|Here in the USA we only have 6 different varieties of Dutch recognized, however
there are many you can get from different combinations. This is a list of ones
I've heard of or seen. Some of these are just odd mutation of colors that I've
had pop up in my litters.
If you have any pictures of any the varieties listed here that don't have pictures
yet, or of a variety not listed yet email it to me and I will put it up here and give
The Harlequin Dutch first came to the USA from a German doe in the early 90's.
There is a breed of rabbit called Harlequin, which comes from breeding the
Harlequin Dutch mismarks together till they were only the orange and black.
They then bred them to a commercial type breed, which made them larger. This
variety of Dutch are a recognized variety in Europe, where they call them
Tri-Color. They had their very first showing in 1887, showing that Harlequin is
an old variety over there. There are quite a few people working on them here in
the USA, in the Black/Orange, Blue/Fawn, and Chocolate/Orange varieties.
|Jill's Wild Harmony II
This is an oddity that myself and others have occasionally had pop up in
Right behind the saddle, you can see a Blue stripe.
These are different than Europe's Yellow variety. Basically like Tort
version of Gray. They're an agouti variety, so have a white belly. Europe's
Yellows are a wide band variety, so have colored bellies.
Owner: Connie Heitgerd
from Jonesburg, Missouri
A breeder in California currently holds the certificate of development for this
variety. Chinchilla is the best thing to breed Steels to, to have the proper Steel
November 2011- Chinchilla's pass their second showing! Just one more to go,
for them to become recognized!
These are a mutation that popped up in a local breeder's nestbox a few years
ago. He has two rabbits, that whenever they're bred to each other, throw these
almost albino Dutch, which are always near perfectly marked. Both rabbits go
back about 30 generations of just Blacks in their background. If you look closely
at the rabbit's eye, its almost like a wash out blue, with a pink cast. As the
coloring is like that of a Creamello horse, this is what he's decided to call them.
He's had some at the last few National shows for exhibition.
This is called Opal in other breeds, and is the diluted version of Gray. Like the
Grays, they will have the white belly, as both are agouti varieties.
I had this rabbit pop up in a litter, and at two weeks old, it looked exactly like that
of a Champagne D'Argent. Champagnes are born all black, and gradually get
their silvering with age, however, at 2 weeks old, this rabbit's back was
fully/evenly colored. The head was mostly black, but had some silvering on it.
At 7 weeks old, the rabbit then started changing colors. It went from looking like
a Champagne to a Silver Fox, and started darkening in color almost daily, until it
turned all black by 8 weeks old.
|Double Dutch's Bubbly
4 weeks old
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7 weeks old
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The diluted version of Steel. For Steels, it's best to have one with a Blue
background. Most breeders breed Blue Steel's into their Steels to help the color.
This is called Chocolate Agouti in other breeds. It's like Gray, but has chocolate
ear lacing instead of black.
The Blue version of Tort.
The Chocolate version of Tort.
The diluted version of Chocolate. Basically what Blues are to Black, is what
Lilacs are to Chocolates.
The Chocolate version of Steel.