The Dutch is a very old breed of rabbit. Its history can be traced back to the 1600s. In the 1880's a class of them were shown in England. This marks the beginning of the modern Dutch. In the early rabbit shows here in America, the Dutch was a mainstay and a popular one at that.
What makes the Dutch so impressive are the markings. These markings are purely genetic and are said to breed true, that is to say, the markings are hereditary. Markings include the cheeks, blaze, triangle (or neck), saddle, undercut and stops. These markings are to be white. These markings should be on a small compact animal (this is the animals type). When an animal possesses clear, clean markings, on the right body type with correct coloration, it is trully awe inspiring.
Dutch will mature to be between 3 1/2 and 5 1/2 pounds. They have a wonderful temperment and make wonderful childrens' pets. Dutch mature at about 6 months of age. They come in several recognized varieties. These varieties include black, blue, chocolate, tort, steel and gray. Unrecognized varieties include blue steels, blue grays, gold, biege, lilac and also the harlequin varieties.
Whether you have a Dutch for a pet, or you show Dutch, you already know, "you can't beat the Dutch" for being a wonderful breed.