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Netherland Dwarf Bunny Rabbit


The Netherland Dwarf is a breed of domestic rabbit that originated in the Netherlands and is one of the smallest rabbit breeds you can buy. The Netherland Dwarf’s head and eyes are disproportionately large with respect to its short-coupled and stout body.

Its ears are notably short and carried high on the head and its face is rounded. These neotenic features, a result of dwarfism, cause the Netherland Dwarf to retain an infantile appearance even into adulthood.

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Netherland Dwarf bunny rabbits in South Africa are usually small, reaching an average adult weight of less than 1kg. They have short coats and weekly grooming should be enough to keep their coat in top condition. As a breed, generally, they can be quite timid and can be easily frightened.

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Netherland Dwarf Bunnies Are Social Creatures

It’s important to also remember that rabbits are highly social animals, and in the wild are used to living in large groups with a vast living area. Where possible, this needs to be recreated for our domestic bunnies, and living with a suitable companion has to be at the top of this list. We recommend homing rabbits in compatible pairs, for example, a neutered male with a neutered female.

Can My Bunny Sleep With Me?

Conventional wisdom suggests that bunny rabbits sleep in a hutch at night. But small animals, such as rabbits, like to sleep next to their owners. They enjoy soft bedding, warmth, and companionship. If your bunny wants to sleep with you and can do so safely, it’s fine. If you’re prepared to risk losing sleep, sharing a bed with a rabbit will deepen your bond. Just remember that rabbits like routine. You can’t share your bed some nights but not others. That will only serve to confuse them.

How Much Does a Netherland Dwarf Bunny Rabbit Cost?

The cost of a Netherland dwarf rabbit in Cape Town will depend on the exact type. Most dwarf rabbits, commonly the Netherland Dwarf, can be adopted for R900 to R1500, with the exception of show-quality rabbits. Higher quality baby rabbits, depending on the colors, markings, where you live and the breeder, can cost as much as R2000 to R3000.

Physical Description of Netherland Dwarf Rabbits

There are actually 25 different varieties of coloring that can be shown in this breed. Some of the breed standards that judges look for in Netherland Dwarf Rabbits include:

  • Short, compact body
  • Shoulders the same width as hindquarters
  • Short legs
  • Medium or heavy legs
  • Large, round head that is situated close to the body
  • Ears that are around two inches long, close to the head, and covered with fur
  • Eyes round and the color that is standard for fur color


All our Netherland dwarf rabbits are purebred and they can be delivered via courier to Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, and Western Cape.

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