History Of The Dutch Rabbit
The Dutch Rabbit is one of the oldest rabbit breeds and despite its name it was developed in the UK in the 1880s although its ancestors came from The Netherlands and Belgium.
Appearance Of The Dutch Rabbit
The Dutch Rabbit is a small-medium size rabbit with a stocky body and a short rounded head. The ears are erect and approximately 9cm in length. The Dutch Rabbit has a white inverted V shaped blaze that extends from its nose tapering up to a point between its ears and has a saddle of white around its shoulders and over the back. The front legs and feet are white and the back feet are white. The coat is short and dense.
Colours Of The Dutch Rabbit
The Dutch Rabbit is available a variety of colours including Agouti, Black, Blue, Steel, Chocolate, Yellow and Tortoiseshell .
Size Of The Dutch Rabbit
The Dutch Rabbit weighs 2 – 2.3 Kg when adult.
Character Of The Dutch Rabbit
The Dutch Rabbit is very lively, gentle and easily trained and are a popular pet.
Lifespan Of The Dutch Rabbit
The average lifespan of the Dutch Rabbit is 5-8 years.
French Lop Rabbit
History Of The French Lop Rabbit
The French Lop Rabbit was first bred in France around 1850 and was established in France as a rabbit for meat during the mid 1800s. It is believed to have been produced by crossing lop eared rabbits to the Giant Normande rabbit breed. The French Lop rabbit became popular in neighbouring countries such as Belgium, Germany and Holland and in 1933 10 French Lop Rabbits were brought over from Holland and exhibited in the UK. However, it was not until the 1960s that French Lop Rabbits became popular with UK fanciers. French Lop Rabbits were imported into the USA in 1970-1971.
Appearance Of The French Lop Rabbit
The French Lop Rabbit has a stocky body with sturdy, fairly short legs. The head is broad with a curved profile with thick ears which hang down with the tips below the jaw. The coat is dense and soft and slightly long and comes in a variety of colours.
Colours Of The French Lop Rabbit
The French Lop Rabbit is available in a variety of colours including Agouti, Chinchilla, Opal, White, Black, Brown, Blue, Sooty Fawn, Siamese Sable, Butterfly, Orange, Steel and Fawn.
Size Of The French Lop Rabbit
The French Lop Rabbit is one of the larger breeds of lop eared rabbits weighing 4.5-6 Kgs.
Character Of The French Lop Rabbit
The French Lop Rabbit is calm, good natured and affectionate making it an excellent pet but needs plenty of space due its large size.
Lifespan Of The French Lop Rabbit
The average lifespan of the French Lop Rabbit is 5-7 years.
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