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DOMESTIC VARIETY SPECIES SUMMARY PAGE

Oryctolagus cuniculus domesticus - Domestic rabbit: (Breeds)

Note: the majority of information on the domestic rabbit (natural history, biology etc.) is on the page Oryctolagus cuniculus - European rabbit. This page provides information on particular differences between the wild-type and domestic rabbit and how the domestic breeds vary from one another.

Angora (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Dutch (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Tri-Colour Dutch (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption BRC01-10p04_English.jpg (18060 bytes) BRC01-10p05_Flemish-Giant.jpg (13556 bytes) BRC01-10p06_Giant_Papillon.jpg (15608 bytes) Belgian Hare (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Tan Hare (Domestic  Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Harlequin (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Himalayan (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Lionhead (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Netherland Dwarf (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Polish (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rhinelander (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Silver (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Tan (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Thrianta (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Cashmere Lop (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Miniature_Cashmere_Lop (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Dwarf Lop (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption BRC21-30p01_English_Lop.jpg (32775 bytes) BRC21-30p02_French_Lop.jpg (36514 bytes) BRC21-30p03_German_Lop.jpg (47233 bytes) BRC21-30p04_Meissner_Lop.jpg (42122 bytes) BRC21-30p05_Miniature_Lop.jpg (20638 bytes) BRC21-30p06_Miniature_Lion_Lop.jpg (26673 bytes) BRC21-30p07_Alaska.jpg (22601 bytes) BRC21-30p08_Argente_Bleu.jpg (19198 bytes) BRC21-30p09_Argente_Brun.jpg (18057 bytes) BRC21-30p10_Argente_Creme.jpg (20460 bytes) BRC31-40p01_Argente_Champagne.jpg (19292 bytes) BRC31-40p02_Argente_Noir.jpg (31588 bytes) BRC31-40p03_Beige.jpg (35013 bytes) BRC31-40p04_Beveren.jpg (26496 bytes) BRC31-40p05_Blanc_De_Bouscat.jpg (20233 bytes) BRC31-40p06_Blanc_De_Hotot.jpg (23053 bytes) BRC31-40p07_Blanc_De_Termonde.jpg (23007 bytes) BRC31-40p08_British_Giant.jpg (46160 bytes) BRC31-40p09_Californian.jpg (23470 bytes) BRC31-40p10_Chinchilla.jpg (36625 bytes) Chinchilla Giganta (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Continental Giant Coloured  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Continental Giant White (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Deilenaar  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Fox-Silver  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Golden Glavcot (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Havana (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Hulstlander (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Lilac (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption New Zealand White (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption New Zealand Red (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Perlfee (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Pointed Beveren (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Sable (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Sallander (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Satin (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Siberian (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Smoke Pearl (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Squirrel (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Sussex (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Swiss Fox  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Thuringer  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Vienna Coloured (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Vienna White (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Wheaten (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Lynx Wheaten (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Self Black (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Self Ermine  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Self Blue (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Self Havana  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Shaded Sable Siamese (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Shaded Seal (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Shaded Smoke Pearl (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Shaded Tortoiseshell (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Tan Pattern Marten Seal (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Tan Pattern Otter (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Tan Pattern Fawn (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Tan Pattern Orange (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Agouti Chinchilla (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Agouti Cinnamon (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Agouti Castor (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Agouti Lynx (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption BRC71-80p05_Rex_Other_Varieties_Dalmatian_Bi_Colour.jpg (14132 bytes) BRC71-80p05_Rex_Other_Varieties_Dalmatian_Tri_Colour.jpg (16769 bytes) BRC71-80p06_Rex_Other_Varieties_Harlequin_Magpie.jpg (24774 bytes) BRC71-80p06_Rex_Other_Varieties_Himalayan.jpg (19563 bytes) BRC71-80p07_Rex_Rough_Coated_Astrex.jpg (30577 bytes) BRC71-80p08_Rex_Rough_Coated_Opossum.jpg (25537 bytes) BRC71-80p09_Mini_Rex.jpg (20619 bytes) BRC71-80p10_Mini_Rex_Broken_Pattern.jpg (15806 bytes)

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Mammalia / Lagomorpha / Leporidae / Oryctolagus / Species

Alternative Names

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Wild Type ("Parent") Species

Comparison with Wild Type Species Compared with the wild European rabbit, domestic rabbits show much greater variety in size, coat colour and fur structure (length, relationship of underfur to guard hair length etc.). There are also some variations in ear shape (particularly lop ears) and facial length. Seasonality of breeding is less pronounced.

General Description

Note: the majority of information on the domestic rabbit (natural history, biology etc.) is on the page Oryctolagus cuniculus - European rabbit. This page provides information where there are particular differences between the wild-type and domestic rabbit and how the domestic breeds vary from one another.

  • A huge variety of special strains of the domesticated form have been developed. (B147)

  • At least 66 breeds and varieties are recognised by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. (B147)

  • More than 65 breeds are recognised by The British Rabbit Council and more than 100 breeds are found worldwide. (B622.3.w3)

  • In the UK, The British Rabbit Council recognises a wide variety of Fancy, Fur, Lop and Rex rabbit breeds, including those shown below. In general, the Fur rabbits are larger than the Fancy rabbits (which include the very small Netherlands Dwarf and Polish breeds). (D374, W728.Jan01.w1)

    • Fancy breeds include Angora, Dutch, Tri-Colour Dutch, Belgian Hare, English, Flemish, Papillon, Harlequin, Himalayan, Netherland Dwarf, Polish, Rheinlander, Silver, Tan and Thrianta. (D374)

    • Lop breeds include the Cashmere Lop, Miniature Cashmere Lop, Dwarf Lop, English Lop, French Lop, German Lop, Meissen Lop and Miniature Lop. (D374)

    • Fur breeds include the Alaska, Argent Blue, Argente Brun, Argente Creme, Argente Champagne, Beige, Beveren, Blanc de Bouscat, Blanc de Hotot, British Giant, Californian, Chinchilla, Chinchilla Giganta, Deilenaar, Fox, Golden Glavcot, Havana, Lilac, New Zealand White, New Zealand Red, Perlfee, Pointen Beveren, Siamese Sable, Sallander, Satin, Siberian, Smoke Pearl, Squirrel, Sussex, Swiss Fox, Thuringer, Vienna Blue, Vienna White, Wheaten, and Lynx (Wheaten). (D374)

    • Rex breeds include the Self, Shaded, Tan Pattern, Agouti, Other Variety, Astrex, Opossum Rex and Mini Rex. (D374)

    • Some breeds are recognised in a single colour, or only a few colours, while in other breeds a number of colours, or "varieties", are recognised. In rex rabbits the guard hairs are the same length as the undercoat hairs, so the rabbits have a velvety feel. In Satin rabbits the hair scales are smooth. In Lop breeds the ears hang down; in the English lop they are particularly long. (B601.1.w1, B602.13.w13, B619.1.w1)

    • Note: breed standards for rabbits vary between countries and some colours are recognised in some countries but not in others. (B619.1.w1)

    • The temperament of rabbits varies, with some breeds being generally calm and phlegmatic while others are more active and lively. However, different breeders may prefer, and breed for, different temperaments within a given breed. (B619.1.w1)

    • Many pet rabbit are crosses between different breeds. (B600.2.w2)

Breeds recognised by The British Rabbit Council include the following. 

The breeds have been grouped below by approximate size (Large, Medium, Dwarf), ears (lops) and fur characteristics (e.g. long or rex).

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Large Breeds

BRC31-40p05_Blanc_De_Bouscat.jpg (20233 bytes) Blanc De Bouscat rabbit
BRC01-10p05_Flemish-Giant.jpg (13556 bytes) Flemish Giant rabbit
BRC01-10p06_Giant_Papillon.jpg (15608 bytes) Giant Papillon rabbit
BRC31-40p08_British_Giant.jpg (46160 bytes) British Giant rabbit
Continental Giant Coloured  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Continental Giant Coloured rabbit
Continental Giant White (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Continental Giant White rabbit
Medium Breeds

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BRC21-30p07_Alaska.jpg (22601 bytes) Alaska rabbit
BRC21-30p08_Argente_Bleu.jpg (19198 bytes) Argente Bleu rabbit
BRC21-30p09_Argente_Brun.jpg (18057 bytes) Argente Brun rabbit
BRC21-30p10_Argente_Creme.jpg (20460 bytes) Argente Creme rabbit
BRC31-40p01_Argente_Champagne.jpg (19292 bytes) Argente Champagne rabbit
BRC31-40p02_Argente_Noir.jpg (31588 bytes) Argente Noir rabbit
BRC31-40p03_Beige.jpg (35013 bytes) Beige rabbit
Belgian Hare (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Belgian Hare
BRC31-40p04_Beveren.jpg (26496 bytes) Beveren rabbit
Pointed Beveren (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Pointed Beveren rabbit
BRC31-40p06_Blanc_De_Hotot.jpg (23053 bytes) Blanc De Hotot rabbit
BRC31-40p07_Blanc_De_Termonde.jpg (23007 bytes) Blanc De Termonde rabbit
BRC31-40p09_Californian.jpg (23470 bytes) Californian rabbit
BRC31-40p10_Chinchilla.jpg (36625 bytes) Chinchilla rabbit
Chinchilla Giganta (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Chinchilla Giganta rabbit (Giant Chinchilla rabbit)
Deilenaar  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Deilenaar rabbit
Dutch (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Dutch
Tri-Colour Dutch (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Tri-Colour Dutch
BRC01-10p04_English.jpg (18060 bytes) English rabbit
Fox-Silver  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Fox Silver rabbit (Silver Fox)
Golden Glavcot (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Golden Glavcot rabbit
Harlequin (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Harlequin rabbit (Japanese)
Havana (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Havana rabbit
Himalayan (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Himalayan rabbit
Hulstlander (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Hulstlander rabbit
Lilac (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Lilac rabbit
New Zealand White (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption New Zealand White rabbit
New Zealand Red (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption New Zealand Red rabbit
Perlfee (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Perlfee rabbit
Rhinelander (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rhinelander rabbit
Sable (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Sable rabbit
Sallander (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Sallander rabbit
Siberian (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Siberian rabbit
Silver (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Silver rabbit
Smoke Pearl (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Smoke Pearl rabbit
Squirrel (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Squirrel rabbit
Sussex (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Sussex rabbit
Tan Hare (Domestic  Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Tan Hare
Tan (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Tan rabbit
Thrianta (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Thrianta rabbit
Thuringer  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Thuringer rabbit
Vienna Coloured (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Vienna Coloured rabbit
Vienna White (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Vienna White rabbit
Wheaten (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Wheaten rabbit
Lynx Wheaten (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Lynx (Wheaten) rabbit
Dwarf Breeds

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BRC71-80p09_Mini_Rex.jpg (20619 bytes) Mini Rex rabbit
Netherland Dwarf (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Netherland Dwarf rabbit
Polish (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Polish rabbit
Lop rabbits

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Cashmere Lop (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Cashmere Lop rabbit
Miniature_Cashmere_Lop (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Miniature Cashmere Lop rabbit
Dwarf Lop (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Dwarf Lop rabbit
BRC21-30p01_English_Lop.jpg (32775 bytes) English Lop rabbit
BRC21-30p02_French_Lop.jpg (36514 bytes) French Lop rabbit (Large)
BRC21-30p03_German_Lop.jpg (47233 bytes) German Lop rabbit
BRC21-30p04_Meissner_Lop.jpg (42122 bytes) Meissner Lop rabbit
BRC21-30p05_Miniature_Lop.jpg (20638 bytes) Miniature Lop rabbit
BRC21-30p06_Miniature_Lion_Lop.jpg (26673 bytes) Miniature Lion Lop rabbit
Rex Rabbits

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Rex Self Black (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex self: Rex Self Black rabbit
Rex Self Ermine  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex self: Rex Self Ermine rabbit
Rex Self Blue (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex self: Rex Self Blue rabbit
Rex Self Havana  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex self: Rex Self Havana rabbit
Rex Shaded Sable Siamese (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Shaded: Rex Shaded Sable Siamese rabbit
Rex Shaded Seal (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Shaded: Rex Shaded Seal rabbit
Rex Shaded Smoke Pearl (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Shaded: Rex Shaded Smoke Pearl rabbit
Rex Shaded Tortoiseshell (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Shaded: Rex Shaded Tortoiseshell rabbit
Rex Tan Pattern Marten Seal (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Tan Pattern: Rex Tan Pattern Marten Seal rabbit
Rex Tan Pattern Otter (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Tan Pattern: Rex Tan Pattern Otter rabbit
Rex Tan Pattern Fawn (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Tan Pattern: Rex Tan Pattern Fawn rabbit
Rex Tan Pattern Orange (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Tan Pattern: Rex Tan Pattern Orange rabbit
Rex Agouti Chinchilla (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Agouti: Rex Agouti Chinchilla rabbit
Rex Agouti Cinnamon (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Agouti: Rex Agouti Cinnamon rabbit
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Rex Agouti Castor (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Agouti: Rex Agouti Castor rabbit
Rex Agouti Lynx (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Rex Agouti: Rex Agouti Lynx rabbit
BRC71-80p05_Rex_Other_Varieties_Dalmatian_Bi_Colour.jpg (14132 bytes) Rex Other Varieties: Rex Dalmatian Bi Colour rabbit
BRC71-80p05_Rex_Other_Varieties_Dalmatian_Tri_Colour.jpg (16769 bytes) Rex Other Varieties: Rex Dalmatian Tri Colour rabbit
BRC71-80p06_Rex_Other_Varieties_Harlequin_Magpie.jpg (24774 bytes) Rex Other Varieties: Rex Harlequin-Magpie rabbit
BRC71-80p06_Rex_Other_Varieties_Himalayan.jpg (19563 bytes) Rex Other Varieties: Rex Himalayan rabbit
BRC71-80p07_Rex_Rough_Coated_Astrex.jpg (30577 bytes) Rex Rough Coated Astrex rabbit
BRC71-80p08_Rex_Rough_Coated_Opossum.jpg (25537 bytes) Rex Rough Coated Opossum rabbit
BRC71-80p09_Mini_Rex.jpg (20619 bytes) Mini Rex rabbit
BRC71-80p10_Mini_Rex_Broken_Pattern.jpg (15806 bytes) Mini Rex Broken Pattern rabbit
Unusual coats other than Rex

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Angora (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Angora (English)
Lionhead (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Lionhead rabbit
Satin (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Satin rabbit
Swiss Fox  (Domestic Rabbit) - Click here for full page view with caption Swiss Fox rabbit

 

Further Information

The "Domestic Variety Species Summary Pages" have been provided initially to demonstrate the taxonomic relationship of the Domestic species to their wild counter parts. As Wildpro is developed, further information will be included.

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