Animal Stories - Netherland Dwarf Rabbits

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   These are the cutest rabbits one could imagine! They come in about 36 different varieties (more than any other breed!) all of which stay very small!
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hanako - 2011-08-26
can i put my rabbit in my room

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  • jon - 2011-09-02
    we had 3 netherland dwarf rabbits. I let mine play outside but put in cage or inclosed deck over night. They were also allowed to play in the house BUT, you must protect ALL electricle wires, computer wires. phone wires, any wire with some current in them, they will chop them. The rabbits won't be electrocuted but nothing works after awhile. You must also be careful of your furniture covering - let run around the room but hold them when on your furniture. Best pet/friend ever.
Steve - 2011-05-02
Hello. My fiance and I bought the cutest little netherland dwarf bunny. She is white with black markings. Very Very Very cute! She has a problem with chewing on our surround sound speaker wires though and we have tried the bitter spray they use for dogs and it doesn't even phase her. We love the bunny but we need to break her of this habit. Any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    I don't believe you can train the bunny to not go after the wire. Cover up the wire with something - anything. They eat hot peppers so there is nothing that the bunny is not going to like. Is it a young bunny? If so, then can you just watch her and prevent her from going near the wires because the chewing will probably stop once the teething is over.
  • Cheryl - 2011-05-14
    The bitter spray never worked for my small dogs. The suggestions I got were orange juice, lemon juice and vinegar. (The juice has to be fresh squeezed.) Applying by using a quarter of the fruit with the skin on was the most successful for me. Good Luck!
  • shannon wolfe - 2011-05-20
    Have you tried to give your rabbit chewing wooden sticks or just get a small toy for her to chew on. It helps with their teeth and breaks them from chewing a lot of other things.
  • LUVURBUNS - 2011-07-10
    Steve, here's some advice.

    You can go to the hardware store and buy some pipe or whatever to cover the wires up. And also get her some untainted wood and hard plastic toys. That should help :)
  • kylie - 2011-08-16
    You can't really stop a rabbit from chewing on things. It's what they do. Just watch them very close or put it in a room that is rabbit proof. I have a nerthland dwarf who loves too chew every thing he sees. He is ABOUT A MONTH OLD NOW BUT HE ALMOST DIED from it so now he has his own special room where he can run and play with out getting hurt by anything so I suggest you pick a room that has nothing that can hurt him and let the lil fella be free in there
  • zoe - 2011-08-27
    You can buy cord sleeves at pet stores and online. They wrap around your cords and are hard and chew proof.
hanako - 2011-08-26
i am considering a netherland dwarf rabbit .
i once had a rabbit and kept it outside and when it died i asked for a new rabbit but my mum said only if it was small and was kept in the house.
where do you think i could put my pet in the house. please help me!!!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-26
    It depends on the layout of your home. If their is a large kitchen, if youhave a large bedrrom. I think you would like your furry friend to have a safe place to play, access to its' hutch (a safe place) when it can't be supervised. It should be somewhere easy to clean up after with toys, litter etc. Before you decide to get a bunny - please read up on them. Some are much more active than others and some need more room because of that. It isn't just the size of the bunny, it is also how active they are and how fast they can run. How easy is it to litter train? Do you want it to be able to roam the home.

    Also I believe you just wrote about a ferret - are you sure you want both a ferret and a bunny. It might be a little overload. Ferrets are very active.
Renee - 2011-08-20
This is the 1st time i have had a dwarf rabbit. We have a blue eyed white male, his name is Oscar and he is now 5 months old. He is absolutely adorable. He is in my daughters room and basically has the room as a giant playroom. He has tunnels,ramps,chew sticks,balls,a soft blanket,plenty of fresh grass from the garden,litter trained in his cage. He is such a gentle rabbit,gives us lots of licks and loves our company. He does his little hops and jumps and his favourite place to sit and watch is on the window sill. The only thing is his sharp claws and his talent at ripping the wall paper, but wouldn't change him for anything. We love him to bits

Morgan - 2011-07-23
Hi, I am looking to buy a netherland dwarf rabbit but not sure if it is a good breed to have for a 12 year old. And I was planning on having it in the garage is that a good choice?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-25
    A 12 year old is certainly old enough to have a bunny - pretty much any bunny. The Netherland Dwarf is small so easy to house and care for. However, it is said that the Netherland can be nippy and pretty standoffish. It normally doesn't like attention but will play. The Dutch, the Lop breeds (definitely the Lops) are known to be more laid back, even tempered, cuddlyand better pet characteristics. There are just other bunnies I would recommend for a pet ...
  • Haylei Bruno - 2011-07-31
    It depends on how responsible the child is. Contrary to popular belief, rabbits are not good "starter"or "child" pets because most rabbits do not enjoy being handled, unlike a dog or a cat. Also, netherland dwarfs tend to be nippy and a bit aggressive, so they might not be best suited for your child. As always, it depends on the rabbit. You can always go to your local House Rabbit Society chapter and find a rabbit that is perfect for your family. Also, if you keep the rabbit in the garage, it will be secluded from the family! I suggest you keep your rabbit inside the house, preferably in a spacious pen or just let it free roam if it is good in its litterbox.
  • hannah - 2011-08-07
    It really depends on the rabbit. I have a 3 month old Netherland Dwarf bunny who is sweet as can be! She loves to play and be held and cuddle and is very curious. She's very relaxed. However, she was bred in a house with 3 young girls who held her all the time as a baby, so she's used to it. If you have a responsible twelve year old who is dying to take care of a pet, it is an option. I would be careful when choosing the rabbit, though, for some may not be as kind as mine. I also suggest that you watch over the care of the animal, seeing as how children can be forgetful.

    Rabbits are not meant to stay in garages. The fumes alone could kill them, or greatly shorten their lives. Indoor rabbits usually live much longer lives than rabbits in hutches outside. Rabbits are social animals that want to be around people and be paid lots of attention. Animals without a lot of affection are unhappy, lonely animals. I recommend you keep the animal in the kitchen or a bedroom or somewhere in the house where people often go. If you're unable to keep it in the house or in a nice, safe hutch outside, then you shouldn't be getting one. Garages are too lonely and toxic. It's great that you're doing your research before hand! Best of luck. I hope you can get a happy, healthy rabbit.
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-15
    I have a netherland drwaf bunny. It is a buck. My friend has a doe. I recommend that you get a doe because the bucks are mean. They bite everyone. They also like to dig in your clothes and they bite and try to eat them also so I recommend that you get a doe.
  • kylie - 2011-08-16
    Netherland dwarfs are great pets for old kids not for young kids. They do better in houses but a garage would be fine. Just make sure she or he has a blanket or toys to play with.
Allie - 2011-08-04
My rabbit is 12 years old and is in great health. He has no signs of aging.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-04
    Fantastic... glad for you Must be the great care you take of him.
Rachel Liaw - 2011-05-31
I have 2 netherland dwarfs.
The female is Miffy,9months old now.
The male is Modi,3months+2weeks old now. (I'm still not really sure if he's confirm a male yet,cuz I dont see him having any testicles at all.)

Jus last night,they suddenly started fighting.
For the first time I see Miffy chasing Modi away. Now she just keeps making some squeeking and grunting sound whenever he gets close.

I wish to know what are the chances of Modi being able to impregnant Miffy at the age of only just 3months old?

please help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-31
    A Netherland Dwarf can achieve sexual maturity (make babies) as early as 12 weeks - so there is your 3 months. It is normally more like 16 weeks but yep - they are old enough.
    Do you want little bunnies? Good luck and stay in touch and let us know.
  • LUVURBUNS - 2011-07-10
    ND's can mature VERY early, depending on his/her lineage. I think it is a boy because not only girls and boys breed, they also fight. Separate them and DON'T GET THEM SPAYED/NEUTERED! IT CAN KILL YOUR RABBIT IF YOU'RE NOT CAREFUL!
  • Haylei - 2011-07-31
    You CAN get them spayed and nuetered if you visit a rabbit savvy vet! It is actually very important considering 80% of female rabbits that don't get spayed by the age of two will develop uterine cancer. Also, nuetered males are less likely to spray and both genders will be less hormonal, making the human-rabbit companionship more manageable.

    If they are male and female, get them fixed by a veterinarian that KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING (there is a list on If they are both females, they will most likely not be able to live with each other unless you get them both spayed because they will constantly be fighting over dominance
Chloe - 2011-07-23
I have a pet Dwarf bunny that is a netherland that is 7 weeks they are so cute and nice but gotta watch their claws They WILL CLAW VERY HARD.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-25
    Be with and around your bunny as much as possible. Let others around your bunny so your bunny becomes well socialized. The Netherlands can kick and you might want to cut their nails. They can also nip so get her very used to handling, playing etc at an early age. They are adorable.
LUVURBUNS - 2011-07-10
Hello, I'm a 4her and I just got a baby siamese sable netherland dwarf. I plan on breeding him because he has great lineage, and his sire has just won 2-3 legs at the Santa Barbara County fair. Is there any advice that anyone has to give me on breeding him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    When two true dwarfs are bred (both the male and female are dwarfs) there is a good chance that that a pecentage of the babies will carry what is called the DWDW gene. The babies that have this gene can live for a few weeks but they will die. It is fatal. They look different than the healthy babies from the start. No one seems to know the reason and some say they don't have a digestive tract. Animal World is just in the process of researching this very topic and more information should be soon. In the interim, please read up on as much as you can about the Netherland Dwarf reproduction, Netherland Dwarf Peanuts, Netherland Dwarf Breeding and Netherland Dwarf DWDW. Breeding can be done and successsfully. A person should just know that a high percentage of the babies will be peanuts. That is hard. You may want to make a decision as to whether you are breeding for show or pets and who to mate him with.
  • LUVURBUNS - 2011-07-11
    Yeah, I've been doing a LOT of research! There are loads of things that can happen like, Max factor, peanuts(as you said), stillborns, the kits getting stuck, false dwarfs which are dwarfs that didn't get the dwarfing gene, hippos, and runts. I was planning on breeding him with a REW, so I can either get a black himi, a brown himi, a siamese sable, or a REW. And I really like him as is and I would love to produce one.
emily - 2011-07-06
i litter trained my bunny when he was younger and he seems to be using it when he is in cage. Now when I let him out onto my bed because I don't want him on the floor, he has recently been using bathroom on my bed. Not only that, he has been spraying urine. How can I get him to stop spraying his urine, and to stop using bathroom on my bed?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-07
    Spraying (especially by males) usually happens as a result of them wanting to mark their territory. Believe it or not, it is a sign of affection. It's hormonal and what is happening is that your bunny is getting to puberty. If you spay or neuter your bunny, the problem should go away or at least be alleviated to a great extent.
  • LUVURBUNS - 2011-07-10
    The comment that was posted before me is right, but if you do spay or neuter your rabbit, there are things that you should know.

    Spaying may get rid of spraying, but it is dangerous if you don't have a rabbit vet around there. It can KILL your rabbit! Why bother risking your best friend just to stop some stupid spraying?!