BUNNY CARE & Equipment

Your Bunny should live indoors in an Indoor cage  ONE BUNNY PER CAGE.

An INDOOR WIRE BOTTOM CAGE or a Flat Bottom Plastic Bottom Cage is fine for Netherland Dwarfs

 * We always recommend getting a quality rabbit care book "before" picking up your bunny to make sure you have everything you need and you know how to properly care for your new family member.

* We will give you 3 Bunny Care Pamphlets at bunny pick up time, and the bunny book YOU purchase will make care for your new little friend fun and easy!

Cute Bunny Behavior: Go to You Tube video:  youtu.be/ruK6AXVLhim

On You Tube, I have "Go Bunny Treat" videos, there are many "potty training your bunny" videos and bunny training videos by other bunny lovers.  This is what Our Pet Netherland Dwarf does to us as well!  They are very sweet.

***Below is a Pictoral, Descriptive List of EQUIPMENT Needed for Your Bunny***
as a Bunny Breeder, these are my personal suggestions.  
**Bunny Care is Listed after the Equipment**

1.  Purchase the GO BUNNY TREATS: NU-START .

The Go Bunny "NU-START" can be fed Right Away when you purchase your new bunny.  It's the perfect introduction to Greens for your new baby bunny. You can purchase it from this site or www.GoBunnyTreats.com     

When your bunny is 12 weeks old and its intestines are more developed, fresh foods that are good are: A Tiny slice of carrot, apple, parsley, they have small tummies!  Don't let it sit around in the cage though,- if the bunny doesn't want it, don't leave it in the cage.  Bacteria grow extremely rapidly on it (in minutes!) and can actually hurt the delicate intestinal flora of your bunny, getting it sick.  That's why we recommend all the Go Bunny Treat Products - they are dehydrated, packed with nutrition and won't spoil. 

2.  Other Important Healthy products to purchase are those that contain Papaya and Roughage for your longer haired fuzzy lop bunny. These Healthy additions listed below are perfect for diversity in your bunny's diet and are good to keep on hand!
Your bunny will be able to begin to eat these products when they are 12 weeks old, after it finishes the Baby's First Greens product.  Remember, they have little tummies and we recommend small amounts of this concentrated food so these bags will last!  These are SPECIFICALLY Formulated JUST for Bunnies and are Organic, Super Healthy and you CANNOT get them in stores.  
*** We are Having SPECIAL PRICING on the Go Bunny Treats****.   The resealable pouches contain A LOT MORE Product than any other I have seen!

3. Fresh Smelling Hay, Eaten in Unlimited Quantities is essential for a bunny's health.
We sell 2nd cut, sweet Orchard Grass Hay which the bunnies prefer over Timothy.
Our baby bunnies eat it and their digestive systems are used to it.  
It costs just $10 a bag and we highly recommend it!
Pre-order it before you pick up your bunny so we can have a bag or 2 ready for you.
4.  Your Bunny Needs Clean Water, Buy a bunny water bottle, attached to the side of the cage; 
OR ONLY for the Netherland Dwarfs you can put a Ceramic Small Water bowl and change the water daily.
Do not use a Water BOWL for Fuzzy Lops - they have longer fur and their chin and neck fur will get matted by the water.

5.  Green Rabbit Food Pellets daily, bought at any pet supply store. Our green pelleted bunny food is 18% PROTEIN.  Buy the Best quality you can get, at least 16%.  Baby Netherland Dwarf Bunnies "DO NOT Free Feed", they should only get 1/8- 1/4 cup of pellets per day.  Over feeding the green pellets will cause your bunny to grow Larger than it is intended to!!!!!  

The GO Bunny Products can be fed daily with no worry of getting your bunny fat from them - they are made from organic dehydrated greesn, herbs, flowers & fruits that are healthy for your bunny.  Sprinkled the Go Bunny Products on top on the green pellets OR in a seperate bowl.  Make sure you purchase Green pellet Rabbit Food that DOES NOT have colors or other additives - it's unhealthy JUNK food and is NOT good for them.  Remember - If you over-feed your bunny on the green pellet food, it will grow LARGER than it should and Fat, which is not good for the bunny.        

6.  A lot of Positive human interaction. Talk and pet your bunny. Hand feed treats to it. 

The ONLY GOOD HARNESS I FOUND that will fit our TINY Netherland Dwarfs is from ETSY.  I do not make them but I bought one for our N.D. and is works great!!!!!   You can adjust the size very easily!  You can buy their leash as well.  To Purchase it GOOGLE:  ETSY Figure 8 harness *NO SLIP* & Leashes for ferrets, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, bearded dragons, chinchillas and all other small animals $4.35  #637458320

They come in a lot of nice colors.  Use the harness indoors, or outdoors on a yard that has NOT been treated with chemicals. 
7.  A Non tip stainless steel bowl (4 oz.) or a round crock ceramic FOOD bowl for bunnies. 
Or the 2 in 1 feeder pictured here. It holds the food in the front and the hay in the back.  I like using this!
If you use this product  or any bowl- clean it daily!  Baby bunnies like to eat out the food then snuggle in it and go to sleep!
So check for poop or urine  - and disinfect, wash & dry any feeder  you use.
cuteNfuzzy Small Animal 1000D Nylon Hay Pouch Feeder for Guinea Pigs and Rabbits found on Amazon.com
This is an alternative hay feeder
8.   Small Animal Corner Potty WITH A WIRE COVER ON IT.  The wire on top of the potty is ESSENTAIL - it keeps the poop and urine away from your bunnys fur .  You can put a very SMALL amount of bedding in the potty to absorb the urine - THIS NEEDS TO BE CLEANED DAILY AND IS EASY TO DO.  GIVE IT A RINSE WITH WATER AFTER CLEANING IT, DRY IT WITH PAPER TOWELS, ADD A PINCH OF BEDDING & RETURN IT TO THE CAGE.   Amazon & pet stores sell this.  Urine is the ONLY thing that SMELLS with owning a bunny, so clean this frequently.
A trick I have is - put the potty near the food bowl.  The bunny will sit on the potty while eating and poop in the potty at the same time!!  

9.  A LARGE cage is great for Netherland Dwarfs since they are playful and active.  You can use the type of cage in #10 listed below, or one with a Plastic Bottom with Shavings filling the bottom like this one.  Daily cleaning to clean up the urine and poo is recommended.  Urine is the only thing that smells - not the poo and not the bunny.

10.     Or You can choose a CAGE WITH A WIRE MESH FLOOR.  This is an example of one.  This is an Indoor Wire Bottom cage.  Cages that do not have roofs on them are meant to be used Indoors only.  The benefot of a wire floor cage is that the poop and urinedrop down to a removable pan that is easy to pull out and clean.  Keeping your bunny very clean.  A small amount of shavings is put in the bottom tray for absorbtion.

This one is from Petco.com their online company.  They have another one with taller legs that some customers liked!

Also check out Amazon - "Midwest Wabbit Folding Rabbit Cage".  The size is 37"L x 19"W x 20" H, for $45.99 & free shipping.  

Amazon has other wire, pull out pan ones as well.

Get the Largest cage you can afford, bunnies need room.

11.   This 36" tall wire X-pen can be used Indoors to let your bunny safely hop around.  You can put it on a tile floor or with newspaper for the bunny to play in.  Petedge.com, Chewy.com seem to have the best prices that I found, and other supplies carry this cage.  Get the model with the "Walk In Door" for easy access.

It  can also be used Outdoor with Supervision Only.  Place on a cool surface and in the SHADE.  Never keep bunny in the full sun, and never leave your bunny unattended outside - a hawk, racoon, cat, dog or other animal can easily attack it. Direct, baking sun will kill your bunny.

Please make sure that your  grass has not been fertilized or had weed chemicals put on it.  Your bunny will be nibbling on the grass.  Do not put on weeds - they may be poisionous to your bunny.  Remember bunnies dig and will dig under this if put on the grass - so constant supervision is needed.

12.  SunGrow Wire Loom Tubing Protect Wires from Rabbits, Cats and Other Pets - Efficiently manages Open Cables  from Amazon.com
This is a great thing to get if you have your bunny scampering around your home.  Since they like to chew - your wires will be safe!!

13.  Purchase a tube of "Ivermectin Single Dose Horse Paste Wormer at 1.87% Ivermectin."  This can be purchased at Thehungrypuppy.com (a great website !!), horse.com and many horse and pet websites.  This is given in a TINY amount 4 times a year to prevent worms, mites, etc...  Put a SMALL PEA amount on your finger and gentle put it in your bunny's cheek or mouth.

14.  Home Made HAY TOY for RABBITS:  I take an Empty Paper towel roll, cut it in 3 pieces so I have 3 small tubes.  Then I take a big handfull of hays and push as much as I can into the tube with about 3-4 inches of hay sticking out each side.  Push in A LOT of hay so its REALLY packed tightly in there, and it will be hard for the bunnies to pull the hay out and make a mess of it.  I make 1 hay toy per rabbit.  When they finish it, I refill it.  This keeps the hay OFF their beautiful fur and they don't use it for Bedding.

Go through Google and look through the MANY excellent "how to care for your Rabbit" sites.  Find one that deals with long hair bunnies, since they need a little extra care.

Other toys you can get from your local pet store,  or Chewy.com  These are APPLE Branch Sticks, do NOT give your rabbit other variety of sticks to chew on, they maybe poisionous.  They LOVE th LAVA Rock - great to file down their teeth naturally!

There is a Very Cute website I recently viewed.  It shows you how to make Home made toys for your Bunny!  It is very clever.  But always remember to supervise your bunny with any toys.

General Bunny Care & More Information on Netherland Dwarfs

How Do I Properly Feed a Tiny Netherland Dwarf?

While proper nutrition is a must-have for all rabbits, the Netherland Dwarfs tend to have a more sensitive digestive system than most other breeds. They should NOT be “free-fed”, but should be limited to about 1/8th cup per pound of body weight of high quality pellets daily, plus hay and unlimited water. They are allergic to all nuts, cabbages, and lettuce as well. The Go Bunny Food Toppers and Treats are Safe foods and great for this breed in small amounts. The babies LOVE the “Baby’s First Greens” product!

How Do I Train my Bunny to be Social? To insure that you have a good relationship with your bunny and that it is well-socialized rabbit who enjoys human interaction, you must take this rabbit out of its enclosure and have regular playtime. These little rabbits may look adorable and fun, but they have a natural disposition to be a little on the shy side and will jump right out of your hand if s/he is not handled enough. The more often they are outdoors being held, petted and simply being around humans, they more likely you will have a rabbit who enjoys your presence and who actually wants to be with you. With lots of playtime and patience, the Netherland Dwarf will easily befriend you. Our first Netherland Dwarf Pixie, on her second day in our home was licking and grooming my son and was happily playing with him on his lap for hours! If you are sweet and gentle and patient with a baby animal they will do the same and make a terrific pet!

Coat Care: A Netherland Dwarf’s coat is not particularly difficult to maintain. It is short to medium in length, soft, and does not need much grooming to keep it in shape. Should you find that your rabbit is shedding more than usual, this may be due to the time of the year (shedding season). If you wish to brush your rabbit during this time so there is less fur in the house, use a bristled brush and stroke in the natural direction of its fur. Remember that rabbits should never be bathed, as this causes them great stress and may cause cardiac problems. If your rabbit’s fur is dirty, simply clean it with a damp cloth. Check their “bottoms” daily to make sure they are clean and free from poop.

What Is My Rabbit Trying to Tell Me?

While rabbits obviously cannot speak to you, they still will communicate with body language and sounds. Here is a list of the behaviors and sounds your rabbit can use to talk to you. Also ALL Dwarf Breeds are not crazy about being carried around - Fuzzy Lops, Netherlands, Lion Heads, Hollands, etc.... Once you gain his trust, he will let you carry him. They all DO Love sitting next to you and being pet and spoken to, watch TV with you and play with you in your home running around and playing with toys.

  • Grunts or growling. When your bunny growls at you it means that he is angry. It will often be followed by him either biting or turning his back on you.

  • Oinking. Your rabbit may make this sound when he or she is content, or when he/she is in heat.

  • Biting or nibbling. It can be a sign of affection, but more often it is your bunny gently telling you that it wants you to stop whatever you are doing at the moment. Pixie will usually start nibbling at me or my clothes, when he doesn't want to to sit on my lap anymore.

  • Squealing. The rabbit is very scared. If you are causing the squealing by something you are doing, you should stop immediately. Bunnies can die if they are stressed out too much.

  • Running in figure-eights or circles around you. If your bunny is doing this, it means he is trying to court you.

  • Chinning. Rabbits have scent glands under their chins. If your bunny is rubbing its chin against you, then it means he is marking you as his. Congratulations, you now belong to your rabbit.

  • Tooth grinding. As mentioned above, a low grinding sound means your bunny is happy and is the equivalent of a cat purring; louder grinding might be cause for worry. The rabbit can be agitated or have misaligned teeth.

  • Licking. Your bunny is grooming you. This is a great honor to receive from a rabbit, as in nature lower bunnies groom the ones ranking higher in the hierarchy. If your bunny is licking you, then it either means that he accepts you as a superior, or he likes you so much that hierarchy doesn't matter. Ronja will usually groom me when I am petting him.

  • Nose poking. The rabbit is showing affection and it wants you to pet him.

  • Ears forward. Some sound has the rabbit's full attention. Your bunny is ready to run if the sound should turn out to be danger coming his way.

  • One ear forward. Partly paying attention to something, but not 100% interested.

  • Ears flat. This can mean two things. If the bunny is generally happy, it means that he is relaxed. If he is angry, it could be a sign that he is ready to attack and bite.

  • Sitting upright on hind legs. The rabbit will do this when it is curious about its surroundings, often when it hears a strange sound that doesn't seem immediately threatening. It is basically just the bunny trying to get a better overview of the room.

  • Thumping. Bunnies are pack animals and if your rabbit likes you, then you are automatically part of the pack. If your bunny is thumping its hind leg, then it is most likely trying to warn you (the pack) so you can escape from the danger it is sensing. When our fire alarm went off recently, went crazy with thumping until we got it turned off.

  • Digging. Rabbits dig instinctively; they were born to do it. However, sometimes they will dig as a way of communicating. If you are holding your bunny on your lap and he starts digging, then he may be saying that he needs the toilet, or that he just doesn't want to sit with you anymore.

  • Lying flat on the side with eyes half closed and hind legs stretched out.This is the ultimate sign of trust. Your bunny is super relaxed, happy and feels so safe with you that he doesn't feel the need to be ready to run. Bunnies will do this from time to time when I am watching a movie and he is on the couch with me.

  • Eating it’s Poo? Coprophagy (poo eating): not a disease, but a natural function - rabbits produce two kinds of poo, the black round hard pellets which you will see in the hutch that you clean up, and a soft, mucusy, moist pellet which it usually eats. This is not poo but a protein rich food the rabbit actually produces and eats – amazing! It looks like a small blackberry.

  • Doing a "binky" (jumping and twisting in the air). If your bunny does this it is a sign that he is a really happy rabbit.  Netherlands are known to do this.

The Netherlands Dwarf Rabbits are easy to take care of.

Proper Housing

Netherland dwarfs can be housed in cages or be left to run freely in the home SUPERVISED. Unlike other bunnies, Netherlands dwarfs are playful. They have high energy levels and are consequently very active. As a result, they require more space than most of the other small-sized breeds. Their cages should have many toys to play with and places to climb. They should be let out of the cage a lot to play with you and run and do flips for you!  This breed does NOT do well living outdoors, we recommend this rabbit be kept indoors to keep them safe from predators and the elements. Cages should be made of wire and have a plastic bottom in order to line it with bedding. Bedding should be spot-cleaned every day to rid it of feces and urine as needs. At the end of every week, dump out the bedding, wash out the pan, and replace the fluffy bedding. The urine is the only thing that smells – so keeping the cage dry will keep everyone happy.

Litter training

Netherland dwarfs have a higher level of intelligence compared to other breeds. The high intelligence makes it easy to litter train them. They can also recognize simple commands.

Because of the possibility of litter training them, most people prefer letting them roam freely in the home. Many rabbit owners have found success by placing several rabbit litter boxes around the house so they don’t have to hop all the way to their cage in order to do the deed.

Netherland Dwarf Cages

Small breeds such as the Netherlands should not live on the outside. 

If you take the indoor cage outside in the summer in nice weather, the cages should as well be shaded AWAY from direct sunlight.. Heat strokes can kill ALL bunnies. 

Nail Clipping

Bunny Nails can be sharp, clip the tips off the nails every 4 weeks.  If you are scared to do it, search for a You Tube Video on how to do it.  A dog groomer may do it for a fee.

Territorial Doe & Breeding

DO NOT keep a male and female together - any breed of Bunny!. Does (Females are territorial and will fight with other bunnies). We recommend you have your pet spayed or neutered by a vet for many health reasons. Bucks can be neutered as young as 3.5 months old, while does should wait until they are 4-6 months old before being spayed. Spayed/neutered rabbits tend to live longer than those who are not fixed. Breeding of these rabbits is a complicated affair. To successfully breed them requires extensive research, knowledge, nerves of steel, planning, patience, and discipline. Keep the breeding to the experts. It is tricky and complicated with a small dwarf breed and will give you heartache and dead babies.

Pet rabbits do not need any vaccinations, especially in the USA.  

Parasite control and deworming.  Mentioned in #13 above.

Like all other pets, Netherland dwarfs need protection against mites, tick, and fleas. Internal worms also affect the nutrition of these bunnies. Deworming them every 4 months will aid in keeping them healthy. We use a drop of liquid ivernectin on their neck or a tiny pea size of oral horse ivermectin every 4-6 months.  You can continue this with purchasing horse ivermectin in a tube from the hungrypuppy, amazon, jeffers.com, horse.com, etc.