The brown rabbit coat is a popular feature shared by a number of different rabbit breeds.
But, the care needs, temperament, and health of these brown rabbits varies. So, it’s important to choose the right one for your family.
Brown rabbits can vary from a deep, dark chocolate, to a paler, warm cinnamon.
About the Brown Rabbit
There are plenty of rabbit breeds out there with beautiful brown fur. Some will have completely brown coats, but others might have a mixture of shades, like brown and white rabbits.
But, even though they share a common coat color, these bunny breeds can be quite different from one another.
Their fur length, ear type, and size can be strikingly different! And, this can have a huge impact on their care needs.
So, it’s important to research your favorite brown rabbit breed well to ensure they’re suitable for your home and the time you can offer.
Shades of Brown
When searching for a brown rabbit, remember that a lot of breeders won’t use the term ‘brown’.
So, look out for the following descriptors when looking for your new bunny:
- Some breeders may have even more terms to describe their bunny’s brown coat. If you have a specific shade in mind, it’s a great idea to ask for photos, or go and see bunnies in person before committing.
To start your search, it’s a good idea to learn which rabbit breeds can have brown fur.
Brown Rabbit Breeds
There are lots of different rabbit breeds out there. In fact, the American Rabbit Breeders’ Association currently recognizes 50 breeds.
So, we’ve picked out 10 popular bunnies that can have brown fur.
Take a look at the following brown rabbits to see if one of them looks right for you.
1. American Sable
The American Sable is a gorgeous deep brown sepia. They may be lighter colored on their sides, but can be dark over their entire body.
This breed can grow up to 9 pounds, and has a short, dense coat that is easy to care for.
2. Argente Brun
The Argente Brun is the newest of the Argente breeds recognized by the ARBA. This bunny has a lovely chocolate brown under-color to their coat.
They will also have a short coat, so won’t require a lot of grooming.
3. Belgian Hare
The Belgian Hare breed is long, muscular, and slender with an arched back. The tan variety can come in a deep, rich chocolate shade.
This is one of America’s oldest rabbit breeds, with a history stretching back to the 1880s.
The Cinnamon rabbit is actually named after its wonderful coat color! These rabbits were developed by the Houseman family and recognized officially in 1972.
They grow to around 11 pounds, and will have a short coat with darker points and a darker underbelly.
The Havana is a beautiful rabbit breed with mink-like fur. One of their five recognized colors is chocolate.
This bunny grows to a maximum of 6.5 pounds.
The Lionhead bunny is the smallest that we’ve seen so far, growing to a maximum of 3.75 pounds.
Lionheads get their name from their large fluffy mane. Chocolate is just one of the 6 colors this breed can come in.
7. Mini Lop
The Mini Lop is a small and stocky rabbit. This bunny has lop ears that hang down by its head.
They tend to grow to around 6.5 pounds and were officially recognized by the ARBA in 1980.
The Polish rabbit can come in a chocolate color. This is another tiny breed that will grow to around 3.5 pounds, although it is not a dwarf rabbit breed.
Polish rabbits have a short coat that won’t require as much grooming as other breeds.
The Rex rabbit comes in 16 recognized colors, with a couple of brown shades that you’ll love. This bunny can grow to 10.5 pounds as an adult.
They have short, dense fur with a velvet texture, which makes the bunny extremely popular!
The name of this bunny might surprise you. But, the Silver rabbit breed can come in a chocolate shade, just one with a silvery sheen.
This bunny breed has an ancient history stretching back to the 1500s! It can grow to around 7 pounds as an adult.
Fun Facts About Brown Rabbits
Brown rabbits are popular with most bunny-lovers. And, they’re popular with the media, too!
Celebrities that own brown rabbits include Kate Nash, Cara Delevigne, and Clint Eastwood!
And, we’ve all grown up with some lovely brown rabbits in our favorite shows and books. Some of those include:
- Peter Rabbit (Beatrix Potter)
- Bigwig (Watership Down)
- Fiver (Watership Down)
- Flopsy (Beatrix Potter)
- Hazel (Watership Down)
- Nutbrown Hares (Guess How Much I Love You?)
- Rabbit (Winnie the Pooh)
Brown Rabbit Care
Brown rabbits will often need a similar level and type of care as any other rabbits.
Rabbits are social creatures that need lots of mental stimulation. Some rabbits will be okay kept in pairs, often with a littermate.
But, if they are kept alone, you’ll need to fulfil their social needs yourself. Provide them with lots of toys and chews to keep their teeth and minds healthy.
If you choose a brown rabbit breed with longer fur, you will need to groom them more often to keep their coat clean, shiny, and free of tangles.
Use grooming sessions as an opportunity to check over your bunny for any health issues.
Which Brown Rabbit Should I Choose?
It’s important to choose the right rabbit breed for your lifestyle.
Brown rabbit coats are gorgeous, and luckily, can be found on plenty of breeds.
So, when you’ve found one that you like the look of, do plenty more research to find your perfect match.
If you have quite a small house or yard where you’ll be keeping your bunny, a smaller breed would be better for you.
And, if you have less time to dedicate to grooming, you should choose a brown bunny with shorter fur.
Which Brown Rabbit is Your Favorite?
Do you have a wonderful brown rabbit at home? We would love to hear all about them!
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References and Resources
- American Rabbit Breeders’ Association
- ‘Rabbit Colors’, Rabbit Council of New Zealand
- ‘Glamour UK Features Kate and Pet Bunny’, Kate Nash News (2014)
- Gray, A. ‘Don’t Feel Bad that Cara Delevigne’s Rabbit Has More Followers Than You’, Marie Clare (2014)
- ‘Clint Eastwood Shows Off His Bunnies in SPCA Ads’, The Daily Bunny