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Breed Differences

There are currently 48 recognized breeds of rabbits in the ARBA, and several that are not yet recognized.

Here is a link with pictures of all the recognized breeds:

www.arba.net/Breeds.htm

There are many breeds with many different characteristics from tiny rabbits (2lbs) to giant rabbits (+15lbs).

There personalities are as varied as their shapes and sizes.

Most breeds have a general temperament.

Many of the large breeds of rabbits are very docile, these can make great pets.  Many are like small dogs. 

These are good bunnies for little kids, since the kids cannot pick them up and hurt them, they can just play with them on the ground.

The smaller breeds often have more spunk to them.

Here is lots of great information on breed differences, it is from a great site on pet care.

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Size

 

Although the individual personality of the pet rabbit your choose should be the final deciding factor, size and weight always seems to be a huge factor in selecting pet rabbits.  If you want a tiny indoor rabbit, a huge breed just won't do.  Here's the breakdown of breeds by weight:

Size Breed
Tiny
2-4lbs

Britannia Petite

Dwarf Hotot

Jersey Wooly

Netherland Dwarf

Polish

Small
3-5lbs

American Fuzzy Lop

Dutch

Himalayan

Holland Lop

Mini Rex

Lionhead

Medium
4-7lbs

Angora - English

Chinchilla

English Spot

Florida White

Havana

Mini Lop

Silver

Tan

Large
6-10 lbs

American Sable

Belgian Hare

Californian

Cinnamon

Creme D'Argent

French Angora

Harlequin

Hotot

Lilac

Palomino

Rex

Rhinelander

Satin Angora

Silver Marten

Giant
9+lbs

American

American Chinchilla

Beveren

Champagne D'Argent

Checkered Giant

English Lop

Flemish Giant

French Lop

Giant Angora

Giant Chinchilla

New Zealand

Satin

Silver Fox

Personality

 

Individual rabbits have personalities as individual as they are.  But there are tendencies within breeds.  Breeds are listed below as either being relaxed, curious, or excitable.  Please note that excitable rabbits can still be great pets for those who are comfortable and experienced with animals. The excitable breeds can be a lot of fun to watch.   I prefer the curios breeds; I find them to have good balance between calm and excitement.  Others only want calm breeds and enjoy them immensely.

Relaxed Curious Exciteable

Dutch

Mini Lops*

New Zealands

Californians

Jersey Wooly

Himalayan

English Angora

Satin Angora

French Angora

Giant Angora

American Chinchilla

Giant Chinchilla

American Sable

Californian

Cinnamon

Creme D'Argent

Harlequin

Lilac

Palomino

American (rare breed)

Beveren

English Lop

Flemish Giant

Satin

Silver Fox

Holland Lops

Thriantas

Polish

American Fuzzy Lop

Mini Rex

Rex

Tan

Belgian Hare

Silver Marten

Champagne French Lop

New Zealand**

Lionheads**

D'Argent**

Hotot**

Havana**

Florida White**

Britannia Petite

Netherland Dwarf

Dwarf Hotot

English Spot

Silver

Rhinelander

Checkered Giant***

 

* Some reports of higher than average biting, others report very calm

  ** Highly variable

*** Reputation for biting

 

Fur Type

 

All rabbits molt from time to time.  Different fur requires different care.  Be sure to consider the fur type of your new pet rabbit.

 

Rex fur is the shortest type of rabbit fur, approximately 5/8".  It is much like velvet and a joy to feel. 

 

Flyback fur is short enough to snap back into place when you rub your hand from rump to shoulder. 

 

Rollback full gently rolls back into place when rubbed backwards. 

 

Wool breeds have fur that is several inches long. 

Flyback Rollback Wool Rex

American

Belgian Hare

Britannia Petite

Californian

Champagne D'Argent

Checkered Giant

Giant Chinchilla

Cinnamon

Creme D'Argent

Dutch

English Spot

Florida White

Harlequin

Havana

Himalayan

English Lop

French Lop

New Zealand

Palomino

Polish

Rhinelander

Silver

Silver marten

Tan

American Sable

Beveren

American Chinchilla

Standard Chinchilla

Dwarf Hotot

Flemish Giant

Holland Lop

Hotot

Lilac

Mini Lop

Netherland Dwarf

Satin**

Silver Fox***

American Fuzzy Lop

English Angora*

French Angora*

Giant Angora*

Satin Angora*

Jersey Wooly

Rex
Mini Rex

*Not recommended for the inexperienced due to care of wool

 **Satin fur is finer and denser than other fur; approximately 1" to 1 1/8" long.

***Standing fur, approximately 1 1/2" long

 

 

Basic Body Type

 

Once you've chosen the basic size and personality of the rabbit, you will want to consider the looks of the bunny.  Different body type rabbits can look dramatically different from each other.

 

Rabbits come in four basic body types:  Semi-arch (also called Mandolin), compact, full arch, and commercial type.  There is actually a fifth type, but it is comprised solely of Himalayans which are cylindrical in type.

 

Semi-arched rabbit breeds arch from the shoulders over the hips.  They are lower at the shoulder and higher at the hips when they lie down naturally.  Some semi-arched breeds are American, Flemish Giant and Giant Chinchilla.

 

Compact rabbits are generally lighter and shorter than commercial types and have full massive-looking bodies, compared to their actual size.  Holland lops, Netherland dwarfs, and Dutch are part of this group.

 

Full arch type rabbits have a very dramatic, dignified look to them.  They are generally narrow, very upright, and have long front legs.  Belgian Hares, Britannia Petite and Tans are examples of full arch type rabbits.

 

Commercial types were developed for meat, but often the rabbits make great pets because of their personalities.  Their type is wide and not too long, similar to compact rabbits, but larger and heavier.  Harlequins, Giant Angora, Satins, and Rex are part of this group.

 

 

Other Considerations

 

Larger rabbits require larger cages, eat more, and produce larger amounts of waste.  They do tend to be calmer in personality, however.

 

Mini Rex tend to have long, sharp toe nails or at least they seem that way because of the shorter fur which exposes the nails more. 

 

Checkered Giants, Britannia Petites, and Mini Lops have reputations as biters.

 

Belgian Hares should be housed in a solid-bottom rather than wire-bottom cages.  Their spines are delicate.  I do not recommend Belgian Hares for beginners.

 

Dutch and Himalayan are good choices for younger children both due to their size and to their very calm personalities. 

 

Jersey Wooly may be the best choice of wool breeds for a pet rabbit.  American Fuzzy Lop is another good choice if you want a long-haired pet rabbit.

 

English lops are also extremely calm.  Their nails must be kept short to keep them from damaging their long ears.  Their ears need special care in cold weather since as putting tube socks on them!

 

Lionheads are just beginning to be developed, so their makeup is still highly variable and not well established.  Thrianta, a red rabbit, is also a new breed and may be difficult to locate.

 

Some of the more popular breeds for pets include Holland Lops, Netherland Dwarfs, Mini Rex, Dutch, Jersey Wooly, Mini Lops, and

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