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Origin, characteristics, personality of the Dutch ornamental rabbit breed

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Rabbits are one of the more and more popular pets that people keep as pets. In our country, rabbits are among the top favorite pets. In addition to domestic rabbit breeds, imported rabbit breeds are also chosen by many pet lovers. Dutch rabbit is one of the foreign rabbit breeds that many people love to buy.

The Dutch rabbit breed has a beautiful and beautiful appearance and an intelligent, lively and lovely personality. They win the hearts of pet lovers by their intelligence and friendliness. Breeding this breed of rabbit, do you know about their origin and personality traits? Please join the Agricultural Search to learn interesting information about this rabbit breed!

1. Origin and origin of the Dutch rabbit breed

Dutch rabbits are ornamental rabbits that are popularly raised all over the world. Like its name suggests, this breed is of Dutch origin. Dutch rabbits were first found around the 1850s in the Netherlands. Now they are called Rabbit Hollander. This breed is present in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine. After that, they were widely farmed in Europe in the 19th century. Previously, they were rabbits raised for meat. Although found in the Netherlands, this breed thrives in England. In the 1830s, this breed of rabbit was strongly imported from the Netherlands and Belgium to England to serve the demand for meat.

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Adorable fold-eared Dutch rabbit (Photo: Collectibles)

The Dutch rabbit that is widely kept today is the result of crossbreeding between the Rabbit Hollander and the Petit Brabançon. Dutch rabbits today are mainly kept for ornamental purposes. This is a rabbit breed with a unique appearance, intelligent and agile personality. When introduced to Vietnam, they quickly became one of the most popular pets today.

2. Characteristics of the Dutch ornamental rabbit breed

2.1 Appearance characteristics

The Dutch rabbit is a small, cute rabbit breed. The body weight of this rabbit breed ranges from 1.3-1.5kg. Dutch rabbits have a strong physique, developed muscles. They have a cylindrical body, a small oval head. The rabbit’s eyes are quite small, the color of the rabbit’s eyes can change according to the color of the fur. Their ears can be straight or cupped depending on the breed. This breed has a short neck and is barely visible. Dutch rabbits have a slightly flat nose and short legs. Rabbits’ front legs are usually shorter than their hind legs. Their hind legs are strong, long, and sturdier than the front legs.

Dutch rabbits have a shiny coat. Previously, this breed of rabbit had a characteristic coat color with 2 black and white colors to distinguish it from other rabbit breeds. Today, along with the breeding process, this rabbit breed has quite rich coat colors such as black and white orchid, black, blue, gray, steel, tortoiseshell color, chocolate color,… In which, colors where red, chocolate, red, sable and silver, trio are the most popular colors

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A cute straight-eared Dutch rabbit (Image: Collectibles)

2.2 Personality of Dutch ingots

The Dutch Rabbit is a friendly, docile rabbit breed. They are the type of pet that attracts the love of others because of their intelligent and alert personality. This is considered a great pet for families with young children. Dutch rabbits love human attention, they are very affectionate. This breed likes to be clean. They are quite intelligent, so you can easily train them to go to the toilet in the right place.

Despite its many strengths in personality, this breed is sometimes aggressive, biting people if offended or frightened. When you first start raising this breed of rabbit, you need to treat them gently.

3. Reproductive behavior of Dutch rabbits

Previously, the Dutch rabbit breed was difficult to breed due to the small size of the female rabbit. However, this problem has been improved after the breeding process. The ideal age for breeding Dutch rabbits is between 5 and 6 months old. Female rabbits should give birth before the age of 1 year. After the age of 1 year, the female rabbit’s pelvic area will become stiffer and they will not be able to reproduce naturally. After the age of 3, the fertility of Dutch rabbits is quite difficult, so they will not usually be allowed to breed after this age.

Dutch rabbits usually give birth to an average of 2-4 pups per birth. At most they can give birth to 6 young in a single birth. Their gestation period lasts from 28 to 31 days. Usually, they will give birth between days 30 – 32 of the cycle.

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Dutch rabbits are popular with many people as an ornamental (Photo: Collectibles)

4. Popular Dutch Rabbit Breeds

There are two common types of Dutch rabbits: the straight-eared Dutch rabbit and the fold-eared Dutch rabbit. In terms of external characteristics, these two rabbit breeds are relatively similar. Fold-eared rabbits have a toned, muscular body, rough snout contour, and more angular body than straight-eared rabbits. However, this difference is not significant. Their biggest difference is in the ears. Unlike straight-eared rabbits, floppy-eared rabbits have long, drooping ears. After about 2-3 months after birth, the shape of the new ears becomes different.

The Dutch rabbit breed is a breed of rabbit with a beautiful appearance, intelligent personality, and is loved by many people. This breed of rabbit is also very popular in Vietnam. The article has just shared with you the necessary information about this lovely rabbit breed. Hope the above information will help you better understand this lovely rabbit breed!

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