Popular Rabbit Breeds

Popular Rabbitt Breeds

Rabbit Breed Types

 

At Passion for Pets you can find your next "Best Friend". We have lots of Rabbits to choose from. Here is a selection of breeds we may have available, so if you see a rabbit here that you like, please download the breed information sheet for more details. If you find that a breed is suitable, then check out our "Pets for Sale" for Rabbits / Small Animals currently in store.

The specific images below are just photos of the rabbit breed and are NOT of actual rabbits in stock, they are an image guide of the particular breed.

 

Overview

Unfortunately due to Australia's import ban we're unable to offer as many breed varieties and colour variations as other countries. However to the best of our ability we endeavour to maintain the traits of our breeds according to British Rabbit Council standards, or if applicable American Rabbit Breeders Association. It might seem as if there are plenty of breeds to choose from, or you could perhaps assume they are easily attainable - unfortunately this is not the case! In actual fact, many of our unique breeds would be classified as rare and endangered. Due to a limited gene pool and an ongoing import ban, rabbit fanciers appreciate and treasure our exotic rabbits. Not only are rabbit breeders widely distributed in our vast country, but compared to other fanciers in the world (UK, Europe and US), the majority of us here only keep a small number of stock.  Breeds are at risk whenever for instance fanciers give up the hobby (for various reasons) or are devastated by loss of stock due to myxomatosis, calicivirus, rabbit syphilis, theft and so on. As a result we are well aware of the long-term consequences of our breeds disappearing and know that the limited number we have are irreplaceable. Breeds at risk (and therefore rare/endangered) are: English Angora, German Angora, Dutch, Smoke Pearl Marten, Miniature Cashmere Lop, standard Cashmere Lop, English, Satin, Polish, Agente, Marten Sable, Californian, British Giant, Silver Fox, Jersey Wooly, Smoke Pearl, Siamese Sable, Harlequin, New Zealand White, Swiss Fox and Tan. Plus also in this category we can include 'breeds in development' such as: Plush Lop, Chinchilla, French Lop, Astrex, Mini Satin, Chinchilla Giganta, Flemish Giant, Rhinelander and Giganta Cashmere Lop.

 

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Many of these varieties are not common and classed as exotic, but are available to you when available to us. If you have any further questions please ring or come in and see us for any help and advice.

 

Popular Rabbit Breeds Agente Bleu - fur Breed

Agente Bleu - fur Breed

 

Type: compact body, short neck, broad rounded loins and well developed hindquarter. Bold eyes and ears short and rounded. Coat: very dense (thick), silky and glossy, lying close to the body, ideal length 1.9 to 2.54 cms (¾ to 1 inch). Colour: bluish white top colour with evenly dispersed longer dark blue hairs, lavender blue under colour. Blue eye colour. Adult weight: 2.72 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds British Giant - fur breed

British Giant - fur breed

 

Type: large size, long broad body, solid and firm condition, broad head, erect ears and bold eyes. Coat: 1.9 to 2.5cms (¾ to 1 inch) in length, thick and very dense, medium texture (not harsh or soft). Colour: in OZ - brown grey (agouti) & opal - overseas white, dark steel grey & blue. Minimum Adult weight: bucks 5.7 kgs. Does 6.2 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds Californian - fur breed

Californian - fur breed

 

Type: firm and meaty, solid body with broad shoulders and well-developed hindquarters. Well-shaped head on a short neck, which is set close to the body. Eyes are bright, bold and pink coloured. Coat: undercoat as dense as possible, interspersed very thickly with coarser guard hair. The coat is so thick the fur should immediately resume its position when stroked in any direction. Colour: markings of chocolate, blue or lilac (as dark as possible) on nose, ears, feet and tail and rest of body should be pure white. Adult weight: ideal 4.082, minimum and maximum weights: Bucks 3.402 to 4.43 kg and does 3.402 to 4.762 kg

Popular Rabbit Breeds Cashmere Lop - lop breed

Cashmere Lop - lop breed

 

Type: compact, well-muscled, short body, broad shoulders, full chest, broad head with well developed cheeks, no visible neck, bold eyes, prominent crown. Ears are broad, thick, rounded and lopped. Coat: dense and silky with a thick undercoat, evenly overlayed with longer thicker guard hairs. Length 3.81 to 5.08 cms (1½ - 2 inches) Colour: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: ideal 2.15 kgs maximum 2.381 kgs, minimum 1.81 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds Chinchilla Giganta - fur breed

Chinchilla Giganta - fur breed

 

Type: finely boned, long, graceful body. Adult bucks heavier boned with bolder heads. Dewlap permissible in adult does. Coat: fur uniformly dense and silky in texture but with resilience and length not less than 3.175cm (1 1/4 inches). Colour: Undercolour a deep blue slate as dark as possible from the skin to at least half the length of fur then followed by a clear band of pearl (off white) not exceeding a quarter of the length of fur. The peal band to be followed by a distinct black line, finishing the surface in alternating blue/grey and silver/white tippings, which are heavily intermixed with longer black tipped guard hairs. The colour must be carried well down the sides of the belly. Eye colours blue, grey or brown and ears to have black lacing. Adult weight: Maximum 5.44kg, Minimum weight - does 4.07kg, bucks 3.855kg

 

Popular Rabbit Breeds Dutch - fancy breed

Dutch - fancy breed

 

Type: compact, cobby and in firm condition. Ears are strong and short, fairly broad at the base and not pointed (i.e. to have rounded ends). Coat: short, glossy and healthy. Colour: various colours in the standard Dutch pattern contrasting with white. The coloured pattern (blaze, saddle, stops, cheeks etc) to comply with standard guidelines. Adult weight: 2.041 to 2.26 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds Dwarf Lop - lop breed

Dwarf Lop - lop breed

 

Type: body compact (short) thickset and firm with wide shoulders, full chest, broad head, prominent crown and no visible neck. Ears are fully lopped, broad, thick, well furred with rounded ends. Coat: roll back, dense with abundant guard hair. Colour: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: ideal 2.0 kgs, minimum 1.9 kgs up to maximum 2.4 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds English - fancy breed

English - fancy breed

 

Type: moderate body length, gradually extending to a broader rounded rump, overall firm condition. Ears are erect and ideally 10.16 cms (4 inches) long. Coat: short, tight and healthy. Colours: black, blue, tortoiseshell, chocolate and grey colouring on a white base. Specific markings are: perfect butterfly smut, eye circles, cheek spots (not touching eye circles), fully coloured ears, herring bone from base of ears to tip of tail, chain spots equally balanced on both sides of the body, one distinct spot on each leg and six teat spots. Adult weight: between 2.7 to 3.6 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds Fox (silver) - fur breed

Fox (silver) - fur breed

 

Type: moderate length of body inclined to cobbiness, slightly arched back, medium sized broad head on a short neck. Well-furred, broad ears of medium length that are in proportion to the head. Coat: dense with an exquisitely silky texture and length of about 3.2 cm (1¼ inch) Colours: black, blue, chocolate or lilac. Chest, flanks and feet are generously and evenly ticked with silver tipped guard hairs. There is a small white triangle behind the ears and eye circles, inside of the ears, jaw line, underside of tail, feet and belly are all white. Adult weight: 2.5 to 3.2 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds French Lop - Lop breed

French Lop - Lop breed

 

Type: massively large, thickset and solid. Body compact, broad shouldered and overall well muscled with a well-rounded rump. Broad head, full cheeks and good width between the eyes. Fully lopped ears, which are thick, broad, well furred and rounded ends. Coat: dense, rollback with abundant guard hairs. Colour: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: as large as possible. minimum 4.5 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds German Angora - fancy breed

German Angora - fancy breed

 

Type: body should be of good width and depth that tapers slightly from hindquarters to shoulders and in firm condition. Oval shaped head set close to the body (with cheek furnishings), which is broad across the forehead though slightly narrower at the muzzle. Ears are erect, in proportion to head and body, carried in a close v-shape, lightly fringed and well tassled. Coat: as dense as possible, length (ideal 4 inches) evenly balanced over the body, free from matting or webbing. Coat contains three types of wool: medium fine, soft under wool, awn fluff (stronger wool with a gaurd hair tip) and gaurd hair - otherwise as known as awn hair. Colour: no other colour but red eyed white. Adult weight: ideal adult bucks 4.0kg, adult does 4.5kg

Popular Rabbit Breeds Jersey Wooly - fancy breed

Jersey Wooly - fancy breed

 

Type: short, compact body, shoulders slightly narrower than the hips. The head is bold, well rounded and set close to the body. Ears are erect and short (63 mm, 2 ½ inches), well furred (without furnishings or tassels) with slightly rounded tips. Coat: evenly dense under coat with a generous overlay of thicker, heavier and longer guard hairs. Should display a healthy lustre and be full of life, ideally 50 to 76 mm (2 to 3 inches) long (minimum accepted 1 ½ inches). Colours: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: ideal 1.4 kg maximum 1.6 kg

Popular Rabbit Breeds Harlequin - fancy breed

Harlequin - fancy breed

 

Type: a muscular, firm, well-proportioned body. The head is longish with width between the eyes. Ears are upright and 10.2 to 12.7 (4 to 5 inches) in length. Coat: very dense and silky about 2.5 cm (1 inch) in length. The coat should not fly back (when stroked in the opposite direction or too harsh in texture. Harlequin colours: black (dense black and golden orange), blue (lavender blue and golden fawn), brown (rich dark brown and golden orange), lilac (dove grey and golden fawn). Magpie colours: black (dense black and white), blue (lavender blue and white), brown (rich dark brown and white), lilac (dove grey and white). Pattern: priority of points (60) is delegated to the importance of markings. The head is equally divided between two colours (see harlequin and magpie colours) and the ears to have opposite, contrasting colour to the head. Front legs should be a different colour and back legs to have the reverse colouring to the front legs. Body colour and pattern is clearly defined with banding. Five points are deducted for each white mark or patch in any coloured areas. Adult weight: not less than 2.7 kg and not more than 3.6 kg 

Popular Rabbit Breeds Mini Cashmere Lop - Lop breed

Mini Cashmere Lop - Lop breed

 

Type: exactly as for Cashmere Lop - the only difference between these two breeds is a modification to their weight. Body is compact and cobby, solid and firm, broad shouldered, full chest and overall well muscled with a well-rounded rump. Ears are thick, broad, well furred with rounded ends and fully lopped. The head is broad with a prominent crown, deep broad chest and no visible neck. Coat: dense and silky with a thick undercoat, evenly overlayed with longer thicker guard hairs. Colour: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: maximum 1.60 kg

Popular Rabbit Breeds Miniature Lop - Lop breed

Miniature Lop - Lop breed

 

Type: Compact body (short) thickset and firm, wide shoulders, broad head, full chest, no visible neck and a prominent crown. Ears are fully lopped, broad, thick, well furred with rounded ends. Coat: roll back, dense with abundant guard hairs. Colour: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: ideal 1.5 kgs to maximum 1.6 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds Mini Rex - Rex breed

Mini Rex - Rex breed

 

Type: exactly as for the standard Rex - the only difference between these two breeds is their weight. Medium boned, body gradually slopes to a well-rounded rump. Head is bold and broad with erect ears that are in proportion to the body. Coat: the shortest coat of all breeds being approximately 1.8 cms (½ an inch) in length. Extremely dense, plush-like coat with a fine texture and a lustrous sheen that is devoid of harsh or projecting guard hairs. Colour: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: between 1.7 to 2.0kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds Netherland Dwarf - fancy breed

Netherland Dwarf - fancy breed

 

Type: short, compact and cobby body, broad head and shoulders with a full chest. Ears are distinctly short 50mm (2 inches) in length, well furred and slightly rounded tips. Eyes are round and bold. Coat: short, dense and rollback. Colour: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: the smallest of all breeds with the ideal weight of 0.9 kg

Popular Rabbit Breeds Plush Lop - Fur breed

Plush Lop - Fur breed

 

Proposed standard: The ideal Plush Lop is a slightly heavier, rex furred version ot the Dwarf Lop rabbit. It should have the compact cobby type of the Dwarf Lop and the density and appeal of the plush-like rex coat. To be judges as a Lop breed not a Rex breed. Type: Body short, firm and well muscled, deep broad chest, wide shoulders, well-rounded loins creating a compact, cobby appearance. Head set well on shoulders with little visible neck. Ears broad, thick, well furred, rounded at the ends and carried close to the cheeks hanging straight behind the eyes. Coat: Ideally as close as possible to the Rex breed coat. Colour: Any colour or patern accepted by the BRC. Adult weight: Ideally 2.1 kg, Maximum 1.2

Popular Rabbit Breeds Polish - fancy breed

Polish - fancy breed

 

Type: fine boned, small breed with narrow shoulders and well-rounded head. Erect ears are positioned close together, well covered with fur and rounded. Eyes are very bold and positioned on upper side of head. Coat: short and fine with a healthy gloss that when stroked in reverse should quickly fly back to original position. Colour: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: maximum 1.15 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds Rex (standard) - Rex breed

Rex (standard) - Rex breed

 

Type: medium boned, body gradually slopes to a well-rounded rump. Head is bold and broad, ears are erect and in proportion to the body. Coat: the shortest coat of all breeds being approximately 1.3 cms (½ an inch) in length. The plush-like coat is extremely dense with a fine texture and a lustrous sheen as well as devoid of harsh or projecting guard hairs. Colour: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: between 2.7 to 3.6 kgs however there is no weight disqualification in the standard.

Popular Rabbit Breeds Satin - fur breed

Satin - fur breed

 

Type: moderate length of body inclined to cobbiness, slightly arched back, medium sized broad head carried on a short neck. Erect, medium length of ears, rather broad and well furred with rounded tips. Coat: dense with an exquisite satin like texture and sheen, rolls back when stroked in the opposite direction, length 2.5 to 3.2 cms (1 to 1 ¼ inches) Colour: various colours/patterns accepted. Adult weight: 2.7 to 3.6 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds Swiss Fox - fur breed

Swiss Fox - fur breed

 

Type: strong well rounded body, bold head with well-developed muzzle, no visible neck, wide chest, broad shoulders. Ears are strong and erect, measuring between 10.5 to 11 cms (4.1 to 4.3 inches) in length. Coat: ideally 5 to 6 cm long (2½ inches), thick undercoat and generous guard hairs. Colour: various colours and patterns accepted. Adult weight: 2.5 to 4 kgs

Popular Rabbit Breeds Tan - fancy breed

Tan - fancy breed

 

Type: short and cobby body, gracefully arched from nape of neck to base of tail, short erect ears positioned close together, which are well covered with fur and insides of the ears are laced with tan colouring. Coat: fairly short, silky and fly back with a lustrous healthy sheen. Colour: black & tan, blue & tan, chocolate & tan and lilac & tan. Adult weight: 2 kg

 

Popular Rabbit Breeds Flemish Giant - Giant breed

Flemish Giant - Giant breed

 

As one of the largest breeds of  domestic rabbit, the Flemish Giant is a semi-arch type rabbit with its back arch starting back of the shoulders and carrying through to the base of the  tail giving a "mandolin" shape. The body of a Flemish Giant Rabbit is long and powerful with relatively broad hindquarters. Bucks have a broad, massive head in comparison to does. Does may have a large, full, evenly carrieddewlap (the fold of skin under their chins). The  fur of the Flemish Giant is known to be glossy and dense. When stroked from the hindquarters to the head, the fur will roll back to its original position. ARBA standard has seven different colors, black, blue, fawn, light gray, sandy, steel gray and white. A senior doe can take 1 year to reach full maturity. A senior buck can take 1.5 years to reach full maturity. It is not unusual to see a 10 kilo Flemish Giant.