To make sure that you get a well-bred, healthy Netherland dwarf rabbit of your chosen breed, your best bet is to look around for a local breeder. You can feel free to ask around at your local pet store and you may also be able to get a personal recommendation from friends or your local veterinarian. Once you have your list of breeders on hand you can go through them one-by-one to narrow down your options.
Here are the following guidelines for you to be able to choose a reputable rabbit breeder:
Do a Background Check
Visit the website for each breeder on your list (if they have one) and look for key information about the breeder’s history and experience.
- Check for ARBA or BRC registrations and a license, if applicable.
- If the website doesn’t provide any information about the facilities or the breeder you are best just moving on.
Interview the Breeders
Now that you have narrowed down some breeders, contact the remaining breeders on your list by phone
- Ask the breeder questions about his experience with breeding rabbits in general and about the specific Netherland dwarf rabbit breed you are looking for.
- Ask for information about the breeding stock including registration numbers and health information.
- Expect a reputable breeder to ask you questions about yourself as well – a responsible breeder wants to make sure that his rabbits go to good homes.
Do an Onsite Inspection
Schedule an appointment to visit the facilities for the remaining breeders on your list after you’ve weeded a few more of them out.
- Ask for a tour of the facilities, including the place where the breeding stock is kept as well as the facilities housing the baby rabbits.
- If things look unorganized or unclean, do not purchase from the breeder.
- Make sure the breeding stock is in good condition and that the baby rabbits are all healthy-looking and active.
Select Your Breeder
By this time you should have narrowed down the best of the best breeders on your list, before making a decision consider every factor to make the most out of it. Make sure the breeder provides some kind of health guarantee and ask about any vaccinations the rabbits may already have. Put down a deposit, if needed, to reserve a rabbit if they aren’t ready to come home yet.