A-Z 60 Domestic Rabbit Breeds In The World (Pictures, Traits, & Facts)

There are many different breeds of domestic rabbits that you can find all over the world. You may be surprised to know that there is a breed for almost every climate and terrain type. 

Is it time for your first rabbit? Are you unsure about what kind to get? Read on and we’ll help you figure out what’s best for you! 

This article will shed some light on some of the most popular breeds as well as those which are less common but equally adorable! This will give you information about their personality traits, history, care, needs, etc.

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Are All Rabbit Breeds Domestic?

Not all rabbits are domestic. There are many subspecies of wild rabbits. Some can be tamed, but they cannot be domesticated like cats or dogs because they breed poorly in captivity, and they do not take to people easily. 

It’s important to provide your rabbit with a cozy home in order to keep them safe. Domestic rabbits are at risk of heat exhaustion or hypothermia while wild ones can find shelter from any kind of weather anywhere. Wild rabbits can be found in forests, meadows, deserts, wood, grasslands, tundra and wetlands.

Wild rabbits use warrens to create their homes, which can be as deep underground as 9 inches (3 meters). These networks of tunnels are called Warrens and include rooms for nesting in addition to sleeping quarters. The entrances may also have multiple chambers that act like escape routes if need arises.

Quick List Of Domestic Rabbit Breeds

A rabbit can vary in size from the small variety that grows to only 8 inches long and weighs less than a pound to larger species that grow up to 20 inches with some weighing as much as 10 pounds. There are 60 domestic rabbit breeds and over 50  are currently recognized by ARRA.

Here is the list of the 60 rabbit breeds:

  • Lionhead Rabbit
  • Flemish Giant
  • Continental Giant
  • Dutch Rabbit
  • English Lop
  • French Lop
  • Holland Lop
  • Mini Rex
  • Netherland dwarf
  • Polish Rabbit
  • American
  • American Fuzzy Lop
  • American Sable
  • Argente Brun
  • Argente Crème
  • Argente de Champagne
  • Belgian Hare
  • Beveren
  • Blanc de Hotot
  • Britannia Petite
  • Californian
  • Checkered Giant
  • Chinchilla (Standard)
  • Chinchilla (American)
  • Chinchilla (Giant)
  • Cinnamon
  • Dwarf Hotot
  • Dwarf Lop (Mini Lop in USA)
  • English Angora
  • English Spot
  • Florida White
  • French Angora
  • Giant Angora
  • Giant Papillon
  • Harlequin
  • Havana
  • Himalayan
  • Jersey Wooly
  • Lilac
  • New Zealand
  • Palomino
  • Rex (Standard)
  • Rhinelander
  • Satin
  • Satin Angora
  • Silver
  • Silver Fox
  • Silver Marten
  • Tan
  • Thrianta
  • Velveteen Lop

It’s hard to decide what breed of rabbit is the right one for you! With more than 60 different breeds, narrowing down your choices can be tough. For instance, if giant snuggly lop-eared rabbits are what interests you, then we recommend looking at French Lops or English Lops as they have lopped ear carriage.

The following section will provide you with information on the distinct traits found in each popular rabbit breed. We’ll also go into detail about what it takes to be considered “show-quality” for these breeds, as well as tips regarding which ones make good pets.

Velveteen Lop and Silver Marten Domestic Rabbit Breeds
Velveteen Lop and Silver Marten Domestic Rabbit Breeds

A-Z 60+ Domestic Rabbit Breeds (Pictures, Traits, & Facts)

The domestic rabbit is the most popular pet in the world. There are many different breeds of rabbits and they vary greatly based on size and appearance.

Domestic Rabbit BreedsSize (smallest to larger)AppearanceCost(around)
Lionhead Rabbit3.75 poundsManed neck with fur$50 – $100
Flemish Giant16 poundsBroad head; females with big fold under their chin$50 – $100
Holland Lop2 – 4 poundsStocky look, short and thick legs$40
Continental Giant16 – 25 poundsWhite, black, yellow, opal and red colors with big heads, thick, glossy and soft coats$300 – $500
Netherland DwarfWeight: 2 to 2.5 pounds, body length: 7.5 – 9 inches Compact body, large head with short ears and large eyes$30 – $90
Dutch Rabbit4 – 6 poundsGrey, black and chocolate colors with white markings on its face, its feet, around its neck, and over its shoulders$30 – $90
English Lop9 – 11 pounds Mandolin body shape with long and wide ears$50 – $75 
French Lop10 – 15 poundsStout body with a large head and 5 – 8 inches long ears$40 – $50
Mini Rex3.5 – 4 poundsRounded back with short neck, short and straight legs and thick, short and upright ears $20 – $100
Polish Rabbit2.5 – 3.5 poundsShort heads with full cheeks and bold eyes$50
American Rabbitup to 12 poundsSandy, rust, blue and grey colors$20 – $50
Beveren Rabbit8 – 12 poundsSemi-arch body shape with round face, broad back and medium-length torso$75
Californian Rabbit8 – 10.5 poundsWhite color with spots, rounded compact body with large and erect ears$40 – $50
American Fuzzy Lop Rabbit3 – 4 poundsThick and short bodies with broad chest, short shoulders and round hindquarters, ears flop to the sides of their heads$25
American Sable Rabbit8 – 10 poundsRound heads with dark eyes and erect ears$75
Argente Brun8 – 10.5 poundsBrown color with brown eyes and colored toenails$50 – $300
Argente Crème8 – 11 poundsCreamy orange or silvery orange $75
Argente de Champagne9 – 12 poundsWedge-shaped face with erect, medium to long ears with rounded tips and  soft, short and flyback fur$50 – $100
Belgian Hare6 – 10 poundsLong and slender bodies with arched back, long legs and rounded hindquarters$150 – $500
Blanc de Hotot8 – 11 poundsWhite color with dark brown eyes with circle markings$50 – $150
Britannia Petiteup to 2.5 poundsFull-arched body with wedge-shaped faces and large, bulging eyes and small ears$10
Checkered Giant25 inches long, 30 inches high; weight: up to 15 poundsSlender, muscular and semi-arched body with long legs, broad head and ears and thick and soft fur$50 – $80
Chinchilla (standard)5 – 7 poundsPlump body with up to 5 inches long and erect ears$100 – $400
Chinchilla (American)up to 12 poundsRound and compact in body shape with thick and silky with medium-length fur and erect ears with markings along its edges$40
Chinchilla (Giant)12 – 16 pounds
Semi-arched body shape with soft white underbelly and erect, medium-length ears$40 – $100
Cinnamon8.5 – 11 poundsLight brown color with gray shade around ears, snout and paws.$30
Dwarf HototUp to 3 poundsMarkings around eyes and short, erect ears$50
Dwarf Lop 4.5 – 5 poundsShort and thick-set with round and short haunches, strong legs, thick ears, wide forehead, full cheeks and white patches on the head, chest and legs.$30 – 90
English Angora5 – 7.5 poundsShaped like a furry ball.$60 – $200
English SpotUp to 7 poundsFull-arched body shape with long and lean legs and long ears with rounded ends, short and dense fur$10 – $50
Florida White4 – 6 poundsSmall-built with a round and compact body and a short neck.$25 – $100
French Angora7.5 – 10.5 poundsCovered in coarse guard hair and underwool$20 – $250
Giant Angora9.5 – 10 poundsOval-shaped heads with broad foreheads, narrow muzzles$100
Giant Papillon11 – 13 poundsDark spots on its white coat$30 – $40
Harlequin6.5 – 9.5 poundsRounded bodies with broad heads, erect and medium-sized ears, soft, short and dense coats with markings$20 – $100
Havana4.5 – 6.5 poundsRounded back with luxurious fur in rich chocolate color$20 – 100
Himalayan2.5 – 4.5 poundsWhite color with long and lean body with ears, noses, tails and feet colored in darker shades$25 – $60
Jersey Wooly2.5 – 3.5 poundsSemi-arched with a bold head and a pair of small, erect ears, shaggy coat$20 – $50
Lilac5.5 – 8 poundsCobby body with a broad haunch, short and straight legs$20
New Zealand9 – 12 poundsBroad, muscular and medium-sized body with a rounded haunch, erect ears, flyback fur$10
Palomino8 – 12 poundsFawny brown in color with brown eyes$100 – $400
Rex (Standard)7 – 11 poundsMedium-built, rounded body shape with broad head, upright ears, strong legs, soft and short hair, smooth and dense fur with curly whiskers$25 – $60
Rhinelander6.5 – 10 poundsWhite-based coat with 2 different colored markings on their nose, colors on their ears and circles around their eyes$40 – $60
Satin8.5 – 11 poundsDeep shoulders, backs, and full rounded hindquarters, bright eyes and full, erect ears$50 – $150
Satin Angora3.5 – 9.5 poundsWhite, tan, grey and brown color with their heads, ears and noses in different shades$150 to $300
Silver4 – 7 poundsCompact body with short, erect ears that form a “V”$50
Silver Fox9 – 12 poundsLong fur that does not fly back when stroked$50
Silver Marten6.5 – 8.5 poundsBlue, black, chocolate and sable in color with silver or white undersides (chins, bellies, tails) and markings in their ears, around their eyes$30 – $60
Tan4 – 6 poundsFull-arched body with large and upright ears, lean figure with hare-like features$30 – $75
Thrianta4 – 6 poundsScarlet and orange coat, straight ears with rounded ends, medium-length, soft and dense fur$25 – $75
Velveteen Lopup to 6 poundsMandolin shape$15 – $150
Size, appearance and price comparison chart of domestic rabbit breed

Lionhead Rabbit

The Lionhead rabbit is a mutation of the Netherland dwarf and Swiss Fox. It was bred to create a rabbit with long fur around the head and on the flanks. It originated in Belgium and France.

Lionhead rabbit breeds have a unique mutation that gives them long fur around the head. This genetic quirk makes these furry friends not only enjoyable pets to spend time with, but also beautiful creatures! Lionheads love cuddles and will do whatever it takes for some attention from their human companions.

A lionhead rabbit benefits from mostly fresh hays, grass and safe greens in their diet. To keep them healthy, there are pellets or treats available for purchase at all times. 

The average price for this breed ranges anywhere from $50 – $100.

Flemish Giant and Lionhead Rabbit
Flemish Giant and Lionhead Rabbit

Flemish Giant

The Flemish Giant is actually an old breed that was first bred in Belgium well over 400 years ago. 

The average weight for these furry friends can be up to 16 pounds. Their length can reach up to 2.5 feet. The heads of the males are broader than females. The females have a big fold under their chin area called dewlap. This is where they warm their young.

Flemish Giants are known for their docile nature and gentle demeanor, making them a popular breed of rabbit. They get along famously with humans as well as other pets in your home.

Holland Lop

The Holland Lop is the smallest of the lop rabbit breeds originating from the Netherlands. They are a popular rabbit breed especially to children because of their good nature and temperament.

Cute, cuddly and full of personality – this holland lop rabbit is one to swoon over! Their floppy ears make them even more adorable. You’ll want everyone who enters your home to know about their affectionate disposition.

The cost for a pet Holland Lop rabbit is around $40. The price will change based upon their pedigree, lineage, medical procedures undergone such fertility alterations or completed vaccinations.

Continental Giant

Some people refer to Continental Giants as Contis. These rabbits come from a variety of breeds. They were originally bred in Germany and were distributed around the world hence the word, ‘Continental’.

Continental Giants can grow up to 3 feet long. They weigh between 16-25 pounds. They have an excellent personality with gentle giant qualities and make great pets, but do need more attention due their size.

These gentle giants have a strong presence with their big heads, powerful cheeks and alert eyes. Their coats are thick, glossy and soft. They come in different colors such as white, black, yellow, opal, red, etc.

The average price for a Continental Giant ranges from $300 to $500.

Netherland dwarf and Continental Giant rabbit breeds
Netherland dwarf and Continental Giant

Netherland Dwarf

If you want to live with something small, cuddly and adorable then Netherland Dwarf rabbits are a good option. These little guys can be a bit more skittish than other breeds but they’re still lovable pets that will add some flare into any home.

Netherland Dwarf rabbits can cost between $30-90 which makes them more expensive than other domestic breeds.

Dutch Rabbit

The Dutch rabbit is a beautiful creature that was first domesticated in Holland around 1850, where it’s called the Hollander Rabbit. It then found its way over to England and has become quite popular there ever since! A show-worthy variety should have an evenly rounded body.

A dutch rabbit is small to medium in size and weighs about 2 to 2.5 kg when fully grown. It has white markings on its face, its feet, around its neck, and over its shoulders. Its body comes in another color such as grey, black and chocolate.

Dutch rabbits can cost anywhere from $30-90. This price will vary depending on the color, breed type (longhair/shorthair), and your location.

English Lop

The English Lop breed of rabbit is one that was created through selective breeding, and it may be the first ever bred by humans. It’s believed to be an old variety as well developed in England in the 19th century.

The English Lop is medium-built with a body in mandolin shape. Its ears are longer and wider than any other breed.

English Lop rabbits are a gentle, loving breed that will cuddle with their human family members and play games. They’re not very active but they do enjoy lounging around from time to time.

French Lop

The French Lop was first bred as a meat rabbit in France in the 1850. It is likely that the breed’s unusual size and shape came from crossing two existing breeds, the English lops and the Giant Papillion.

The French Lop is a unique breed of rabbit that loves to interact with people and other animals. It’s friendly, gentle giant demeanor makes it an excellent candidate for just about any family member or friend who wants some good company at home!

 However, this cuddly animal also requires special care because they are large powerful creatures who need plenty of exercise and special attention to rabbit-proofing. Prices are generally in the $40-50 range. 

Mini Rex

The Mini Rex is a domestic rabbit breed created in 1984 by Monna Berryhill of Texas.

A mature Mini Rex weighs about ​​3.5 to 4 lbs. Its body is proportioned with its shoulders and hindquarters. It has a pair of thick, short and upright ears that sit close together on its head. It comes with a rounded back, short neck and short straight legs.

The mini rexes’ average price range from $20-$100 depending on their color or markings which can fetch higher prices.

Polish Rabbit

The precise origins of the Polish rabbit are unknown. Despite its name, it seems to have originated in Belgium or England from a white hutch rabbit  with either red or blue eyes before being distributed throughout America until the 1950s.

The Polish rabbit is a small breed that weighs about 2.5 to 3.5 lbs. It has a short head that comes with full cheeks and bold eyes.

The polish breeds have low care needs and do not require much room – they’ll happily live inside your home in an apartment if you give them enough love and attention. 

American Rabbit

When Lewis H. Salisbury of Pasadena, California first created the American Rabbit in 1917 he never said which breeds have helped him develop this rabbit but it’s generally believed that these include European blue types like Vienna and Beveren, Blue Imperial, Flemish Giant among others.

The weight of an American Rabbit weighs up to 12 lbs. It comes in the following colors: sandy, rust, blue and grey.

They usually cost around $20 to $50.

Beveren Rabbit

The Beveren is an ancient breed of rabbit that was first bred in a small town near Antwerp in Belgium.

A mature Beveren rabbit weighs about 8 to 12 lbs. It has a semi-arch body shape with round face, broad back and medium-length torso.

If you want a Beveren rabbit for your home, it will cost around 75 dollars.

Californian Rabbit

The California White rabbit was originally bred for its fur and meat by George West in his breeding program in 1923. 

A fully grown Californian Rabbit is large-sized and weighs about 8 to 10.5 lbs. It has a rounded compact body with large and erect ears. It comes in white color with spots.

The California Rabbit is often considered a meat rabbit, but one major reason they’re gaining popularity as pets are their gentle and friendly nature. These bunnies can be shy at first to new people or situations in general but with proper socialization these bunnies will quickly grow into your favorite pet for years.

American Fuzzy Lop and Californian Rabbit breeds
American Fuzzy Lop and Californian Rabbit breeds

American Fuzzy Lop Rabbit

The American Fuzzy Lop Rabbit is a small breed that has the appearance of both cats and rabbits. It was created on the East coast of the United States of America in the 1980s but can be found all around the world due to its friendly nature.

A fully grown American Fuzzy Lop rabbit weighs about 3 to 4 lbs. It has a thick and short body with broad chest, short shoulder and round hindquarter. Its ears flop to the sides of their heads.

A standard, pet-store bought American Fuzzy Lop Rabbit can be found for around $25.

American Sable Rabbit

The American Sable rabbit breed can trace its roots to a cross between colored throwbacks from purebred Chinchilla rabbits belonging to Otto Brock of San Gabriel, California in 1924.

The American Sable is medium-sized and usually weighs about 8 to 10 lbs. It has a round head with dark eyes and erect ears that stand on top of its head.

The American Sable rabbit is a gray and black breed, not popular in America but it’s worth checking out if you love their coloration or cuddly luxurious coat. They also make great pets because they appreciate an owner who gives them attention and companionship.

Argente Brun

The Argente Brun Rabbit is a French breed of rabbit that was developed in the mid-to late 19th century. They’re often known for their attractive coats and were even exported to North America (Canada) during this time period from France, Germany or England.

A fully grown Argente Brun is large-sized and weighs about 8 to 10.5 lbs. It is usually brown in color with brown eyes and colored toenails.

You can expect to pay between $50 and $300 for your Argente Brun rabbit. However, it may be possible that a local pet store will have one at a discounted price depending on your location.

Argente Crème

The Argente Crème was first introduced to France in the mid-to late 1900s where its unusual fur became quite popular, and some specimens were even imported from England, Germany and France to the United States.

An Argente Crème rabbit is large-sized and weighs about 8 to 11 lbs. It comes only in a single color in different shades: creamy orange or silvery orange. 

Expect your average price tag at around $75 dollars per a single Argente Crème.

Argente de Champagne

The origins of the Champagne d’Argent are unknown, but documents suggest that these rabbits were present in France as early as 1648. They originally came to be known as French Silvers in France before being exported to England around 1920.

A full grown Argente de Champagne rabbit weighs about 9 to 12 lbs. It has a wedge-shaped face with erect ears that are medium to long in length and rounded at their tips. It has soft, short and flyback fur. Its hindquarters and shoulders are strong. 

A good quality Champagne d’Argent is expected to cost between $50 and $100 dollars, but you will be able to pay more than this for show rabbits that come from winning stock.

Belgian Hare

The Belgian Hares were a crossbred of early domestic rabbits and wild European rabbits in the 18th century. This was for the purpose of creating a practical meat rabbit for small livestock.

The Belgian Hare is a meat producing breed, but it can also be raised as an household pet.

These Belgian hares range in price between $150 and $500. However, a reputable breeder will typically cost more.

Blanc de Hotot

Developed in Hotot-en-Auge, Normandy near the port of Le Havre in northern France, the Blanc de Hotot was created by Eugenie Bernhard.

The Blanc de Hotot is large-sized and can weigh about 8 to 11 lbs. It is white in color with dark brown eyes with circle markings around them.

A Blanc de Hotot can cost anywhere from $50 -$150.

Britannia Petite

The britannia petite is a rabbit breed that originated in England. They were brought to America and accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, so they got their name because there was already another recognized English bunny named Polish.

Britannia Petite is dwarf-sized and can only weigh up to 2.5 lbs. It has a full-arched body type. Their faces are wedge in shape with large, bulging eyes. They have small ears that touch from their head base to near their tips.

You can expect the cost of purchasing one to be $10 or less.

Checkered Giant

The Checkered Giant is a rabbit breed that was developed in France. They are one of the largest breeds with recognition from the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).

One of the largest rabbit breeds, the Checkered Giant is typically 25 inches long and 30 inches high. The weight can be up to 15 pounds. It has a slender and muscular body that is semi-arched in shape with long legs, broad head and ears. Its fur is thick and soft.

If you’re looking to get your hands on a Checkered Giant rabbit, expect to pay between $50 and $80. 

Chinchilla (standard)

Chinchilla Rabbits, a French breed of rabbit that was bred to standard by M. J. Dybowski in 1919 and introduced into America.

A standard chinchilla usually weighs about 5 to 7 lbs when full grown. It has a plump body. It has erect ears that are no more than 5 inches long.

A chinchilla typically costs between $150 and $350 for an adult. The price ranges from under 100 dollars to over 400, depending on the type and the breeder.

Chinchilla (American)

Docile and gentle, the Chinchilla rabbit is a breed with very soft fur. This French pet originated in the early 1900s when it was named for its resemblance to the South American rodent that shares the trait of having silky smooth fur.

The American Chinchilla typically weighs up to 12 lbs. It is round and compact in body shape.Its ears stand straight from its head with markings along its edges. 

American Chinchillas are a gentle rabbit breed that can be kept as pets. They have an average litter size of 6-9 kits, making them perfect for novice pet owners who want to take care of their own animals without the need to groom regularly or handle with special handling techniques.

Chinchilla (Giant)

The Giant Chinchilla is a rabbit breed developed in 1921 by Edward H. Stahl of Holmes Park, Missouri.

A full grown giant chinchilla weighs about 12 to 16 lbs. The giant chinchilla has a semi-arched body shape and a soft white underbelly. Their ears are medium in length and are usually erect.

The average cost for a Giant Chinchilla ranges from $40 to over $100.

Cinnamon

The Cinnamon rabbit was actually created by two children, Belle and Fred Houseman during the Easter season in 1962. They cross-bred their Chinchilla doe with New Zealand buck to create this adorable bunny in Missoula Montana.

Cinnamons are medium-built and weigh about 8.5 to 11 lbs. They are light brown in color with gray shade around their ears, snout and paws.

Cinnamon rabbits can cost up to around $30. 

Dwarf Hotot

The Hotot was first developed in France by Baroness Bernard in the early 20th century. The dwarf breed was the result of breeding efforts in both East and West Germany in the 1970s.

Dwarf Hotots have  compact bodies. Their weight is usually no more than 3 lbs. They have markings around their eyes; hence, their nickname “the eyes of the fancy.” Their ears are short and erect.

This surprising little bunny’s temperament varies from outgoing to moody but they’re always friendly toward humans; this makes them an ideal candidate if you want something that won’t take up too much floor space in your home or living quarters.

Dwarf Lop

The first dwarf lops were developed in the Netherlands during the 1950s and their popularity spread to Britain.

They are short and thick-set. Their haunches are round and short with strong legs. Their thick ears hang down beside their broad and wide forehead. They come with full cheeks and white patches on the head, chest and legs.

Dwarf Lops are rabbits who love people and other animals. They’re usually good-natured, friendly creatures that enjoy the company of humans as well as their own kind! If introduced properly into your home or on a new farm they can get along just fine with kids too.

English Angora

The English Angora rabbit is one of the oldest breeds in existence, originated from Ankara, Turkey.

English Angora rabbits come in all different sizes, with some weighing as little as 5 pounds and others reaching 7 ½ lbs. The smallest breed of the Angoras is known to be the English Angoras. They are shaped like a furry ball.

A pet-quality rabbit will cost you around $60 while a show-winning kitten may cost up to $200.

English Spot

In 19th century Britain, the English Spot was a very popular breed of rabbit. They were known for their inquisitive personality as well as being friendly towards people who owned them. 

English Spots are medium-sized and weigh about 3kg when full grown. They are full arch in body shape. They have long and lean legs. Their ears are long with rounded ends. Their fur is short and dense and they do not shed much. 

The English Spot rabbit costs around $10-$50 on average.

Florida White

The Florida White rabbit is an ARBA-recognized breed. The albino Dutch, Polish and small but “typical” New Zealand white rabbits were crossed to create this breed.

A full grown Florida White weighs about 4 to 6 lbs. It is small-built with a round and compact body and a short neck.

It’s no surprise that among the most sought after rabbits in competition are Florida White Rabbits. They have an amazing ability to win Best Of Shows with their one-of-a kind coat and type of animal, which makes them super competitive.

French Angora

The Angora rabbit, which is said to have originated in Ankara (historically known as Angora) and spread throughout Europe by the mid-18th century. It became so popular among royalty that it was given this name for its original home of Ankara Turkey where they were first introduced centuries ago.

French Angoras have strong body frames. Their bodies are covered in coarse guard hair and underwool. They do not have furnishings in their faces but their rear legs may have minor tufting.

The price of a French Angora rabbit can vary depending on your area. Typically it costs around $20-$250.

Giant Angora

In a quest to create an all-white rabbit with high quality wool, Walsh crossed German Angoras and developed the Giant Angora Rabbit in 1988. The ARBA has recognized it as one of their premier breeds ever since.

The largest of all the Angora breeds, the giant angora rabbit usually weighs about 9.5 to 10 lbs. Giant Angora Rabbits have heads that are oval-shaped with broad foreheads and narrow muzzles. Their ears are lightly fringed, with hair at their tips. They also have trimmings of fur across their foreheads and cheeks. 

The giant angora rabbit is a fluffy, cuddly animal. They need to be kept in large enclosures with plenty of space for exploration and outside time so they can explore their surroundings! These beautiful bunnies are great as house pets too.

Giant Papillon

Giant papillons, also called Great Lorrainese, originated in the Lorraine region of France in the later part of the 19th century.

The Giant Papillon typically weighs about 11-13 lbs. One of the largest breeds, the Giant Papillon is known for its distinctive dark spots on its white coat.

Giant Papillon rabbits are priced from $30 to $40.

Harlequin

The Harlequin rabbit breed was created by breeding the semi-wild Tortoiseshell Dutch rabbit with truly wild rabbits around 1880 in France. They were imported to England after their first exhibition in Paris.

The size of a harlequin rabbit is medium to large. It usually weighs about 6.5 to 9.5 lbs. Harlequins have  rounded bodies with broad heads. Their ears are erect and medium-sized. Their coats are soft, short and dense with markings.

Harlequin rabbits cost between $20 and $100.

Havana

The Havana is a smaller breed that was originally called castor because it looks like the color of beavers. However, in 1903, a Frenchman renamed them after their country’s famous export: Cuban cigars.

The Havana rabbit has a compact body that weighs about 4.5 to 6.5 lbs. It has a rounded back and comes with luxurious fur in rich chocolate color.

Havana rabbits can average anywhere between $20 to 100 dollars. The price will depend on whether the rabbit is for show or just as a pet.

Himalayan

Himalayan rabbits are one of the oldest breeds, dating back to thousands of years ago. They’re likely descended from Asia and the Middle East where their name suggests they evolved.

Himalayans are small-sized and typically weigh about 2.5 to 4.5 lbs. They are long and lean in shape. They come in white color with ears, noses, tails and feet colored in darker shades.

The Himalayan rabbit is a calm and good-natured breed of pet. This friendly animal likes to interact with their owners and spend time outside its cage especially for playtime.

Jersey Wooly

The Jersey Wooly rabbit was developed by crossing the French Angora with a Netherland Dwarf, and its coat can be described as wooly. The first introduction of this breed into America happened at ARBA where it received their approval back in 1984 from breeder Bonnie Seeley of High Bridge, New Jersey.

The weight of a full grown Jersey Wooly is about 2.5 to 3.5 lbs. Their body is small-sized and compact. Their body is semi-arched with a bold head and a pair of small, erect ears that are about 2 to 3 inches long. The coat is shaggy.

The cost of owning a Jersey Wooly ranges from $20–$50.

Lilac

The Lilac rabbit is a breed of domesticated rabbits developed in Great Britain during the early 20th century. It was first imported to America in 1922. 

Lilac rabbits are medium-built. Grown bucks weigh about 5.5 to 7.5 lbs and does about 6 to 8 lbs. The Lilac rabbit has a cobby body, a broad haunch with short and straight legs. Their fur appears in different colors both in artificial and natural light.

The cost of Lilac rabbit can range in price from $20 up depending on their variation and breeding quality.

New Zealand

The New Zealand bunny has an American origin. It’s a variety of rabbit bred in California in the 20th century.

New Zealand rabbits are medium to large in size. Bucks weigh about 9–11 lbs while does weigh about 10–12 lbs. The body of a New Zealand rabbit is broad, muscular and medium-sized with a rounded haunch. Its ears stand straight. It has fur that is flyback and normal in length.

You’ve probably heard of the cuddly rabbit, but did you know that they’re also smart? New Zealand rabbits are bred for breeding and raising on farms. They make great pets because not all breeds can tolerate handling. These rabbits learn tricks quickly and can even be toilet-trained  to use a litter box.

Palomino

The Palomino rabbit was developed by Mark Youngs at Lone Pine Rabbitry in Coulee Dam, Washington. This was originally named as Washingtonian in 1952.

The Palomino rabbit is one of the greatest breeds for house pets. It has a calm and docile disposition, making it an excellent choice to live alongside children or other animals in your home.

Palomino Rabbits are often sold at an average cost around $30. However, show and breeding animals can sell between $100 and $400.

Rex (Standard)

This French rabbit breed is a fascinating one. Its origin dates back to 1919. It has been acknowledged as a standard breed in Europe since 1925. Its first public appearance happened at the Paris International Rabbit Show in 1924.

The weight of a male standard Rex rabbit weighs about 7 to 9 lbs while that of a female Standard Rex weighs about 8 to 11lbs. The mini rex rabbits usually weigh about 3 to 4.5 lbs.

The Rex rabbits are medium-built. They have a rounded body shape with broad head, upright ears and strong legs. Their hair is soft and short. Their coat is smooth and dense with curly whiskers.

You can buy a Rex (standard) rabbit for a price of $20 up to $60.

Rhinelander

This breed of domestic rabbit is medium-sized and originated in Germany. 

The Rhinelander rabbits are an example of a medium to large sized rabbit. They have long limbs and usually weigh between 6.5 to 10 pounds. They have a coat with a white base and 2 different colored markings. They have markings on their nose, colors on their ears and circles around their eyes. 

On average, the price of a Rhinelander rabbit ranges between $40 and $60. It could be priced lower or higher depending on the breeder’s location and pedigree.

Satin

The Satin breed started in Pendleton Indiana around 1934 when Walter Huey bred his Havana rabbits to produce a deep brown color in silky fur.

Satin Rabbits are generally calm pets once socialized and will have no problem being picked up by an adult or child. These rabbits make excellent first-time pet for children, adults and even seniors.

Satin rabbits can be purchased for between $50-$150.

Satin Angora

The Satin Angora was the result of crossing the Satin rabbit and French Angora rabbit by Mrs. Leopoldina Meyer in Ontario, Canada in 1939.

The Satin Angora rabbit typically weighs about 3.5 to 9.5 pounds. Satin Angoras come in colors of white, tan, grey and brown. Sometimes, their bodies tend to have a different shade from their heads, ears and noses.

You can purchase a Satin Angora for $150 to 300 dollars and sometimes even more if you get one with high-quality fur.

Silver

The Silver Rabbit is a centuries-old breed of rabbit that has been discovered by researchers in Portugal then introduced to England. 

The body of a Silver rabbit is medium in length and weighs between 4 and 7 pounds. The Silver rabbit has a compact body. It has short ears that are erect, standing vertically on their heads forming a “V”.

It is a rare breed of rabbit that costs up to $50 with pedigree.

Silver Fox

The Silver Fox rabbit is a domestic rabbit created by Walter B. Garland. It was bred for meat, show as well as its unique fur.

The Silver Fox rabbit has well-fleshed hindquarters and shoulders with a medium-length body. It is a large breed that weighs about 9 to 12 pounds once fully grown. It has fur that is longer than other rabbits. The fur does not fly back when stroked. 

Silver Fox rabbits are gentle, docile pets that make wonderful, surrogate mothers. These bunnies may be used for meat and pelt but they are excellent show-worthy animals. They also make great pets for seniors, couples, singles and children.

Silver Marten

Silver Marten rabbits originated in the United States in 1921.

The Silver Marten rabbit is a pretty popular pet in both agricultural and pet shows. They make great companions as well, being lovable and charming. The breed also has some potential for meat production which makes them even more desirable.

For a quality Silver Marten rabbit, you can expect to spend about $30-$60. 

Tan

The tan rabbit is a rare breed of European rabbits that were bred from domestic and wild populations around 1880 in England.

The Tan rabbit is one of the most eye catching breeds because their arch starts at the neck and continues all throughout their body. They have a pair of large and upright ears, a lean figure with hare-like features.

As the popularity of this breed increases, you will be able to find them in greater numbers. However they are still very affordable pets because one bunny costs between $30 and $75 on average.

Thrianta

The Trianta is a domestic rabbit that can be brilliant red in color. The breed originated from the Netherlands before being further developed in Germany. They were exported to Great Britain during the early 1980s.

Thrianta rabbits are medium-sized and can be found in a range of weights, from 4 pounds all the way up to 6 pounds. They have a scarlet and orange coat. Their pair of ears is straight with rounded ends. The fur is medium in length, soft and dense.

The Thrianta has been a popular pet and show animal in America since ARBA officially recognized it as the 46th rabbit breed in February 2006.

Thrianta and Velveteen Lop rabbit breeds
Thrianta and Velveteen Lop

Velveteen Lop

The Velveteen Lop breed was created in 1990 by Virginia Menden. It was the result of the crossbred Mini Rex and an English Lop. Its name was derived from Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit, a children’s storybook.

The Velveteen Lop rabbit is a medium sized breed that can grow up to 6 lbs. It has ears that can also grow up to 15 inches long. Its body is a mandolin shape and it should have an arch that begins around the back of its shoulders, reaching up to where it meets over hips before sweeping down in rounded fullness at base. 

You can buy a Velveteen Lop for a price range of $15 to $150.

Large Domestic Rabbit Breeds

The Flemish Giant rabbit got its name from a region in Belgium where it originated, but this breed of domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus domesticus) is actually considered to be the largest breed.

The Flemish giant rabbit has no maximum weight. They can be as heavy and bulky or leaner than other breeds. They also share many similar traits with their continental counterpart, the Continental Giant, like having a broad head covered by an abundance of long ears.

The breed that is considered large is Chinchilla which comes in three sizes: standard, American and giant. The male of the chinchilla breed can weigh between 12 to 15 pounds at maturity while females are somewhat larger with a weight range from 13-16 pounds. Breed standards do not permit any animal over these maximum measurements for both genders.

Care For Rabbit (As A Pet)

Rabbits are a popular pet, but they also require special care. Unlike cats and dogs, rabbits are sensitive animals that need to be cared for in order to thrive. They require regular vet visits, grooming, and proper dieting.

If you’re thinking about getting a bunny but don’t know how to care for it properly, below is a quick guide.

House Your Rabbit Indoors

House your pet rabbit indoors, but make sure to provide them with a safe space. If contained within an enclosure they should be let out of their cage every day for at least several hours so that they can hop around as well explore new areas inside the home or yard.

Keep Your Home Bunny-Safe

Rabbits need to run around and explore. To set up a safe space for your pet and your belongings, you will need to close off all holes, cracks and openings that your rabbit can go through. 

If you have any breakable objects or fragile items that need to be protected, you can use double-sided tape or aluminum foil to cover any exposed wires or areas where they are not supposed to go.

Add Fresh Hay To Your Home

Rabbits should be provided with fresh hay at all times. Baby rabbits should be given alfalfa, while adults should eat timothy or grass hays for protein and oat hays for fiber. Using a large feeder holds more hay that’s accessible, clean and dry at all times plus you won’t run out before morning comes around again the next day.

Should I Buy A Rabbit Online?

There are a lot of rabbit groups on Facebook, but there is no way to know what you’re getting yourself into before joining.

As with any type of pet or new addition for your household, make sure that the animal has been checked by a vet and ask lots of questions about its health history.

Craigslist is also a great way to find new rabbits, but you want to be careful and not waste your time looking at places too far away. With Craigslist’s geographic areas for searching purposes (New York City has its own section), it will save you from wasting hours on trying to find a rabbit in another state or province because you can just get it locally.

Rabbits are also popular for classified websites because you can find any breed of rabbit and they’re probably raised by serious breeders. The major downside with these pet bunnies is that they might be anywhere in America or even internationally which means it’ll be difficult to meet them let alone talk about adopting one as your new fur-ever friend.

Wrapping Up

When it comes to choosing a rabbit, you have many different breeds of rabbits from which to choose. The ideal pet for your family will depend on what you are looking for in terms of personality and size. If you’re interested in learning more about the various domestic rabbit breeds, don’t hesitate to get in touch.