Dwarf Bunnies

by Lindsay in Dwarf Bunnies

Jupiter - Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

Jupiter - Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

Dwarf bunnies are wonderful creatures in a small package. They have all the charm and personality of their larger cousins, but due to their size are easier to manage and care for. My husband and I got our first pair of netherland dwarf bunnies 13 years ago. I remember we chose dwarf bunnies because a pair of full sized rabbits seemed a little daunting. Looking back I am so glad we did because their compact size made them easier to accommodate.

Being a novice bunny parent was very overwhelming at first, always wondering if we were doing the right thing. Did dwarf bunnies require different care to full sized rabbits? Were their temperaments any different? Would they be alright playing outside in cold weather? Some of the dwarf bunny books that were available at the time made them feel like they were show animals rather than pets.

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Our Netherland Dwarf Bunnies Flower and Thumper

by Lindsay in Dwarf Bunnies

Flower and Thumper

Flower and Thumper

Our first dwarf bunnies, Mars and Jupiter, had given us a taste for house rabbits when we had moved home and our new garden wasn’t ready for them to move into. They had spent several months living in the house, while the garden was made safe for them. Although Mars and Jupiter were very happy to move back outside, we missed having rabbits in the house and so Flower and Thumper joined our family.

Thumper was an agouti netherland dwarf bunny, the only one in the litter, and when we saw him we couldn’t resist. The rest of the litter were Sable Martens and Flower was the only other boy. As we wanted a pair of male bunnies our choice was made for us.

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How to Feed Your Dwarf Bunnies a Healthy Diet

by Lindsay in Dwarf Bunny Care

Fawn eating his hay

Fawn eating his hay

Dwarf Bunnies require a very specific diet in order to be healthy. The food that you give to your bunnies is vital for the health of their teeth, digestive system as well as affecting their weight.

Rabbit Hay

Bunnies are grazing animals they need a constant supply of good quality hay such as Timothy hay, even if they live on a lawn, which they can graze. Hay is the most important part of your dwarf bunnies diet. Bunnies need roughage to keep their insides working correctly and to prevent blockages, as they do not have the ability to cough up hairballs in the same way as cats.

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Dwarf Bunny Housing Part 2: Indoor Rabbit Run

by Lindsay in Dwarf Bunny Housing

Our Indoor Bunny Run

Our Indoor Bunny Run

Our indoor bunny run was originally built as a temporary home for our dwarf bunnies Mars & Jupiter. We had moved into a new home and the back garden had no fencing around it, and even if it had been secure there was no grass for them to live on. So Derek made a temporary indoor home for Mars and Jupiter, which later became home to our house bunnies Flower and Thumper.

The run sides were simply made up of MFD sheets held together with strips of wood. It measured about 6 x 5 feet and was roughly 3 feet high. The sides sat on some loft boards, which were covered in linoleum, for hygiene. Because this indoor rabbit run had originally been built for temporary use it did need some alterations to make it suitable for a long-term home for our house rabbits:

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First Snow - A Story Inspired By Our Dwarf Bunny Fern

by Lindsay in Dwarf Bunnies

This is a short story inspired by our dwarf bunny, Fern. Like most dwarf bunnies she has a lot of personality in a small body. Fern lives outside during the day, though she was meant to be a house bunny. Fern has too much sense of adventure to live in the house, and she spends her time chasing our two cats, finding places to explore that a bunny really shouldn’t, climbing on us, our plant pots and even a picnic table!

As you can see from the picture of Fern, she is a natural agouti dwarf bunny cross. We adopted her from a animal shelter where she was named Fifi. Seeing her outside playing and showing off her wild streak it is hard for us to believe she is a domestic rabbit. No matter how bonkers and wild she is we love her dearly and we share a very special bond with our little rabbit. This story was written out of love for Fern and was inspired by a family joke that she is really a wild rabbit.

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Our Netherland Dwarf Bunnies Mars and Jupiter

by Lindsay in Dwarf Bunnies

Mars and Jupiter Out in the Garden

Mars and Jupiter Out in the Garden

Our first bunnies were Mars and Jupiter, who were netherland dwarf bunnies. They were brothers and while they looked very much alike as babies they had very different personalities. Jupiter was the calm and considered one, he was a lovely gentle bunny. Mars, on the other hand, was a bit bonkers. He was very unpredictable, one minute he was all sweet and lovely and then he’d growl at us and sometimes lunge at us too. He was never vicious, and he never actually bit us, but we did keep our distance when he was having one of his grumps. He was sometimes rather grumpy with Jupiter too, but Jupiter never seemed to care.

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Dwarf Bunny Housing Part 1: Rabbit Hutches

by Lindsay in Dwarf Bunny Housing

When we got our first Netherland dwarf rabbits, Mars and Jupiter, we didn’t know anything about house rabbits. The Internet wasn’t was it it is today, and none of the dwarf bunny or rabbit books we bought gave any information about keeping rabbits in the house. So in preparation for their arrival we bought the biggest hutch we could find. It was about 5 feet long and a standard rectangular wooden box with an enclosed compartment down one end. It was the biggest hutch we could find and we thought it would be lovely for our new bunnies when they arrived.

Building Our Own Bunny Run

Our Rabbit Hutch and Home Made Run

Our Rabbit Hutch and Home Made Run

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Keeping Dwarf Bunnies in Pairs

Flower & Thumper - Dwarf Bunnies Together

Flower & Thumper - Dwarf Bunnies Together

Dwarf bunnies, like all rabbits, are very sociable creatures and they enjoy the company of their own kind, in fact they thrive on it. A pair of ‘bonded’ bunnies will appear inseparable, in that no matter what they are doing, be it sleeping, eating, running around or just lazing in the sunshine, they will be together. One of the best things about dwarf bunnies is that their size makes it so much easier to keep them in pairs.

Why Bunnies Are Happier in Pairs:

Mutual Grooming

Bunnies need a companion to help them clean hard to reach places on the top of their heads, behind their ears and around their eyes. While mutual grooming is part of the bunny bonding process it is also necessary for a bunnies overall happiness.

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