Netherland Dwarfs: Who can resist the cute factor these guys pack? They weigh only around 2-3lbs, and some of them are quite feisty, so I don't recommend them as pets for children typically, unless it's an over size buck (less fragile and a bit more friendly). I bred them for a few years and despite the difficulties with small litter sizes and genetic issues, I really enjoyed the little buggers. This year has been my first year back in the rabbit hobby after a few years off, and I am working on building a quality line of my own.
This years goals have been to work on the toplines, head/ear shape, and chests, and we have gotten some really good results in breedings for those. Three Best of Breed wins this summer (including one that was looked at twice for Best in Show!) have really helped me to get excited about where my herd is headed. Next generation I am working on width, bone, and fullness over the hip.
Varieties we work with:
Focusing on Opal, Orange, and Broken. I also work with Chestnut, Self, Otter, and dilutes of those (blue, chocolate, lilac). I have a small Harlequin/Tricolor project as well.
I usually have at least a couple rabbits available, though best availability is typically November through May. I have held back a number of nice youngsters through the summer and plan to sell many of them in November. If you are looking for 4H stock for next year I highly suggest purchasing in fall/winter as the selection is best.
I plan to have a large selection available at the MSU & Birch Run shows in Nov/Dec. as I will be cutting back my numbers to move them into a smaller building.