The Ultimate Guide to Dwarf Rabbit Care

In this article I use my own experience with my pet rabbit Ronja to discuss the subject of dwarf rabbit care. Rabbit toys, rabbit diseases, sudden wetness of fur in rabbits, and rabbit diet; I'll cover these topics and more. Hopefully you will enjoy the read, and maybe it will even make you want your own rabbit or bunny.

There are a lot of things to learn when you get a house rabbit:

  • which rabbit hutch or cage to pick for your bunny;
  • what diet you should arrange for your rabbit;
  • what diseases bunnies might get;
  • how to groom your rabbit, including picking the right brush and nail clippers.

The information here is based on my own experience and many, many hours of research.

I will also take a critical look at bunny trancing, something that is quite controversial at the moment.

Anyway, have fun with this article on bunny rabbits. I hope it will bring you some "Aaaaaaawwww cute" moments and a couple of laughs, and teach you something valuable about dwarf rabbit care.


Introducing Ronja the Dwarf Rabbit

I got my baby dwarf rabbit Ronja in the summer of 2010, when he was only eight weeks old. I picked him out myself from a litter in a pet shop. It was so hard to choose; I really just wanted to take all eight or ten tiny rabbits home with me.

The pet shop owner and the vet that did his first Myxomatosis vaccination both told me Ronja was a female (hence the name, if any Astrid Lindgren fans are feeling slightly confused). It was only when he was approximately five months old that I suddenly realized that he was male. I noticed he had something stuck in his fur on his belly and I gently turned him over to sort it out. That is when I noticed that people had guessed wrong about the gender of my rabbit; it was only at the age of five months that he was developed enough that you could tell his gender with certainty. I asked the vet when I was there the next time and he confirmed that Ronja was indeed a male rabbit.

So, the first lesson on dwarf rabbits: it is really hard to tell the gender of your bunny when it is young. This is valuable information to consider if you were thinking of getting two rabbits. Unless you are careful, the two rabbits you thought were females will start breeding, and out of nowhere you will have baby rabbits all over the place.

What Is a Dwarf Rabbit?

Dwarf rabbits are small rabbits with eyes and heads that are big compared to the rest of their body. This makes them look like baby rabbits when they grow up as well as well as when they are young, something most people find very cute. Standard dwarf rabbits weigh up to 1.4 kilograms (approximately 3 pounds).

Dwarf Rabbit Breeds

There are quite a few dwarf rabbit breeds out there by now. This a list of the most popular ones, but might not be comprehensive. If something is missing, feel free to add a comment!

Polish Rabbit


These rabbits have short heads with full cheeks, almost square. Their ears are very short and set close together so they touch all the way to the top. Their fur is short and fine.

Dwarf Hotot

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This breed is small, compact, and very docile. Their fur should be soft and dense and it should be a uniform white colour all over. One thing that sets Dwarf Hotots apart is the black ring of fur around their eyes, giving them a very distinctive look.

Holland Lop

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This is the only dwarf version of the very popular type of rabbit that goes under the common name of "lop." THe Holland Lop is playful and active but can be a bit skittish. It has a round head, short fur, and floppy ears like other lops.

Jersey Wooly


This breed is a cross between the Netherland Dwarf and the French Angora. The combination has resulted in a small rabbit with long, soft fur. The Jersey Wooly is very playful, and can be a loyal affectionate companion if cared for properly. Furthermore, this bunny is one of the more intelligent rabbit breeds.

Lionhead Bunny

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The Lionhead Rabbit gets its name from its signature mane, which looks like that of a male lion. Note that not all lionhead offspring have the double mane gene that gives them the extra fur, so be aware of this if you are purchasing a lionhead. These rabbits make very good pets if accustomed to human company from the time they are small. They are friendly and easy to handle.

Netherland Dwarf

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This breed is very small, with a rounded full head. Their ears are short and close together. Netherland Dwarfs used to have a bad reputation for being aggressive; however with good breeding practices they have become more docile and with proper care from their owners they make amazing companions.

Are Dwarf Rabbits Good Pets?

The short answer is yes! I love my little bunny. In my opinion dwarf rabbits are one of the best caged pets you can get. They are small and low-maintenance, and they can become very loving and loyal. If you are looking for a small house pet I definitely recommend getting a dwarf bunny! However there are some things you should be aware of, especially when it comes to dwarf rabbit care.

Can I Play With a Rabbit, Can I Cuddle a Bunny, Can I Pet My Tame Rabbit?

Keep in mind that a bunny is not a relaxed animal. It is almost always active, and the slightest sound or movement will make it jump. They are also not naturally cuddly, although if you gain the trust of your rabbit then it can be very rewarding to have a tiny warm furball on your lap.

Then again, rabbits like being petted (if they trust you), they are pack animals, and they are used to grooming each other. If you win the trust of your bunny and you are accepted into its pack you can even expect it to counter-groom your hands. (I am trying to get a video of this as it is super-cute.)

And rabbits are more playful than you would expect. Have a look further down the page for a video of Ronja playing and for some good ideas for bunny toys.

A few things to keep in mind.

  • Rabbits do NOT like to be carried or lifted.
  • Never, ever, pick a bunny up by its ears.
  • Always support a rabbit's hind legs with one hand and rest the bunny against your chest, to upset your bunny the least.
  • Rabbits are pack animals, meaning they are social animals. If you don't plan to spend a lot of time with your bunny then maybe you should consider buying two.

Rabbits, including dwarf bunnies, raise a lot of new questions for pet owners who've never had a rabbit before. The best thing you can do before you purchase a pet rabbit is to research and read about them. I'll recommend a book and then I'll go through some questions that might come up for a new rabbit owner.

Facts, Advice and Tips on Dwarf Rabbit Care by Monika Wegler

Dwarf Rabbits (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals (Paperback))
Dwarf Rabbits (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals (Paperback))

The book is an excellent start for anyone new to dwarf rabbits and a solid guide for more experienced owners. It gives great advice on everything from bunny cages to health care and diet. Very importantly, it also gives tips on how to teach children to handle these rather fragile mini-rabbits. It tells how to distinguish pure-bred dwarf rabbits from mixed breeds and suggests ideas for an adventure playground for your bunny to keep it healthy and happy.

And it comes with many cute color photos of dwarf rabbits.


More Great Reading on Rabbit Care

This PDF booklet by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has great information on how to set up an environment for your rabbit and on how to deal with bunnies in general.

A Rabbit Mystery: Wet Fur

Rabbit with wet fur
Rabbit with wet fur

Why Is My Rabbit's Fur Wet All the Time?

After I had my dwarf rabbit for about two months, I saw that his fur was constantly wet and I didn't know why. It had me completely puzzled. He also stopped eating the fresh carrots and celery I offered him, so I got very worried. As the photo shows, the wet fur made my bunny look a bit sick, and you can maybe understand why I was concerned it was a serious disease.

I started reading up on rabbit diseases. After some research I got concerned that my rabbit might be suffering from a skin condition. The very next day, I took him to the vet to get everything checked out.

Luckily the vet was able to educate me and lessen my worry. Although the issue causing the wet fur was serious enough, it was also easily resolvable; it had to do with his teeth.

Rabbit Teeth and Malocclusion Problems

It turned out that my rabbit's upper teeth had simply grown so long that they were now curling inside and damaging the upper part of his mouth. The wetness of my bunny's fur came from the abundance of saliva he was producing due to this irritation.

Rabbit teeth keep growing through their lives. Due to the way dwarf bunnies have been bred, the bone structure of the head is no longer optimal. Because of their short snouts and round jaws, their teeth no longer grind against each other. So the teeth can sometimes grow very long and cause issues like my rabbit experienced.

Now I have my dwarf rabbit's teeth cut approximately every four weeks and he is no longer having any trouble.

This issue of too-long teeth is something to consider before getting a dwarf rabbit. I have a deal with my vet and they cut the teeth and claws for 15 euros a year; however that is still a fair bit of money. Keep in mind that your dwarf rabbit might need the same treatment and that it is not something you can skip.

If you feel comfortable, you can buy teeth cutters for bunnies and cut their teeth yourself. I tried this to cut down on the cost, however I did not feel happy with trying to cut the teeth of a squirming rabbit. I was too afraid of cutting his tongue or the skin around his mouth.

An Issue of Overgrown Bunny Teeth

As mentioned above, many dwarf rabbits have tooth problems because their teeth do not grind against each other properly and thus become overgrown. This issue is also referred to as malocclusion in rabbits.

On the picture below, you can see the length of my dwarf rabbit's teeth approximately 25 days after they were last cut. As you can see, they will soon start causing him trouble again and my bunny's teeth will have to be trimmed.

What Should I Do if My Bunny Breaks His Teeth?

Rabbit teeth do, in fact, grow back if they are broken. As mentioned above, rabbits' teeth keep growing all their lives.

My rabbit jumped down from the sofa and landed awkwardly face first, knocking out his lower teeth. I panicked a bit when I saw him sitting there running his paw over his snout over and over. When I was told that the teeth would indeed grow back, I felt better, and over the following days I just kept a close eye on whether he ate and made sure his gum did not become infected.

If this happens to your bunny, make sure you check that he still is still eating his food. If he doesn't, try replacing his normal food with something that is easier to chew: for instance, oats instead of pellets, and a piece of apple with no skin instead of a carrot. If your rabbit still doesn't eat, take him to the vet as they may have some special food for him.

Vets can make a bunny's teeth stop growing by damaging the roots in a special way. This is a rather intrusive procedure for your rabbit to have to go through and it is not something I would recommend. My vet suggested it as an alternative to having his teeth cut every month and I declined, as I could foresee that an operation like that on a small dwarf rabbit could be majorly upsetting to my pet bunny.

You Can Trim Your Bunny's Nails and Teeth

If you have a house bunny it is likely that you will need to trim his nails. As with cutting your bunny's teeth, you can get your vet to do this, but if you feel comfortable you can do it yourself.

Here are some things to think about when trimming a rabbit's nails:

Use a nail clipper specifically designed for bunny nails, as it will make the task easier and limit the risk of hurting your rabbit.

Make sure the nail clipper is not dull. The rabbit does not enjoy the procedure and it is much more difficult if you don't use proper tools.

A nice little trick to make it easier to cut your rabbits nails is to wrap the bunny in a tea towel. That way he is nice and snug and gets less stressed out by the procedure. Wrapping also helps your rabbit from kicking his legs while you trim his nails, and makes it less likely that you hurt your bunny while grooming him.

Because the bunny does not like to get his nails trimmed, he will likely struggle. You can make the process easier by wrapping the bunny in a tea towel so it is restrained from kicking and can more easily be held still. Wrapping also makes it less likely that you will hurt your bunny while grooming him.

It is much easier if you have a helper, who can hold the rabbit while you cut its nails.

Don't cut the nails too short. It is much better to trim the rabbit's nails more often than to cause the tiny fellow harm by cutting into his veins.

You can also cut your rabbit's teeth yourself and if you have a dwarf rabbit you can often use the nail cutter for the procedure, HOWEVER, I strongly recommend having your vet show you how first, and also approve of the nail cutter you are going to use. You could hurt your bunny a lot if you accidentally cut its lips or tongue, so please do not go ahead with cutting your bunny's teeth if you are uncertain of how to do it.

How to Cut a Rabbit's Teeth

This video shows how you can trim your bunny's teeth if your pet is suffering from malocclusion. Again I have to stress that if you are not 100% certain what you are doing, go to your vet first and have them instruct you.

When Rabbits Grind Their Teeth

There are several reasons why rabbits might grind their teeth. Sometimes you can guess the reason from the sound.

  • Soft grinding. This sound means the bunny is happy and content. It is almost like when a cat purrs, and will often happen when you are petting and grooming your rabbit.
  • Grating or crunching. This is much louder and should act as a warning to you. Your rabbit is in pain and needs to be examined by a vet. You will often be able to tell the bunny's condition from its general body language as well, as a rabbit in pain will be hunched over and its ears will be flattened.
  • Loud grinding. This can be mistaken for the above, but it happens for a slightly different reason. The bunny is trying to grind down its teeth as they are overgrown and might be causing it problems. If this is the case, either cut the teeth for the rabbit or take it to the vet for teeth trimming.

Bunny Language

What Is My Rabbit Trying to Tell Me?

While rabbits and bunnies obviously cannot speak to you, they still will communicate with body language and sounds. Here is a list of the sounds your rabbit can use to talk to you.

  • Grunts or growling. When your bunny growls at you it means that he is angry. It will often be followed by him either biting or turning his back on you.
  • Oinking. Your rabbit may make this sound when he or she is content, or when he/she is in heat.
  • Biting or nibbling. It can be a sign of affection, but more often it is your bunny gently telling you that it wants you to stop whatever you are doing at the moment. Ronja will usually start nibbling at me or my clothes, when he doesn't want to to sit on my lap anymore.
  • Squealing. The rabbit is very scared. If you are causing the squealing by something you are doing, you should stop immediately. Bunnies can die if they are stressed out too much.
  • Running in figure-eights or circles around you. If your bunny is doing this, it means he is trying to court you.
  • Chinning. Rabbits have scent glands under their chins. If your bunny is rubbing its chin against you, then it means he is marking you as his. Congratulations, you now belong to your rabbit.
  • Tooth grinding. As mentioned above, a low grinding sound means your bunny is happy and is the equivalent of a cat purring; louder grinding might be cause for worry.
  • Licking. Your bunny is grooming you. This is a great honor to receive from a rabbit, as in nature lower bunnies groom the ones ranking higher in the hierarchy. If your bunny is licking you, then it either means that he accepts you as a superior, or he likes you so much that hierarchy doesn't matter. Ronja will usually groom me when I am petting him.
  • Nose poking. The rabbit is showing affection and it wants you to pet him.
  • Ears forward. Some sound has the rabbit's full attention. Your bunny is ready to run if the sound should turn out to be danger coming his way.
  • One ear forward. Partly paying attention to something, but not 100% interested.
  • Ears flat. This can mean two things. If the bunny is generally happy, it means that he is relaxed. If he is angry, it could be a sign that he is ready to attack and bite.
  • Sitting upright on hind legs. The rabbit will do this when it is curious about its surroundings, often when it hears a strange sound that doesn't seem immediately threatening. It is basically just the bunny trying to get a better overview of the room.
  • Thumping. Bunnies are pack animals and if your rabbit likes you, then you are automatically part of the pack. If your bunny is thumping its hind leg, then it is most likely trying to warn you (the pack) so you can escape from the danger it is sensing. When our fire alarm went off recently, Ronja went crazy with thumping until we got it turned off.
  • Digging. Rabbits dig instinctively; they were born to do it. However, sometimes they will dig as a way of communicating. If you are holding your bunny on your lap and he starts digging, then he may be saying that he needs the toilet, or that he just doesn't want to sit with you anymore.
  • Lying flat on the side with eyes half closed and hind legs stretched out. This is the ultimate sign of trust. Your bunny is super relaxed, happy and feels so safe with you that he doesn't feel the need to be ready to run. Ronja will do this from time to time when I am watching a movie and he is on the couch with me.
  • Doing a "binky" (jumping and twisting in the air). If your bunny does this it is a sign that he is a really happy rabbit. See the video below for an example.

What to Call a Rabbit

The male rabbit is called a "buck."

The female rabbit is called a "doe."

Baby rabbits are called "kittens."

Rabbit Diet

To Carrot or Not to Carrot?

I think most people think of bunnies as carrot-eating machines. While most rabbits very much like carrots, carrots should not be the only thing they are fed. On the contrary, too much carrot can give the rabbit diarrhea.

Carrots, celery and other wet food are great once in a while, but in general you should feed your bunny dry food. Personally I buy a mix from a pet store. It contains seeds, dried carrot and dried herbs. If in doubt, ask your vet.

Your rabbit should always have access to fresh hay. Hay is super-important as rabbits need the fiber to avoid getting a bad stomach. A bunny with access to fresh hay will eat the amount it needs.

Timothy hay is a grassy sort of hay, with smaller and thinner straws than usual hay, and my bunny loves eating it. I use it for rabbit food and as part of the cage's bedding, as my bunny loves digging into the hay.

If the rabbit suddenly stops eating hay, you should get a little concerned. Ronja sometimes stops eating hay when his teeth get too long. When that happens, his excrement starts to get wetter and more sticky. This can lead to issues, as the bunny gets the sticky excrement stuck in his fur. That is one reasons why it is important to investigate if your rabbit stops eating hay.

Last but not least, make certain that there is always fresh water for your bunny. This is always super important, but especially when it is shedding. Rabbits can amass furballs much like cats do, from grooming themselves. However, unlike cats, they are not able to regurgitate. That is why water is essential at these times, as it helps keep the fur from collecting in the bunny's throat or stomach.

Ronja relaxing with me on the couch

Ronja relaxing with me on the couch
Ronja relaxing with me on the couch

Chewing and Climbing

Do Rabbits and Bunnies Play With Toys?

Rabbits are naturally prey animals, not predators, which means that they do not chase sticks like dogs and they do not go crazy over a ball of paper like a cat. They do, however, still like to play.

You can get many different types of toys for rabbits, but mainly they fall into two categories:

  • Things to chew on
  • Things to climb on

Rabbit Chew Toys

As discussed above, rabbits' teeth grow very fast, and it can be helpful to give them something to chew on to keep the growth down. Also it is great for a rabbit to play with chew toys as it is combining fun time with self-maintenance.

A chew toy can be something as simple as an apple-tree branch; make sure it is not sprayed with anything, though. Look below for a fancier chew toy.

Rabbit Chew Toy—Chew Balls with Bell

Ware Manufacturing Small Pet Nature Chew Balls Value Pack with Bell, Pack of 3
Ware Manufacturing Small Pet Nature Chew Balls Value Pack with Bell, Pack of 3

Rabbits love to nibble, chew, toss and push these toys around the cage, making it perfect for times where you have to leave the bunny alone for work or other obligations. Your rabbit won't be bored in its cage, and the toy will help keep its teeth from becoming too long.

With this purchase you get three chew balls with bells made of sisal, cornhusk and seagrass: all materials that are safe for your bunny to chew on.


The bunny's claws, also, can also grow pretty long if it doesn't have access to digging. If you can get a chew toy that also has a way to activate the paws it is even better.

For Ronja I have some woven rice straw and grass packages. He has to bite and dig his way through the outer layer to get to the tasty grasses inside.

My rabbit is quite easily entertained, and if yours is too, you might be able to get away with toilet paper rolls as your rabbit toys. Please make sure that the roll is clean. If the roll is glued together, don't leave the rabbit alone with it, as it might eat the cardboard.

My Dwarf Rabbit Having Fun With Toilet Paper Rolls

Ronja is very active and he loves playing with things. As you can see he is also very particular in how he likes his cage "furnished."

It is important to make sure your bunny stays active, especially if it is a caged bunny that doesn't get to move around much.

Make sure you take it out of the cage frequently and let it jump around in your house (under your supervision). Also give it toys to play with when it is sitting in the cage.

Things to Climb on: Rabbit Hutches and Cages

Rabbits needs space to move around in and they love something to climb on.

If you do not plan on letting your bunny run free in the house (or, much better, let him run around in an outside pen), then at least make sure that you have a spacious cage. It needs to be big enough for the bunny to jump around in.

Ideally you can also add some extra levels in the cage so the bunny can jump around and keep an eye on things from different perspectives.

It is a really good idea to give your bunny a hutch, a small enclosure he can withdraw to when he gets scared or just wants to sleep.

Get a Crinkle Tunnel for your Rabbit—Allow Your Bunny to Explore, Play and Hide

Kaytee Crinkle Tunnel, Colors Vary
Kaytee Crinkle Tunnel, Colors Vary

Rabbit dig tunnels in the wild, but house bunnies rarely have that luxury. Instead you can make your pet bunny happy by giving it this crinkle tunnel that it can explore or hide in. Make your rabbit feel safe and at the same time give them a great item to play with and explore.

This rabbit tunnel is machine washable.

It is six inches in diameter, so perfect for a dwarf rabbit, but too small for their bigger cousins.


Rabbit Diseases

Luckily I don't have much personal experience in this area. Aside from his teeth issues, Ronja is very healthy.

I do however want to mention myxomatosis, because it is quite common and can cause very rapid death. In order to prevent your rabbit from catching this disease, most vets offer annual or semiannual vaccinations.

Myxomatosis can be spread by a creature as ordinary as a house fly, so even if your rabbit is not kept outside and does not have contact with any other animals it is still at risk.

Have a look at Wikipedia for more information and make sure to contact your vet to arrange vaccination if you haven't already.

Is it Okay to Trance a Bunny?

Is Hypnotizing a Rabbit Harmful?

If you put a rabbit on its back, the bunny will become completely still and cease struggling against you. Up until recently it was common practice by both bunny owners and veterinarians to do this whenever they needed to restrain or immobilize the bunny. It was thought to be a great way of calming your bunny, for instance while you trim the rabbit's nails.

Hypnotizing the bunny by putting it on its back is called "trancing" a bunny, or "tonic immobility." The latter term has become more widely used over the last couple of years, as rabbit owners came to realize that what they thought was a calming experience for their pet bunny is really a very traumatic state. On his back, the rabbit is playing dead, hoping that the predator will loosen its grip and allow the bunny to escape.

Recent studies have shown that rabbit trancing is a very stressful experience for the bunny, and now it is discouraged unless necessary. Bunny hypnosis was the only way I could get my rabbit to take his medicine, but I really did not enjoy the experience, though, and I will be looking to avoid any form of rabbit trancing if at all possible.

My rabbit looks cute and calm during trancing; however, his stress level is actually very high which is not good for a little bunny. It is quite easy to tell that this is not pleasant for him,as you can feel his little heart beating very fast. He is NOT relaxed at all!

Rabbit and Bunny Grooming

How to Keep Your Rabbit Clean and Healthy

Some rabbits will take care of grooming themselves, while some need frequent brushing. Netherland Dwarf rabbits are generally very low-maintenance in terms of grooming, while bunnies with a longer coat of fur will need more attention. If you have a longhaired rabbit, investing in a grooming brush is a must. If you do not help keep the fur untangled and clean, there can be an added risk of your rabbit catching diseases.

Even if your bunny does not need you to help maintain its pelt, you might still want to buy a grooming brush as most rabbits loves to have their fur brushed. In nature rabbits will groom each other whenever they have a quiet moment, so the act of getting brushed is a very calming and enjoyable experience for your rabbit. A pure bunny Zen moment.

The ultimate sign of affection your rabbit can show you is if it returns the favour of grooming. The picture below shows Ronja trying to make my hand all prim and proper.

Get the Right Grooming Brush for your Bunny

There is some debate on whether to use slicker brushes (also known as wire brushes) for grooming your rabbit. Some people with long-haired rabbits swear by them. Personally I would not use a wire brush on any type of bunny, as they can cause scratches and wounds on your rabbits' delicate skin. Bunnies have very, very thin skin, and even the slightest cut can create quite a bit of problems.

I recommend using a bristle brush and being very gentle when you groom your rabbit.

If you are having issues getting knots out of the rabbit's fur using a bristle brush, then try gently untangling it using a comb.

To get all the hair out easily, gently sprinkle a bit of water on your rabbit's fur. Then run your hands over your bunny a couple of times and you will see a lot of hair sticking to your hand.

Traveling With a Bunny

Traveling can be very stressful for your bunny. As prey animals, they tend to be skittish, especially when hearing new sounds and experiencing unfamiliar smells and sights. Try to make the trip as comfortable for your rabbit as possible. A few good points:

  • Make the trip short, if at all possible.
  • Make sure it is not too hot; this is especially important when traveling by car in the summer. Overheated bunnies can die easily.
  • Bring some vegetables; they provide liquid for your rabbit, who will rarely want to drink water during a trip.
  • If you have to fly try with your bunny, see if you can't bring the rabbit with you into the cabin. A few airlines allow this if your carrier is small enough to fit under a seat. Check with the airline first.

Do's and Don'ts

The information provided in this article might seem a bit overwhelming at first glance, so to summarize, I will provide you with a short list of the most important Do's and Don'ts of rabbit care.

These are things everyone should know before getting a bunny as a pet.

Do's of Dwarf Rabbit Care

  • Give your bunny lots of attention.
  • Let your bunny have lots of exercise.
  • Feed your bunny hay for better digestion.
  • Groom your bunny frequently to keep it healthy.
  • Give your bunny chew toys to help keep its teeth at a good length.
  • Give your bunny fresh vegetables like carrot and celery, but only once in a while.
  • Love your bunny and it will love you back.

Don'ts of Dwarf Rabbit Care

  • Never lift your bunny by its ears.
  • Don't force your bunny onto its back (unless strictly necessary for medical reasons).
  • Don't play very loud music near your bunny; it causes stress that could kill your bunny.
  • Don't feed your bunny vegetables all the time; it could cause diarrhea.
  • Don't your bunny alone for too long. It is a social animal and needs company.

Rabbits and Other Pets

I get asked from time to time whether rabbits can co-exist with other family pets such as dogs and cats.

It is a hard question to answer as it really depends on the circumstances and the personality of both the rabbit and the other pet in question.

My initial answer would be not to have both a rabbit and a cat or dog. If you do already have other pets, you should make sure to keep them separated from your rabbit, at least to begin with.

If you really want to have the pets in close proximity, ideally the rabbit and the dog or cat should grow up together, so they are used to each other from a very young age. That way it's more likely that the bigger animal will accept the bunny as a runty part of its pack, rather than a potential midday snack.

Never let the two pets be alone unsupervised. No matter how good friends your bunny rabbit and cat are, there is no telling when play might turn a bit too rough.

While speaking of playing: it might look cute when your kitten is padding at the rabbit with its paws, but remember that the bunny in nature is used to being hunted by predators. Having a tiny kitten poke at it, even if it's not physically dangerous to the rabbit, is very likely to cause high stress that could cause a heart attack.

In conclusion, yes, you can have other animals when having a rabbit as a pet, but make sure that if you do, you keep them separated, at the very least by a cage. Who knows, maybe it is the cat or dog that needs protection, as is the case in the video below where Ronja scares a poor curious cat.

Love Your Rabbit and It Will Love You Back

Love your rabbit and it will love you back
Love your rabbit and it will love you back

Care for Your Rabbit

Your Bunny Needs You

All the advice above about rabbit teeth, bunny diseases, rabbit diet and rabbit toys is all important; however, there is one thing that is even more important.

If you get yourself a dwarf rabbit (or any pet for that matter) make sure that you care for it. Not just in terms of basic necessities, but with plenty of attention and love as well. Rabbits are social animals and they will get sad if they are left on their own.

If you do jump into the rabbit hole and get yourself a dwarf bunny, then I wish you all the best of luck. Hopefully, you will have as much fun with your pet as I have with Ronja!

A pet lover yourself? - Leave a comment! 131 comments

moonlitta 4 years ago

Not any pet, just my dog who has already passed away. Still, loved the rabbit's story!

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agoofyidea 4 years ago

I like pets. We have two dogs, two cats and seven more cats that live on our property. The seven cats came with the place, but I care for them. Very informative lens.

JoshK47 4 years ago

My goodness, they're so adorable - tiny bunnies! :)

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BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

I had a Belgian Hare when I was growing up. Love rabbits! Yours is the most thorough source I've seen for rabbit care. Wish I would have known some of this stuff when we had our bunny.

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LaraineRoses 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

I love your little bunny. My oldest brother raised rabbits and then later on I had a rabbit and my brother closest to me had one too. I'll be writing about that some time soon. I enjoyed this lens and am blessing it.

anonymous 4 years ago

Precious! I love watching your little guy throwing his tubes.

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favored 4 years ago from USA

Very helpful information. Good lens.

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sousababy 4 years ago

Lovely lens, adding it to my 'Living Articles on Squidoo.' Hope it helps! Ronja is adorable.

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@sousababy: Thank you so much for adding my lens there and also for making me aware of your living articles lens. I will have to check out all the lenses there. :)

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iWriteaLot 4 years ago

This is a really great lens! Very informative and Ronja looks like he's having so much fun. Blessed

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WebWriteGirl LM 4 years ago

oo wow, I always a wanted dwarf bunnie! Such an informative lens

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Close2Art LM 4 years ago

I love Rabbits and love this page, Blessed!!!

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viscri8 4 years ago

Let little rabbits be blessed -- and this lens too! Keep well.

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DANCING COWGIRL 4 years ago from Texas

Awwww. Yes, you made me say awwww. Very informative and still very personal. Loved this lens. ~Blessed~

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Commandrix 4 years ago from Benson, IL

You sure have some good pictures here, and some good information! I used to have mini lops and they do make an awesome pet.

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smartbiz38129 4 years ago

My parents had chinchillas before I was born and they told me of the work it took. Kudos to you and Ronja is just so darn cute! Look at that face

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desa999 lm 4 years ago

Love pets, but never had a rabbit and wasn't aware of dwarf rabbits. Thanks for the info.

KarenCookieJar 4 years ago

I've never had a rabbit, but I've thought a lot about getting one.

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fugeecat lm 4 years ago

I've never owned a rabbit, they are so adorable. But I'm not sure how well a rabbit would get along with my cats.

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Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

Very good and helpful information on dwarf rabbit care. Before purchasing any pet, you need to do your research so that you know what to expect and can properly care for your new pet.

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PositiveChristi1 4 years ago

We had the misfortune to lose one of our rabbits to fly strike during the summer. Nasty thing to have to deal with.

Excellent information. Angel blessed.

anonymous 4 years ago

Very good lens, i used to keep rabbits in a very big way,Angora's for wool.i used to find it very relaxing grooming them.

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Elle-Dee-Esse 4 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

Congrats on making the Community Favourites Top 100

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OhMe 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

I have a friend who has 2 rabbits that she calls her children. I will be sure to share this page with her. Congrats on making the Top 100 Community Favorites.

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BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

I love you rabbit language! Terrific job on this lens and definitely worthy of the Top 100!

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KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

My sister and I had a dwarf bunny with three deformed legs who could not hop. We took him to the vet frequently for teeth trimming since he couldn't groom himself very well. Other rabbits would pick on Funny Bunny, so he lived alone. Our cats were kind to him, though. Congrats on making the community favorites list. Happy new year!

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Dianne Loomos 4 years ago

Your bunny is so cute! Congrats on making the top 100 for 2011!

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snazzify lm 4 years ago

blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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JoyfulReviewer 4 years ago

Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

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aesta1 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Just love rabbits as I was born on the year of the rabbit.

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Auntiekatkat 4 years ago

Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

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LiteraryMind 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Any lens that's about properly taking care of a pet is aces in my book. Congratulations on being nominated for Community Favorit Lenses of 2011. Well done.

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shellys-space 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

I have a wild rabbit who comes to visit and hang out behind my heat pump in the winter :) I lost my 2 cats in a year (old age). I am WP (without pet) right now. I always wondered who would be brave enough to clip a rabbits nails!

anonymous 4 years ago

We had bunny rabbits as kids, and my kids did growing up. Rabbits are very sweet pets. I might get one again someday. Your Dwarf Rabbit is so cute, and well cared for. ~ Blessing!

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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

That's what I love about Squidoo. Even with my ADD - you open me up to topics I would have never thought of. Dwarf bunnies. Just one more adorable pet to love.

anonymous 4 years ago

Loved the cute dwarf rabbits and the tips for their care.

n0elle 4 years ago

I love dwarf rabbits!!! I had 2 when I was kid/teenager but they died at some point (they were old). I was really sad. They I bought another one in my early 20s but I gave her to a friend when I started travelling... After reading your lens, I feel like I should get one, i'm sure my son would love that!

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@n0elle: Glad I could remind you of how cute these little rabbits are. :) Best of luck with it, if you decide to get one again.

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Image Girl 4 years ago

the local pet food place has a Dwarf Rabbit looking for a home. Of course when I wanted to find out more about these - I looked here on Squidoo. GREAT article, and very informative! I had a bunny (full sized) as a child. thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@Image Girl: You are welcome. I hope the Bunny will bring you much joy if you decide to go for it! :)

(sitting with Ronja on my lap while writing this. A warm bunny in your lap is something I can only recommend as it has a very calming effect.)

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domain19 4 years ago

so cute dwarf rabbits... :D nice lens... thanks for share... :D

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SecondHandJoe LM 4 years ago

Awwwwwwww! how cute! and so is the rabbit! Thanks, i enjoyed it!

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BenJacklin LM 4 years ago

So cute, great info!

anonymous 4 years ago

very cute and informative! lens, thanks

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Aquavel 4 years ago

They are so adorable! I learned a tremendous amount, and now I would love to be owned by a dwarf rabbit!

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psiloveyou1 4 years ago

Excellent lens! I love all of the photos. I know several 4-Her's who show their dwarf rabbits. I'll send them the link!

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SheGetsCreative 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Excellent lens *blessed* I used to have a dwarf bunny that I adored.

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squidoopets 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

Incredible article filled with great info about caring for dawrf rabbits. We have rats as pets ourselves, and our honey bunny boys are our fur kids. We'd do anything to give them a happy and healthy life.

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@squidoopets: Thank you. I had a friend who kept rats as well and they were really cute and funny so I can see why you guys would enjoy them. :)

antoniow 4 years ago

Beautiful lens, great job!

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PippiDust 4 years ago

I love dwarf rabbits, they are so cute.

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank-you for taking the time to study, organize and write all this information. It has been very helpful!

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: You are welcome. Glad to help out another Dwarf Rabbit fan! :)

anonymous 4 years ago

Had to come back to see the tiny bunnies, they are the cutest babies. I sure would love to have one, it would be fun. Posted this to FaceBook for you, its a very helpful guide. :)

anonymous 4 years ago

my mini black rex bunny has a black line on its mid- back and next to it are some crusty looking pimply type bumps is this a common skin disease? i cant find info on the web about this.

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Ana, I am sorry to hear that your rabbit is having a bit of trouble. It is hard knowing exactly what is causing the issue, however it could mites, parasites, it could be a bacteria disease causing abscesses (read more here: or in worst case scenario it could even be cancer.

If I were you I would take your rabbit to the vet just to be sure and get a treatment.

Here are a couple of picture links for reference to give you a better idea of what you are looking at (note it could look different on your rabbit, but it can perhaps help give you an indication of what the issue is):

Mites -

Flea leavings - and a bit of info on Cheyletiellosis -

Abscesses -

I hope your bunny gets better soon.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: i second that!

countsquid 4 years ago

i thought doe is for deers

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@countsquid: It is used for the female deer as well, a bit confusing I know. :)

anonymous 4 years ago

I have 2 netherland dwarf rabbits, both boys, and brothers named Hoops and Yoyo. They are 4 months old today, and just yesterday one of them started to go absolutely crazy. They've been humping each other a little bit for the past little while aswell, but are going to be getting neutered hopefully within the next month. Yesterday as I was clearing their top level of shavings and poo (which i normally do a few times a day) one of them jumped up and bit me and ran back down. This drew blood. I tried to put my hand back in the cage a few minutes later and he did the same thing. Today both of my rabbits started fighting with each other and this threw shavings all over my room. It was really scary to watch as I've never seen them fight before. They have always groomed each other, slept beside each other and were best friends. Do you think all of this is happening because they haven't been neutered yet? I'm so scared that by waiting to get them neutered their relationship will become ruined.

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Danielle, I am sorry to hear that you are having issues with your two furballs. What you are experiencing is quite normal for male rabbits that hasn't been neutered.

Getting the spayed will help and most likely they will return to their normal interaction with both you and each other, however it might be an idea to keep them apart in separate cages until it is possible to get them fixed.

My rabbit is a lone rabbit and has never been neutered. He does like to bite a bit, but due to his teeth issues it never actually hurt me. I just wanted to tell you that it is completely normal.

I hope everything works out for you and that Hoops and Yoyo can get back to enjoying each others company.

anonymous 4 years ago

@Mistl: thank you!!!

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: You are welcome. :-) Let me know how it works out!

anonymous 4 years ago

Hi I have a dwarf and her name is cat woman I think your website will help a lot

anonymous 4 years ago

thx rly helped

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@amypenny13: Hi Amy! :) I am happy that I could help you out and best of luck with your new furry friend. Keep us updated on how it goes with him.

amypenny13 4 years ago

@Mistl: thankyou i will any ideas for name i thoughtb of storm,autum,smokey or ash which name getting him at 5

amypenny13 4 years ago

@countsquid: an i thought kittens where for cats but it can be for other thing to

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@amypenny13: Autumn and Storm are both really cute names and very fitting for a bunny born this time a year.

anonymous 4 years ago

Im getting a netherland dwarf pretty soon but I'm not sure if it's safe to keep inside because my little brother has asthma. Do you think this would be a problem? Also I'm willing to keep it in my room only but it wont have much space to run around, I don't have a fence and I don't want it to run away if I take it outside. Is there a leash I can put on it so that it can run around or what do I do? Please help

amypenny13 4 years ago

@Mistl: hankyou i have him now and named him storm he is smaller than i expected and really cute he keeps nose poking me thank you so much for the advice

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Karina. If your brother has asthma it might cause trouble with a bunny. They do shed quite a bit of hair, especially when they are changing fur.

As for keeping it in your room, note that the hair will be stuck to your clothing so it might still cause your brother trouble. Also if there is very limited space the bunny wont get to exercise properly.

Also keep in mind that while bunnies are quite clean and non smelly animals, their cages still does produce some smell and it might not be pleasant having that in your room if it is very small.

You can get leashes for bunnies, but most do not like wearing one, however it is an option if you want to take it outside for exercising. Alternatively you can get a pen like this:

If you have a garden and you live in a not too cold country, the best idea would be to get an insulated rabbit house and keep the bunny outside. That way both you, the bunny and your brother should be happy. :)

I wish you all the best with your new bunny rabbit.

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Mistl 4 years ago Author

@amypenny13: Baby bunnies are really small and super cute. I am glad you have him with you now. Have fun with playing with him and teaching him tricks.

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you for the helpful info!

amypenny13 4 years ago

@Mistl: thankyou he is now called oscar and i will

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@amypenny13: hi

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anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, I have a 4 month old female dwarf lop called Hera, she is very affectionate and playful and loves cuddles but she's started nibbling at everything! She's an outdoor rabbit but we have an inside and outside pop up run made from material, yesterday she nibbled all the way through it! She's also started nibbling at clothes, wires and even the sofa! We clap loudly and tell her no which stops her for about 3 seconds then she starts again!

Any advice on what to do to get her to stop for good?

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Daniella apologies for the late reply. First of all congratulations on having an affectionate and cuddle loving rabbit. :)

What you describe is actually very normal. If she is 4 month old she has just reached the age of sexual maturity for bunnies. When bunnies reach this age their personalities can change a bit, but more importantly they are more prone to chewing.

It is a natural and even positive thing that bunnies chew, but of course it is not always amazing if she gets hold of your favourite book or dress.

There are a few things you can do.

As you have already stated clapping and telling her no when she chews on something will in the long run teach her not to, but it will require patience. So keep doing it and at some point she will learn.

You should also make sure that she has a bunch of different sized chew toys. For Ronja I bought different size wooden balls, Apple tree branches and I gave him toilet paper rolls which he loved to chew on.

Thirdly you may consider spaying. This is a personal choice, I didn't like the idea of neutering Ronja, but it is an option that will calm your bunny down and will make it less prone to chewing everything.

Last but no least, make sure your bunny is not bored. If you are away from it a lot due to work/school/other commitments, it might be a good idea to get a playmate for it. Bunnies are very social creatures and it might be chewing things to get attention.

I hope this helps, best of luck with teaching Hera! :)

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you for the article! I recently lost my guinea pig and am considering getting a dwarf rabbit. This article has helped informed me a lot and has given me much to consider.

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newmorningdews 3 years ago

The Netherland dwarf looks like a squirrel :)

Nice lens

Thank you

Bobski606 3 years ago

I absolutely loved your lens! I've never had a rabbit myself but have helped friends look after theirs.

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VictoriaKelley 3 years ago

nice daughter had rabbits when she was little

anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks for a great lens with lots of useful info. We have an eight month old dwarf rabbit and I feel honoured as today I've discovered that not only has she been courting me (!) but that she probably thinks I'm the leader of the pack - her grooming (me) goes as far as standing on the back of the sofa and "nibbling" my hair and head!

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JeffGilbert 3 years ago

Amazing lens on dwarf rabbits. I had no idea you had to cut their teeth as part of their regular grooming. The body language directory was also great. Very informative lens.

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kcsantos 3 years ago

I plan to have a pet rabbit. Thanks for this!

anonymous 3 years ago

hey thanks for this! I need some advice, I'm very worried about my dwarf rabbit, Charlie. He is the same type as yours. Earlier today he had diarrhea on my bed and I've been worried ever since, diarrhea in a bunny is really bad and it's never happened before. It might be from stress, my rabbit usually lives free in my closet, but recently he tore up the carpet so I've been putting him in the cage and in the bathroom occasionally. Also I've been trying to expose him to our dog more than usual which might be causing it. He's 6 years old and I really just want to make sure he's okay. Any advice on how I might be able to relax him? I'm just really worried even though it was only once. Thanks!

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Molly. I am sorry to hear that Charlie is sick. Diarrhea can indeed be very bad. First of all you need to keep a close eye on him at the moment. If he has diarrhea again or if he becomes very passive, apathic or sleeps and doesn't jump around as usual, then you might want to take him to the vet at the diarrhea could be a symptom of something else.

Make sure that he keeps hydrated at the moment, check that he is drinking and also remove any moist food he might normally have access to. To ensure the food is not causing his diarrhea make sure he only has dry pellets in his feedbowl.

The change in living area could have effected him, but as long as you still take him out of the cage regularly for exersize and fun it shouldn't harm him.

The dog could however be stressing him out a lot so I suggest you keep the two separated for now.

When he is feeling better you can try to introduce the two again, but keep an eye out for how your bunny is reacting. If he shows signs of fear then it might be best to just keep the two animals apart. At the age of 6 it might be hard for the bunny to learn to love a predator. All the best to Charlie, make sure you keep an extra eye out for him until he is feeling better.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks for all the great information. In Sept. we bought a dwarf bunny and she is the love of my life. She is the cutest little bunny. Recently we had a stretch of extremely cold and snowy weather so I had her living in a cage in our sun room. There is no heat in there but it was definitely warmer than outside. Once the weather broke and got back to a normal temp.I winterized her house and at night I put a warmed brick and piece of wood over her doorway to block the draft. She is so happy being back in her (as we call it)-The Bunny Mansion she is living up to her name Quiksilver. We have several chairs lined up in front of her mansion and sometimes we watch Bunny TV.

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: The bunny mansion sounds awesome, I imagine a castly like cage with towers and a moat. :) Glad to hear that she is back in her real home now and that you managed to take care of her over the wintertime without her suffering from the cold weather.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you so much for all of this information! I`ve been trying to find web sites on dwarf bunnies and haven't had any luck. Due to this page I know now that I really do want a dwarf bunny and that I can indeed take care of it to the best of my abilities.

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: You are welcome Adalaia, best of luck with the new addition to your household. Feel free to come back and let us know how it goes. :)

anonymous 3 years ago

I just got my dwarf, Diesel, yesterday! This w as SO much help! Friday I am going buy him toys, and organic veggies, and other thi gs that will make him happier! He already licks me, and I've fallen in love with him! Thanks again!

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: There is not many things that beats having a furry little rabbit lick your hands. :) I am glad to hear that the article was helpful to you Kourtney!

anonymous 3 years ago

hello i am eleven thank you so much. i got my rabbit from my sis my nephew and sis boyfriend. i got it for an early bday is called cotton tail. all of the information in this website helped me so much. by the way i think your rabbit is very cute and adorable. it looks like me. again thanks for the information.

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loopylooh 3 years ago

Great lens i have lots of rabbits and their favourite toy seems to be a plastic ball with a rattle inside they love to pick it up and throw it

anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, I'm going to get a dwarf rabbit soon. & this is my first pet ever and after reading everything you've written, I wanted to know what I should do the first time I come in contact with my rabbit to create a bond with him (without stressing him/her out). Please reply back soon thank you Naz

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Naz,

The best way to bond with your new rabbit is to not overwhelm it with petting and too many input to begin with.

I advice that you bring him home and give him some time to first get use to his new environment.

Put him in his cage and sit closeby, but without attempting to pet him talk to him and let him get used to his surroundings and to you.

You can let your hand dangle inside the cage so he gets used to its presence.

When your rabbit has had time to explore his new home, he will get curious and most likely approach your hand to check out what it is. Keep it still while he checks it out and continue to talk to him.

If you feel he is calm after this stroke him gently, but do not take him up to cuddle at this point and don't overdo the petting.

Continue the ritual with letting him come to you for the next couple of days and you should see that he is gradually enjoying the petting more and more.

When you feel he is ready you can pick him up, but do remember that while he might like sitting with you, he most likely will not like being held tight so don't restrain him and put him back in the cage as soon as he starts to fuss too much as that means he is getting stressed out.

Hope that helps and good luck with your little bunny! :)

anonymous 3 years ago

Hi! i am ALexandra and i was wonder on how big dwarf rabbits get up to? also, how much do they weight? thanks again!!!

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Alexandra, apologies for not getting back to you before.

There are different breeds of Dwarf Rabbit and each has a different maximum weight, but generally speaking it is agreed that sa bunny is considered dwarf if it ways below 1.8kgs. Size wise they are usually able to sit on the palm of two adult hands although stretcched out they will of course be a bit bigger.

anonymous 3 years ago

@Mistl: Hi. I want to get a Holland Dwarf Lop bunny, but I can't seem to find one. That's the only one I want, and if I dont get that type of pure breed bunny, I'll be really sad. Do you know a place near Toledo, Ohio that sells those bunnys? Plz respond quick.

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi, unfortunately I do not know any places to purchase bunnies near Toledo. Have you tried asking in pet stores, they may be able to point you towards a breeder. Sorry I can not be of more help.

anonymous 3 years ago

I want a dwarf bunny so badly, sadly, my parents are not big fans of animals in the house. Though, they are considering letting me get one when I am older, so I have been searching the web like crazy trying to find a website that has tons of info on them. This website was super helpful!!!!! Thanks so much!

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: You are very welcome! :) I hope you convince your parents soon so you can enjoy the Dwarf Rabbit first hand. Best of luck.

anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, it's Me again :) I was just wondering..... You keep saying that fruits and veggies are a treat for your dwarf rabbit. How often should you give them fruits and vegetables????

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi "Me",

You can feed them celery, carrots and apples from time to time. It is hard to give an exact amount, but I would say once per week is a good place to start out. Make sure that you keep an eye on the stool of the rabbit after you have fed them these treats. If it is no longer dry pellets you should cut back immediately. If it gets runny and stay that way make sure that you contact your vet at once as diarrhea could cause your rabbit to dehydrate.

anonymous 3 years ago

Hey, I'm getting a dwarf rabbit and I need to know how many pellets should i give him and in what quantity, what leafy greens should I give him and in what quantity, how many fruits should I give him and in what quantity, and how many non-leafy vegetables I should give him and in what quantity. Also, could you tell me what brand pellets you buy for Ronja? Thanks

anonymous 3 years ago

THANK YOU!. this site was set up very well

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Alex,

Apologies for the late respond. I haven't been able to write earlier. In terms of pellets I would just fill his bowl and let him eat whatever he can muster. Rabbits usually don't overfeed and it is good for them to have the food available when they are hungry. Make sure your rabbit also has a constant supply of fresh hay. For fruits and vegetables I would start out by giving it as a treat once per weeks and see how your rabbit reacts to that. If the poo becomes liquid stop immediately. Also I advice waiting at least until the rabbit is 10 weeks old before giving it fruits/vegetables as their stomachs will not be mature enough to handle it before. In regards to pellet brand I used my pet stores unique brand, but looking at Amazon Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Food seems to have very good reviews.

Good luck with your new pet! :)

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: You are welcome Daily! :)

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k4shmir 3 years ago

Interesting. thanks for sharing

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Meganhere 3 years ago

Well that was interesting!

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you soooooooo much the best article I can find I am fixing to get a netherland dwarf and I was wondering what pellet brand YOU use and again THANK YOU

anonymous 3 years ago

I really want to know what you pellet brand you feed Ronja because I am fixing to get a netherland dwaf and I don't want an unhealthy bunny AGIAN THANK YOU BEST STITE I CAN FIND AND I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR 3 MONTHS

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Mistl 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Jadyn, I am so sorry I thought I had answered your question, but it seems my response didn't go through. For Ronja I use the pellets from the local petstore. It is a bag with no brand on so I unfortunately don't think you can get the exact same. I would however recommend something like Oxbow Bunny Basics pellets. With pellets the most important thing is that there are no added sugary stuff, seeds or fruit in them. Therefore it is often best to go for the plain ones. Here is a link for you also I recommend checking the poo of the rabbit daily when you start feeding it, just to make sure it is agreeing with the diet you are setting it. Good luck with your new best friend! :)

acreativethinker 3 years ago

I just love dwarf bunnies. They are very cute and smart little pets. Thanks for sharing this lovely lens.

Take care and have a great day! :)

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Radgrl 2 years ago

Wow, very informative article about rabbits. Aww so cute I want one.

Carlyann3 2 years ago

very good info! THANKS

curious... when do they get their teeth? We just brought home a 2mo old dwarf. she doesn't seem to have all her teeth ( or has lost front ones)

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Mistl 2 years ago Author

@Carlyann3: Hi apologies for not answering earlier. I am pretty sure that you r 2 month old rabbit should have teeth. Does she have her button ones?

brownie101 2 years ago

hello i have a bunny myself and her name is brownie i was on this website and thanks to this i found out she's a netherland dwarf bunny

Robin 23 months ago

I am loving our dwarf bunny which plays with my two dogs--maltipoo and a papillon. He was quick to potty train and has a regular routine each morning.The bunny will even lay to the papillon's back while she sleeps. Too cute!

Bunny lover 16 months ago

My bunny lucky is very fat and I also wanted to wash him cuz he looks like he needs it should I do it or take him to a vet

Bunny Expert 15 months ago

hello, If I read correctly then you live in the UK or at least Europe. I'm not sure if bunnies and vets are different there than in the US but the vet your describing doesn't sound very familiar with bunny care. Anyway when I got my rabbit I did a lot of research and found the House Rabbit Society they have a great list of vets for the US, Canada and UK. I would look into it, my concern is that your vet couldn't sex your rabbit, and a few smaller speculations. Also from what I've researched is that your rabbit should be eating 80% hay 15% pellets of timothy hay and 5% fruits and veggies based on the size of your bunny. I give my dwarf bunny as much hay as she wants, 1/8 cup pellets and 1/2 cup veggies every day, and small amounts of fruit when she's good. The pellets shouldn't have and seeds or fruit in it, it should only be pellets made of timothy hay.

Don 8 months ago

I've inherited my daughter's Netherland Dwarf bun and have found myself becoming rather attached to him, in as much as any dog that has ever been part of my life in the past. They seem to become part of my family. I truly do care for this little fella.

Anyways, my question that brought me here was about this digging thing that we do together. Rather by accident we had inadvertently placed a small pillow along his path to his buncave behind the wall unit that leads to the other side under his cage where he spends some of his time.

What happens is he will dig on it for about 10 to 15 seconds and stop. Then wait about 10 seconds and repeat. He would do this at periodic times through out the day or evening. We all joined in one night with him as he began digging on his pillow. We used the couch with our hands etc...imitating the noise he was making. LOL He looked over at us and was like..huh?! "pause" He began to dig again and paused and dig again and now he has started to lick the pillow where he was digging as well. I would dig at the couch right after he would stop. He'd look over at me and then start up again with the licking and digging. I found it rather fun and amusing that we all had this bond of sorts or something that we at least shared in a noise dig off rally....LOL

It could literally go on for 30 minutes if I kept it up. When I stopped he would go at it still for about 3 to 4 more times to see if we were finished or not and then disappear into his rab cave. Anyways that was a daily ritual that went on for about 4 to 6 months. However he has stopped since I turned the pillow around for him because he had warn his way through to the gutts of the pillow...hehehe.

So that's what it is.... now the question is what and why was he doing this? LOL I think he was happy... I kinda miss it now...sounds silly I know but it was a fun activity that we all seemed to share together.

Don from above post... 8 months ago

My daughter was home from collage last year and unknowing to me till later, she had snapped this picture of me being social with our rab.

btw: She's the one who named him "Rab"

LOL So in here I can finally have a place to show this pic with out embarrassment. heheehee

mark gil 7 months ago

this is so informative and helpful, thanks .!

Katelyn 6 months ago

Thank you for the info.Now I know how to take care or my drawf rabbit. PS loooooovvvvvvve rabbits and bunnies.

Tweed Harris 6 months ago

I have had pet dogs, cats, kangaroos, baby elephant, mink, all kinds of birds, goldfish but never a rabbit. Now I have two dwarf rabbits and I love them so much. I am so grateful to you for the superb insight into caring for them properly.

Berrysmores 3 months ago

Thank you so much for this article! I've been worried I wasn't caring for my Lion head well and thanks to this article I've found out how common her behaviors and whatnot are! I took advice from here and I think she's really starting to warm up to me

Pam 2 months ago

WE have our 3rd Netherland (Broken Black Otter). We absolutely love our bunny. He has free time in the house and is raised with 3 cats and 3 dogs. I groom him with a wet face clothe , he absolutely loves the attention.

I am having a problem getting him to drink. He used to love pellets and now will not touch them and he drinks very little water. I will inquire when I have his nails done.

All in all , they are a very rewarding and inexpensive pet. And who doesn't love a bunny.

Vanessa 7 weeks ago

Great website! So much information and very helpful! Im thinking about getting a dwarf bunny!

Jen 4 weeks ago

Hello is a male or female dwarf rabbit more affectionate?

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