Rabbit breeds are the many differing varieties of the wild rabbit which have been created either by natural selection of by selective breeding.
There are many different different breeds with different varieties within that particular breed coming in varying shapes, colours, and sizes.
We have attempted to cover each and every breed and variety around to today in our extensive list of rabbit breeds.
Use the contents table to guide you down the page, by clicking on the breed you choose.
It is a dual purpose rabbit, mainly kept for its fur and meat. It weighs between 7-8lbs
It is a dumpy and thickset rabbit. The Alaskan rabbit is one of the very few true black rabbits and has a coat that is a jet black colour and dumpy and dense in thickness.
It is not known how they were created, and there was also a white Alaska however it is now extinct.
It was known as a ‘Nubian’ in England and was extinct in that country until 1972 when it was reintroduced by Belgium Peter Townson.
It was previously used to create the black Rex rabbit.
This is a cross breed developed in the USA of Albino colouring
It has upright ears and weighs in at 13lbs.
It comes from Californian, Argente de Champagne and Flemish Giant crossings.
The American Rabbit was first originated by Lewis Salisbury from California. The very first American rabbits were a blue colour followed by some whites. The white American Rabbits played an important role in the creation of the New Zealand White rabbit which were mandolin-shaped with a broad back.
They usually weigh between 9-10lbs. They have a very dense coat with is inter-spread with strong guard hairs.
White American Rabbits are usually white all over where as Blues are a slate-blue all over their body.
Different varieties of American rabbit include;
Measures 9-12 lb and is a blue colouring
Measures 9-12 lb and is a white colouring
They weigh in at between 7-15 lbs. Read more about their history here
The Angora is also known as the ‘Turkey’ rabbit or the ‘St Innocent’
It is a wool-coated rabbit and is believed to have been created in Asia Minor and was named as such because of its long silky coat
However, it has been bred extensively in England and some historians think it may have been created there.
It was introduced into mainland Europe in the middle ages and the European Angora is a much larger rabbit than the English Angora. It has the ability to produce a great density of wood each year and one European Angora can produce around 1 kg of wool each year.
These are the different types of Angora Rabbit;
It comes in many different colourings and has very long fur.
It comes in many different colourings.
It originated from a cross with a satin and a French angora.
Originating in Germany, it weighs in between 6-8 lb and comes in white and albino colourings.
Read more about them here from then German Angora International Breeders asscociation
St Lucien Angora
- One of the most well known silver rabbits but also the smallest
- It starts to grow its silver hair after 6-8 weeks and it is fully grown after around 7 months.
- It was first described in 1631 by Gervase Markham
- It was introduced to the United Kingdom in 1920
There are different varieties of Argente Rabbit
This variety weighs in at between 9-12lb and has one standard colour and its name means Silver (rabbit) of Champagne, which is the region of France where it was developed.
Argente de Noir
Argente St Hubert
- It was created by Mrs De Ville Mathers in 1933
- It had no guard hairs and its fur was curled and short across its body
- It is said to be extinct as it did not breed in a true way.
Read more about Astrex Rabbits here
Originated in Egypt, weighing it at around 6lb.
It is a short and upright-eared rabbit that comes in black, red and white colourings
More information about the Baladi Rabbit here
Originated in Egypt weighing in at 8lb.
It is a short and upright-eared rabbit and has an albino colouring
Read more about the Bauscat here
This is an extinct breed
This is a rabbit originating in the Netherlands and England.
It weighs in at 6.5 lbs and is a short and upright rabbit and has a light sand and dark chamois colouring.
This rabbit came from Belgium having been bred by selection from Giant rabbits.
Because its colour was like that of a wild hare, it was named as a hare with a mix of sandy and black with a white belly.
It was brought to the United Kingdom in 1874 by the Lamb Brothers.
Today it is a showy, elegant rich deep tan rabbit that is a much different colour from its ancestors.
New colours have been introduced which are Black and Tan, and White with black eyes.
Pet Planet has some good information on the Belgiun Hare here
This is a breed from Belgium
They were often confused with another Belgium breed which was the St Nicholas which had a white blaze on its face. and was bred out. It became the all-blue Beveren in the early 20th century of which there two types, the Brabacon and the Giant Beveren. A pointed Beveren was also recreated in 1984 by H.Nicholson
They tend to be blacks, browns and whites and more recently in lilac. They weigh no less than 7lbs
They have dense fur which is silky and lustrous of around an inch in length with a blue-lavender under-colour.
More information is found about Beveren Rabbits is found here
Big Silver Marten
Is now an extinct variety which weighed between 8-10 lb and was a short and upright rabbit which came in a red, black & tan and black colouring
Blanc De Bouscat
It originated in France in 1906 having been bred by Mme Dulon
It is the creation of several crossings between the Argente Champagne, the Angora and the Flemish Giant. It is bred mainly for its meat and fur. It as first known as the Ermine Rabbit
It was first shown in Paris in 1910. It is a very good breeder and able to produce litters of between 7-9 young. More mature young have a coat of soft, dense, silky, long and supple fur that has a gleaming sheen. Its weight is between 6.5-7lbs.
It is a breed at risk in France and is very rare in the United Kingdom.
Blanc De Chauny
It is thought that this breed originated from the Argente Champagne as this would have given it the white pelt with a brown/black eye.
Unfortunately this breed is now extinct
It was bred mainly for its pelt which was snowy white and in high demand in the fur trade and was also used for imprinting and dyeing.
Blanc De Hotot
A French breed from patterned rabbits of dutch and bi-coloured butterfly breeds.
The Blanc De Hotot is a snowy-white, thickset bunny that has bold, black-brown eyes. It has very dense fur that is silky and gleaming. It has more recently been rexed by Herr Eikern of Switzerland.
It has appeared as a dwarf breed as well.
Blanc A L’oural
A breed that is now extinct.
A large white rabbit which was created by M Petrequin of France. It was last heard of in French Standards in 1927. It was known as an Albino Rabbit that had lustrous, dense fur which was pink of eye.
It weighed between 4-5 kg
Blanc de Popielno
This is a very rare large French rabbit which is often bred for meat. It is also known as the Popielno white.
Blanc de Termonde
A Belgium-bred cross of Flemish Giants and Beveren.
A large rabbit that has a rectangular body with large red eyes.
It has a snowy-white coat that is short and silky. It is bred for its meat and has been known to produce 2 kg of meat from four weeks old.
Blanc de Vendee
This breed of rabbit is bred for its meat and fur.
It is a cross of Beveren and Angora was bred by Mme Douillard of France in 1911.
An Albino was found in a litter of blue Beverens and was later crossed with the Angora to produce this breed.
It has very dense fur which is short, close and silky.
It has rose pink eyes and weighs between 3.5 – 4 kg.
It was recognised by the Breed standard in 1924.
Blue of Ham
This variety originated in Belgium and weighs in at between 10-13 lbs
It is a short and upright-eared rabbit
Blue of Sint-Niklaas
This rabbit originates in Belgium and weighs in between 10-13 lbs.
It is a short and upright-eared rabbit and has a blue colouring.
A French breed that was created by P. Champonnaud created from grey rabbits.
It is a rare breed and is compact, firmly muscled and meaty.
its coat is made up of different tints layered on top of each other beginning with a slate blue colour followed by light brown.
Its eyes are brown and circled by pale grey rings.
It weighs in at between 4-5 kg.
This rabbit is of Brazilian origin and weighs in at between 7-11 lb.
It is a short and upright-eared rabbit with a blue colouring.
This is of English origin and weighs in at between 1.5-2.5 lb.
It is a short and upright-eared rabbit and comes in different colourings such as Blue eyed white, red-eyed white, sable marten, chestnut, black otter, and black.
This is of English origin and weighs in at between 12-13 lb.
It is a short rabbit with upright ears and comes in different colourings such as Brown Grey, Steel Grey, Opal, White, Blue and Black.
Brown Chestnut of Lorraine
A rare French breed which is small in stature that is well rounded with chestnut brown fur which is made up of layers of different shades.
It was bred by Charles Kaufmann from wild rabbits with the black and tan rabbit.
Its coat is short and dense and it has ears that are tinged with black.
It weighs between 1.5 and 2 kg.
This is a Spanish rabbit that has short fur and upright ears.
It comes in Red-eyed colouring
Bred by a furrier by the name of Mr West from USA.
It is known as a good meat rabbit with usable pelt, being well rounded and firmly fleshed on fine bone.
it has a dense undercoat with coarser guard hairs of medium length.
Today it has the additional feature of lilac and chocolate points.
This is an Italian rabbit that weighs in at between 10-12 lb. It has short fur and upright ears and comes in a variety of colourings such as red yes, lilac or blue points, and white with chocolate.
A French commercial breed that was bred by M Wiltzer of France.
It is a hybrid that was created from all the white french breeds.
It has the idea meat formation with a minimum weight of 4 kg with their young reaching a carcass weight of 1.5 kg after just 10 weeks.
They are very good breeders and are able to breed a minimum of seven young per litter.
This rabbit originated in Europe and weighs in at between 11-12 lb. It has short fur and upright ears and is coloured white with black markings.
It is a breed accepted by the ARBA and the BRC.
An English breed from a cross of a fox and chinchilla created by T Leaver in the United Kingdom.
It was produced in all kinds of colours
It was bred extensively for its fur which was 2.5 inches long and very dense, so much so that you could not see its skin.
After dying out for a time, it is now being bred extensively.
There are different types of Chinchilla rabbit all sharing similar characteristics of a short chinchilla coat of fur and upright ears. However, they differ in size.
This variety is of French origin and weighs in at between 5-7 lb.
This rabbit orginates in the USA and weighs in between 9-12 lb.
This is a french rabbit which is between 10-12 lb
This rabbit originated in the USA and weighs in between 10-16 lb
It is a rabbit created in the USA by Ellis Housman.
It weighs in at 4.3 kg. It has thick and dense fur which is not too coarse or soft.
It has a rust or cinnamon colour that has an even smoke-grey ticking across its back that blends into smoke-grey on its flanks. It has its darkest colour on its underside.
It has an orange undercoat.
It has a distinct butterfly smut on its nose and small but very distinctive eye circles.
More information is found here
This rabbit originates in Europe and weighs in between 12-16 lb. It has short fur and upright ears and comes in many different colourings.
This rabbit origiates in Mexico
Originating in Central America this variety comes in a chocolate colour.
Originating in Czech Republic it comes in a white colouring
It comes in a Tri-colour, Agouti, Blue or Black colour.
Czech Red Rabbit
This variety comes from Czech republic and weighs in between 4-5 lb. It has a chestnut colouring.
It originated in Holland in 1940 and was crossed between a Belgian Hare, a New Zealand Red, and a Chinchilla
It was created by G W Ridgehof and is a thick furred rabbit that had a powerful neck.
It weighed in at between 2.5-3.5kg and has very dense and close fur.
The under-colour is blue and the ears have black lacing like a hare does
It came from an ancient breed called the Dwarf Brabancon.
Although called the Dutch, it was originally bred in France.
It was bred to provide a meat rabbit of up to 7.9 lbs in weight.
It was known in France as the Nicard
The weight of the Dutch in the UK is today between 4.5 – 5 lbs, however the breed is larger and heavier in Europe.
The breed is now recognised in seven different colours and is one of the most popular breeds in Europe.
More information about Dutch rabbits can be found here
It originally came from Holland and was bred from marked rabbits, mainly the original Japanese.It is a small rabbit.
It is known as the Harlequin in the United Kingdom and as the Japanese elsewhere.
It has a patten of Dutch markings that have been superimposed with a harlequin or Japanese pattern.
It has thick fur with plenty of undercoat.
This German variety weighs in between 4-5 lb and has a white colouring with black around its eyes.
It comes from the Common spotted rabbits.
It is a well proportioned rabbit and weighs in at between 6-8 lbs and has dense fur which is short and has a white body colour.
It has markings of various colours such as blue, black, grey, and chocolate. These body markings are well defined in the standard.
They originated in Europe most probably in France.
At one time was known as the ‘RIche’.
It was once bred in its 1000’s in London in the late 19th century for its skins which were then exported.
The present day English Silver appears in European standards as the Argente Anglais in fawn, blue, cream, havana, brown and grey.
It is a medium size rabbit which is finely-boned and has a short, glossy, fly-back coat.
It comes in many different colourings.
This variety comes from Australia and weighs in between 3-4 lb and comes in Crème and Champagne colouring.
It comes in many different colourings.
Fauve De Bourgogne
It originates from France from crossings of tawny-coloured wild rabbits and as created by A.Renard.
It weighs between 3.5 – 5 kgs and It is a rapid grower. It is thickset and muscled and has a red tawny colour with a paler belly and pale eye circles.
Fee de Marboug
It is well known throughout Eastern Europe.
It has a slightly thickset body and is well rounded and finely boned. It has a short head and is well furred which is densely populated and silky in texture.
It has a light grey-blue colour with a light brown tint. It weighs around 2.75 kg.
- There are two types of Flemish Giant, the original Flemish and the English.
They are crossings from Giant Rabbits.
It was bred on a large scale in Ghent, Belgium where there were numerous amateur breeders.
It has long ears, and a long cylindrical body
It weighs between 7-8.5 kg.
There are eight recognised colours in Belgium and France with Holland having more varieties.
The English Giant has only one colour and is much smaller compared to the Flemish
The Florida White is a compact and strong rabbit.
It weights around 5lbs.
It comes from the USA originating from Polish, Dutch, and New Zealand White.
It is a pure white colour all over.
It has a flyback coat meaning its coat of fur quickly returns to its original position once rubbed in the opposite direction.
Comes from the USA, and originates from the crossing of Chinchilla, Self Checkers and English Checkers.
It is a large rabbit with white fur and black ears.
It has black eye circles. It weighs in at between 9-12 lbs.
They come from Chinchillas crossed with Black and Tan rabbits.
It weighs between 5.5 – 7 kg and its chest, feet and flanks are well flicked with silver guard hairs with extra ticking often spread over its back.
They are coloured Black, white, and fawn and occasionally Havana. The length of coat should be a minimum length of 4 cm.
From Egypt weighing in at between 6–7 lb (2.7–3.2 kg). Has Short furred rabbit of Agouti colouring.
Giant British Rabbit
Created by Mr Kirk from Giants and the Flemish, It is the largest of the British breeds.
It has a broad front, a flat top, with bold eyes and erect ears. It has a dense coat and is coloured white, black, dark steel, grey and brown and It tends to weigh around 11.5lbs.
It has short white fur and has black markings.
This variety comes from Egypt and weighs in between 5-7 lb and is a white-albino colouring.
This is now an extinct species
They originally come from three brown rabbits which are the Havana, Siberian, and Brown Beveren.
After years of extinction, it was re-created by J. Irons in the UK in 1976. It has a broad band of blue that merges into brown and fur that is soft, fine and sense.
Created in Switzerland from blue rabbits and agouti it is a small breed with a light grey-blue colour
It has a dense fur with plenty of undercoat.
Grey Pearl of Halle
This is a Belgiun breed from the Blue Beveren and Havana and was created by M. Veroort in 1910.
It weighs in at 2kg and has short furry ears with large eyes
It comes from Turkey and weighs in between 5-8 lb. It is white with chocolate markings.
Created in 1900 by the Ham-sur-Here rabbit club in Belgium.
It has soft and lustrous fur with short ears. It has slate-blue colour with no white in evidence.
It is almost extinct as a breed.
In 1899 the french gave it a new ruling with yellow or orange with black. It has a dense coat of fur which is silky in texture and measures about an inch in length. The colours are divided into harlequins and magpies.
It weighs between 6-8lbs.
It weighs in at 6lbs and has a short neck and a short back and a very broad and rounded rump.
It has short, fine fur which is is pure white. Their feet and legs are long and and thin with black patches. It weighs in at 4.5lbs
The large Himalayan
A variety of the Himalayan rabbit created by Mlle Lemaire
It is a well-muscled and compact rabbit also known as the Russe.
Also known as the Moscow Rabbit or Muscovy
It is described as having a double skin over its back into which it can withdraw its head.
They were created in Germany from Dutch Rabbits by H.Zemer.
It is a white rabbit with blue eyes and is also known as the ‘Patterned Rabbit with blue eyes’
It was considered extinct but has now resurfaced and there are rare species around today
Coming from the Netherlands, this variety weighs in between 4-6 lb and has white colouring with blue eyes.
Coming from Hungary, this variety weighs in between 12-15 lb and comes in many different colurings.
t comes in many different colourings.
This variety comes from Algeria and weighs in between 5-6 lb and has many different colourings.
Originally created in Germany from Giant Mottled Rabbits
It weighs in at between 10-12 lbs, It looks quite like a Giant Butterfly rabbit
Also known as the Dutch Gourwenaar and was created in the UK, Holland and Belgium.
It was produced by crossings with the Havanna and Blue Imperial
They have a high head mount, a compact upright body and short ears and they weigh between 2.5 to 3.75 lbs.
Liptov Baldspotted Rabbit
This variety comes from Slovakia and weighs in between 8-9 lb. It comes in Black and Agouti colourings.
A Lop is any rabbit whose eats fall from their head rather than sticking up. There are many different varieties of Lop which are listed below;
Originating in England this is a medium sized rabbit that weighs in between 4-5 lbs.It has lengthy dense hair
Giant Cashmere Lop
A larger breed of the Mini Cashmere Lop
A mini Lop with a Cashmere coat of fur. Weighs in at around 3.5 lbs.Requires consistent grooming.
It averages 11 lbs in weight. It has a bold head, large body and long ears.
It has shorter ears and a heavier body than the English Lop. It weighs in at about 4.5kg.
They are a medium sized rabbit and originated in Germany in the 1960s to complement English, dwarf and French Lops. They are known for their pleasant personality .
They have a average weight: 2.9 – 3.9kg
Originated in Germany in the early 20th century when an English and French Lop were crossed wth a silver breed.
This is a very rare Lop characterised by its silver ticking in its coat
It first came to prominence in the 1960s in the Netherlands.
Miniature Lion Lop
It weighs in at between 1.5-1.6kg.
American Fuzzy Lop
They weigh it under 4lbs.
They are a new breed with soft Rex velvety fur.
They weigh between 5lbs and 6.5 lbs.
Lorraine Lop (One Lop Ear)
Dwarf Lorraine Lop (One Lop Ear)
Mini Plush Lop
They are quite a new breed and come in two sizes which are standard and minature.
It is the result of a cross between a Holland, mini Lop and a mini Rex.
Canadian Plush Lop
This is a curly breed created using an Astrex, a Holland Lop and Mini Rez base stock.
It originated in Canada and is the only fully arched all breed and one of two curly breeds.
They look a lot like fuzzy lops and are a new breed
There are two distinct breeds of Lorraine Rabbit;
German (Lotharinger Riesen); which is a large rabbit and grey/blue in colour with long ears one of which is lopping. It is a cross between a French Lop and a Flemish Giant.
The German Checker or Rhenish Checker. This is a breed that is a cross between a Butterfly and Flemish Giant
Created by Herr Hoffmans in 1920
It comes from a cross between a Black and Tan with a Fee de Marbourg
It has three different components to its colouring, a plae silvery blue, a russet,and a white colour for its base.
They have a great variety of colourings which are graded under agouti, self, patterned, tan, patterned, shaded and other different varieties.
Many different varieties have either been dwarfed, sanitised or rexed.
New Zealand White
They were originated in the USA by Joe Wojcjk and are of a Angoran, Flemish Giant and American White ancestry.
It is well known for being excellent for meat production.
It is a solid and firm rabbit with broad and full hindquarters with a large head and ears, dense, thick and coarse hair.
They weigh betwen 9-12 lbs
New Zealand Red
They were originated in USA in the beginning of the 1900s.
It was created by crossing a Golden Fawn with a Belgian Hare and is a reddish sorrel colour.
British New Zealand Red
New Zealand Black
Created in the USA by crossing a New Zealand White Buck and a Red Doe and was bred first in 1949.
Old English Red
A breed that is now extinct
Comes from a Silver Fox and Rex ancestry and was successfully found in Germany, Switzerland and England.
It has a small, compact body and weighs in at between 6-8 lbs.
It has a dense, soft and lustrous fur which is carried at right angles to its body without fall so the pelt has the same appearance viewed from any angle.
This is now an extinct breed
– The golden
– The Lynx
It originates in the USA and comes from a mix of beige and tawny rabbits and was first bred in 1952.
It weighs in between 9-10 lbs and is a golden colour with a cream undercoat.
Giant Papillon (French Butterfly)
Originating in France. It was created from a patterned rabbit.
It had a long stripe down its spine, coloured ears, a large coloured patch on its haunches and a coloured smut on its face.
It is a well known breed that is found across Europe and is always known by the country it is bred in.
It originates in Scotland coming from a cross between from a cross of Sable rabbits.
It is bred in two colours and is a small rabbit f two colours.
It weighs in at between 6-7lbs
It comes from a cross between a Havana and a Marbourg Fee. and was created by Herr K Hoffman.
It has a dense fur and has a blue-grey pearly appearance.
It has a brown triangle at the nape of its neck.
Picard or Giant Normand
Originated in France from Flemish Giants and Common Agouti rabbits
It has a thickset, short and weighs in at between 3.5-4lbs
Originated in England from warren rabbits crosses.
It has short fine fur and weighs in at between 2 – 2.5 lbs.
It comes in all kinds of colours and varieties.
Orignated in France from mostly common rabbits.
It has dense, plush, velvety fur which protrudes outwards from the body instead of lying flat.
It weighs in between 7.5 – 10 lbs and is available in many different colours and varieties.
The Rex originated in France in 1919 and has a dense, plush, velvety fur. The Rex mutation is recessive and means that their hair does not lie flat but instead protrudes out from their body.
This breed comes in the following varieties;
They vary in weigh between 6-10 lb depending on where you are in the world.
As the name suggests, they are much smaller than standard rex’s, and weigh in between 2-4.25 lb
It weighs in at between 6 – 10lbs
It is a tri-coloured rabbit with colours imposed on its white coat and markings.
This is now an extinct breed
This breed was bred to immitate a real sable fur.
It is a brown colour and was first bred from imported chinchillas in France.
There are two varieties of Sable with different coat colours. The Siamese Sable which is self-coloured and the Marten Sable which has a white ticking on its flanks, chest, rump and feet.
Sable de Vosges
They orginated in France from a Sable, Sable Rex, Thuringer and Angora ancestors.
It weighs in at between 2.5 – 3.5 kgs.
They are a light sandy brown colour.
Marten Sable Or Zibeline
Coming from Holland, it has a scarlet and orange coat. They are also known as the Thrianta.
For more information about this variety, check out this article
St Nicholas Blue
They weigh in between 6-8 lb, have short and very shiny fur and come in all self colours.
As opposed to the standard Satin, they weigh in between 4-5 lb.
They measure between 5-7 lb and have short fur and upright ears.
They weigh between 6.5-8.5 lb and are a medium-sized variety.
Their fur has a polished sheen to it and there are four varieties;
Black Silver Marten
The most popular of the breed which is a jet black colour with silver markings
Blue Silver Marten
They have a blue colouring with sharip markings in the blue variety.
Chocolate Silver Marten
A rich dark brown variety with a slightly lighter belly.
Sable Silver Marten
The least common of the breed. It is a medium sepia brown
This is English breed is now extinct
They are English by origin, and weigh in at between 7-8 lb. They have a gold or cream colouring.
This is now an extinct breed
They are Moroccan by origin and weigh in between 4-5 lb. They have an agouti colouring.
There are four varieties as shown below. Full Tans weigh in at between 4-6 lb.
Black and Tan (Noir and Feu)
They come from England and found on an estate in Brailsford close to Derby in the Midlands by a Mr Cox who put a large number of different breeds into his warren and from this experiment, the Black and Tan was produced.
They are still known to appear on a wild estate in Scotland
A standard for the Black and Tan was established in 1891 and there followed the National Black and Tan Club.
Then a Black and Tan was crossed with a sooty fawn short eared doe to produce a Blue and Tan.
The Black and Tan was introduced to mainland Europe in 1894 and is now a popular rabbit throughout the continent.
It weighs between 5.5-6lbs.
They are German of origin and weigh in at 9 lb.
They measure between 7-9 lb and come in blue, black, agouti, and white colourings.
They weight in between 5.5-7 lb and are a fawn or pale yellow colouring.
They weigh in between 5.5-7 lb and are a orange shot silver colouring.
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