This is an example of what varieties and colors we work with while breeding Netherland Dwarfs. We breed Selfs, (only BEWs, chocolates, and sometimes blacks) Shadeds, (sable points, smoke pearls, torts, and sometimes Siamese sables) Agouti, (chestnuts, chinchillas, squirrels, and opals) Tan Pattern, (smoke pearl martens, silver martens, and otters) and AOVs (himalayans, oranges, fawns, and brokens). So we basically have a little bit of everything!
BEW can only be bred with BEW or VMs. VM stands for "Vienna Marked". If you cross a BEW with any other variety, they will produce VMs. For example, if you breed a chestnut to a BEW, you will get chestnut VMs. If you get a regular chestnut that is not Vienna Marked, then he/she is a VC which means it's a Vienna Carrier. This rabbit carries BEW and will produce it.
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Unfortunately, I don't have any blacks right now. Blacks can be bred to just about anything, however, I don't recommend breeding them to shaded varieties unless they carry the non-extension gene. You can even breed blacks to oranges to get otters, but unless you want smutty oranges, than I don't recommend doing it.
I don't have any solid chocolates right now because personally, I think that chocolate otters are more attractive. That's why I have a picture of a chocolate otter instead of a solid chocolate. They can be bred with almost any variety except for shaded varieties and torts. I breed my chocolates to oranges to improve the type.
Sable Points are one of my favorite varieties. I wouldn't recommend breeding them to anything other than shaded varieties, (mainly sable points) Himalayans, or REWs. Himis and REWs are a very good mates because they "clean" the sable point's smut. I usually keep 2-3 Himis or REWs in my herd just for the sable points.
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I haven't been lucky with Siamese Sables that's why I don't have any. I've only had 2 in the past and they were both "flops" at the time... they produced once I sold them! Now I know to breed them to several different bucks before you cull them. I'm hoping to produce some on my own though. Again, just like sable points, their mates are shaded varieties, REWs, and Himalayans.
I only have one smoke pearl and one smoke pearl marten. Personally, I think smoke pearls are very beautiful, too.They can be bred with shaded varieties, smoke pearl martens, Himalayans, and possibly REW but I've never tried it.
This is just one of my juniors... I didn't want to upload one of my older bunnies because it takes too long. Another pretty variety that I love. Torts show in the shaded group, however, they are actually a non-extension black. Good mates would be anything that carries the non-extension gene (tort, black, sable point, broken black, broken tort, etc).
Another one of my juniors... didn't want to dig out an older picture from my files. She's obviously going to be a BUD. :) Chestnuts aren't a personal favorite of mine but I use them with my oranges, my other Agoutis, and sometimes BEWs. I would never dare to breed them to shadeds but everything else is fine. Although, I probably wouldn't breed chestnuts to chocolates either.
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I think I'm off to a pretty good start with chinchillas. I've gotten a lot of broken chinchillas when I was hoping for solid chins. They can be bred with Agoutis, (of course) silver martens, and probably otters but I've never tried it.
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I just had 2 squirrel does in one of my litters and decided to keep both of them for my Agouti program, so I don't have any pictures of them yet. Squirrels are blue chinchillas and from what I have been told, they're very rare. I would only breed them to other Agoutis - nothing else.
My very own home-bred opal! She's the only opal I've ever owned so she's really special to me. :) She's coming along great and hope to show her soon. Opals are blue chestnuts and I think they're harder to come by than most other varieties. They can be bred to other Agoutis but I wouldn't suggest breeding them to anything else.
This is my only smoke pearl marten and she's a BUD and yes, it's a very bad picture. But might as well use it. I breed my smoke pearl martens to my sable points, and I have just recently found out that it's not a very good idea, because I've been getting sable point martens and they're not showable.
Above is my only silver marten. She's a black silver marten and a wonderful producer! Silver Martens can be bred to any of the varieties in the Tan Pattern and most of the varieties in the Agouti group. Don't breed them to shadeds unless you want unshowable colors.
Again, like most of my Agoutis and Silver Martens, this is my only otter. It's an awful picture and doesn't show her off - she is super tiny, has a nice head, and has very good ears. She is the dam to my opal. :) I will use Peanut Butter with my Agoutis and possibly my Tan Patterns but I don't have many of them. Like I just mentioned, good mates would be Agoutis and Tan Patterns. :)
This is my only Himi doe for now. She will be used with my sable points and will help them out tons. Himalayans can be bred with Siamese sables, blues, blacks, and of course, Himalayans and sable points.
Oranges are truly one of my favorite varieties. I've been working hard on them and I think they're finally coming together. Oranges should only be bred to oranges if you want good color, however, to get good type, you can breed them to just about anything else (fawns, chestnuts, otters, chocolates, etc). I would not breed them to shadeds, Himis, REWs, or BEWs though.
I keep a few fawns here and there to breed to my oranges. Other than oranges, I wouldn't recommend breeding fawns to any other variety. There isn't much more to say - because you can breed much to a fawn.
I'm going to start focasing on brokens again. I don't know why but they kinda slipped away from me. They are very useful because you can breed them to almost anything. However, if you breed a broken x broken you will most likey get charlies or ermines... both are unshowable varieties. So breed them to anything other than brokens. :) The doe above, Chocolate Chip was bred to a BEW buck just for fun.