Bethel Bunnies Netherland Dwarf Rabbits

Probably the cutest little pure-bred Netherland Dwarf bunnies in the South East

Interesting Facts About Rabbits

 

Netherland Dwarf Rabbits remain very small throughout their lives. Adult Netherland Dwarfs usually weigh less than 2 lbs. (0.9 kgs). These tiny, short-haired rabbits often look like furry little balls. Netherland Dwarfs come in many colours, ranging from white to deepest black.

 For further info : See :  Colour Description Page

Netherland Dwarfs are extremely cute rabbits and make excellent pets.

Rabbit Fun Facts

  • Rabbits were introduced into England in the 11th Century for sport, meat and fur.                        
  • They were eventually domesticated and bred for meat. They were then bred for colour and friendly competitions took place. By the 19th Century rabbits became pets and the 'Fancy' as it's called today, began.  
  • The first breeds to appear were the English Lop, the English and the Angora.
  • Rabbits are very adaptable and can live almost anywhere; grasslands, forests, marshlands, deserts or mountains. The European rabbit digs elaborate warrens made up of many burrows. Cotton tails dig burrows or build nest in the grass.  The Mexican Volcano rabbit maintains elaborate runways through dense vegetation.
  • Rabbits have 28 teeth. These will continue to grow throughout their life, at approximately ½  inch per month.
  • Rabbits are 'crepuscular' which means they are most active at dawn and dusk.
  • A rabbit has binocular vision which means they are able to view an angle of 360 degrees. They have both rods and cones in the retina and so are sensitive to blues and greens present at dusk.
  • Because rabbits are animals of prey they will hide any illness or injury. Therefore you should keep a close eye on your rabbit for any warning signs that they are not well. 
  • Thumping of their back feet is a warning sign that danger is coming.  It can also be excitement.
  • Rabbits can run up to 35 mph.
  • A rabbit can jump as high as 16 ft.
  • There are over 200 recognised breeds of rabbit and new breeds are being developed all the time.
  • The smallest rabbit breed is the Polish and the largest is the Flemish Giant.
  •  A healthy rabbit can live up to 10 years.
  •  A rabbit's whiskers are as long as they are wide to help them judge distances.
  •  The skeleton of a rabbit comprises only 8% of its body weight.
  •  The force of a rabbit's kick can break its backbone.
  •  A rabbit has three eyelids, upper, lower and inner.
  •  There are two types of rabbit droppings; a hard round pellet and 'caecotrophs' which are soft droppings normally produced at night. The rabbit re-ingests these to extract the extra nutrients. 
  •  Rabbits will sometimes excrete red urine. This is NOblood but pigments from plants or vegetation which they have eaten.
  • They can make a variety of grunting and squeaking sounds.
  • They emit a high pitched scream when in extreme pain or distress.
  •  Rabbits twitch their noses from 20-120 times per minute. This exposes sensory pads to detect smells.
  • They have an odourless scent gland under their chins which they use to leave their scent on things. So when you see your rabbit rubbing its chin on everything it passes this is what it is doing.
  •  Rabbits cannot vomit or expel gas.
  •  Rabbit's ears help regulate their body temperature.
  •  A rabbit will sleep up to 16 times a day.
  •  A female rabbit has a heat cycle every 5 days ' oestrus'. They are induced ovulators which means they drop their eggs after mating.
  •  When a rabbit runs circles around your feet this is a sign this is a way of expressing love!
  •  Rabbits are creatures of habit and do not like it if you re-arrange their things.  Females can become very protective of their hutch/home - I know the feeling!
  •  Rabbits have very good memories.
  • The lucky rabbits foot' is a superstition thought to date from around 600bc. Due to the fact that rabbits are great breeders the foot is a symbol of fertility.
  • Rabbits have 28 teeth. These will continue to grow throughout their life, at approx 1/2 inch per month.
  • Rabbits are 'crepuscular' which means they are most active at dawn and dusk.
  • A rabbit has binocular vision which means they are able to view an angle of 360 degrees.  They have both rods and cones in the retina and so are sensitive to blues and greens present at dusk.
  • Because rabbits are animals of prey they will hide any illness or injury. Therefore you should keep a close eye on your rabbit for any warning signs that they are not well. 

     

  • A male bunny companion is often referred to as a 'hus-bun'
  • Rabbits are social animals so they’re usually happiest when living with another friendly, compatible and neutered rabbit
  • A good combination is a neutered male with a neutered female especially if they’ve been brought up together
  • New pairs should be carefully introduced to each other under expert advice from a rabbit vet or behaviourist, or an experienced rabbit rehomer
  • Same sex pairs (two males or two females) can sometimes live together if they have been brought up together from a young age and both are neutered at the right time
  • Rabbits can also enjoy human company, so interact with them gently every day
     

 

  •    Thumping of their back feet is a warning sign that danger is coming.  It can also be excitement.
    •      There are over 200 recognised breeds of rabbit and new breeds are being developed all the time.
    •      The smallest rabbit breed is the Netherland Dwarf and the largest is the Flemish Giant.
    •      A healthy rabbit can live up to 14 years.
    •      A rabbit's whiskers are as long as they are wide to help them judge distances.
    •      The skeleton of a rabbit comprises only 8% of its body weight.
    •      The force of a rabbit's kick can break its backbone.
    •      A rabbit has three eyelids, upper, lower and inner.
    •      They can make a variety of grunting sounds.
    •      Rabbits twitch their noses from 20-120 times a minute. This exposes sensory pads to detect smells.
    •      They have an odourless scent gland under their chins which they use to leave their scent on things.  So when you see your rabbit rubbing its chin on everything it passes this is what it is doing.
    •      When a rabbit runs circles around your feet this is a way of expressing love !
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