Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Breeders
Finding Netherland Dwarf rabbit breeders isn't too hard. You can go to the American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club website (http://andrc.com) and check out their breeders' lists or you can look at the American Rabbit Breeders' Association site (http://arba.net) and see if there are any breeders near you.
Since the Netherland is one of the most popular breeds, it isn't hard to find them at rabbit shows. You can look at the show listings on the American Rabbit Breeders' Association site and plan to visit a local show. They are held all over the country.
Attending a rabbit show as a guest is free. You can ask at the secretary's table when the Netherlands will be judged. They will be happy to tell you an approximate time and point you to the right judging table.
During judging, the breeders are usually clustered around the table so they can hear the judge's comments. Don't talk to them during the judging; wait until the classes are over to ask your questions.
Most Netherland Dwarf rabbit breeders are happy to discuss their favorite breed with you. Many will have stock for sale at the show. Tell them what you are looking for; do you want a pet or an animal you can show? Prices will vary on the show quality of the rabbit.
If you are serious about Netherlands and decide to start showing, you'll want to join the two associations mentioned earlier. In exchange for your membership fee, you'll get lots of good materials that will teach you about the Netherland Dwarf and rabbits in general.
Oftentimes, when you plan to get into showing and you buy stock from a good breeder, they are willing to become somewhat of a mentor. They are usually happy to help you learn how to enter shows, share care tips on your rabbits, and give you a heads up when good stock will be available.
Even if you are buying a pet rabbit, most breeders are happy to educate you in whatever topics you want. Many offer a return policy if the rabbit gets ill within the first few weeks or if you can no longer keep your rabbit.
When you contact Netherland Dwarf rabbit breeders through the mail, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for their convenience. Be sure to tell the breeder what you are looking for. Do you want pet quality or show? Are you looking for a buck or doe? What age? Any color preferences? Will you be able to come pick out your rabbit yourself or are you planning on having the rabbit shipped or transported in some way?
By being specific, the breeder can tell at once if they will be able to help you or not. If they can't help you, they may recommend someone who can. The rabbit community is tightly knit, and almost everyone knows others who can help when they don't have the animals you are looking for.
Remember, the Netherland Dwarf rabbit breeders you contact have probably been raising Netherlands for many years. They have lots of experience with the breed, so take their advice seriously.
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