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Polish are a small breed very similar to Netherland Dwarfs.  In fact Netherland Dwarfs are descended from Polish.   The pictures show a Smoke Pearl Marten Netherland Dwarf and a Broken Black Polish.

Though they may be similar there are many differences between the two breeds.

Size -     

  • Polish can be up to 3 1/2 pounds for show.
  • Netherland Dwarf can only be up to 2 1/2 pounds for show.

Either breed  can  weigh as little as 1 1/2 pound to as much as 4 1/2 pounds.


  • Polish are recognized in a limited number of colors: Black, Blue, Chocolate, Ruby Eyed White, Blue Eyed White and Broken only.
  • Netherland Dwarfs are recognized in 35 different  colors with more being developed 


  • Polish have a "Flyback" coat 
  • Netherland Dwarfs have a "Rollback" coat


  • Polish are built like most compact breeds narrower at shoulders than at hips and with a rise from shoulders to hips.  Head should not to sit high on the shoulders Ears should touch from base to tip. 
  • Netherland Dwarfs are supposed to be the same width at the shoulders and the hips.  Head should  sit high on the shoulders.  Ears are held erect but do not have to touch.

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This Site last updated 21 September 2001