Breeds FAQ

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What is the difference between a rollback and flyback coat?

When you rub a rabbit the wrong way, the fur of a flyback coat should "fly" immediately back in place. On the other hand, the fur of a rollback coat usually stands up more and should "roll" more slowly back in place. The rollback coats have a denser and thicker undercoat while a flyback coat lies closer to the body and has more thicker guardhairs.[1]

What are the differences between a Polish and Netherland Dwarf rabbit?

The Netherland Dwarf is a breed that is descended from the Polish rabbit. The Netherland Dwarf is a true dwarf with a single dwarf gene while the Polish does not carry any dwarf genes.

While the two breeds are often confused, there are a couple of distinctive differences between the two breeds.[2]

  • The Polish can be up to 3.5 lbs for show, while the Netherland Dwarf can only be up to 2.5 lbs. However, either breed can weigh from 1.5 - 4.5 lbs.
  • The Polish have a flyback coat while the Netherland Dwarf has a rollback coat.
  • The Polish is built like most compact breeds with the shoulders narrower than the hips. The head should not sit high on the shoulders. The Netherland Dwarf is built to be the same width at the shoulders and hips and are shown sitting upright with the head held high.
  • The ears of a well-bred Polish should touch from base to tip. The Netherland Dwarf has erect ears, but they do not have to touch from base to tip.
  • The head of a Polish should be wide between the eyes and taper to a slightly narrower muzzle while still be short and have round cheeks. The face of a Netherland Dwarf is round and flattened.[3]

References

  1. rabbitsontheweb.com, Roll-back or Fly-back?
  2. Dorothy Pohorelow, Polish vs Netherland Dwarfs
  3. USA Rabbit Breeders List, Polish Rabbits