A Proper Guide on Different Rabbit Breeds and Types

There are many different rabbit breeds and types. Research shows well over 50 different breeds with varieties of each particular breed.

They come in different sizes, colours and shapes. Different rabbit breeds, and varying sizes, can have different requirements.

We have devoted separate pages below, for each popular breed of rabbit, plus the not so well known breeds that you might be interested in.

Click on the links below to find the necessary information.

In addition, if you want to ask a question or start up a discussion on yours, or another rabbit breed, then please visit our Rabbit Forum

If you are looking to buy a rabbit then you need to decide whether you want a dwarf , small, medium, large or very large (giant) rabbit.

There are the mini variety, a small breed, selectively bred such as the mini lop, the mini rex or mini lionhead etc.

Depending on the breed, there can sometimes be confusion between a dwarf and a mini. Dwarf does not necessarily mean the smallest breed when fully grown.

As a guide only, adult or fully grown sizes are,

Dwarf rabbits - approx 1.5 to 3.5lbs (.7 to 1.5 kg),

The Lionhead Rabbit
Netherland Dwarf


Small rabbits - up to 3.5lb (1.5kg)

Polish Rabbit ( Both British and American varieties)


Small rabbits- approx 3.5 to 5.5/6lb (1.5 to 2.7kg)

The Dutch Rabbit
Dwarf Lop
Mini Lop
Mini Rex


Medium rabbits- approx 5.5/6lb to 8.5/9lb (2.7-4.1kg)

The English Rabbit (also known as English Spot or Old English)



Large rabbits- approx 8.5/9lb to 11lbs (4.1-5 kg)


Giant rabbits- weighing 11lb upwards (5kg)

The Flemish Giant


More specific fully grown sizes and weights can be found on the particular page for each rabbit type.

Different breeds or types can be more suitable to what you are looking for. For example, some breeds are more suitable to be kept as a house pet, whilst others may better as a child's pet. Temperament or suitability is not dependant on the size of the rabbit.

Markings and colours will vary from one breed to another with perhaps the Dutch Rabbit being one of the most distinctive.

Rabbits have different characters and temperaments. This can be dependent on types of breed but even within each breed. Each rabbit has its own character and temperament. Nothing is written in stone.



Rabbit breeds are sometimes unclear. Do you know the breed of your rabbit ?

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