This beautiful BEW (blue-eyed white) breed is recognized by the BRC (British Rabbit Council) but not the ARBA, (American Rabbit Breeders Association).
The Hulstlander rabbit is sometimes referred to as the “Hussie.”
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BRC Standard Of Perfection
Type & Conformation….20
Presentation & Condition….5
The Hulstlander rabbit owes its name to the district of Hulstlander in the Province of Overijssel, Netherlands, where their creator, Mr. de Graaf lived. With an interest in the inheritance of certain characteristics of the blue-eyed Vienna rabbit, in 1977 he started by cross-breeding a blue-eyed white Netherland Dwarf, with a small white Vienna.
Failing to breed any kits on his first attempt using the blue-eyed white Netherland Dwarfs, Mr. de Graaf tried mating a larger German ruby eyed white Netherland Dwarf, (known as Hermelin in Germany) with a small White Vienna. He was successful with this attempt, producing kits in a variety of colors. But to get the blue-eyed rabbits he was looking for, he then mated the youngsters to each other and then to the blue-eyed white Dwarfs from the Netherlands.
He noticed that the blue-eyed strain had some very desirable features unlike any other breed of rabbit and began working intensively to set these characteristics on his new breed and named it the Hulstlander.
It Hulstlander was accepted by the BRC in 2002 and went into the Rare Breeds category.
There is only one variety of Hulstlander rabbit and that is the Blue-eyed white or BEW.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
The Hulstlander is a small to a medium-sized rabbit.
The Hulstlander rabbit typically weighs between 5 and 6 pounds.
The body should be short, compact, with well-developed front and hindquarters. The front legs should be short and sturdy. The body should be well covered with firm muscles.
They have large, thick ears that are held wide apart in an upright “v” shape and should be well covered with fur with well-rounded tips. Ear length is 3 to 4 inches.
The coat is pure white, free from any trace of ivory or yellow from head to toe. Unusually for a pure white rabbit, the eyes are an arresting blue color, rather than pink. The nails are colorless.
When showing Hulstlanders any slight variations from the correct type including fur being slightly too long, too thin, coarse, harsh, woolly or having a slight yellowish tinge are classed as faults in the breed but are quite common to most.
Fur Type / Coat
The coat is a medium length, very dense, lustrous white with a thick undercoat and short guard hairs that seem to give the coat a sparkling sheen.
Hulstlander rabbits have been described as playful and a little bit cheeky. They are naturally very inquisitive, intelligent and loving – they love attention and adore their heads being stroked. Hulstlanders are funny to watch too. They have an adorable habit of wanting to stand up on their hind legs a lot, a bit like a Meerkat checking out territory. They have a tendency to topple over, so they sometimes prop themselves up in a corner to gain leverage.
Providing they are handled from a young age (even by children) Hulstlanders are placid but confident, quick learners so they make a great indoor rabbit being friendly and outgoing around their owners and other known family members.
They are eager explorers and will enjoy time outdoors in a run or a secure area of the garden.
Some can be territorial and aggressive, but as with any rabbit, there is always a reason. This could be any number of factors including; not being handled enough or correctly, being left alone with no companionship, being ready to mate and nest preparing, or suffering illness or injury of some kind.
Hulstlanders were created for their distinctive beautiful blue eyes and pure white coats and were purely for show rabbit purposes.
The Hulstlander has been classed as a rare breed in the UK. There are a few notable breeders in the UK and Europe that have fallen in love with the breed and they are currently gaining in popularity.
Rabbit Care & Handling
As well as enjoying the nooks and crannies of indoor life, the Hulstlander is a very inquisitive explorer.
There are numerous ways of cleaning the white feet of the Hulstlander rabbit. Maintaining a clean environment with wood shavings containing no coloring or dyes is a great start.
Here is a list of resources to help you care for your rabbits…
- New Rabbit Checklist – General knowledge if you’re just getting started.
- Breeding Rabbits – The best place to start if you are thinking about raising any breed of rabbits.
- Pet Rabbit Guide – Information and resources on the subject of raising pet rabbits.
- Health Guide – Up-to-date information & resources for ensuring your rabbit is in the best health.
- Diet & Exercise – Extensive info about hay, water, safe foods, treats, weight management & FAQs on the diet.