Deilenaar Rabbit Breed History/Origin
The Deilenaar Rabbit was first developed in a Dutch town called Deli in the 1930s. The breeder, Mr. Ridderhof, never revealed which rabbits he used to create this new and unique breed, but experts believe that the breeds involved were probably the New Zealand Red Rabbit, the Belgian Hare, and the Chinchilla Rabbit. They also believe that the Belgian Hare is the breed responsible for giving the Deilenaar Rabbit its lovely color. Other experts believe that the Tan Rabbit and the Flemish Giant Rabbit were also involved in the creation of the Deilanaar Rabbit.
In 1940, the Deilanaar Rabbit was accepted by Dutch standards in the Netherlands. The breed slowly made its way throughout Europe because of the war, so it took until the latter part of the 1980s for the breed to be recognized by the British Rabbit Council (BRC).
Today, the breed is not yet recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBC), and it is rare outside of Europe.
The Deilenaar Rabbit is rare outside of Europe.
The Deilenaar Rabbit is medium in size and has a good posture. It is described as robust and thickset. Its body is also muscular, meaty, and compact.
The head will be carried low, and the neck will be barely visible but it will be more developed in males than in females. The ears will be held erect and will be strong, and the ideal length for the ears will be around 11 cm.
When observing this rabbit breed, you will also note the powerful and broad hindquarters and front legs. The breed standard states that the body should be muscular and hard, without any areas that are loose or flabby. The nails should be neat and short too.
The medium-length coat on a Deilenaar Rabbit will be silky and dense, but it will be shorter on the head, ears, and legs. Also, the coat should not have any matting, and it should be lustrous and clean.
One of the most unique features of the Deilenaar Rabbit is its coloring, which is a red agouti hue that features black ticking and mackereling. Its intermediate color would be a rusty brown, but the base color would be a slate blue that is evenly divided.
The color of the fur will be rich and deep, and it will extend over the entire body except the underside of the rabbit and the inside of the back legs. The chest will feature an even warmer red-brown color, and the belly will be a creamy color that features red streaks in the groin area.
The insides of the ears, along with the muzzle and jawline, will be a tan color, but the ears will be edged with a black color. The forelegs will feature the red agouti and ticking, but they will not have the mackereling because the fur will be much shorter there.
This rabbit’s nails should be dark, the whiskers should be colored, and the eyes should be bright and dark as well.
The Deilenaar can be trained to use a litter tray.
You can house your Deilenaar Rabbit indoors or outside. If you are going to allow your pet to live outside, you need to provide him with a waterproof and weatherproof hutch that is out of direct sun and direct win. Line the hutch with a comfortable substrate that you can easily clean regularly, and provide your pet with a covered area that has bedding where he can rest.
When keeping your rabbit indoors, you can set up an indoor rabbit cage or dog crate in a quiet and secure area of your house. This will ensure your pet has a place to retreat to and rest comfortably in.
Your rabbit’s diet should consist of a variety of high quality hays, along with rabbit pellets and myriad vegetables. You should also provide your pet with fresh, clean water at all times.
Overall, the Deilenaar Rabbit is a healthy and strong breed, especially since it is a hybrid breed. Nevertheless, you should make it a point to ensure your rabbit’s teeth do not become overgrown. You can do this by providing your pet with gnaw toys and a diet that is high in fiber. Check your rabbit’s teeth regularly to ensure that they are always the appropriate length.
You should also make sure you feed your pet the right foods, and the right amount of food, to prevent him from becoming overweight. When a rabbit gains too much weight, it could become difficult for him to groom himself, and that could make him susceptible to flystrike.
Like other rabbits, you can also treat your Deilenaar for ticks, worms, and fleas, especially if your pet will be spending time outside. Having your female spayed can also prevent uterine cancer.
One of the most unique features of the Deilenaar is its red agouti color.
Deilenaar Rabbits have an even temperament, making them wonderful pets. You will notice aspects of this rabbit’s foundation breeds in its personality, so these animals will be affectionate, lively, and friendly.
Considered reasonably intelligent, the Deilenaar can be trained to use a litter tray. You can also provide your pet with some cat toys, including those with bells and rattles, to keep him occupied.
Be aware that, because these rabbits are lively, you need to give them room to roam freely, but you should rabbit-proof your house in order to ensure their safety. Also, because they are lively, they could be skittish, so handle your rabbit with care. In fact, this breed might not be the best choice for those who are inexperienced in keeping and handling rabbits.
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