Rebel.Rose.Rabbitry":1g67cgnw said:I've had both, prefer Mini Rex over Netherland Dwarfs. If you're showing ARBA, find the breed specialty sites and locate a breeder in your area. Find a breeder that lists well on the points/show. Some times you can find rabbits that are good cheaper than averages I've listed, I know I've been told some will cut new ones a break to get them a good start if can show seriousness, but that's with what I've looked at for bare min start of some thing that *might* do good with careful breeding. The new ones I got this year to help with my tri and otters were 75.00 and up, but they are brood/too young to tell for certains...I did purchase 1 young jr buck that is show quality, but it is a big gamble considering his age and the time to where I will get to show him. Some thing else to remember is choice of color, harder to work with colors are going to be more expensive than common ones. Decent typed colored rabbits usually are 2-3x that of the same quality of a common one
General size: 2 lbs 8oz max, can be larger for false dwarf broods (bucks or does). Typically your "show" dwarfs will be 2lbs or less.
Expense: About the same as MR, if not more depending on area.
Feeding: Eat about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup daily. Same issue as others, if you let some they will get too fat to move.
Breeding Issues: Same as other, add head and pinched hips more into this breed concern. With their larger heads, they tend to have more issues with stuck kids. Certain lines are worse than others, ask around and ask your breeder what they usually have going on in their litters.
Temperament: Same as others, once n a while will get a really nasty one that is awesome in type but for most part this has been bred out. I can remember 10 years ago when first looking at them you got some really nice ones that had crappy attitudes :/