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Different Breeds Of Rabbit Part 1

If you are looking to buy a rabbit it can be difficult to select one from all the different breeds available. They all vary significantly in appearance, character and temperament. We will be covering different rabbit breeds over the next few months to give you an insight into how the different breeds vary. Read on to discover about the first five different types or rabbit, there will be more featured next month.

English Lop

English Lop rabbits are large rabbits with fairly short coats. They are believed to be the oldest lop rabbit in Britain. If you see any other types of lop rabbits, they were probably bred from the English Lop. The main feature of these rabbits is their huge floppy ears which were selectively bred. People find it an adorable and very appealing breed because of it’s very long ears.They have a very laid back nature and are a friendly breed. They come in a few different colours such black, blue, fawn and black. They can be one block colour or have coloured patches.


Rex rabbits are fairly rare and unique because of their amazing fur that feels just like velvet. Their fur was actually caused by a mutation in wild rabbits in France. They have some of the softest fur of all rabbits. They are possible one of the more intelligent breeds of rabbit and have a nice nature. They can be quite active and energetic and aren’t too difficult to handle. You can get Rex rabbits in all sorts of different colours including chocolate, blue, black, white and orange. They can sometimes be quite shy and quiet until they get to know you.

Netherland Dwarf

The Netherland Dwarf is quite a common breed of rabbit that is popular as a family pet. They originated from the Netherlands and are a fairly small breed. They have a rounded face and a short neck with a rather compact body. In terms of temperament they like human company, can be quite lively but sometimes a little nervous. However, in general they are normally quite laid back and gentle little creatures. Many people fall for their adorable looks, they are very cute when they are young but also have a juvenile appearance even when they are older. They come in all sorts of different colours.


Dutch rabbits are a small to medium sized breed of rabbit that have very distinctive colour markings. They come in 6 main colours, tortoise, grey, steel, chocolate, black and blue. They have been a popular pet for a long time, and are also popular with show breeders. They used to be the most popular breed but since newer breeds have been introduced they are not quite as popular. They have glossy fur and fairly short ears. They are very energetic rabbits that need a fair amount of exercise and attention. They are sociable rabbits with a lovely nature.

English Spot

English Spot rabbits have a very striking appearance with their butterfly shaped mark on their nose. Other markings can include eye circles, coloured ears and spots along their body. They come in grey, chocolate, black, blue and tortoiseshell. They were bred in England during the 19th century and have since become popular pets. They have a sweet nature and are quite athletic with an inquisitive, cheeky character.


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