Rabbit Breed Basics Slideshow

Dwarf rabbit

Dwarf

Rabbits come in a range of sizes. The adult Netherland dwarf rabbit weighs 1.134 kg (2.5 lb) or less. The body type is short and compact with a full chest, wide shoulders, and short, straight forelegs. The head is relatively large with round eyes and erect, well-furred ears that are relatively small, measuring approximately 5 cm (2 in) in length. The ears also tend to be slightly rounded at their tips. The Netherland dwarf rabbit also has a soft, short, dense coat.

Many dwarf rabbit breeds tend to have broad, wide heads that can be associated with an “underbite” and Class III dental malocclusion (Legendre 2002).

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References

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