Complete Guide About Rabbit Breeds – Everything You Need To Know!

Complete Guide About Rabbit Breeds
Written by Mehwish Imtiaz

Rabbits come in various breeds and have the difference in size, color, coat types, and shapes. According to FAO, US, there are more than 300 domestic rabbit breeds around the globe. The different breeds are due to the effects of natural selection and, more commonly, due to selective breeding to achieve desired characteristics in the offspring generation. The selected characters may be climate acclimatizing ability, feed conversion ratio, temperament, size, thickness, pattern, color and quality of fur, etc. In this way, multiple unrecognized breeds can be produced. However, American Rabbit Breeders Association and British Rabbit Council have standardized by coordinating with each other the qualities of their recognized species. They promote their rabbit breeds in multiple exhibitions at different times of the year.

The diversity of the breeds is the true reflection of the unique qualities of rabbit and their behaviors. For example, if you aim to have a rabbit as a pet, you may be interested in small or medium-sized breeds as they need less shelter area and feed.

However, there can also be the personal/individual breed standards by which a breeder emulates the breed’s purpose and benefit. Buyers judge the breed of rabbits by these individualized breed standards and bid on them according to their interests. In this article, we are going to talk about all the rabbit breeds recognized by American Rabbit Breeders Association, why you need to consider a rabbit breed, and categorize them alphabetically and according to their size. So, read the article entirely before making a final decision about a rabbit breed you are going to have.

A typical pet owner may not notice the slight difference between multiple breeds. Moreover, the pet bunny you are going to have from a pet store does not need to be of pure breed or that of a mixed one. The breed of the rabbit does not affect its qualities as a pet much. However, it does affect its diet charts, feeding schedules, immunity against diseases, life expectancy, and so on. Moreover, if you aim to breed your bunny or want to have it for a particular purpose, you need to be careful about the breed of rabbit. For example, if you’re going to have a rabbit farm for meat production, the preferred option is going for more giant breeds rabbits than the smaller ones who cannot grow much.

Breed Variation In Rabbits:

The rabbits in different breeds may vary depending on:


Rabbits can vary in sizer from dwarf breeds weighing less than 2.5 pounds to giant rabbits that can easily exceed 17pounds of weight.


The color variation is massive; from snow white to tan, greys, chocolate, reds, and browns, there is a wide range. Moreover, the markings on the fur of some rabbit breeds give them a unique shade. Furthermore, the sheen on the skin and patterned color patches is also a unique feature of a few rabbit breeds.


Not only the color of fur varies in multiple breeds but also the thickness, texture, growth, and pattern of hair distribution along the body vary. Note that, long haired breeds of rabbits need a lot more grooming and care than short haired ones,


The body shape of the rabbit also varies in multiple breeds and is discussed in other sections.

All Rabbit Breeds:

In this section, we will elaborate on all the rabbit breeds recognized by American Rabbit Breeders Association, along with their specifications and characters.

All Rabbit Breeds: A

Name Weight Type Color Characters
9 - 12 Pounds
Semi-Arch (Mandolin)
Blue White
Meat Breed of Old America Critically Endangered
American Fuzzy Lop
3.5 - 3 3/4 Pounds
Short and Compact
Agouti, Pointed, White, Broken, Wideband Shaded, and Self
Lop-Eared Rabbit. Resembles the Mini Lop However, it is Smaller and has Wool that is up to or Greater than 2 Inches Long.
American Sable
7 - 10 Pounds
Shaded Sepia Brown, Comparatively Dark on the Face and Random Points, and Whereas it is Lighter Across the Body.
Distinctive: Color
Angora - French
7.5 – 10.5 Pounds.
Variable Depending on Wool Color. However, the Colors are usually Pale.
They are used for Acquiring Meat and Wool. Wool is Approximately 3.5 - 4.5 Inches Long. Head and Ears are Uncovered (Without Wool)
Angora - English
5 – 7.5 Pounds
Variable Depending on Wool Color. However, the Colors are usually Pale
Wool is more than 5 Inches Long. Moreover, all the Body Parts are Completely Covered in Wool Except that of the Face.
Angora - Satin
6.5 – 9.5 Pounds
Variable Depending on Wool Color. However, the Colors are usually Pale
Wool is Soft, Delicate and Silky, having the Sheen and Luxury of a Sanitized Wool Shaft. Sheen is Present on the Whole Body, Including Ears and Head, Which are not Entirely Covered with Wool
Angora - Giant
9.5 Pounds and over (can be a lot heavier than this)
Ruby-Eyed-White (Albino)
They are Covered with Wool, Ears Tasseled with Wool, Giant Size.
Argente Brun
7 - 10 Pounds
Silvered Chocolate (Brown)
Wooled Rabbits.

All Rabbit Breeds: B

Name Weight Type Color Characters
Belgian Hare
6 – 9.5 Pounds
Fully Arched
Brilliant Deep Red, Rich Chestnut, or Tan Shade.
Arched and Racy, Hare-Like Appearance is the most Significant Distinction of this Breed.
Blanc De Hotot
8 - 11 Pounds
Frosty White. However, there is an Exception of 1/8 Inch Wide Eye Band Black in Color around Brown Eyes.
Eye Bands.
8 - 12 Pounds
Black, White and Blue
Breed Best for Meat Production
Britannia Petite
2.6 Pounds
Black, Chestnut Agouti, Sable Marten, Black Otter, REW.
Small Arched Body

All Rabbit Breeds: C

Name Weight Type Color Characters
Champagne D'Argent
9 - 12 Pounds
Bluish White, Mostly giving an old Silver Effect. It also has Interspersed Jet Black Hairs
It Got its Distinction from its Colors.
8 - 10 ½ Pounds
White, With Red Eyes. It is Black at Some Points (Nose, Ears, Feet and Tail).
Himalayan Markings in a Commercial Rabbit
Checkered Giant
11 - 12 Pounds. Weight can be a lot more than that
1. White with Black Spots and Spine stripe 2. White with Blue Dots and Spine Stripe
Large Size, Spots and Body Type.
Chinchilla - Giant
12 - 16 Pounds
Resembling the Chinchilla with White and Black Banded Hair Shafts
Size and Color
Chinchilla - Standard
5 – 7.5 Pounds
Resembling the Chinchilla with White and Black Banded Hair Shafts
Small Size and Color
Chinchilla - American
9 - 12 Pounds
Resembling the Chinchilla with White and Black Banded Hair Shafts
It is Distinguished by its Size and Color and is Highly Endangered
8.5 - 11 Pounds
Rusty or Cinnamon, And has Uniform Smoke Gray Clicking Across the Back Base
Its Distinctive Color
Crème D’Argent
8 - 11 Pounds
Creamy White with a Bright Orange Lines and Shades
Its Distinctive Color

All Rabbit Breeds: D

Name Weight Type Color Characters
3.5 – 5.5 Pounds
Black, Blue, Gray, Chocolate, Chinchilla, Steel, Tortoiseshell with Particular White Markings
Distinctive Patterns
Dwarf Hotot
3 Pounds
White. Brown Eyes have a Two Pennies Thickness of the Black Uniform Band
Small Size Eye Bands

All Rabbit Breeds: E

Name Weight Type Color Characters
English Spot
5 - 8 Pounds
White. These Rabbits have Nose Butterflies, Ears, Eye Circles, Spine, Cheek Spots, and Side Spots in Multiple Colors, Including Blue Chocolate, Black, Gold, Lilac, Gray, Tortoise.
Carriage and Markings

All Rabbit Breeds: F

Name Weight Type Color Characters
Florida White
4 - 6 Pounds
Pink Eyes
Small Size Commercial Rabbits
Flemish Giant
Greater Than13 Pounds
Black, Blue, Light Gray, Fawn, Steel Gray, Sandy, White
Giant But Moderately Balanced Size.

All Rabbit Breeds: H

Name Weight Type Color Characters
6.5- 9.5 Pounds
Black, Lilac, Chocolate, And Blue. It has Two Groups: Magpie(Dark/White) and Japanese (Dark/Orange). The Color of the Two Ears is Different. One Black, and the Other Orange.
Sides of Face, Chest, And Legs Alternate Colors, And Back should have 5 or 6 Alternating Bands or Bars
2.5 – 4.5 Pounds
Pointed - Pure White.However, The Ears, Nose, Tail, And Feet are Black, Lilac, Chocolate or Blue.
The Cylindrical Shape of the Body
4.5 – 6.5 Pounds
Black, Chocolate, Blue, Broken
Medium-Small, Vibrant Colored Rabbits
Holland Lop
Not More Than 4 Pounds
Compact, With High Head
Agouti, Pointed White, Self, Tan, Shaded, Wideband, Broken, Ticked
Small Size and Lopped Ears.

All Rabbit Breeds: J

Name Weight Type Color Characters
Jersey Wooly
Not More Than 3.5 Pounds
Agouti, AOV, Broken, Shaded, Self, Tan
Petite Size and 3-Inch Wool

All Rabbit Breeds: L

Name Weight Type Color Characters
5.5 – 7.5 Pounds
Lilac ('Dove Gray' with a Soft Pink Tint on the Surface)
Distinctive Color
3 3/4 Pounds
Red-Eyed-White, And Tortoise Shell Color (For Now)
The Pattern of Long and Thick Wool Around the Neck
Lop - French
10.5 Pounds and Greater
Commercial and Big
Agouti, Self, Broken, Ticked, Shaded, Wideband
Big Lopped Ears, Massive Size
Lop - English
9 Pounds and Greater
Agouti, Self, Broken, Ticked, Shaded, Wideband
Big Lopped Ears

All Rabbit Breeds: M

Name Weight Type Color Characters
Mini Lop
4.5 – 6.5 Pounds
Agouti, Self, Broken, Ticked, Shaded, Wideband
Lopped Ears, Massive in Effect yet are Compact
Mini Satin
3 1/4 - 4 3/4 Pounds
Commercial in a Petite Package
Ruby-Eyed White, Otter, Chocolate, Chinchilla, Black, Opal, Red, Siamese
Satin Fur
Mini Rex
3 – 4.5 Pounds
Commercial Type in a Small Body
Black, Seal, Blue-Eyed White, Blue, Chocolate, Opal Red, Castor, Lilac, Red-Eyed White, Chinchilla, Himalayan, lynx, Tortoise, Broken.
Rex Fur on a Petite Body

All Rabbit Breeds: N

Name Weight Type Color Characters
New Zealand
9 - 12 Pounds
White, Broken, Black, Red.
Commercial Meat Rabbit
Netherland Dwarf
Not Greater Than 2.5 Pounds
Agouti, Shaded, Self, Tan Pattern, Any Other Varieties
Tiny Round Size Short Ears Many Color Varieties

All Rabbit Breeds: P

Name Weight Type Color Characters
8 - 11 Pounds
Golden, lynx
Its Distinctive Color
Not Over 3.5 Pounds
Black, Blue, Chocolate, Broken, Ruby-Eyed White, Blue-Eyed White.
Petite Size

All Rabbit Breeds: R

Name Weight Type Color Characters
7.5 – 10.5 Pounds
Amber, Blue, Black, Californian, Broken, Chinchilla, Castor, Chocolate, lynx, Lilac, Opal, Red, Otter, Seal, Sable, White (REW)
Rex Fur
6.5- 10 Pounds
White With Evenly Distributed Black Orange Markings on Nose, Cheek Spots, Eye Circles, Spine, Ears, Tail, and Side Spot.
Tri Coloration, Markings

All Rabbit Breeds: S

Name Weight Type Color Characters
8.5 - 11 Pounds
Black, Chocolate, Blue Broken, Chinchilla, Californian, Copper, Red, Otter, Siamese, White.
Satinized Hair Shafts - More Acceptable Diameter and A More Transparent Hair Shell-Result in Brilliant Colors and Enhanced Sheen.
4 - 7 Pounds
Slight Mandolin
Black, Fawn, Brown
Even Silvering Over Entire Rabbit Due to Silver-White Hairs and Hair-Tips; Considered a 'Rare' Breed
Silver Fox
9 - 12 Pounds
Black, Which is 'Silvered.'
Long, Evenly Silvered Fur. It is a Meat Breed. The Silver Fox Breed is Marked as Critically Endangered.
Silver Marten
6 – 9.5 Pounds
Lighter Commercial
Black, Blue, Chocolate, Sable, In a Tan Pattern (In This Breed, 'Tan' Areas Are White)
Black and Silver Coloration, Long Silvery Guard Hairs Evenly Distributed Upper Sides of the Rabbit

All Rabbit Breeds: T

Name Weight Type Color Characters
4 - 6 Pounds
Black, Chocolate, Blue, and Lilac, With Fiery Tan Triangle, Chest And Belly
Rich Fiery Tan and Lustrous Top Colors
Thrianta (Pronounced "Tree-AHNta")
4 - 6 Pounds
A Fiery, Brilliant Red with Dark Brown Eyes.The Belly is in a slightly Lighter Shade of Red.
It's Unique, Brilliant, Fiery Red Color.

Ps: The missing alphabets do not have any recognized rabbit breed in the category.

Pet Rabbit Breed Based On Sizes

Breeds of pet have a significant effect on its behavior as a pet. Moreover, the size of the rabbit massively affects the purpose for which you have taken the rabbit as a pet. Giant sized rabbits produce more meat and are suitable for commercial purposes. Moreover, if you aim to go in massive bunny competitions, you need to focus on investing in breeds that have the capacity to grow a lot.

However, for home pets, small sized rabbits are the best option. They need less shelter space, are more active and immune to diseases. Moreover, small rabbits are relatively low maintenance than larger ones. We have enlisted the most popular breeds of rabbits as recognized by American Rabbit Breeders Association based on their size for your ease.

Giant-Sized Rabbit Breeds From 11 Pounds And More

  1. Checkered Giant
  2. Continental Giant (Conti)
  3. Flemish Giant (Patagonian)
  4. French Lop
  5. Giant Chinchilla

Large Sized Rabbit Breeds From 9 To 11 Pounds

  1. American Chinchilla
  2. American
  3. Beveren
  4. Champagne d’Argent
  5. Creme d’Argent
  6. Californian
  7. Cinnamon
  8. English Lop
  9. Giant Angora
  10. Hotot
  11. New Zealand
  12. Palomino
  13. Silver Fox
  14. Satin

Medium Sized Rabbit Breeds From 6 To 9 Pounds

  1. American Sable
  2. Belgian Hare
  3. English Spot
  4. English angora
  5. French angora
  6. Harlequin
  7. Lilac
  8. Rhinelander
  9. Rex
  10. Silver Marten
  11. Satin Angora
  12. Standard Chinchilla

Small Sized Rabbit Breeds From 2 To 6 Pounds

  1. American Fuzzy Lop
  2. Britannia Petite
  3. Dwarf Hotot
  4. Dutch
  5. Florida White
  6. Himalayan
  7. Havana
  8. Holland Lop
  9. Jersey Wolly
  10. Mini Rex
  11. Mini Lop
  12. Netherland Dwarf
  13. Polish
  14. Silver
  15. Tan


Rabbits have many breeds, and many of the pet rabbits you find in pet stores are mixed breeds. Depending on the purpose of you having a rabbit, you can look into the details of the rabbit you are going to bid on. Moreover, if you are a regular pet owner and want to have a bunny pet friend, the rabbit breed does not affect many pet characters. So, have an adorable bunny you like the most in the pet lot you saw in the pet store.