Rabbit Breeds – A Complete Guide To 25 Of The Best Rabbit Breeds

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Are you wondering which rabbit breeds will be best for your family?

There are currently 49 rabbit breeds recognised by the ARBA, and even more unofficial bunny breeds.

Some small breeds include the Netherland Dwarf and the Jersey Wooly.

Whereas some of the most popular large breeds are the Giant Angora and the Flemish Giant.

25 Best Rabbit Breeds

Here are the top 25 rabbit breeds we will take a look at today!

  1. Netherland Dwarf
  2. Britannia Petite
  3. Dwarf Hotot
  4. Jersey Wooly
  5. Lionhead
  6. Holland Lop
  7. Mini Rex
  8. Himalayan
  9. Dutch
  10. Florida White
  11. English Angora
  12. English Spot
  13. American Sable
  14. Harlequin
  15. Rex
  16. Californian
  17. French Angora
  18. Cinnamon
  19. Beveren
  20. Champagne d’Argent
  21. New Zealand Rabbit
  22. Flemish Giant
  23. Checkered Giant
  24. English Lop
  25. Giant Angora

Just click on the links above to jump straight to that rabbit. We’ve put them in size order to make it easier.

So if you’re looking for small rabbit breeds, you’ll prefer the breeds at the top of the list. But, if you love large rabbit breeds, you’ll love the bunnies at the end!

1. Netherland Dwarf

The Netherland Dwarf is one of the two smallest rabbit breeds on our list. This bunny will weigh up to 2.5 pounds when fully grown! Although they are usually no more than 2 pounds.

It originated in the Netherlands in the early 20th Century. But, is now also popular in America.

It has a short, compact body, with a round head, and a short, dense coat. Plus, it has a lovable temperament: alert, energetic, and playful.

This breed has 25 show-recognized colors, so you’ll definitely find a look you love.

You can read more about the Netherland Dwarf here!

2. Britannia Petite

The Britannia Petite rabbit has the same maximum size as the Netherland Dwarf. So we have a tie for first place as smallest rabbit breed!

This mini breed also reaches 2.5 pounds at its biggest.

It originated in Britain, but is actually called the ‘Polish rabbit’ there! Its temperament is usually active, energetic, and occasionally quite excitable.

This bunny has a rounded head with erect ears. Plus, it will have a short, fine coat.

3. Dwarf Hotot

The Dwarf Hotot is another of the smallest rabbit breeds on this list. It will weigh no more than 3 pounds when fully grown, and has a recognisable coat.

Its fur is all completely white, apart from small dark markings around its eyes.

This bunny came into existence in the 1970s, when breeders attempted to miniaturize the Blanc de Hotot breed.

They are a friendly, social, and affectionate breed, that will love being cuddled.

You can read more about the Dwarf Hotot here!

4. Jersey Wooly

The Jersey Wooly is another small rabbit breed.

Its maximum weight is 3.5 pounds. This bunny is unique, as it has a wooly coat, rather than regular rabbit fur!

This small rabbit breed comes in 26 colors, so you’ll definitely find a color you love.

Plus, it is known for being gentle, and even tempered. So makes a great choice if you have young children in the family.

5. Lionhead

The Lionhead rabbit breed will grow up to 3.75 pounds. So, it’s another small breed!

This bunny can be easily recognised by its fluffy mane – which is where it gets its name.

It comes in 6 recognised colors, and can even have ‘points’ (darker ears and nose)! This bunny is friendly, relaxed and affectionate.

So it can be a great choice for families with kids. But, it can get bored easily, so it needs entertainment and regular socializing.

Read more about the Lionhead breed here.

6. Holland Lop

The Holland Lop is the smallest of the lop rabbit breeds, weighing a maximum of 4 pounds.

They have the floppy lop ears, and short, thick fur.

The Holland Lop was originally from the Netherlands, and has eight different color groups!

You can expect the Holland Lop breed to be gentle, calm, and affectionate.

If you want to read more about this breed, take a look at this guide.

7. Mini Rex

The next rabbit breed in our top 25 is the Mini Rex. This bunny grows up to 4.5 pounds and originated in Texas.

It comes in a huge spectrum of colors, so there’s something for everyone.

This breed tends to be friendly, active, and playful. They have lots of energy!

You can find out more about the Mini Rex in our full article.

8. Himalayan

This is another small rabbit breed, that will grow up to 4.5 pounds as an adult.

The Himalayan breed is gentle, loving, and calm. So, they are a great choice for families who are looking for a rabbit they can handle and play with.

This rabbit will have a short, fine coat that is mostly white, but with darker colors on its feet, nose, tail and ears.

Its markings could be blue, chocolate, or lilac.

9. Dutch

The Dutch rabbit is another small rabbit breed. It can grow up to 5.5 pounds.

This breed originated in England, even though their name might make you think differently!

They have short, shiny fur, with a white saddle marking over their shoulders. The breed will have a small round body, and round head.

Dutch rabbits are social, friendly, and energetic. They can even be trained if you’re patient enough.

You can read more about them in our complete guide.

10. Florida White

The Florida White rabbit breed is a completely white rabbit, with red eyes.

They can grow up to 6 pounds in weight as a fully grown adult.

The breed was originally developed to provide a smaller rabbit for laboratory tests.

Florida White rabbits are calm, gentle, and friendly. So, they are popular with families looking for a loving pet.

11. English Angora

The English Angora is well known for its distinctive fluffy coat!

This bunny grows up to 7.5 pounds as an adult, and is actually the oldest breed of domesticated rabbit.

English Angora rabbits have soft fur, and are popular candidates for shows. They come in a range of colours.

This breed is generally calm, social, and intelligent. But they require a lot of grooming.

Take a look at our complete guide to the English Angora for more information.

12. English Spot

The English Spot is another English rabbit breed. This one will grow up to 8 pounds as an adult.

Their name comes from their spotty, speckled coat, which is the result of selective breeding.

This medium sized rabbit has an arch-shaped body, and may not be suited to first-time owners. They are a very active breed that needs at least 2 hours running around each day.

But, if you’re ready for an energetic breed, the English Spot could be perfect for you.

13. American Sable

The American Sable rabbit breed will grow up to 9 pounds as an adult bunny.

It has a soft, fine coat that comes in a beautiful brown color. It has a rounded body, and tall erect ears.

This breed is sweet, active, and playful. So families with children are bound to love it as a new pet.

Handling this rabbit from a young age is a great way to encourage their friendly personality.

14. Harlequin

The Harlequin breed originated in France, and will grow up to 9.5 pounds in weight as an adult.

This bunny has a beautiful, colorful coat, that makes them stand out! It is most often black and orange in color. Their fur is dense and silky.

The Harlequin rabbit is gentle and calm, but will also be playful and curious!

So, they will make a great companion and pet.

15. Rex

We’ve briefly looked at the Mini Rex rabbit, but now we need to move onto its large counterpart – the Rex rabbit!

This breed will grow up to 10.5 pounds as an adult. It is actually one of the most well-known rabbit breeds.

It has soft, velvety fur that comes in a large range of colors. Plus, it has a broad head and upright ears.

The Rex rabbit is calm, playful, and social. They are a great choice for families who want a bunny they can interact with.

Take a closer look at the Rex in our complete guide.

16. Californian

The Californian is another large rabbit breed. This bunny will grow up to 10.5 pounds as an adult.

It is also known as the Californian White, due to its white fur with darker ‘points’. They also have striking pink eyes.

The Californian rabbit comes from California, no surprise! They have round bodies, and you can expect them to be friendly, gentle, and affectionate.

This is a great choice if you’re looking for a rabbit you can cuddle.

Read more about the Californian rabbit breed in our full article.

17. French Angora

We’ve already taken a look at the English Angora, but now it’s time to see the French Angora.

This is a large rabbit breed that can grow up to 10.5 pounds as an adult.

Their fluffy angora wool coat has contributed to a huge surge in popularity for this breed.

You can expect the French Angora to be sweet, calm, and mellow. The more they are handled, the friendlier they will become.

18. Cinnamon

The Cinnamon rabbit is another large rabbit breed that gets its name from its coat color.

It has a rusty, cinnamon color along its back, that is more silvery on the sides. Their maximum weight is 11 pounds, as an adult.

This bunny is a great choice for first time owners, as it is calm, gentle, and friendly.

19. Beveren

The Beveren is a large rabbit breed that originally comes from Belgium. It will grow up to 12 pounds when fully grown.

This breed comes in three recognised colors: white, black, and blue.

It will need more space than many of the other rabbits on this list. Partly due to its large size, and partly due to its energetic, alert, active temperament.

This bunny will love exploring and exercising.

20. Champagne d’Argent

The exact origins of the Champagne d’Argent rabbit are unknown, although many suspect it to be from France.

Its name means ‘the silver rabbit of Champagne’, referring to its beautiful silver colored fur!

This rabbit is another large rabbit breed, that will grow up to 12 pounds in weight.

It is calm, social, and gentle. So, this can be a great choice for a family looking for a friendly large rabbit breed.

21. New Zealand Rabbit

The New Zealand Rabbit is another large rabbit breed that will weigh up to 12 pounds as an adult.

Despite its name, most historians believe this bunny comes from California! It is a hugely popular breed.

There are four recognized colors that a New Zealand rabbit will come in. These are: white, red, broken, and black.

The New Zealand Rabbit is clever, friendly, and relaxed. They are also very social. This lovely temperament makes them a great choice for families with younger children.

Read more about the New Zealand Rabbit here.

22. Flemish Giant

Now we’ve made our way into the giant rabbit breeds. The Flemish Giant is a huge breed that actually has no maximum weight. In fact, they often grow to be above 20 pounds!

They have 7 officially recognised colors. And they are known for being calm, tolerant, and gentle.

It’s important to handle these rabbits regularly. But, this can be difficult if you aren’t used to handling and holding such a huge rabbit.

If you want to learn more about this huge rabbit breed, just take a look at our guide.

23. Checkered Giant

The Checkered Giant is another giant rabbit breed, as you can tell from its name.

Like the Flemish Giant, this breed has no maximum size. It really can be massive!

This bunny has an arched, hare-like body, and a checkered, spotted pattern on their fur.

You can expect a Checkered Giant to be calm and good natured. Some people notice aggression in this breed, but that’s why handling your Checkered Giant is so important.

24. English Lop

Another giant rabbit breed we love is the English Lop! This rabbit has no maximum size, but is loved for its long, floppy lop ears.

The English Lop actually has the longest ears of any rabbit breed. This bunny is considered the original lop breed, from which all other types have been produced.

It is known for its lovable, calm temperament. And is often referred to as the dog of the rabbit world.

They have short coats, but need lots of room to stay happy and healthy.

25. Giant Angora

The Giant Angora is the biggest Angora rabbit breed recognized by the ARBA.

This breed has no maximum weight. But it does have that beautiful angora wool fur. So expect this giant rabbit breed to look even bigger thanks to all that fluff!

It comes in a huge variety of colors. And is normally, gentle, calm, and quite shy. So handling this breed from an early age will help to overcome any fears.

But, remember to be careful when handling and holding such a huge breed.

What Other Breeds Are There?

We’ve looked at 25 breeds of rabbit in detail here today. But there are actually 49 different breeds of rabbit recognised by the ARBA.

Here are the names of the other 24 rabbit breeds:

  • American
  • American Chinchilla
  • Argente Brun
  • American Fuzzy Lop
  • Belgian Hare
  • Creme d’Argent
  • Blanc de Hotot
  • French Lop
  • Giant Chinchilla
  • Havana
  • Lilac
  • Mini Lop
  • Mini Satin
  • Palomino
  • Poland
  • Rhinelander
  • Satin
  • Silver Fox
  • Satin Angora
  • Silver
  • Silver Marten
  • Standard Chinchilla
  • Tan
  • Thrianta

Which is Your Favorite?

Do you have any of the rabbit breeds we’ve looked at here today?

Make sure to tell us which is your favorite in the comments. Whether it’s one of the smallest rabbit breeds or even a giant rabbit breed!

We can’t wait to hear about your favorite types of rabbit.

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