Breeds of dwarf rabbits are numerous. All are the result of rigorous selection work. Here is an overview of this miniature animal world.
The dwarf ram rabbit
Originally from the Netherlands, this stocky and muscular rabbit is one of the heaviest dwarf rabbits, as it can slightly exceed 2 kg. Its long floppy ears with rounded tips are its main feature.
The dwarf rex rabbit
It is a rare breed of furry dwarf rabbit. Unlike the larger rex rabbit, the dwarf rex rabbit is not a recognized breed. Its ideal weight is between 1 and 1.5 kg. Its ears, tight together, are hairy and carried erect. They measure approximately 5 cm. Its dense fur is soft like velvet.
The ram rex dwarf rabbit
The dwarf ram rex rabbit is a cross between dwarf rams and dwarf rex. It is much more common than the dwarf rex. His body is short and broad, very muscular. His ears are drooping. The coat is homogeneous and very dense, with a length of between 14 and 18 mm. This bunny is particularly sweet.
The dwarf angora rabbit
The dwarf angora rabbit weighs an average of 1.4 kg. It is a rabbit with a particularly calm and silent temperament, known for its coat length of between 5 and 7 cm. These rabbits require rigorous maintenance because they risk respiratory and digestive problems if neglected.
The Polish dwarf rabbit or ermine
The ideal weight of this rabbit is around 1 kg. His body is stocky and muscular, his back line short and arched. Its tail and legs are small. Its rounded head wears straight hairy ears. As you can imagine from its name “ermine”, only the unblemished white color is allowed in the standard. He is a lively and playful rabbit.
The Britannia Petite
From the Polish dwarf rabbit, it usually weighs a little over 1 kg. Its appearance is oriented vertically and its skeleton is thin: it is an elegant little bunny with short ears. Specimens with white coats and red eyes were the first to be accepted into the standard. Its strength is undoubtedly its coat which requires little maintenance unlike most other breeds. A weekly brushing is enough for him.
The Dutch or colored dwarf rabbit
Originally from Holland, the colored dwarf rabbit is a breed obtained from the Polish dwarf rabbit but, as the name suggests, it is not white. The colors accepted by the standard of this rabbit are numerous. Its head is flattened, its ears are very short, and its eyes are prominent. It is one of the most popular breeds in France.
The Wooly Jersey
Jersey Wooly is known as a non-kicking bunny: it has a very mild character. This breed was obtained by crossing between Angora rabbits and dwarf colored rabbits. He has a muscular body and two small, erect, hairy ears. Her silhouette is delicious!
“Lop” means “pruned”. It is therefore the English equivalent of our French appellation “nain”.
Holland lop is obtained from the cross between the dwarf ram rabbit and the colored dwarf. Its ideal weight is around 1 kg. Its size, particularly small, makes it a rabbit whose reproduction is delicate. As a result, it is not recognized by the French Federation of Cuniculture. Little known in France, it is a very popular breed in other countries.
Cashmere lop or American fuzzy lop
The American fuzzy lop comes from the Holland lop. Its ideal weight is between 1.5 and 1.8 kg. It has a dense, coarse coat, floppy ears. It has only been recognized as a full-fledged breed since 1988. It is a small, curvaceous rabbit.
Lion head dwarf rabbit
It is a recent breed dating from the beginning of the 90s. To obtain its characteristic “lion’s head”, the selection was made on rabbits whose hair was long on the head and short on the body. The hairs on his mane can reach 10 cm long, giving him a truly unique face. Like angora rabbits, they require regular maintenance to stay healthy. They also have a fairly sensitive digestive system.
The dwarf Hotot
Its large equivalent had been created for the production of meat and fur. The coat of the Dwarf Hoto is completely white except for a circle of another color around each eye. The English call it “Eye of the Fancy”, “the eye of fantasy”. The colored circle should be clearly visible, about 4 mm thick and of a solid color and evenly distributed around the eye. Otherwise, these are faults for the breed. Its hairs are short but dense and soft. Its ears form a vertical V above its head.
The satin dwarf rabbit
It is a rather rare fur breed. It is very recent: its creation dates from the 90s. Its shoulders are powerful and its legs are small. Its coat is smooth and satin, very soft. Its thickness is homogeneous. His character is quite similar to that of the cat, regularly needing a moment of privacy and independence.
The dwarf fox rabbit
This breed originated from the cross between dwarf rabbits and fox rabbits. They are probably even rarer than satin dwarf rabbits. Fox rabbits owe their name to their coat, the color and shine of which is reminiscent of a fox.
The ecru ash dwarf rabbit
This breed was born in France. It is an extremely rare rabbit because its creamy gray color is difficult to obtain. Its fine and short hairs make it a rabbit that does not require too much maintenance.
Lutterbach’s ermine rabbit
It is a lively rabbit whose fur is dense, short, fine and soft. In the standard, only white is allowed, with the exception of the ears which are black, dark gray or sable blue, with the possibility of a mix of colors.
The pygmy rabbit
This rabbit, native to North America, is the only representative of the genus Brachylagus. It is a rabbit that lives in the wild. It can fit in the palm of one hand, weighing just 400g for 25cm long. Its tail measures only 2 cm. His ears are hairy. Females are larger than males.