Rabbit breeds and their characteristics

Knowing the breeds of rabbits and their characteristics is a basic premise if your intention is to adopt a rabbit. Like dogs and cats, these adorable pets have their own personality, as well as a particular physical behavior or appearance.

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Nevertheless, in this article it will be possible to identify the physical characteristics of some types of rabbits. The behavior or generic character will also be addressed, since they will be related to your particular way of life.

Continue reading this YourCatCareguide article to know all about the different breeds of rabbits and their characteristics. Do not leave anything about this nice animal to know!


The white rabbit Hotot was created in France by Eugenie Bernhard in 1902, concretely in Hotot-en-Auge. Since then, the breed has become extremely popular for its sweet look. However, its population is limited because there are few breeders.

It is one of the most beautiful rabbit breeds. Its features include huge brown eyes, framed by a black circle that stands out over its white fur. He loves to eat, which can lead to obesity when it is not properly controlled.

Its size is very small, which makes the animal a suitable specimen to live in a small apartment. However, it is important to remember that it requires spaces to run and exercise freely. They are usually a bit shy but eventually become accustomed to their presence, letting the tutor enjoy a calm and gentle friend.

Castor Rex

The Castor Rex rabbit can be of two sizes: the standart , which is generally larger, thought up to 5 kg, and the mini variety that, unlike the previous one, weighs between 1 and 2 kg.

It can be found in all sorts of colors including black, chocolate, red or white and may have blemishes or not. We also emphasize that its coat is super soft to the touch.

They are, in general, very active rabbits that require a family to let them run around the house at different times of the day. It can provide a danger-free zone for him to leave his cage open. They are sociable and friendly.


The lion rabbit , also known as lion’s head, is very popular for its fun and long coat that reminds, as the name implies, of a lion’s head. Originally from Belgium, the lion rabbit is considered a specific breed, although recently many breeders are breeding Belier rabbits and lion rabbits, creating a slightly larger specimen.

They are not particularly large and their weight is on average between 1 and 2 kg. They can be of a multitude of colors, always with a hairy head next to medium short hair body. It should be brushed from time to time.

The lion rabbit also stands out as being an excellent pet for those who like to have a rabbit in their arms or on their lap for several hours since they are friendly and calm animals. They love to be caressed and to listen to them.


The Belier rabbit stands out for its long, drooping ears that give it a tender, melancholy look. We speak of a docile and quiet rabbit, particularly sweet, that leaves anyone in love with their delicate behavior in the house.

There are many types of Belier rabbits that are distinguished by their size, hair or physical characteristics. Among them we find the rabbit Belier lion or the Belier lop cashmere.

Looking for more information? Find out all about the Belier rabbit and its specific care .

English Angora

Despite its name, English Angora originated in Ankara, Turkey. It is a medium / large rabbit since its weight is around 2.5 and 3.5 kg.

This rabbit breed is distinguished by its long, silky fur. On some occasions they are bred to use their wool. The colors of English mohair vary greatly, including white, black, chocolate, brown, among others. Needs to be brushed daily.

They are exemplars who, in general, have a sweet and quiet character. However, they may be a bit shy and reserved when they come to your new home.

Toy rabbit or dwarf

The dwarf rabbit is a very small rabbit that usually is not more than 1.5 kg in weight. Popular by its small size, this specimen has facility in getting used to small houses.

It has a sweet and compact appearance, with very characteristic short and rounded ears. Its fur is soft and short, and may be brown, gray, black or white.

It is more independent than the other types of rabbit and can be fearful and distrustful of strangers. Over time, he becomes accustomed to the guardian if treated in a patient and friendly manner.

Looking for more information? Learn all about the toy or dwarf rabbit and their specific care .

Flanders Giant

The giant rabbit from Flanders (Belgium) is a very popular pet on farms around the world for its huge size and nice look. It can weigh up to 10 kg and has a large, long body that sets it apart from other rabbit breeds.

It can be found in all colors like black, bluish, beige, gray, brown or white.

It is a docile, quiet and very relaxed rabbit that lives wonderful with all kinds of animals. However, you should not be forced to interact if you do not want to. This great slacker needs plenty of room to move even if it is common to find him lying down to rest.


The tan rabbit is similar to a rotweiller dog or a Doberman in a lagomorphic version. They appeared in England in the late 19th century and are the result of crossbreeding between wild rabbits and Dutch rabbits.

It seems to have a constant alert attitude, being a smart and curious rabbit of average size (they can weigh up to 2.5 kg). It has a sweet and sweet character that compensates for its high exercise needs.

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