There are a wide variety of rabbits listed on Rabbit Rehome, all different sizes, shapes, and colours. Many aren't pedigree rabbits belonging to a particular breed. All the bunny's on Rabbit Rehome have one thing in common, they are all looking for a loving home.
Here are some basic descriptions of different breeds, remember however, all rabbits are individuals and wouldn't necessarily match these descriptions exactly.
The illustrations below are some of the rabbits that are/have been listed on Rabbit Rehome as you can see there are many different types of rabbit that end up in rescue centres.
Note: A lop is a rabbit who has droopy ears. Instead of sticking upwards in the traditional rabbit way their ears hang down the side of the head.
Small Rabbit Breeds
Small rabbits are generaly considered to be under 2.5kg when they are full grown. Just because a rabbit is small does not mean that it will fit better in to a small hutch. Small bunny's still need plenty of space to live. If your bunny's going to be a house bunny, you'll need to be extra careful about spotting the places they could squeeze into to find something chewable.
Small breeds include:
- These are one of the smallest breeds of rabbits usually weighing just over 1kg. They can be lots of different colours and have short upright ears.
Lion Head - These are a newer breed of rabbit, they have a long (approx. 3inch) manes around their face and rest of their hair is short. Their mane needs regular brushing to prevent matts. Caring for Long Haired Rabbit Breeds
Mini Lop - They weigh 1.5-2kg
Dwarf Lop - These weigh 2-2.5kg, and have ears that come to just below the chin.
Dutch - These are quite a popular breed of bunny, also fairly small weighing 2-2.5kg. They are white across the shoulders and have a white blaze (stripe) down their nose with colour from the waist down, around the eyes and upright coloured ears.
Medium Rabbit Breeds
Medium rabbits are generally between 2.5kg and 4kg.
English - Weight 2.5-3.5kg. These bunnies have very unusual markings, a thick stripe down the spine, coloured ears and nose and spots across the flanks. They can be several different colours though black is the most common.
Angora - Long fluffy coats and will need regular grooming to stop tangles. They can look more like fluffy toys then bunny's! Angoras can range in size from 2-4kg. Caring for Long Haired Rabbit Breeds
Belgium Hare - Belgium hares have long upright ears and long slender body/legs, they look like a hare though they are really rabbits! They weigh 3.5-4kg.
Rex - Rex Rabbits have very dense fur, it looks like they have a velvet coat. They weigh 2.5-3kg.
Large Rabbit Breeds
Large rabbits weight approximately 4-5kg. You will need to be particularly careful that accomodation is big enough. Commercial hutches/runs can often have too low roofs, rabbits need to be able to stand on the back legs without banging their nose on the roof. Caring for Large/Giant Rabbit Breeds
New Zealand - : This breed usually comes in white, but can also be other colours. They weigh 4-5.5kg.
English Lop - These bunny's have very very long ears (over 20inches), which hang below the head and can drag on the floor. They weigh approximately 4.kg+
French Lop French Lops are very similar to English Lop's accept with much shorter ears. They weigh 4.5kg+
Giant Rabbit Breeds
Giant rabbits weigh at least 5kg and they can weigh 10kg! This is larger than the average domestic cat, the same as a small dog such as a Jack Russell. Due to their size they need very large accommodation so are often kept as house bunny's. Caring for Large/Giant Rabbit Breeds
British Giant - A very breed of bunny weighing 5-6Kg+ with upright ears
- Again this a big rabbit! They weigh 5kg+. They have long upright ears.
Weight Conversion - There are 0.454kg to 1lb and 1kg = 2.205lbs.