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Netherland Dwarf Rabbits - Bunnies That Make Great Pets!
Netherland Dwarfs - Pet Rabbits - Dwarf Rabbits Make Wonderful Pets
Welcome to my Netherland Dwarf Rabbit site!
This site, like my Rabbit Hutch Cover lens, came about after talking with my stepson, Alex, who happens to be a dad to a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit. Alex wanted to create a lens on the Dwarfs and this is what we came up with.
The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is easily one of the most popular show rabbits in the United States. In Europe, where this adorable breed is also very popular, they are often referred to as the European Pole.
Netherland Dwarfs are usually happy, friendly little critters. Like people, there are a few that break the mold. Some Netherland Dwarfs seem to change personalities when they hit their breeding age and they may become very protective of themselves and their cage.
After breeding, the Netherlands' temperament will usually return to normal. If you don't plan on breeding your rabbit, you should have them spayed or neutered as this can often help avoid serious behavioral incidents. There are also multiple health benefits that are included in spaying/neutering. At about four months of age, your Netherland Dwarf can be fixed.
Netherland Dwarf Diet
Feed Your Bunny
Like most pet rabbits, netherland dwarfs have a very sensitive digestion system. Young bunnies should never be given any type of fresh vegetable or fruit because of this. After all, you don't want your Netherland Dwarf sick if you can prevent it. At around six months of age you can start giving them greenery in moderation. Changing your rabbits diet incorrectly can often times lead to diarrhea and other digestion problems, but these are mostly harmless and will only last a few days.
A proper diet is very important for your rabbits health. Netherland Dwarfs have a very sensitive digestive system, more so than most domestic bunnies. Your rabbits main source of food should be high quailty, fresh rabbit pellets. Your rabbit food shouldn't be stored any longer than eight weeks as pellets lose many nutrients over time that your rabbit needs. You should also check the nutritional facts label on whatever type of food you buy. The National Research Council created a list of Netherland Dwarfs minimum nutrient requirments as follows: 14% crude fiber, 2% fat, 12% protein. When you find a good brand stick with it, as frequent changes to your rabbits diet can cause digestive issues and make your pet a sad bunny. When you do change brands make sure it's a gradual process, slowly mixing the two brands together so your rabbits stomach can adjust.
Only a small handful of pellets a day is needed as Netherland Dwarfs don't require too much feed. It's important to adjust to your individual rabbit as to avoid obeisity or malnutrition. It is very important to not over feed your pet, obeisity can be a very serious condition for your rabbit. Hay on the other hand can be fed in any amount, as much as your bunny wants.
Exercise your Bunny - They're all balls of energy
No cage is big enough to fill the dwarf rabbit's drive to move, they need daily exercise in or outdoors. Only once your rabbit is used to both you and their surroundings will it begin exploring. Once it gets used to everything there should be no problem with your rabbit getting in and out of its own cage.It's a good idea to provide some kind of ramp to help your bunny make the enormous 5" lip of the cage, as smaller breeds have trouble with it. If your rabbits cage door opens forward, it's a good idea to place a piece of carpeting over it so your rabbits feet don't get caught in the wire.
Your rabbit should always be supervised while out and about. It is nearly impossible to completely bunny proof any part of your house, they're very curious creatures. Rabbits explore with their mouths and will nibble on most anything, including your antique wardrobe or Persian rug. Keep an eye on your bunny at all times while moving around your house, rabbits will speed between your legs which could cause injury if you were to accidentally step on them.
If you're not available to supervise your bunny you should set up a room indoors for it to fulfill it's bunny needs. You can protect the flooring with a waterproof plastic lining with carpet or hay over top. Make sure there's nothing in this room you don't want your rabbit to get into and fill it with activities so your pet doesn't get bored.
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