Which Breed of Rabbit Should I Choose?

There are many different breeds of rabbit available. Many can be found readily available in pet shops, but others you will have to do some research of local breeders. Each type has its own individual requirements. Some are great for beginners, other will require a most experienced rabbit keeper.

Below are some of the most common breeds available.

First we have the breeds suitable for new rabbit owners:

  • The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is a good choice for children as they are small, only growing to around 1kg in weight. They have a good temperament and require less space than bigger breeds. There are lots of colours and variations available.
  • The Dutch Rabbit. This is a popular breed due to its good temperament. It grows to around 2kg and is available in a wide choice of colours.
  • The Dwarf Lop is popular due to its pretty appearance. Normally available in black, white or fawn it is a medium sized breed growing up to 2kg. It has a good temperament and makes a great family pet.
  • Smaller still than the Dwarf Lop is the Mini Lop. Again, it has a good temperament and nice appearance. It is smaller though, at 1-2 kg.
  • The Himalayan Rabbit. This is a white coloured rabbit with coloured nose, ears and feet. It has a good temperament and will grow to around 2kg.

Then there are breeds which would suit an owner with a bit more experience in rabbit keeping, usually due to being a bigger size, or having more specialist care needs:

  • The English Rabbit is a nice breed. It has a good temperament but grows to a larger 3kg so needs plenty of space.
  • The Chinchilla Rabbit. This is a nice looking breed with soft blue or grey fur which will need regular grooming to keep its coat in good condition. It has a very docile nature. It will grow up to 3.5kg in weight.
  • The Silver Fox is another rabbit with a good temperament, but requiring a bit more space as they grow to around 3kg.
  • The New Zealand Rabbit is a fast growing breed. They are large and will grow to around 5.5kg. There are a wide choice of colours available.
  • The Angora Rabbit has a nice temperament and will grow to around 3.5kg. They need extra care and regular grooming due to their wool yielding coat. If it is not groomed enough it’s coat can become matted.
  • The Polish Rabbit is a small breed, growing to just 1.5kg. There are lots of colours available. They do tend to have temperamental nature though, and so should be handled carefully.
  • The French Lop is a good natured rabbit. It is large though, at up to 5kg and so needs a large living space.

There are a few breeds that need an experienced owner. This is mainly due to their large size making them unsuitable for children and the need for very large living areas. They are:

  • The English Lop. A very large breed with an ears up to 65cm. They have a good temperament but need a lot of space.
  • The Lop. One of the largest breeds. They will grow to at least 4.5kg and over 60cm long. They are good natured but require a very large living area.

These are just some of the most common breeds. Remember, which ever you choose you should make sure you can commit to providing enough space and care for your chosen breed.

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