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Rabbit Breeds

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As any rabbit owner will tell you, bunnies are just as cuddly, playful, and smart as your average dog or cat. However, they are more high-maintenance and require consistent, daily care. In addition, different breeds come with different physical characteristics, personality traits, and care needs. For instance, some rabbit breeds love to cuddle, while some tend to hop away when you try to handle them. Potential owners should consider each breed carefully to ensure a good match.

 

Owners should also consider each breed's susceptibility to health problems. Some breeds, like the Netherland Dwarf, have a high risk of developing malocclusion (the misalignment of the top and bottom rows of teeth when the jaw closes). Other breeds just have the standard rabbit health issues, including overgrown teeth (their teeth never stop growing, so they need to constantly chew things), susceptibility to fly strike (when flies lay eggs in matted/dirty fur—especially in unsanitary housing conditions), and ear mites. As long as you give them proper care and attention, rabbits make great, affectionate pets.

We found some information on some of the rabbit breeds that we thought you would like to know. It can help to pick out the right breed for you to adopt. As we find more information on more breeds we will add them here for you.

Breed
Size
Personality
Ease of Care
Health
Lifespan
Himalayan
2.5 to 5 lbs
Calm and patient
Very sensitive to the cold as babies
Standard rabbit issues
5 to 8 years
Standard Chinchilla
5 to 7 lbs
Calm, docile, and enjoys being held and pet.
Needs room to stretch and play
Susceptible to overgrown teeth and ear mites
5 to 8 years
Havana
4.5 to 6.5 lbs
Calm, gentle, and bonds well with humans
Not highly active
Standard rabbit issues
5 to 8 years
Harlequin
6.5 to 9.5 lbs
Playful, curious, and loves toys.
Needs exercise
Standard rabbit issues
5 to 8 years
Californian
8 to 10.5 lbs
A bit shy but loves to cuddle once properly socialized
Needs exercise and sheds heavily in the spring.
Standard rabbit issues
5 to 10 years
Jersey Wooley
1 to 3 lbs
Gentle and docile
Not very active and needs frequent grooming
High risk of wool block
7 to 10 years
Lionhead
2.5 to 3.4 lbs
Energetic, loves to play, and very affectionate
Needs a lot of grooming
Standard rabbit issues
7 to 10 years
Polish
2.5 to 3.5 lbs
Cuddly and affectionate
Best kept indoors
Standard rabbit issues
5 to 6 years
Netherland Dwarf
1.1 to 2.5 lbs
Shy and skittish but friendly once they get to know you
Should be kept indoors and needs regular exercise but less than other breeds
High risk of malocclusion
10 to 12 years
Mini Satin
3 to 4.5 lbs
Calm and gentle but skittish around strangers
Not too active and doesn't mind small living spaces
Standard rabbit issues
5 to 8 years
Mini Lop
4.5 to 6 lbs
Loves cuddles
Very active and tends to chew things more than other breeds.
Standard rabbit issues
5 to 10 years
Dwarf Hotot
2.5 to 3.5 lbs
Bonds well with owners and highly active
Feeding should be monitored closely to prevent overeating and needs exercise.
High risk of malocclusion
7 to 10 years
Dutch Lop
4 to 5.5 lbs
Calm and gentle but highly sociable
Needs exercise and sheds a lot in the summer.
Standard rabbit issues
5 to 8 years
Holland Lop
2 to 4 lbs
Energetic and friendly
Needs space to roam and sheds a lot in the summer.
Standard rabbit issues
7 to 14 years
Mini Rex
3.5 to 4.5 lbs
Calm and quiet
Doesn't need a lot of grooming
Standard rabbit issues
5 to 7 years
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Below is a beautiful chart we found on the 58 most popular bunny breeds in the US. A very helpful identification chart.

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