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Dwarf Rabbit Facts








The first of the Dwarf Rabbit Facts is there are several breeds of
dwarf rabbits. The Netherland Dwarf is probably the easiest to find
as a pet, but you can also find Holland Lops, Polish and Dwarf
Hotots. With all of these breeds, you can find a dwarf rabbit in
almost any color. Dwarf rabbits are usually 3 pounds or less when
fully grown.

   

Dwarf rabbits carry a dwarf gene. Rabbits that inherit one normal
gene and one dwarf gene are the rabbits we call dwarfs. Rabbits that
inherit two dwarf genes are born deformed and usually don't survive
very long. They are called peanuts.



When breeding two dwarf rabbits, there is always the potential for
getting at least some peanuts. Likewise, when breeding two dwarf
rabbits, there is the potential to get rabbits with no dwarf gene.
Many breeders use a dwarf buck on a doe that did not inherit any
dwarf gene to produce healthy litters without the possibility of
getting peanuts.



Dwarf rabbits are very popular choices for both pets and show. You
can purchase dwarf rabbits at rabbit shows, at feed stores, from
breeders or at pet stores.



Be aware, however, that dwarf rabbits at pet stores may or may not
be true dwarfs. The pet stores may also not know what breed they
are. It is not uncommon to see rabbits mislabeled to make them sound
exotic or for "dwarf" rabbits to end up the size of a normal rabbit
when you get them at the pet store.



True dwarf rabbits will have extra short ears. Their heads may be
large in comparison to their body, giving them a perpetual juvenile
look. Many dwarf breeds, like Netherlands, Dwarf Hotots and Holland
Lops have round heads rather than the wedge-shaped head found on
most breeds.



Another of the Dwarf Rabbit facts to know is their special
nutritional needs. While dwarf rabbits eat the same foods as other
rabbits for the most part, they may have a more sensitive digestive
system.



Changing pellets frequently or giving them too many fresh foods may
cause diarrhea or stools that look like jelly. This is called mucoid
enteritis. Remove all food if your rabbit gets this and give them
only high quality grass hay for a day or two until it passes. Fresh
blackberry leaves are also helpful for this condition, as they are
full of fiber and are astringent, so they help clear out the
infection.



When you feed your dwarf rabbit, you must keep in mind that due to
his size, he needs to be kept on a strict diet. Don't give him
access to free feed 24 hours a day or you'll end up with a very fat,
very sick rabbit.



Most dwarf breeds should only have access to ¼ cup of pellets per
day unless you have a doe nursing a litter. She will need more food
to make enough milk to sustain the litter. Dwarf rabbits tend to
have small litters ranging from 1 to 4 kits, although there have
been rare cases when they have had 6 or more.



As pets, your dwarf rabbit will enjoy getting exercise. Dwarf
rabbits have a lot of energy and personality, and these traits will
really shine if you let your rabbit out to play every day.
Well-socialized dwarf rabbits are a joy to be around and enjoy
spending time with you.








   
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