Popular Show & Pet Rabbit Breeds

Thinking about keeping a rabbit as a pet? Here are some of GRIT's favorite show and pet rabbit breeds.

| 2012 Guide to Backyard Rabbits

  • Lop Eared Rabbit Laying Down
    Lop rabbits are popular pets because of their cute, lopped ears.
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  • Lop Eared Rabbit Laying Down

Mini Rex

The most popular of the show and pet rabbit breeds because of its “velveteen” fur in myriad colors: black, blue-eyed white, blue, castor, chinchilla, chocolate, Himalayan (Californian), lilac, lynx, opal, otter, red, sable point, seal, tortoise, white, and a broken pattern. A medium-sized rabbit at 4 pounds, the Mini Rex is easy for children to manage, especially due to their gentle personalities.

Netherland Dwarf

Just about the cutest bunny you’ve ever seen with an apple-shaped body and head, and tiny, erect ears, these diminutive rabbits weigh in at just 2 pounds. They exist in just about any color pattern imaginable: agouti, self, shaded, tan pattern, and “any other variety.” This makes for a fun surprise in the nest box – it’s like a box of chocolates … you never know what you’re gonna get.

Jersey Wooly

Another tiny rabbit weighing in at just 3 pounds, the Jersey Wooly has Angora fur and exists in agouti, pointed white, self, shaded and tan pattern. They are one of the more popular pet rabbit breeds because of their small size and fuzzy characteristics.

Mini Lop

A medium-sized rabbit at 5 to 6 pounds, the Mini Lop is a popular pet because of its cute, lopped ears. It exists in many colors and patterns including agouti, broken, pointed white, self, shaded, solid and ticked.


The ideal specimen of a Dutch rabbit looks similar to a Dutch Belted cow – a white band around its middle, bookmarked by black coloring. A medium-sized rabbit at 4 1/2 pounds, the Dutch exists in black, blue, chocolate, gray, steel and tortoise. The Dutch’s markings are unique among all other breeds, but to get that ideal specimen is largely a matter of luck; this fact keeps breeders in eager anticipation of each litter.

American Fuzzy Lop

Lots of angora wool characterizes this small (3 1/2 pounds), sought-after rabbit with lop ears. Its sweet, fuzzy appearance endears it to many fanciers.



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