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Dutch




"The Finest Show Rabbit"

Dutch are one of the oldest known breeds of rabbits. They are supposedly to be from Holland. After they made their way to England they became very popular. Today they are one of the most popular breeds because it is such a challenge to get the markings perfected since the markings make up of 50% of what the animal is judged for.

Showable Varieties:
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Chocolate
  • Gray/Brown Gray
  • Tort
  • Steel

    Lately I have seen Harlequin dutch at some of the shows. These are not a showable color. They basically have all the varieties of the dutch on one rabbit with the dutch marked pattern. They are very pretty but not showable.

    Current Standards for showing Dutch:
  • Weight limit: Not over 5 pounds.

  • How it's evened up (points):
  • Body - 17
  • Head - 5
  • Ears - 2
  • Eyes - 1
  • Fur - 10
  • Color - 10
  • Condition - 5
  • Markings - 50 (Markings include: Cheeks, Blaze, Neck, Saddle, Undercut, and Stops)

  • Total - 100

    Tips for getting a good showable Dutch:

    1. As always check condition, if it is well groomed, kept clean and check to make sure it is free of disease (check ears, eyes, nose, genitals).

    2. Check the body. Sure the markings are 50% of what's judged, but the body makes up the other 50%. The body should be compact, and should have a round back starting directly behind the head, and over the shoulders. The highest point should be at the loin and it should round off into well filled hindquarters.

    3. Now for the markings. They should be bright and bold where you can see where they end and the white part begins.
  • Cheeks: They should be full and not ragged. They are to extend to the whisker bed but not into it. They are to go around the jawbone and to the neck. Drags into the throat and mouth are only considered faults

  • Blaze: The blaze is the white on the head. It should be wedge shapped and covered the nose, whisker bed, and up to the ears. The blaze should continue to the cheeks and should be rounded and follow the jaw after passing the whisker bed.

  • Neck: The back of the neck should be free from drags onto the back. It should be colored.

  • Hairline: This should be a narrow white line running between the ears and meeting the blaze and the neck. This is not required since alot of dutch don't have it. Most have a thin short one that doesn't even go between the ears.

  • Saddle & Undercut: The saddle is on the back of the animal and it's where the colored meets the white. It should be place just behind the shoulders and be free from drags and should be even with the undercut, which is basically the same line, it's just on the bottom of the animal. It is a disqualification if the body color goes past the elbow joint on the foreleg.

  • Stops: These are on the feet. It is where the white meets the body color on the foot. Stops should be as short as possible, and even. It's a disqualification if the stops are long where the white comes up over the hock joint (ankle). It is also a disqualification if the body color is so short that it goes in between the toes and connects with the bottom of the foot.

    4. Fur should be shiny and well kept from stains and molt.

    5. Other disqualifications to look out for:
  • Lack of surface color on the stomach, and failing to show an undercut.

  • Alot of white hairs in the body color, or white spots in the colored areas, or color spots in the white areas. Dutch also don't have colored toenails. All varieties must have white toenails.

    Dutch also make very good pets. I see more of them in petshops then anything. Dutch will always have the "dutch mark" for their markings.