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The Dutch Hangoordwerg

The Dutch dwarf lop finds its origin, as the name suggests, in the Netherlands. The breed was created by crossing French Lop and Color Dwarfs. Later, English Lop Ears were also crossed in because the ears of the Dutch Lop Ears were often not heavy enough to hang.

Name Dutch: Dutch Hangoordwerg – dwarf breeds
Scientific name: Oryctolagus cuniculus
Origin: The Netherlands, originated from French lop ears and color dwarfs
Age: Average 6-8 years
Weight: The adult weight is between 1250 and 1700 grams

Wearing time: 28-32 days

Birth: viviparous

Nest Size: approx. 2-4 boy
Activity: Twilight and Day Active
Legislation: not
Stay: Spacious indoor or outdoor loft with a large run around it
Minimum size: 5 m2 for a couple

Food: 70 – 80% hay 10 – 20% green feed and herbs 5% chunks 5% healthy extras

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The appearance of the Dutch slum dwarf

The most striking feature of Dutch Dwarf Lops are their 22 to 28 cm long, hanging ears. The rabbit's head is short and strong with a broad forehead. The neck is short and strong with no visible nape.


The weight may be between 1250 and 1700 grams. If the weight is above 1700 grams then it is called a non dwarf. They can weigh up to 2200 grams. These bunnies often lack the dwarf factor.


The NHD comes in many different colors. Recognized colors are: rabbit grey, blue grey, iron grey, blue, isabella, madagascar, white-red eye, white-blue eye, medium yellow marten, medium dark sepia marten, sallander, rus, chinchilla and the variegated variants of these colors with the exception from sallander and rus.

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The behavior of the Dutch hangout dwarf

Dutch lop dwarfs have a friendly and calm character. Because of this quiet character, they are sometimes seen as "lazy", but nothing could be further from the truth. Despite their calm nature, they are also very curious bunnies

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Despite Dutch lop-eared bunnies don't grow that big, they still need a spacious enclosure where they can display as many of their natural behaviors as possible.

Rabbits need to be able to run, dig, stretch out and stand up straight. In addition, there must of course also be a house where they can retreat for a while.

Rabbits in general, and so are Dutch lop dwarf bunnies, are most active in the twilight period (early morning and early evening), so there must also be enough space to run at those times. You can achieve this by adding an extra run to confirm the stay.

As a basic enclosure (so excluding run) you can assume that the rabbit must be able to make at least 3-4 jumps in width and be able to stretch out in depth.

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What does the Dutch lop-eared rabbit eat?

Rabbits have a very sensitive gastrointestinal tract. It is therefore very important to pay close attention and to know what you give your bunny to eat and treat!

Sudden changes in diet should be avoided as much as possible.

The basic diet should consist of good quality hay and fresh grasses, herbs and vegetables. This is then supplemented with small amounts of good quality dry food.

High-quality dry food preferably consists of pellets with a high Crude fiber content that contain no sugar or molasses (and preferably no, or as little as possible, grain).

Dutch lop dwarfs are often a bit sensitive to green food, so build it up very slowly and keep a close eye on the droppings.


What do you need for a Dutch hangordwarf bunny

How nice that you have decided that the Dutch lop-eared dwarf rabbit is the right bunny for you!

What do you need? To help you on your way, we have already prepared this handy shopping list for you:

• accommodation (minimum 140×50×50 cm)
• loose run for extra walking space
• ground cover
• cottage
• food bowl
• water bowl/bottle
• hay rack or hay ball
• hay
• rodent material
• nutrition
• snacks
• throwing toys
• foraging toys

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