Top 20 Rabbit Breeds to Keep as Pets

Alaskan  Although you may think that the Alaska rabbit was born in Alaska, the jet-black breed is actually a German native. It was originally created as a fur rabbit (nonpet) but can be a very attractive pet. 

American American rabbits are a rare breed. The large, heavy rabbit is approximately 12 pounds in weight and can be found in two solid colors (blue or white). American rabbits are known for their sweet temperament and beautiful fur. 

American Chinchilla The American Chinchilla's history dates back to 1919 at the New York State Fair. A British exhibitor sold two Chinchilla bunnies to two U.S. rabbit breeders. They then went on to increase their size. The American Chinchilla, a gentle and resilient breed of Chinchilla rabbits, is one of the most rare. 

American Sable American Sable rabbits are medium in size and have a unique brown coat. It looks like a mink, and has different shades of light to dark. The tail is dark and sepia colored on the feet, ears, and face. 

Angora Angora rabbits are well-known for their silky, long-lasting wool coats. The luxurious, silky coat needs to be taken care . This includes frequent brushing to remove mats and plucking, shearing or clipping the hair every few months. 

Argente Rabbit France's Argente rabbits are famous for their thick, silky coats and beautiful colors. There are many Argente rabbit breeds that vary in size. 

Belgian Hare The American Rabbit Breeders Association states that the Belgian Hare is the oldest American rabbit breed. It was created in Belgium in 1880s, but it was only discovered in America in the 1880s. The Belgian Hare is a long, slim, arched-back, and round hindquarters. It looks almost like a wild hare. This breed is very rare. 

Blanc de Hotot (White Hotot) Blanc de Hotot, also known as White Hotot, is a solid-white rabbit with black "eyeliner", markings that ring its dark eyes. The Blanc de Hotot (White Hotot) was created in France in early 19 th century. The Blanc de Hotot rabbit was used in the development of the Dwarf Hotot. It has similar markings, but is smaller. 

Britannia Petite The Britannia Petite, weighing in at 2.5 pounds, is a tiny rabbit. In fact, it is one of the most recognized rabbit breeds by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. The Britannia Petite in the United Kingdom is also known as the Polish. The Britannia Petite is energetic and highly-strung. This can make it difficult to manage. 

Californian The American Rabbit Breeders Association recognizes the Californian rabbit as one of its most beloved breeds. The breed's name refers to the fact that it was developed in Southern California in 1920s. Californian rabbits have a white body and Himalayan coloring (darker colors on the extremities including the ears, nose, feet, tail). They have always had pink eyes. 

Cinnamon Cinnamon rabbit's lustrous, short red hair is what gave it its name. In the 1970s, the breed was born from a cross of a Chinchilla doe with a New Zealand buck. The litter produced some red babies when one of the bucks was bred with a Checkered Giant/Californian done. Cinnamon rabbits can be medium-sized and are sweet and affectionate pets. 

Continental The Flemish Giant is sometimes called Contis or Continental Giants. The Continental rabbit is often referred to as Contis. They are available in both white and colored versions and can weigh up to 16 pounds. 

Dutch The Dutch rabbit is a popular breed due to its distinctive bi-colored markings. It ranks among the top 10 most beloved rabbit breeds. This breed is small and weighs between 3.5 and 5.5 pounds. The Dutch rabbit is a breed that originated in England. It's the oldest known rabbit breed, dating back to 1850. It is a popular pet because it is active and friendly. 

Creme d'Argent The French-bred Argente rabbits are well-known for their thick, shiny silky coats. They come in many beautiful colors. The Creme d'Argent, one of the four Argente rabbit breeds that are recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association is well-known for its cream-white coat and bright orange undercolor. This rare breed is only found in the United States or the United Kingdom. 

Dward Hotot The Dwarf Hotot is a rare-looking rabbit breed. It's all white except for the black "eyeliner", markings that ring its dark eyes. It is related to the Blanc de Hotot (White Hotot) which gave rise to the Dwarf Hotot's beautiful appearance. The Dwarf Hotot weighs in at under 3 pounds. The Dwarf Hotot is a friendly, curious, and active pet. 

English Spot The English Spot, with its attractive speckles, can be traced back to England in 1800. They arrived in America just before the beginning of the 20th Century, and were immediately welcomed with open arms. 

Florida White The Florida White rabbit was originally bred as a laboratory rabbit in the 1960s. Today, this small rabbit breed is a popular pet and a competitive show rabbit. The Florida White rabbit is pure white, with red eyes. The maximum weight for this breed is 6 pounds. 

Mini Lop Mini Lop is a small and lopped-eared breed of rabbit. The Mini Lop's body is small and stocky and its head is about the same size as a softball. Mini Lop weighs between 4.5 and 6.5 pounds. It is smaller than the Holland Lop, but larger than the English Lop or French Lop. 

New Zealand Do not be deceived by the New Zealand name of the rabbit. This breed was bred and born in the United States. In 1916, the American Rabbit Breeders Association recognized New Zealand. Five color options are available for the medium-large breed: black, white, blue, broken, and mixed (any color with white). New Zealand rabbits make great pets. 

Silver Silver rabbit gets its name because of its unique color. It has white hairs mixed with one of three colors (black or brown) to give it a silver-tinted appearance. With written records dating back to the 1500s, the Silver rabbit is thought to be the oldest domesticated rabbit breed. The Silver rabbit is affectionate, friendly, and active.