Animal Stories - Dutch Rabbits


Animal-World Information about: Dutch Rabbits

   Dutch Rabbits are small colorful bunnies with a great disposition. They are an excellent pet choice for children and make a great first bunny!
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Eileen - 2011-07-14
My male Dutch Rabbit did a weird thing to his companion the (13 weeks 1/2 old Mini Rex) yesterday. He first did give her a bath on her face then he somehow put his paws on top of her face as if he was digging on her head and I pulled him away and he did the same thing twice. I couldn't understand why he did that to her. Why did he do that to her? I was really puzzled when I saw him do that to her twice.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    I don't understand what you mean by bathing. Rabbits keep themselves extremely clean (like a cat) by licking their paws and then rubbing their fur with the paws. Frequently one bunny with wash another - especially the face. The one bunny would just lick thother bunnies face and clean it and the ears. Probably pawing is part of that cleaning ritual. Just putting the fur aside to furthur clean the bunny. It is just how they clean themselves and each other.
  • Eileen - 2011-07-14
    Yeah. That's what I meant of bathing "cleaning or washing". I was puzzled that he pawed on her face because it looked like he was pawing on her pretty hard and she didn't like it. I guess you're right that it probably part of the bathing ritual that they do. I am still learning more everyday since I own two rabbits and I love them both bunches to pieces even though I'm an adult with "little children in heart" inside. Thanks again for your advice. :-)
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Eileen - 2011-07-08
Hi. I have a male Dutch Rabbit with the blackness on his face and he's 5 months old. We had two Dutch Rabbits which were brother and sister from the same liter. His sister had a white marking while he had blackness on his face. I had their surgeries set up to prevent them to reproduce babies and my male Dutch Rabbit survived and his sister didn't survive and they were almost 4 months old. Really broke my heart to lose my female rabbit then about two weeks later, we brought home a female of different breed (a Mini Rex) rabbit and my male Rabbit did bond with this female rabbit very rapidly which really surprised us all. Since we have both of them, my male rabbit doesn't really like to be held and I do not know if he will allow me to hold him as he gets older. My Mini Rex female (three months old), lets me hold her and I would love for my male to do the same.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    That is strange. Dutch rabbits normally are very affectionate, love their humans and want their humans attention. Let's get him interested first. You get on the floor and play with both of them. You can do things like place a piece of peper towel over his head and lift it going "Peek" You can roll a ball. You can reach over and tickle his ears say "tickle". Just get loose and have fun with him. Turn the music on. Boys are boys. They like the football, the baseball, the running, the whatever boys like. This is true of us humans but I have found it to be true of many pets. My boy birds are more active, goofy than my gals. Play with him. Let him enjoy the fun, the play and being with you. After he gets the PLAY out of his system, I think he will go back and cuddle.
  • Eileen - 2011-07-09
    Thanks for the advice as I was hoping that you would reply back to me. But one problem is for me to turn on the music, I am deaf and my husband is deaf as well. Our four children can hear so I mostly spend my time with them when our children are doing their own things sometimes both of my girls like to come in and spend time with me and my rabbits. I will try to play with him of the paper towel roll to get him to have fun and with my Mini Rex as well. About the ball, I am not sure what kind of ball to use because I only not own rabbits, I own two dogs with two different breeds and sizes. I do keep my dogs and rabbits apart by putting the dog gate by the end of our den where my rabbits reside.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    I am not trying to be funny. The music is not for you - it is for the bunny. The bunny needs to play, kick about, have some fun and they hear the music. They feel the beat. You play with the towel and the ball. Put down a paper bag. Move with the bunny. He needs to know you all over agin. He needs to play and he wants some frolick and siliiness. You want a cuddle and when he has played and gets some energy out of his sytem, I think he will want the cuddle. Like a human little boy. Once they have gotten their energy out of their system, they become such hugable sweet hearts once again. Think of the bunny boy as a two year old human boy.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    Whoops use any ball. A plastic ball is good. A dixie cup is good. Sounds like you have a wonderful house. I am jealous. Enjoy.
  • Eileen - 2011-07-09
    Yeah. I kind of figured that about music thing. My children can help me pick a good music for my rabbits to enjoy and I get it about them---- need to get to know me all over again. Ok. I'll try that and of what you gave me of the advice. Thanks again. :-)
  • Eileen - 2011-07-13
    My male Dutch Rabbit did a weird thing to his companion the (13 weeks 1/2 old Mini Rex). He first did give her a bath on her face then he somehow put his paws on top of her face as if he was digging on her head and I pulled him away and he did the same thing twice. I couldn't understand why he did that to her. Why did he do that to her? I was really puzzled when I saw him do that to her twice.
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Michelle - 2011-06-30
I just adopted Rylie Girl two days ago. She is sweet as pie and loves to eat. LOL I am really enjoying learning about her. I look forward to the day where I don't feel as awkward caring for her.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-01
    That will be soon. Just watch her and see what she does and learn her body language. Remember she is in a big new enviornment with all sorts of new and strange sounds and scents to her. Talk to her and tell her what all those weird things are like the television, the refrigerator - anything that makes nose. Hold her and walk her around telling her about the different rooms and areas in the house. Tell her about you and school and friends, etc. She may not know everything you are saying but she will be able to tell by the tone of your voice to not be afraid of certain things. She will start to learn to be comfortable with you and her new surroundings. OK.
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Gary - 2010-02-06
Just this morning we lost our dutch bunny Mandy. She lived to be seven years old. She wanted to be like the kitties and play with toys and have goodies. Love her very much and miss her already.When I first started to take care of I really didn't want her but she became part of the family. When I found her this morning I was and still Broken Hearted and miss her very much. Didn't think a bunny could mean so much!

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  • Dylan - 2011-05-09
    My bunnie Oreo was a dutch and passed away this morning. I was devistated when I saw her laying upside down. You just have to move on is what my mom told me after I was done crying for 2 and a half hours. But I can't let go because I would have always loved her if she was still alive. I still do love her and we will always be together. The best thing ever created passed away in my house.We are going to get a new one in a week and I will be with it every day of my life.
  • Dylan - 2011-05-09
    My bunnie Oreo was a dutch and passed away this morning. I was devistated when I saw her laying upside down. You just have to move on is what my mom told me after I was done crying for 2 and a half hours. But I can't let go because I would have always loved her if she was still alive. I still do love her and we will always be together. The best thing ever created passed away in my house.We are going to get a new one in a week and I will be with it every day of my life.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    I am so sorry you little bunny died but she will always be withyou because you will remember her.
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Kaylan M. - 2008-04-29
I got a Dutch Rabbit about 3 or 4 weeks ago. This might have been a short time of having my rabbit but they are so cool. My rabbit will follow us around and will stay near the refridgerater, because she knows when we go to the refridgerater we will give her food. Rabbits will purr, just like a cat. One thing I use to think rabbits would do when I got my rabbit was that it would bite, but believe me RABBITS DO NOT BITE.

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lulu - 2006-07-03
I am so happy! Today I got my first Dutch rabbit, Clover. She is seven weeks old. Although she is a mix I can already see the dutch in her personality. She is very curious about everything. What does that taste like? What happens if I do this? She is also very outgoing and loves in play peek a boo by hiding her face, then poking out to see what I will do. I am happy to join all the dutch owners in all the stories and funny comments!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-03-20
    Well i breed dutch rabbits they are very playful and nice to play with always give them fresh water every day. Yesterday my queen died what a sad day but i still have ten queens left.
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Katie - 2008-06-24
I am VERY excited because my dutch rabbit Gracie is supposed to have kits on July 8,2008! Also my Tan rabbit Penelope is supposed to have kits on the same date!

Just to tell you I am 12 years old and have 8 rabbits ( 2 lionheads,2 dutch,1 holland lop, 2 tans,1 new zealand)

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  • deborah - 2010-09-22
    Do dutch bunnies like to be handled?
  • alex - 2011-01-22
    I'm also 12 years old and I have 3 Dutch rabbits. We're going to breed them this spring, but I don't exactly know what to do. I've been reading on the internet about them. Do you have any advice?
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Michael - 2010-05-03
I have recently purchased some Dutch rabbits.One of them has the white markings on its face and feet, but the body is a solid color. Is this still considered to be full dutch?

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  • Ana - 2010-11-19
    I was wondering the same thing. I bought my little baby in downtown L.A and I had to search online for her species. She looks to be a dutch but her white band doesn't go fully around her neck. It is only around the bottom of her neck, and then spots and fades. She's black has the white facial markings and on her feet also, Grey underfur, & blue eyes. I wonder if someone could answer. I know she isn't considered "show" breed standard. But she's my pet so I was only going to keep her as my pet anyways. I just wanted to know her species.
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Mad - 2010-07-20
I love rabbits! I've never had one before but I'm getting on on Saturday or Sunday. The bunny I'm getting is a brown dutch(female). Your site has been very helpful along with others. If you could send me more information about Dutch rabbits that would be helpful at madmrocks@yahoo.com Thanks again!

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Alicia - 2010-07-18
I might be getting a dutch bunny today! I was at the store a while ago and I saw the cutest little dutch bunny. The check out lady let me hold him and he was the sweetest thing! He licked my arm and didn't jump. I begged my dad to get him my dad said yes but my mom said no :( she's almost at a yes but keeps making excuses for me not to get one. But I don't see why not I have 3 other pets that I care for very well. But she's in a good mood and I can't think of any excuses that she can use so today might be the day! Wish me luck!

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