Netherland dwarf rabbits are not evolved species, but they have been developed by cross-breeding. These rabbits are also called polish rabbits and are very small in size. Because of the cross-breeding and occurrence of dwarfism their heads and eyes are disproportionately big compared to the rest of their bodies. These rabbits have small ears which stand up. This physical feature makes them stand out from the dwarf lop eared rabbit.
They make as great pets, as they are small and cute pets. They weight less than 3.5 lbs. Even a fully grown adult rabbit grows up to a small size. As a result of cross-breeding, Netherland dwarf rabbits are found in various colors and patterns.
Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Colors and Breeding
These rabbits come in an array of colors. One can see them at shows, pet stores or online. They come in various fur colors and eye colors. Here are various categories of Netherland dwarf rabbits and the colors and shades in which they are observed.
Solid Colors -
These cute rabbits are seen in solid colors of black, blue, chocolate, lilac (pale purple color), blue-eyed white and ruby-eyed white.
Shaded Colors -
Shaded colors of Netherland dwarf rabbits are Siamese smoke pearl, Siamese sable and sable point. A sable point can have some parts of a rich sepia brown color, while the maximum body fur is of a rich creamy shade. Siamese sable has head, back, ears, outside the legs and top of the tail in rich sepia brown color, while most of the body is of a similar lighter color. Siamese smoke pearl has its head, ears, and outside the leg of a dark smoked gray color, while the rest of the body is of a pearly gray.
Agouti Colors -
The various agouti colors found are chinchilla, lynx, chestnut and squirrel. Chestnut rabbit has top and sides of a light brown shade which is ticked at places with jet black. Also, there are some patches of light orange present on the fur. Chinchilla has top and sides of a pearl white which is ticked with some jet black. Lynx has top and sides of the body of a pale purple color which looks blended with light gray-brown. Squirrel has top and sides of the body of blue shade mixed with white. Opal comes in a grayish overcoat on a light gray-brown coat.
Tan Patterns -
Tan pattern types of dwarf Netherland dwarfs are tan, otter, silver, marten, smoke pearl marten and sable marten. One can find otters of black, blue, lilac or chocolate shades. Sable marten has a light sepia color on the body, with an undercoat of white. Black silver martin is of a rich shiny gray-blue. Black tan is mostly black in color with an undercoat of light brown, similarly, chocolate tan is chocolate in color with undercoat of light brown.
Other Varieties -
Some other varieties seen of Netherland dwarf rabbit are fawn and Himalayan. Again these can be black, chocolate, blue, orange, or brown in color. To check out how these various rabbits look like search online for images with the variety name.
If you are thinking of taking on breeding of tiny polish rabbits then make sure you learn about their breeding habits as much as you can. Make sure you double check on the mating compatibility between various types and colors of dwarf rabbits, so that you produce a sound litter.