So the colors we raise in Netherland Dwarfs are: Black, Blue Eyed White, Red Eyed White, Black Otter, Blue Otter, Siamese Smoke Pearls, Siamese Sables, Himalayan, Chestnut and Brokens (mainly Black, Black Otter & Chestnuts in the broken variety.)
The Netherland Dwarf is a popular breed of domestic rabbit that originated in the Netherlands. Netherland Dwarf rabbits weigh 1.1 to 3.5 pounds. The maximum accepted adult show weight is 2.5 pounds. Brood animals may weigh as much as 3.5 pounds and they often make better mothers and excellent breeding stock for those interested in showing their rabbits.Netherland Dwarfs are mostly kept for pets or exhibition animals. They are very rarely used as sources of meat or fur due to their small size.Ideally for show - you want a rabbit that is well-balanced. Dwarfs are supposed to have chubby, little round heads proportioned well to their bodies, rounded ears, that are small and carried high on the head. Their body should be compact and rounded and carry well from the shoulders to the table and have good flesh condition.Some mini specialty varieties are crossed with a Netherland Dwarf at some point to create the new breed. When you see this described below - this is how the breed started - most of these breeds have come so far - that these kind of breedings are no longer necessary now that the new breed and bloodlines are established.For example - Standard Rex to N. Dwarf to create Mini Rex.Angora and N. Dwarf to create Jersey WooleyJersey Wooley and N. Dwarf to create Lion Head - you get the idea!
Otters come in several varieties. We have mainly Black Otters - but we also raise Blue Otters. We have added a Chocolate Otter Buck to our herd - so we shall see whether we pop up any Chocolate Otter Bunnies eventually.We also have Broken Black Otters and we use our Black Otters in our breeding program with our brokens.
Blue Eyed Whites
Blue Eyed Whites can be quite challenging. It is like breeding a breed within the Netherland Dwarfs. It is a beast of it’s own!! Many of the Blue Eyed White lines go back to imported rabbits - so they tend to be on the bulkier side - but oh those blue eyes.Blue Eyed Whites when bred to another variety of Netherland Dwarf will throw what many call a “Sport” and that is how I often refer to them. On pedigrees now - they are recognized as Vienna Marked or Vienna Carriers.
Brokens are a challenging variety - very much still in the early stages of development. Coming from someone who is very familiar with raising brokens in Mini Rex - raising Brokens in Netherland Dwarfs is a huge challenge.It is like a breed of it’s own within the Netherland Dwarf breed - just like the Blue Eyed Whites!!We concentrate on Brokens of the Black, Black Otter and Chestnut varieties right now.
Himalayan’s come in a couple variations, Black, Blue and Lilac. We get mostly Black & Lilac.We pop these out of our shaded breedings and our daughter loves to show Himalayans.
The Shaded varieties that we raise are Siamese Smoke Pearl and Siamese Sable. Siamese Smoke Pearls are our favorites and when we raised them before - our biggest thrill was a show where we took Best and Best Opposite of Breed with 2 of our Smokes.When you breed these rabbits will also throw Himalayans and what we call Seals. Seals are rabbits that are not showable - because they are too dark to be shown. So there are Blue Seals - a dark Smoke Pearl and Black Seals - which is a dark Siamese Sable.