RABBIT BREEDS



Here at AARR we believe that rabbits should be adopted on their individual personalities not based off of general information associated with the breeds. However below we have provided a comprehensive list of breeds and information about them that does include a personality section. Just remember bunnies do not necessarily adhere to the generalizations associated with them so its best to meet your new potential bunny in person to get an idea for their individual quirkiness. A good read on this is located here.

Here is an excerpt that we believe sums this idea up:

"In terms of appearance, it is much more fruitful to read the individual rabbit -- her facial expression, her body position-- as opposed to the color of her fur. Gentle rabbits have gentle faces, regardless of breed. Worriers look worried. They rarely roll over on their backs or lie with their back legs extended behind them. Mellow rabbits lounge around any old way, dangling from your arm, in the middle of a busy room. Irritable rabbits have pinched, crabby facial expressions, just like that nasty bank teller who makes you feel like you're imposing on her when you withdraw your money from her bank. As a student of rabbit nature, these are the observations to treasure."






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American (Blue & White)


Varieties : This breed comes in two colours: solid blue and solid white. The blue variety has the deepest, darkest colour of all the blue rabbits.

Weight : The American weighs 9 to 12 pounds.

Physical Attributes : Also know as the American Blue or American White (depending on the coat colour), the American is a medium to large rabbit with a soft, silky, and very fine coat of medium length. The head is medium size, narrow, with the ears about 5 inches long. The body type is mandolin or semi-arch, low over the shoulders and then arching up over well-muscled hindquarters. The American's loin should be wide and meaty, full clear down to the table when properly posed. Boning is medium.Blues should have blue or slate coloured eyes and dark nails, while Whites have ruby eyes and white toenails.

Personality : The American Blue/White is gentle and docile. It makes a great pet and a great show animal as it has all traits anyone would want in a rabbit. Friendly with people, moderately active, and easy to handle.

Coat Type/Grooming : Soft, Silky and Very fine which makes for easy grooming.

Health & Hutch : With proper breeding and care, the American can be a large and hardy animal. Few genetic problems are known. As the breed is rather large, it will require larger cages or a hutch. An ideal setup would be a 3x3 feet hutch with two levels, or a raised platform within a higher ceiling single level.

Information from mysmelly.com and petpeoplesplace.com

American Fuzzy Lop


Varieties : Agouti: Fur has three or more bands of color on each shaft. Belly, underside of tail, inside nostrils and ears, and around eyes is cream, orange, or white. Includes chestnut agouti and chinchilla; Pointed White: White with color on the ears, nose, feet, legs, and tail. Pink eyes; Self: One solid color. Includes black, blue, ruby eyed white (albino), and chocolate; Shaded: Body of one color with darker color over the face, ears, feet, legs, tail, belly, and haunches. Includes Sable Point, Siamese Sable, and Tortoise Shell; Wide Band: Markings similar to that of an agouti, but the fur shafts do not have three or more colors per shaft. Includes Fawn and Orange; Broken: White in combination with any recognized variety.

Weight : Males: 4 pounds maximum, Females: 4 pounds maximum

Physical Attributes : The American fuzzy lop is a very round breed with a short, wide face and short, lopped ears. The fur is long, and it comes in many different colors.

Personality : The temperament of American Fuzzy Lops tends to vary a lot. Each has its own unique personality. Some are very calm and friendly, while others are quite hyper and skittish. Males tend to be calmer and more mellow, whereas females tend to be more shy. Spayed or neutered, both sexes are very amicable. Aside from a proper diet, grooming, and cage cleaning, Fuzzies require a lot of love and attention, which they will surely return. Don't forget about this if you don't have many free hours during the day to devote to your little bundle of fur. Fuzzies are very intelligent and can be trained to use a litter box. Some Fuzzies even go further and learn their names and a few commands. Properly socialized Fuzzies will often chase along after you through the house, or learn how to play fetch with you.

Coat Type/Grooming : The coat is long and dense. It is slightly coarse, so does not mat as easily as many other long-haired breeds. Young rabbits require more grooming as their coat is softer and matts more easily.

Health & Hutch : Like other small mammals, American Fuzzy Lops can be prone to colds and viral infections. With proper care, Fuzzies will generally live about 10-12 years. Even though they are small rabbits, they need a sufficiently spacious cage where they can move around freely. It's also recommended to provide them with a nest box so they have a cozy place to sleep, and a litter box for easy clean-ups.

American Sable


Varieties : Sable. Rich sepia brown on the body with darker sepia brown on the ears, face, back, legs, and upper portion of the tail.

Weight : Males: 7 to 9 pounds, Females: 8 to 10 pounds

Physical Attributes : The American sable's most unique attribute is its distin ct coloring, and the ruby red glow in its eyes. Other notable attributes are the very soft fur a nd the rounded body.

Personality : Generally, American Sables are quite friendly and docile. They enjoy companionship of other rabbits and thrive on human attention. Many individuals spend most of the day sleeping. The Sable usually makes an amazing pet and is quite easy to handle. When distressed, the American Sable will make a grunting noise or will thump its back foot on the ground in an attempt to scare the thing that is disturbing it.

Coat Type/Grooming : The coat is medium in length, fine, soft, and very de nse. American sables tend to shed in patches, and they often take a long time to shed, so they may require more grooming than some breeds. A slicker brush is good.

Health & Hutch : Like almost all rabbits, the American Sable can suffer from respiratory infections, sore hocks, dental problems, and a number of other diseases. The hutch should be large enough to allow 1 square foot of space per 1 pound of the rabbit's weight. For example, a 9 pound rabbit will feel quite comfortable in a hutch sized 3x3 feet.

Angora (English)


Varieties : Agouti: Each hair shaft over the body has three or more distinct colors. The belly, underside of the tail, inside of the ears and nostrils, and around the eyes are cream, orange, or white;

Pointed White: White with color on the feet, legs, nose, ears, and tail.

Self: One solid color;

Shaded: The body is one color and the ears, face, haunches, belly, feet, legs, and tail are a darker color;

Ticked: Dark color with silver or gold tipped hairs spread throughout the coat;

Wide Band: Markings like that of an agouti, but the hair shafts do not have three or more colors.

Weight : Males: 5 to 7 pounds, Females: 5 to 7 1/2 pounds

Physical Attributes : The English Angora resembles, literally, a ball of fluff. The only portion of the rabbit that has short fur is the face. The rest, ears and legs included, is covered in long fur. The face is fairly short, and the body is rounded.

Personality : English Angoras are wonderful bunnies with a very gentle, docile, and sweet personalities. Bred for centuries as a fiber animal, the English Angora will literally rest on your lap while the wool is spun right off the rabbit. They are true "ragdolls" of the rabbit world. However, this breed is only suitable for those who will take care of its luxurious coat properly. English Angoras are known to be more intelligent than guinea pigs and hamsters. They can learn their name and even be trained to go to the toilet in a specific area, which makes cleaning up much easier.

Coat Type/Grooming : English Angoras have very long, fine fur which requires daily grooming. It matts very easily due to its silky texture. A slicker brush and a comb, preferably with rotating teeth, are a must for grooming. A letter opener is good for splitting matts apart. Clippers are a good idea in case the rabbit ever needs to be shaved, such as in very warm weather or when being bred.

Health & Hutch : Generally robust and healthy. English Angoras naturally release their wool every three to four months, which means the wool needs to be shorn, plucked or clipped about four times a year. If neglected, the bunny will become terribly matted and can develop a condition known as the woolblock. This is when the bunny ingests the lose wool during regular self-grooming. The woolblock can result in the rabbit's death. Additionally, the English Angora needs to be shaved in very warm weather and when it's bred.
The English Angora's hutch should have a tray under the wire floor to catch the urine and droppings. This is to prevent the rabbit's fur becoming very dirty. Unlike other bunnies, the English Angora will hardly feel the wire floor since its feet are furnished with excess hair. The average lifespan is 5 to 7 years.

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Belgian Hare


Varieties : Standard. Brilliant, deep red with black hairs interspersed evenly and with a wavy appearance.

Weight : Males: 6 to 9 1/2 pounds, Females: 6 to 9 1/2 pounds

Physical Attributes : The Belgian Hare looks like a jackrabbit. It is brown like one and has a very long, arched body like one. The ears are long and open, and the legs are very long and thin.

Personality : Belgian Hares are generally friendly, but they do tend to startle easily. They are very curious and enjoy toys and activities to keep them busy.

Coat Type/Grooming : Belgian Hares have a very short, stiff coat. It lies very close to the body, and is quite easy to groom. A soft brush during shedding season is the only grooming normally required.

Health & Hutch : Belgian Hares have a very high metabolic rate, so they may require more food and more consistent feeding than other pet rabbits. Moreover, Belgian Hares have quite delicate stomachs, which may cause diarrhea or other health problems. When you give them fresh fruits and vegetables, make sure they are added to the diet one vegetable (fruit) at a time. As this breed loves to run and jump, its hutch should be large enough to allow this. An ideal size is 6x2x2 ft. The extra length will always be appreciated by your rabbit, whereas the width is not so crucial. Nonetheless, the hutch width should not be less than 20 inches, no matter how long it is.

On average, the Belgian Hare's lifespan is 5 years and more.

Beveren


Varieties : Beverens come in blue, white, black, brown and lilac colours. Brown and lilac, however, are not recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). The eye colour should be blue-grey in blue rabbits, brilliant blue in white ones, and dark brown in black rabbits. The coat length is about 1,5 inches.

Weight : The weight is 8 to 12 pounds.

Physical Attributes : The Beveren is one of the oldest rabbit breeds. The medium length body has a recognized mandolin shape. The back is broad and meaty while the loin is deep and firm. The well-sprung rib cage tapers gradually from wide smooth hips. The shoulders are strong. Viewed from the side, the body represents a clear definite arch. The topline is a smooth curve, with the highest point around the middle of the back. The head is full from top to bottom. The ears are carried in a V-shaped manner; their perfect length is 5 inches and more.

Personality : Beveren rabbits are well-tempered, clean, smart, and moderately energetic. They love to explore the outdoors. Compared to other breeds, however, it is somewhat a mellow rabbit with a slightly laid back personality, which makes the Beveren an excellent family pet. This is also a wonderful breed to show. The does are typically docile and make good mothers

Coat Type/Grooming : The coat is dense and glossy.

Health & Hutch : The Beveren is generally a hardy and robust breed. It can be easily reared in most wire hutches.

Brittania Petite


Varieties : Black, Black Otter, Chestnut Agouti, Ruby Eyed White, Sable Marten

Weight : Males: 2 1/2 pounds maximum; Females: 2 1/2 pounds maximum

Physical Attributes : Britannia Petites are small, delicate-looking rabbits. They have fairly long, slender, arched bodies similar to a hare. They have short, upright ears and a wedge-shaped face. They stand up tall due to long front legs.

Personality : Britannia Petites tend to be more high strung than many breeds. Their standard of perfection calls for a lively rabbit, and that a temperamental Britannia Petite is sometime to be expected. They are exceptionally curious and require toys and human interaction to prevent boredom.

Coat Type/Grooming : Britannia Petites have short, fine, dense fur that lies close to the body. It has a silky texture to it. Grooming is fairly easy with a weekly brushing by a slicker brush being all that is needed normally. During the shedding season, bi-weekly brushings may be required.

Health & Hutch : Quite healthy and robust. Nonetheless, these rabbits require especially careful handling because of the delicate body type. The average lifespan is 5 to 8 years, although some individuals can live up to 10 years and even more. This breed doesn't require much room space.