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Habitat/Range: Dutch rabbits were first bred in England; they are now popular show and pet rabbits.
Behavior: Dutch rabbits are generally calm, easy-going rabbits and make great pets. They do prefer calm environments and should be handled with care. Rabbits are prey animals and, if caught by a predator, will kick their hind legs to try to escape. They are able to kick so hard they can actually break their backs! Therefore, their hind legs should always be supported when handling.
Breeding: Dutch rabbits become sexually mature around 4 months of age. Release of eggs by females is actually triggered through mating, not via a hormonal cycle, like in humans. Pregnancy lasts around 31 days after which a small litter of kits, usually around 4, are born. Kits are born completely hairless, eyes closed, and deaf. They start to grow hair a few days after birth and their eyes and ears are open by day 10. Females are able to get pregnant again within 24 hours after giving birth; however, most breeders wait at least 35 days to rebreed the does.
Conservation: Not listed as they are a domestic breed.
Species info: Despite the name, Dutch rabbits are originally from England. They are now common show rabbits and are bred into several different color variations. Baby rabbits are called kits and are born hairless and eyes closed. They are completely helpless for about two weeks.