Rabbit breeds around the world

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A rabbit breed consists of animals of the same sort, with the same form, colors, and markings and pass on similar characteristics to their offspring. Domestic pet rabbits are descendants of the European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus. There are many recognized breeds in the US and UK rabbit registries; however, many pet rabbits are mixed.

For more help on what breed to choose for a pet rabbit, see Deciding on a rabbit.

How many rabbit breeds are there?

The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) currently recognizes 48 unique rabbit breeds as of January 2016.[1] The British Rabbit Council (BRC) currently recognizes over 60 breeds as of August 2014.[2]

List of breeds

Breed Senior Weight Range Ear Type Fur Type Colors and Notes ARBA BRC
American 09.0 - 12 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Blue American Rabbit
White American Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: blue and white.
  • Semi-arch or mandolin body type.
  • Old American meat breed; breed has been identified as critically endangered.
  • Club: Breeders of the American Rabbit
Yes
American Chinchilla 09.0 - 12 lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Standard American Chinchilla Rabbit
  • Only one distinctive color: black and white banded hair shafts; resembles a true chinchilla.
  • Commercial body type.
  • This breed is recognized as critically endangered.
  • Bred for show, meat, and fur.
  • Club: American Chinchilla Rabbit Breeders Association
Yes
American Fuzzy Lop 04.0 - 4.0 lbs max Lop Wool
Chestnut American Fuzzy Lop
Chinchilla American Fuzzy Lop
Blue Tortoiseshell American Fuzzy Lop
  • Accepted ARBA colors: Agouti, broken, pointed white, self, shaded and wide band
  • A lop-eared rabbit resembling the Mini Lop, but smaller and with wool that is at least 2 inches long.
  • Carries single dwarfing gene.
  • Compact body type.
  • Club: American Fuzzy Lop Rabbit Club
Yes
American Sable 08.0 - 10 lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Standard American Sable
  • Color: A distinctive shaded sepia brown, very dark on face and points, and lighter across body.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Club: American Sable Rabbit Society
Yes
Belgian Hare 06.0 - 9.5 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Standard Belgian Hare
  • Only one color of a brilliant, rich, deep red, of a tan or chestnut shade.
  • Arched and racy, hare-like in appearance.
  • Full arch body type.
  • Club: Belgian Hare Club
Yes
Beveren 08.0 - 12 lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Black Beveren Rabbit
Blue Beveren Rabbit
White Beveren Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: Black, blue, blue eyed white
  • Its mandolin shape on a large body makes it suitable for meat production.
  • Semi-arch or mandolin body type.
  • Club: American Beveren Rabbit Club
Yes
Blanc de Hotot 08.0 - 11 lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Standard Blanc de Hotot
  • Only one color: entirely frosty white, except for an 1/8 inch black "eyeband" around eyes. Eyes are brown.
  • Distinctive markings.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Club: Hotot Rabbit Breeders International
Yes
Britannia Petite 02.5 - 2.5 lbs max Upright Normal (Flyback)
Chestnut Britannia Petite
Seal Britannia Petite
Siamese Sable Britannia Petite
  • Accepted ARBA colors: black, black otter, chestnut agouti, REW, sable marten.
  • Distinctive tiny arched body. May carry single dwarfing gene.
  • Full arch body type.
  • Club: American Britannia Petite Rabbit Society
Yes
Californian 08.0 - 10.5 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Standard Californian Rabbit
  • Only one distinctive color: white, with black at the points (nose, ears, feet and tail) and red eyes.
  • Himalayan markings in a commercial rabbit.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Bred for show and meat.
  • Club: Californian Rabbit Specialty Club
Yes Yes
Cashmere Lop 04.25 - 5.25 lbs Lop Wool No Yes
Champagne D'Argent (ARBA)
Argente Champagne (BRC)
09.0 - 12 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Standard Champagne D'Argent Rabbit
  • Only one distinctive color: bluish white, with interspersed jet black hairs, giving an old silver effect.
  • Juniors are born black and get silver ticking as they get older.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Bred for show and meat.
  • Club: Champagne d'Argent Rabbit Federation
Yes Yes
Checkered Giant (ARBA)
Giant Papillon (BRC)
11+ lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Black Checkered Giant Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: white with black or blue spots and spine stripe.
  • Distinctive markings.
  • Full arch body type.
  • Bred for show and meat.
  • Club: American Checkered Giant Rabbit Club
Yes Yes
Cinnamon 08.5 - 11 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Standard Cinnamon Rabbit
Yes No
Creme D'Argent (ARBA)
Argente Creme (BRC)
08.0 - 11 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Standard Creme D'Argent Rabbit
  • Born a creamy orange color and get silver/white ticking as they get older.
  • Only one distinctive color: creamy white with a bright orange cast due to orange undercolor.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Club: Creme d'Argent Federation
Yes Yes
Continental Giant 11+ lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Agouti Continental Giant
Blue Continental Giant
Dark Steel Continental Giant
Opal Continental Giant
  • Accepted ARBA colors: black, steel, agouti, opal, yellow.
No Yes
Czech Red 04.5 - 7 lbs Upright Normal
Standard Czech Red Rabbit
Dutch 03.5 - 5.5 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Chinchilla Dutch Rabbit
Steel Dutch Rabbit
Tortoiseshell Dutch Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: black, blue, chocolate, gray, steel, or tortoise with a white saddle at the shoulders, white blaze and cheeks, and white paws.
  • Development colors: chinchilla.
  • Distinctive markings.
  • Compact body type.
  • Bred for show and laboratory use.
  • Club: American Dutch Rabbit Club
Yes
Dwarf Hotot 03.0 - 3.0 lbs max Upright Normal (Rollback)
Black Dwarf Hotot
  • Accepted ARBA colors: pure white, except for a uniform band of black or chocolate around the eyes of the thickness of two pennies on edge. Eyes are brown.
  • Distinctive markings. Carries single dwarfing gene.
  • Compact body type.
  • Club: American Dwarf Hotot Rabbit Club
Yes
English Angora 05.0 - 7.5 lbs Upright Wool
Blue English Angora
Chocolate English Angora
Ruby Eyed White English Angora
  • Accepted ARBA colors: Many. Regardless of color, wool colors are very pale due to dilution of pigment.
  • Its fine soft wool up to 5 inches long. All areas of rabbit covered in wool, except for the immediate face.
  • Compact body type.
  • Club: National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club
Yes
English Lop 09.5+ lbs Lop Normal (Flyback)
Opal English Lop
Blue Tortoiseshell English Lop
Broken Cream English Lop
  • Accepted ARBA colors: agouti, broken, self, shaded, ticked, wide band
  • Distinctive enormous, lopped ears.
  • Semi-arch or mandolin body type.
  • Club: Lop Rabbit Club of America
Yes
English Spot 05.0 - 8 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Lilac English Spot
Gold English Spot
Tortoiseshell English Spot
  • Accepted ARBA Colors: white with nose butterfly, eye circles, ears, cheek spots, spine and side spots in black, blue, chocolate, gold, gray, lilac, tortoise.
  • Distinctive markings.
  • Full arch body type.
  • Bred for show, meat, and laboratory use.
  • Club: American English Spot Rabbit Club
Yes
Flemish Giant 13+ lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Fawn Flemish Giant Rabbit
Light Gray Flemish Giant Rabbit
Steel Gray Flemish Giant Rabbit
Yes
Florida White 04.0 - 6 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Standard Florida White Rabbit
Yes
French Angora 07.5 - 10.5 lbs Upright Wool
Blue Tortoiseshell French Angora
Black French Angora
Sable French Angora
  • Accepted ARBA colors: Many. Regardless of color, wool colors are very pale due to dilution of pigment.
  • Wool is about 4 inches long. Head and ears are not wooled.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Club: National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club
Yes
French Lop 10+ lbs Lop Normal (Flyback)
Black Frosted Pearl French Lop
Chestnut French Lop
Chinchilla French Lop
  • Accepted ARBA colors: agouti, broken, self, shaded, ticked, wide band
  • Distinctive massive size with lopped ears.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Club: Lop Rabbit Club of America
Yes
German Lop 06.5 - 8.5 lbs Lop Normal (Rollback) Club: National German Lop Club No Yes
Giant Angora 08.5+ lbs Upright Wool
Blue Eyed White Giant Angora
Ruby Eyed White Giant Angora
  • Only one recognized ARBA color: ruby eyed white.
  • Development colors: blue eyed white
  • Giant size, wooled, ears tasseled with wool.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Club: National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club
Yes
Giant Chinchilla 12.0 - 16 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Standard Giant Chinchilla Rabbit
Yes
Harlequin 06.5 - 9.5 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Blue Japanese Harlequin Rabbit
Lilac Japanese Harlequin Rabbit
Black Magpie Harlequin Rabbit
Chocolate Magpie Harlequin Rabbit
Lilac Magpie Harlequin Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: Black, blue, chocolate and lilac in two groups, Japanese (dark/orange), Magpie (dark/white).
  • Ears are alternating colors.
  • Sides of face, chest and legs alternate colors, and back should have 5 or 6 alternating bands or bars.
  • Distinctive alternating markings.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Club: American Harlequin Rabbit Club
Yes
Havana 04.5 - 6.5 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Black Havana Rabbit
Chocolate Havana Rabbit
Yes
Himalayan 02.5 - 4.5 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Standard Himalayan Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: Pure white except for points on nose, ears, feet and tail which are black, blue, chocolate or lilac.
  • Cylindrical body type.
  • Club: American Himalayan Rabbit Association
Yes
Holland Lop (ARBA)
Miniature Lop (BRC)
04.0 - 4.0 lbs max Lop Normal (Rollback)
Blue Tortoiseshell Holland Lop
Chocolate Agouti Holland Lop
  • Accepted ARBA colors: Agouti, broken, pointed white, self, shaded, tan, ticked, wide band
  • Distinctive small size and lopped ears. Carries single dwarfing gene.
  • Compact body type.
  • Club: Holland Lop Rabbit Specialty Club
Yes Yes
Jersey Wooly 03.5 - 3.5 lbs max Upright Wool
Chestnut Jersey Wooly Rabbit
Opal Jersey Wooly Rabbit
Otter Jersey Wooly Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: agouti, broken, AOV (Any other variety), self, shaded, tan
  • Distinctive petite size and 3 inch wool. Carries single dwarfing gene.
  • Compact body type.
  • Club: National Jersey Wooly Club
Yes
Lilac 05.5 - 8 lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Standard Lilac Rabbit
Yes
Lionhead 02.5 - 3.5 lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Black Lionhead
Yes Yes
Mini Lop (ARBA)
Dwarf Lop (BRC)
04.5 - 6.5 lbs Lop Normal (Rollback)
Squirrel Mini Lop
Gold Tipped Black Steel Mini Lop
Silver Tipped Black Steel Mini Lop
Yes Yes
Mini Plush Lop 04.25 - 4.25 lbs max Lop Rex
Black Mini Plush Lop
Blue Mini Plush Lop
  • A designer rabbit bred from the Mini Rex, Mini Lop, and Holland Lop breeds.
  • Intended to be like a Holland Lop with Rex fur.
No No
Mini Rex 03.0 - 4.5 lbs Upright Rex
Black Mini Rex
Black Himalayan Mini Rex
Broken Black Otter Mini Rex
  • Accepted ARBA colors: black, blue, blue-eyed white, broken, castor, chinchilla, chocolate, Himalayan, lilac, lynx, opal red, seal, tortoise, red-eyed white.
  • Distinctive short velvety Rex fur. Has curly whiskers. Carries single dwarfing gene.
  • Compact body type.
  • Club: National Mini Rex Rabbit Club
Yes
Mini Satin 03.25 - 4.75 lbs Upright Satin
Ruby Eyed White Mini Satin
Siamese Mini Satin
Tortoiseshell Mini Satin
  • Accepted ARBA colors: Chinchilla, opal, red, Siamese, white
  • Development colors: black, blue, chocolate, copper, gold-tipped black steel, Himalayan, otter, silver, broken.
  • Distinctive satin fur. Carries single dwarfing gene.
  • Compact body type.
  • Club: American Satin Rabbit Breeders Association
Yes
Netherland Dwarf 02.5 - 2.5 lbs max Upright Normal (Rollback)
Cinnamon Netherland Dwarf
Siamese Smoke Pearl Netherland Dwarf
Black Himalayan Netherland Dwarf
  • Accepted ARBA colors: agouti, self, shaded, tan pattern, any other varieties
  • Distinctive tiny round size, short ears, and flat head. Carries single dwarfing gene.
  • Compact body type.
  • Bred for show and laboratory use.
  • Club: American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club
Yes
New Zealand 09.0 - 12 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Black New Zealand Rabbit
Red New Zealand Rabbit
White New Zealand Rabbit
Yes
Palomino 08.0 - 11 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Golden Palomino Rabbit
Lynx Palomino Rabbit
Yes
Polish 03.5 - 3.5 lbs max Upright Normal (Flyback)
Black Polish
Broken Black Polish
Broken Chocolate Polish
  • Accepted ARBA colors: black, blue, broken, chocolate, blue-eyed white, ruby-eyed white
  • Distinctive petite size. May carry single dwarfing gene.
  • Compact body type.
  • Bred for show and laboratory use.
  • Club: American Polish Rabbit Club
Yes Yes
Rex 06.0 - 10.5 lbs Upright Rex
Opal Rex
Orange Rex
  • Accepted ARBA colors: amber, black, blue, broken, Californian, castor, chinchilla, chocolate, lilac, lynx, opal, otter, red, sable, seal, white.
  • Distinctive short velvety Rex fur. Has curly whiskers.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Bred for show, meat, and fur.
  • Club: National Rex Rabbit Club
Yes Yes
Rhinelander 06.5 - 10 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Standard Rhinelander Rabbit
  • One color: white with evenly distributed black and orange markings on nose, eye circles, cheek spot, ears, spine, side spot and tail.
  • Distinctive tri-color and markings.
  • Full arch body type.
  • Club: Rhinelander Rabbit Club of America
Yes
Satin 08.5 - 11 lbs Upright Satin
Black Otter Satin
  • Accepted ARBA colors: black, blue, broken, Californian, chinchilla, chocolate, copper, otter, red, Siamese, white.
  • Distinctive satinized hair shafts with finer diameter and a more transparent hair shell resulting in brilliant colors and enhanced sheen.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Bred for show, meat, and fur.
  • Club: American Satin Rabbit Breeders Association
Yes
Satin Angora 06.0 - 7.5 lbs Upright Wool
Chinchilla Satin Angora
Chocolate Satin Angora
Lilac Chinchilla Satin Angora
Ruby Eyed White Satin Angora
  • Accepted ARBA colors: Many. Regardless of color, wool colors are very pale due to dilution of pigment.
  • Wool is fine, soft and silky, carrying the sheen of a satinized wool shaft. Sheen is evident over the entire body, including head and ears, which are not heavily wooled.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Club: National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club
Yes
Silver 04.0 - 7 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Black Silver Rabbit
Brown Silver Rabbit
Fawn Silver Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: black, brown, fawn.
  • Distinctive even silvering over entire rabbit due to silver-white hairs and hair-tips.
  • Compact body type.
  • Recognized as a threatened breed.
  • Club: National Silver Rabbit Club
Yes
Silver Fox 09.0 - 12 lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Black Silver Fox Rabbit
Blue Silver Fox Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: black
  • Development colors: blue.
  • Distinctive long, evenly silvered fur.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Bred for meat.
  • Recognized as an endangered breed.
  • Club: National Silver Fox Rabbit Club
Yes
Silver Marten 06.0 - 9.5 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Black Silver Marten Rabbit
Blue Silver Marten Rabbit
Chocolate Silver Marten Rabbit
Sable Silver Marten Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: black, blue, chocolate, sable.
  • Distinctive silver coloration with long silvery guard hairs evenly distributed up sides of rabbit.
  • Commercial body type.
  • Bred for show, meat, and fur.
  • Club: Silver Marten Rabbit Club
Yes
Standard Chinchilla 05.0 - 7.5 lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Standard Standard Chinchilla Rabbit
Yes
Standard Plush Lop 04.25 - 5.5 lbs Lop Rex
Blue Tortoiseshell Standard Plush Lop
Chocolate Standard Plush Lop
Tortoiseshell Standard Plush Lop
  • A designer rabbit bred from the Dwarf Lop and Standard Rex breeds.
  • Breed in development in the UK.
  • First bred in Australia.
No No
Tan 04.0 - 6 lbs Upright Normal (Flyback)
Black Tan Rabbit
Chocolate Tan Rabbit
Lilac Tan Rabbit
  • Accepted ARBA colors: black, blue, chocolate, lilac.
  • Distinctive rich fiery tan triangle, chest and belly and lustrous top colors.
  • Full arch body type.
  • Club: American Tan Rabbit Specialty Club
Yes
Thrianta 04.0 - 6 lbs Upright Normal (Rollback)
Standard Thrianta Rabbit
Yes Yes
Velveteen Lop 05.0 - 6.5 lbs Lop Rex
Broken Black Velveteen Lop
Broken Tort Velveteen Lop
No No

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Further reading

The following links document breed standards:

See also

References

  1. ARBA, ARBA Recognized Breeds. Accessed Jan 11, 2016.
  2. BRC, Breed Standards