View Full Version : What breed is this?

19-08-2004, 09:45 PM

I have asked other forums what they think my rabbit is..
the answer I got was a Netherland Dwarf Brood in Siamese Sable coloring. Just wanted to get some opinions.

Also, I wanted to know that after you spay a doe do they usually bond a lot more with you? My girl is such a tease.


19-08-2004, 10:15 PM
Just had a quick look, I'm not to sure but I pretty sure someone here will be able to give you an answer............... very cute bunster though :D

19-08-2004, 10:26 PM
I'm no expert by any mean's on breed's/colour's. But from first impression's I would say she's too big to be a Neatherland????!!!!!

Her marking's look a bit Himalayanish???!!!


Rexy bexy
19-08-2004, 10:28 PM
yep ur right that is a Siamese Sable netherland dwarth

19-08-2004, 10:29 PM
You sure know your buns Becky :D

Rexy bexy
19-08-2004, 10:51 PM
yep lol
her r some links of the same breed and colour
not mine lol

20-08-2004, 01:59 AM
:wave: Nearest I can get to Hi-5 Bexy!

Medium Siamese Sable.... as opposed to Light (much paler with more contrast) or dark (darker with less contrast). A biggish doe, which is why she may have been described as "brood".... but you need the bigger girls to give you the best litters.

You are right comparing her to a Himalayan... all the Sable, Siamese, Seal Point and Himalayan genes are on the same genetic locus - C - slong with Albino. They are partial albinos, but of a type called "acromelanic" meanindg "colour on the points".

Albinos lack a certain enzyme, called Tyrosin, which allows normal colour to develp in the hairs. Acromelanic genes - Sables, Himalayan etc. - have a strange type of tyrosin which is temperature controlled... meaning, colour can only dvelop in the colder parts of the body, usually the nose, ears, feet and tail.

Himalayans have the strictest controlled tyrosin. No colour except on the points!!!!

Sables and especially Seals (very very dark almost black but for a slight brown shading on the flanks & belly) have a more easy-going version of the gene which allows colour to spread and make those lovely shades on the body.

By the way - all Sables, Seals and Himalayans are black!!! Those gorgeous brown shades are all the product of what the different genes are doing to the black..... rather like the way you can sometimes make some interesting and unexpected colours when you start swirling the brush around in your paintbox... many black pigments are composed of intense mixes of other colours, giving you some delicate surprises in watercolour dilutions!

20-08-2004, 03:02 PM
Thanks for all the great replies. You have all been a tremendous help. I will keep you updated on the rabbit.

26-08-2004, 04:03 PM
great reply pendragon, that is really interesting. I have a dark siamese sable bunny and ive always wondered what her parents were.
She is on the left in the picture but she has gone much darker at the points and lighter in the middle now due to the sun i think.
cool information.

27-08-2004, 05:46 PM
dutch dwarf lop or netherland dwarf ?

im confused ... when i bought mubby he was descibed as a dutch dwarf lop.....

whats the differnce with a netherland dwarf ?


27-08-2004, 05:59 PM
You have muddled up about 3 different breeds there :D I think Mubby is a dwarf lop, which as rabbits go is actually a medium sized breed. A dutch looks like this....


A netherland dwarf is a tiny rabbit with upright ears



27-08-2004, 06:12 PM
well i knew he was a rabbit :D !!!

i must sound like an awful mummy with all these questions!! but ive really been trying hard looking stuff up and buying books and stuff :oops: :? im trying!!! :D

27-08-2004, 06:14 PM
i must sound like an awful mummy with all these questions!!

Nope, you sound like a very caring mummy :)


27-08-2004, 06:16 PM
:D :D :D

27-08-2004, 06:19 PM
:lol: I wish more people were like you!!! If more rabbit owners made the effort and did a bit of research, probably less would end up in rescues!!

27-08-2004, 06:24 PM
awww thanks , ive bought 4 books , each stating different things!! lol its not easy really! :?

but hes a happy lil thing ( ive been reading into behaviors! ) :lol:

just wanted to iron out a few things now that hes settled... :D