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Breeding for success in the exhibition NETHERLAND DWARF by Gary Hodson




Breeding for success in the exhibition Netherland Dwarf is the result of many years dedicated to breeding and showing of this unique breed of rabbit, a challenging breed that is not for the faint hearted. There have been many mistakes as well as successes along the way and even more discussions with fellow exhibitors about how to get it right. Hopefully this book will appeal to new breeders and exhibitors as well as the experienced fancier.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I have kept livestock all my life, horses, goats and chickens were a big part of my life as a young child. I started breeding cavies to supplement my pocket money, but then school got serious and O levels took over. Followed by A levels, my A level Biology Teacher at School, Allan Rudd, had a big influence on my life, developing my passion for Biology and as a dwarf exhibitor he sold my first netherland dwarfs, two siamese sable bucks and a couple of does. I showed the bucks at Calderdale Schools show and went BIS under Alf Bottomley, who invited me to the Bradford Metro Show the following week, where I went BOB and I was hooked, how difficult can this showing be! Like all exhibitors other colours have come and gone in the shed, but the siamese sables will always be there. I met Deb in 1982, we got married in September 1983 and we won our first siamese sable class at the ASS in November 1983, what a year. Mixed success followed, but after many years of careful selective breeding we are proud to have the most successful stud of siamese sable dwarfs throughout the history of the National Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club.