Types Of Rabbits

Examples of Types of Rabbits Recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association

There are forty seven types of rabbits that are recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).  There are shows and clubs at which rabbit owners can compete with their pets.  While some think that all rabbits are the same, a quick look at the ARBA website will quickly dispel that myth.

Below is a brief description of just a few of the many breeds recognized by this organization.


These are probably one of the most unique looking of all types of rabbits. Having been bred for their very long and soft fur, they often look more like a cat than a rabbit. Their hair can reach five inches in length and proper grooming is a must in order to prevent matting and snarls. These rabbits are usually shorn as the coat tends to be too much to handle in the warmer months.

English Lop

The English Lop rabbit sports the longest ears of all types of rabbits. These floppy ears can reach an impressive length of over twenty inches! Of course, with ears this long, owner must take some careful considerations when providing for their pets. One of the most overlooked special needs is the requirement for a hutch that is much larger than what another rabbit might need.


For those who want a rabbit that looks a bit unusual, consider the Thrianta rabbit. This rabbit has a medium length coat that is a pretty orange color. They typically weigh in at about six pounds.

Netherland Dwarf

One of the smallest types of rabbits recognized by ARBA, this rabbit weighs in at only about two and a half pounds. This breed is one of the most common types of rabbits to be sold in pet stores. One thing that makes them so popular among casual pet owners is that they need a much smaller cage than some other types of rabbits.

Flemish Giant

On the other end of the size scale is the Flemish Giant rabbit. This rabbit can reach a weight of nearly 30 pounds.

Obviously, a rabbit so large will need much more room than would a smaller rabbit. Many pet owners have found that this rabbit, like other types of rabbits, can be trained to use a litter box. Once the rabbit has been trained, many pet owners just allow them to have run of the house.

In addition to a bigger cage, this rabbit also – not surprisingly – needs much more food per day than the average rabbit.

Variations among different types of rabbits extend to more than just looks. Some are very playful and like to have room to run around while others are far more placid and calm. It is important to learn all about the type of rabbit that you are considering for a pet.

Do not make a decision based just on how the rabbit looks. Instead, make sure that the personality and lifestyle traits of the rabbit are a good match for you and your family.

Doing so will ensure that both you and your rabbit will be happy in his new home.


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