Breeds of Rabbits

Learn about the different breeds of rabbits and find pictures, information, breed history and more on each individual rabbit breed.

Breeds of Rabbits

Believe it or not? The Rabbit Breeds Picture above is a real photograph. Rabbits do indeed come in all different shapes and sizes. Some rabbit breeds are huge when full grown while others can weigh less than five pounds. In this article I will be providing you with a rabbit breeds chart which will help you learn more about the many breeds of domestic rabbits.

Types of Rabbit Breeds

There are two main types of rabbit breeds in which all other classifications fall into; domestic and wild rabbit breeds. All of the breeds of rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association are domestic breeds. Domestic rabbits can be kept at home and raised while wild rabbits should not be handled. Today's domestic line of rabbits originated from the European Rabbit which was selectively bred for desirable traits over a long period of time.

Types of Rabbit Breeds

Since there are literally hundreds of rabbit breeds kept worldwide, in this article I am going to focus solely upon the ones recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. If you wish to learn more about how rabbit breeds are classified check out our Types of Rabbits article.

Breeds of Rabbits: A through Z Listing

The 47 ARBA recognized rabbit breeds are as follows, listed in alphabetic order…

Rabbit Breed Chart

Rabbit Body

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American 9-12 lbs Semi Arch Flyback American Rabbit Breeders
American Chinchilla 9-12 lbs Commercial Rollback American Chinchilla Rabbit Breeders
American Fuzzy Lop Max 4 lbs Compact Wool American Fuzzy Lop Rabbit Breeders
American Sable Max 10 lbs Commercial Rollback American Sable Rabbit Breeders
Belgian Hare 6-9 lbs Full Arch Flyback Belgian Hare Rabbit Breeders
Beveren 8-12 lbs Semi Arch Rollback Beveren Rabbit Breeders
Blanc de Hotot 8-11 lbs Commercial Rollback Blanc de Hotot Rabbit Breeders
Britannia Petite 2.25-2.50 lbs Full Arch Flyback Britannia Petite Rabbit Breeders
Californian 8-10.25 lbs Commercial Flyback Californian Rabbit Breeders
Champagne d’Argent 9-12 lbs Commercial Flyback Champagne D' Argent Rabbit Breeders
Checkered Giant 11+ lbs Full Arch Flyback Checkered Giant Rabbit Breeders
Cinnamon 9-11 lbs Commercial Flyback Cinnamon Rabbit Breeders
Creme d’Argent 8.25-11 lbs Commercial Flyback Creme D' Argent Rabbit Breeders
Dutch 4-5.25 lbs Compact Flyback Dutch Rabbit Breeders
Dwarf Hotot Max 3 lbs Compact Rollback Dwarf Hotot Rabbit Breeders
English Angora 5-7.5 lbs Compact Wool English Angora Rabbit Breeders
English Lop Min. 10 lbs Semi Arch Flyback English Lop Rabbit Breeders
English Spot 6-8 lbs Full Arch Flyback English Spot Rabbit Breeders
Flemish Giant 13-14+ lbs Semi Arch Rollback Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders
Florida White 4-6 lbs Compact Flyback Florida White Rabbit Breeders
French Angora 9-10.5 lbs Commercial Wool French Angora Rabbit Breeders
French Lop 11+ lbs Commercial Flyback French Lop Rabbit Breeders
Giant Angora 9-10.5+ lbs Commercial Wool Giant Angora Rabbit Breeders
Giant Chinchilla 13-15 lbs Semi Arch Flyback Giant Chinchilla Rabbit Breeders
Harlequin 7.5 lbs Commercial Flyback Harlequin Rabbit Breeders
Havana 5-6 lbs Compact Flyback Havana Rabbit Breeders
Himalayan 3-5 lbs Cylindrical Flyback Himalayan Rabbit Breeders
Holland Lop 3-4 lbs Compact Rollback Holland Lop Rabbit Breeders
Jersey Wooly 3-3.5 lbs Compact Wool Jersey Wooly Rabbit Breeders
Lilac 6-8 lbs Compact Rollback Lilac Rabbit Breeders
Mini Lop 5-6 lbs Compact Rollback Mini Lop Rabbit Breeders
Mini Rex 3-4.5 lbs Compact Rex Mini Rex Rabbit Breeders
Mini Satin 4 lbs Compact Satin Mini Satin Rabbit Breeders
Netherland Dwarf 2-2.5 lbs Compact Rollback Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Breeders
New Zealand 9-12 lbs Commercial Flyback New Zealand Rabbit Breeders
Palomino 8-10 lbs Commercial Flyback Palomino Rabbit Breeders
Polish 3-3.5 lbs Compact Flyback Polish Rabbit Breeders
Rex 8-9 lbs Commercial Rex Rex Rabbit Breeders
Rhinelander 6.5-10 lbs Full Arch Flyback Rhinelander Rabbit Breeders
Satin 9-11 lbs Commercial Satin Satin Rabbit Breeders
Satin Angora 8-9 lbs Commercial Wool Satin Angora Rabbit Breeders
Silver Max 9.5 lbs Compact Flyback Silver Rabbit Breeders
Silver Fox Max 12 lbs Commercial Rollback Silver Fox Rabbit Breeders
Silver Marten 6-9 lbs Commercial Flyback Silver Marten Rabbit Breeders
Standard Chinchilla 6-7.5 lbs Compact Rollback Standard Chinchilla Rabbit Breeders
Tan 4-6 lbs Full Arch Flyback Tan Rabbit Breeders
Thrianta 4.5-6 lbs Compact Rollback Thrianta Rabbit Breeders

Selecting a Rabbit Breed

Selecting a rabbit breed is definitely one of the most important decisions that you will make for your rabbitry. Luckily for you, there are over 47 different breeds of rabbits to choose from. This is when you will want to recall the “purpose” that you decided on at the beginning of this book. Any rabbit breeder will tell you that some breeds are definitely more ideal for different purposes.

Things to Consider When Selecting a Rabbit Breed

  • Purpose of your Rabbitry
  • Rabbit Size
  • Rabbit Body Type
  • Type of Fur
  • Color/Markings
  • Growth Rate/Litter Production
  • Your Climate (is it too hot or too cold?)

Meat Rabbit Breeds

If you plan on raising rabbits for meat I strongly recommend that you choose a large “commercial” rabbit breed which will produce fast growing offspring with a good meat to bone ratio. I personally recommend raising Californians or New Zealands as meat rabbits. They grow fast; have large litters and overall make excellent “meat rabbits”.

Here is a list of “for meat” rabbit breeds that many different breeders recommend

  • American Chinchilla
  • Beveren
  • Blanc D’Hotot
  • Californian (My favorite breed)
  • Champagne D’Argents
  • Crème D’Argents
  • Flemish Giants (Giant animals but tend to have lower meat to bone dress out ratios)
  • Florida White
  • French Lops
  • New Zealand (Highly Recommended)
  • Palomino
  • Satin
  • Silver Fox

Some breeders recommend raising a crossbred animal such as a Californian-New Zealand hybrid for meat purposes.

One of the most popular hybrid rabbit meat breeds is the Altex (Although not recognized by ARBA). The Altex was developed from a cross of the Flemish Giant, Champagne D’ Argent and Californian. At adult size these cross bred rabbits weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. Studies performed at the Texas A&M University have shown that Altex fryers tend to reach market age earlier than other meat breeds. Many rabbit breeders however don’t recommend that your primary herd animal be the “Altex” for several reasons. The Altex doe will generally give birth to smaller litters than other meat rabbits. To solve this issue, many breeders recommend breeding an Altex buck to a Californian/New Zealand doe or an Altex doe to a New Zealand buck.

Show Rabbit Breeds

If you plan on primarily raising rabbits for show, you will have an excellent variety of breeds to choose from! All 47 ARBA recognized breeds are eligible to be shown at any major rabbit show. However be warned; most local shows will not accept every breed. If you plan on raising up one of the “rare” breeds such as the Blanc de Hotot; you might have to drive a distance in order to find available shows.

A good practice when choosing a show breed is to ask other breeders in your area for their opinion on selecting a breed. In Southeast, Texas for instance most breeders raise Californians or New Zealands. They are multi-purpose animals which can be shown at two different types of rabbit shows; Meat Pen Rabbit Shows and Rabbit Fancier Shows. Even if you don’t plan on eating rabbit yourself, raising either one of these breeds will help guarantee that you have an outlet to sell unwanted rabbits.

Here is a list of “for show” rabbit breeds that many different breeders recommend

  • American
  • Californian
  • Dutch
  • Flemish Giant
  • Lilac
  • Lop
  • Mini Rex
  • New Zealand
  • Palomino
  • Polish
  • Satin
  • Tan

These are simply a few recommendations that breeders have given me… if you fall in love with a different breed (not on the list), feel free to experiment!

Fur Rabbit Breeds

Most breeders agree on what the best fur rabbit breeds are. If you are choosing to raise rabbits particularly for fur, I highly recommend that you select a breed labeled as having either having wool or angora fur. The most popular “for fur” breed is the Angora Rabbit.

Here is a list of “for show” rabbit breeds that many different breeders recommend

  • American Fuzzy Lop
  • English Angora
  • French Angora
  • Giant Angora
  • Jersey Wooly
  • Satin Angora

Pet Rabbit Breeds

In many countries rabbits are quickly becoming one of the most common pets. When choosing a “for pet” rabbit, I suggest that you select one of the small or medium breeds. These animals will generally be tamer than the larger breeds such as the Californian and will be easier for young children to handle. Remember, the best production animals don’t usually make the best pets.

Here is a list of “for pet” rabbit breeds that many different pet bunny owners recommend

  • Belgian Hare
  • Cinnamon
  • Dutch
  • Dwarf Hotot
  • English Spot
  • Flemish Giant (Size is great for impressing a friend)
  • Harlequin
  • Himalayan
  • Lionhead
  • Lops (My favorites are the Holland and Mini Lops)
  • Mini Rex
  • Mini Satin
  • Netherland Dwarf (So tiny and cute)
  • Rex
  • Tan
  • Thrianta

Also if you are planning on raising rabbits for pets, it is important to consider whether or not you want to breed rabbits. If you are new to rabbit raising and plan on breeding for pets, you might want to start off with a medium breed (they tend to have less birth complications than smaller breeds). Some small breeds such as the Tan and Mini Satin are still great choices for the first time breeder. Just make sure the breed that you choose weighs over 4 pounds at adulthood.

Rabbit Breeds – Chart Analysis

The rabbit breeds chart above categorizes the different rabbit breeds by Body Type and Fur Type…

Rabbit Breeds Body Type

Rabbit Breeds Fur Type

Resources for Rabbit Breeders

For more information about raising the different breeds of rabbits discussed in this article check out the following resource links for rabbit breeders…

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