here are some of the most interesting facts about the Dutch rabbit breed that you will certainly enjoy. Afterward, do check our other articles on European rabbit facts and Arctic hare facts.

Dutch Rabbit Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Dutch rabbit?

A Dutch rabbit is a rabbit native to Europe and is mainly bred in England. This rabbit breed has characteristic markings that depict their Dutch origin as they have a similar temperament. A Dutch rabbit, also known as a Hollander or Brabander, is one of the most popular breeds of Rabbits in the world and is available in multiple color varieties.

What class of animal does a Dutch rabbit belong to?

A Dutch rabbit belongs to the class of Mammalia of phylum Chordata of kingdom Animalia. It further belongs to the genus Oryctolagus, the genus of rabbits native to the Iberian peninsula. This genus of rabbits then belongs to the Leporidae, the family of hares and rabbits. This rabbit breed further belongs to the order Lagomorpha which only contains two families, Leporidae and Ochotonidae.

How many Dutch rabbits are there in the world?

This breed of Dutch rabbits is very popular and is found in many households. Proper count of their number in various households is not really known, but according to 2015 data, in total, 3% of households owned rabbits, and their number was 1,200,000 in total.

Where does a Dutch rabbit live?

A Dutch rabbit is majorly a domesticated breed in Europe and is kept in households with its owner. In the wild, rabbits are mostly found in forests and meadows.

What is a Dutch rabbit's habitat?

A Dutch rabbit usually lives in the comfort of the households with their owners, but in the wild, one may find them burrowing holes underground and dwelling, mainly in the grassland regions.

Who do Dutch rabbits live with?

A Dutch rabbit may live in small groups, namely warrens, but they are also comfortable living with their human owners. In the house, this rabbit breed may play around with wool balls and behave mischievously yet entertaining their owners.

How long does a Dutch rabbit live?

Dutch rabbits may have a life span of around six to nine years on average. If they are held in ideal conditions with proper food and their fur is groomed well, and they are checked by the vet regularly for possible diseases, they may live for a little longer.

How do they reproduce?

Dutch rabbits may reach sexual maturity early in life. Female Dutch rabbits breed every month but are fertile for only three days but will only produce eggs for insemination when she has mated. She then conceives and goes through a gestation period of an average of 32 days. Later she may give birth to a litter of six young baby rabbits on average.

What is their conservation status?

According to the IUCN Red List, a Dutch rabbit falls in the Least Concern category of animals. A Dutch rabbit is a breed in high-demand and falls in the top ten list of most desirable rabbit pet breeds. This is one reason that they are bred carefully in Europe on demand by the breeders.

Dutch Rabbit Fun Facts

What do Dutch rabbits look like?

Dutch rabbit breed origin can be traced to England and Netherlands.

A very peculiar feature of Dutch rabbits is the presence of peculiar markings on their face, feet, and shoulder. The rabbit colors vary from species. There are many color varieties of rabbits in the world. According to the standard American Rabbit Breeders Association, these rabbits are medium-sized. These rabbits are four class breeds. This breed has a well-rounded body compact in appearance with a white neck marking. They are short and stock with a round head, their ears are well furred, and they have a short flyback fur that is glossy in appearance.

How cute are they?

Rabbits, in general, are adorable animals and are popular amongst pet variety amongst rabbit owners, especially children, for their different color varieties and friendly characteristics. Dutch rabbits are especially adorable because of their eye colors which are dark brown with a ruby cast and fur coat with a beautiful color combination, and large ears. These fluffy rabbits show their cuteness by playing around and showing their bunny eyes to their owners when they need anything.

How do they communicate?

They are very sharp and intelligent animals of a small size. They are capable of using their vocal abilities in very surprising ways. These pet animals may produce small squeals and whimpers when they want to express annoyance or displeasure. They also produce grunting, growling, hissing sounds to express various emotions such as anger, stress, and if they encounter possible threats.

How big is a Dutch rabbit?

A Dutch rabbit size mainly ranges and mostly is a medium-sized bunny. The average Dutch rabbit size is in the range of 11-14 in (28.0-35.6 cm) in length. They rest in a compact position and may appear slightly smaller in size. A small Dutch rabbit is slightly smaller than a swamp rabbit.

How fast can a Dutch rabbit run?

Dutch rabbit, like any other European rabbit, is a fast animal. They can run or blaze faster than humans with their strong back legs. The average measured speed of a Dutch rabbit is around 35 mph (56 kph). Their face looks really cute when they run. Species of jackrabbits, like the white-tailed jackrabbit, are considered to be the fastest rabbits and can go at speeds of 45 mph (72 kph).

How much does a Dutch rabbit weigh?

These bunnies' body weight is light, having fluff balls. An average adult Dutch rabbit or a senior about six months of age weighs around 3.5-5.5 lb (1.58-2.48 kg) in weight. A Juvenile under six months of age may weigh around 1.75 lb (0.79 kg) in weight.

What are the male and female names of the species?

Both male and female Dutch rabbits have separate names. A male Dutch rabbit is referred to as a buck, and a female Dutch rabbit is referred to as a doe. Both are similar in appearance, they can be identified on the basis of their separate behavior.

What would you call a baby Dutch rabbit?

A baby Dutch rabbit is referred to as a kitten. Kittens stay with the mother rabbits till they mature enough to live on their own.

What do they eat?

A Dutch rabbit depends entirely on a herbivorous diet. They feed on leafy greens and grasses, and their human owners may feed them with a small number of pellets

Are they friendly?

They are extremely friendly and cute. Dutch rabbits get along with others very well and do not show much aggression. They are highly adaptable pets. They dislike being suddenly held up and are easily surprised.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, Dutch rabbit breeds would make a lovely pet having cute characteristics and features as adult rabbits come in a variety of colors like dark brown, chocolate, and steel grey. This is why they are sometimes known as the chocolate Dutch breed. Dutch rabbits are also good with children and can be found in several pet stores or in an enclosure.

Did you know...

Chinchilla is a new variety introduced by ARBA. Besides this, there are three more varieties with varied color combinations of fur coat and eye color.

The Dutch rabbit is a popular pet and show rabbit.

What is the difference between a Dutch rabbit and a dwarf Dutch rabbit?

The basic difference between Netherland dwarf rabbit and dwarf Dutch rabbit is that the Dutch rabbit is not a dwarf while the dwarf Dutch rabbit is a true dwarf.

What are the Dutch rabbit markings?

The face of a Dutch rabbit has a blaze of white which starts from below the mouth, above the nose, and up between the eyes before it tapers out over the forehead. The neck marking refers to the white collar that is present behind their ears.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our English spot rabbit facts or riverine rabbit facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable dutch rabbit coloring pages.

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