Dwarf Rabbits

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Dwarf rabbits are not the smallest breed of rabbits. These are mainly hybrids of certain breed and dwarf rabbits and can be characterized by a small head and low carriage. Ideally, the dwarf rabbits weigh around 2 pounds and possess short and perky ears. They are 2 inches long and are generally round and compact. Shoulders and hindquarters of a dwarf rabbit should be of the same width. Dwarf rabbits have a coat of short to medium length hair and are available in many colors. Dwarf rabbits may be either solid colored or have patches of white at chest legs and head. In general, the coat of dwarf rabbits are solid, shaded, agoutis or tan patterns.

Dwarf rabbits were first developed in Netherlands in around 1950s but many new breeds of dwarf rabbits from other regions can also be found today. The Hermelin rabbit, known in Germany as the Polish bunny is main predecessor of the Netherland dwarf. The Hermelin rabbit was bred with many different varieties of rabbits, local and imported, to obtain a small rabbit available in all colors and varieties. The Netherland dwarf rabbits, after World War II, moved from Britain to several other regions as a tiny yet bold rabbit breed.

The dwarf rabbits are today the most popular breed of rabbits across the world. The breed is recognized in all countries with a national rabbit club and in the United States alone 37 varieties of dwarf rabbits has been recognized. 3 more varieties are under construction.

Dwarf rabbits are playful, active and docile and hence make extremely good pets. However, these rabbits must be take proper care of so that they live a healthy life.

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It is important that the dwarf rabbits are fed with ample amount of hay which provides them with a high fiber diet. Diet of the Dwarf rabbits must be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables or pellets suitable for dwarf rabbits’ digestive system.

Dwarf rabbits must be taken to the vet regularly for prevention of dental and digestive disorders and should be vaccinated against Viral Hemorrhagic fever and Myxamitosis. These vaccines must be given at regular intervals of 6 months to ensure full immunity if other wild rabbits dwell by very close to the dwarf rabbit cage.

Dental diseases or overgrown teeth in rabbits may prove fatal or extremely detrimental to the rabbit health. The dwarf rabbits hence must continually be supplied with items to gnaw on or chew toys so that the teeth are worn down. Unlimited supply of good quality hay keeps both - the dental and digestive disorders, away in dwarf rabbits. Everything in the cage that is being gnawed or chewed by the rabbits must be safe for their ingestion and the fruits and vegetables must not have been sprayed with pesticides.

Dwarf rabbits must be neutered or spayed to decrease the risk of reproductive cancer in female rabbits and avoid hormonal imbalances in the male rabbits. Once spayed or neutered the dwarf rabbits can be paired up in cages with opposite sex rabbits without increasing the population.


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