History of the American Dwarf Netherland - The Tiniest Dwarf Bunny!

Our Breeding Program includes focusing on Brokens and Spotted Netherland Dwarfs as well !!!!  Too Cute!!

American Netherland Dwarfs is the Smallest breeds of domestic rabbits in existence and stay looking like Baby bunnies their whole life with their Large Eyes and Heads. They can weigh from 1 ½ pounds to less than 3 pounds. They can come in 25 different color combinations as well! They live from 7 – 10 years.

They were originally created by crossing the small Polish rabbit to small, wild rabbits which produced small offspring in a wide variety of color. They were first imported into the UK in 1948, then later brought into the USA in the 1960’s & 70’s. Furthermore, by use of modified BRC Standards, they were accepted as a recognized breed by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1969, which we are member of. We are also member of the American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club.

Very careful selective breeding has been used strictly over the years because this breed was known to have originally been a very fearful and skiddish. Due to decades of strict breeding, especially from the lineage we have, this breed is Now sweet, non-bitters, curious, loving, playful and very social with people. They are active bunnies that love to run, clown around, and play.  They are very entertaining for the family.

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The background of the American Fuzzy Lop is interwoven with the history of the Holland Lop. When first introduced, the Holland Lop rabbit was only available in solid colors, and some breeders wanted to add the broken pattern to the Holland Lop gene pool. To do this, they bred their Holland Lops to English Spots. While they achieved the goal of producing broken pattern rabbits, they failed to keep the rollback fur the Holland must have. The offspring instead had the flyback fur of the English Spot. The breeders then bred Holland Lops to French Angoras, a breed that has a very gentle rollback coat. The result of these manipulations was that the wool gene was also introduced into the Holland Lop gene pool and a Holland with long wool was occasionally found in Holland Lop litters. These were generally sold to people who were enchanted with a small wooled lop-eared rabbit.

The pioneer American Fuzzy Lop breeders, including Patty Greene-Karl and Gary Fellers of the east coast and Kim Landry and Margaret Miller of the west coast, noted the marketability of the fuzzy Hollands. Patty Greene-Karl is credited with realizing that the "fuzzy" gene was recessive, so that mating two Holland Lops carrying this gene resulted in a certain percentage of the offspring (theoretically 25%) with wool. Patty decided to develop these rabbits as a new breed, named the American Fuzzy Lop. After working for four years on the development of Fuzzies, she presented her rabbits to the ARBA for the first showing of the new breed at the 1985 ARBA Convention in Houston, Texas. Three separate standards for wooled lops were received from three different individuals, but only the American Fuzzy Lop presented by Patty was granted a working standard.

The original standard called for a maximum weight of 4 ¾ lb with the ideal weight of 3 ¾ lb, a rabbit designed to have the body type, ear carriage, and size of a Holland Lop, combined with a short, easily maintained wool. At the 1986 ARBA Convention in Columbus, Ohio, the American Fuzzy Lop was presented for its second showing, and again passed. At its third showing at the 1987 ARBA Convention in Portland, Oregon, the ARBA Standards Committee did not approve the breed. They stated a lack of uniformity from one animal to another. A new working standard was written by Jeff Hardin at the request of Patty, which was accepted. The revised standard basically described a wooled Holland, calling for a maximum weight of 4 pounds, and an ideal weight of 3 1/2 lb In 1988, ARBA requested only the breed sponsor be allowed to bring her Fuzzy Lops to Convention in Madison, Wisconsin because of limited cage space. The American Fuzzy Lop had to pass that year to become a recognized breed or else its proponents would have to start the procedure all over again. Fortunately, Patty’s presentation passed at this Convention, and the American Fuzzy Lop became a new recognized breed. In 1989 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Helen McKie's "Herbie" was selected as the first Best of Breed (BOB) American Fuzzy Lop at an ARBA Convention. Herbie’s picture graced the ARBA Standard of Perfection, 1991-95, representing Fuzzies well.

The complete history is available in the AFLRC Breed Guidebook. This may be purchased from the club, or it is included with a new membership you can subscribe to.

Our American Fuzzy Lops at Sweet Dream Farm are true to the breed and are PURE, RARE American Fuzzy Lops.  They typically grow to 3 - 4 lbs. full grown.  
Only a few Breeders breed this special, small, very sweet bunny, we are fortunate to be one of them!