The National Rabbit Association of New Zealand

Rabbit club New Zealand

Tri Dutch

What are they?

The Tri Dutch is a real Fancy Rabbit only breed for the show table and are a good pet rabbit.  Their markings are similar to the “Dutch” but this breed also has the Harlequin aspect to add to the mix and are slightly larger.  A very challenging breed to work with but    also very rewarding, as breeding them is like breeding luck! Only one in  many litters will normally find the show table. 

Do Tri Dutch make good Pets?

They are known for their excellent temperament and personalities.  They make good children's pets and generally do not mind being picked up and can cope with a few bumps. On our pet scale Tri Dutch get a 5 out of 5.

What to Look For when Buying?

A cobby body with three colours on it. The lines and shapes on this breed to be as clean cut as possible. The main markings are the Checks, Blaze (Between Eyes) Saddle (White on Shoulders) & Stop (White on feet.) The colour markings are called harlequin, dark and light colours are to be opposite to each other.  

Tri Dutch - Standard

Ring Size B



Body and type Head and ears 10 

Body and bone Design 10

Head and cheeks 15

Blaze 10 

Saddle 15 

Stops 10 

Colour Coat Undercoat 10 

Topcoat 5 

Fur and Show condition 10 

Total 100 


Body & Type - Body is cobby, head held well between shoulders, which are firm and well muscled. Ears strong, well carried, length not to exceed 10cm (4in). Chest wide and well formed. Front feet medium length - straight and fairly fine bone. Back feet held parallel to body. Pattern of head - cheeks well rounded must not touch whisker bed or corners of mouth or over past the cheekbone.

Design/Colour – Ideally one cheek to be orange -the other cheek black with ears black on orange side and orange on black cheek side. Blaze is white. It commences as a point starting from near the ear roots and gradually widens evenly passing between the eyes on to the neck and nape. This white must be as wide as possible. Must not pass between the ears. The saddle must make a true ring around the body and be placed 2-3cm (3/4-1¼in) behind the front feet. The coloured half must be 2-3cm (3/4-1¼in) banded as regularly as possible with alternating bands of black and orange. Stops an evenly cut pair, clearing the toes, and finishing no more than halfway along the foot.

Colours - Also recognisable, blueandfawn to replace black, chocolate to replace black.

Fur – Short thick and lustrous with plenty  of undercoat and guard hairs. 

Weight - 1.70-2.5kg (3¾-5½lb) 

FAULTS - Coloured fur on the white part or white patches on the coloured parts.