Rabbit Breeds That Will Always Stay Small

Rabbit Breeds That Will Always Stay Small

I remember a friend of mine who visited me one day at home with his kid. He was asking for an advice on which rabbit hutch to get. Since his family was adopting a few bunnies, he wants to find a bigger hutch. I showed him several products we have on our website, but he pointed out to something small.

So I told him, “Rabbits need enough space to run around, so that cage might be small enough for them.” Out of nowhere, his inquisitive child who was playing with my chocolate Lab, interrupted our conversation and said, “Daddy, aren’t rabbits small? Why do they need to be placed in a big hutch?”

The child’s questions somehow struck me. And so, I came up with this article. Below is a list of the smallest rabbit breeds we can see today.

Netherland Dwarf

The Netherland Dwarf is also one of the most adorable small rabbit breeds in the world. It can be easily distinguished because of its large head, short neck, and small upright ears.

Netherland Dwarf

Like the English Angora, the Netherland Dwarf also requires special care. And if you decide to raise it as a pet, be aware of its tendency to nip.

English Angora

This fascinating creature is simply adorable with thick fur covering its head to toe. By its looks, the English Angora can be compared to a tiny ball of fur.

English Angora

Even if this rabbit breed comes in varying colours, it does require special care, such as grooming and a certain type of diet intended to keep it fit and healthy.

Columbia Basin Pygmy

The Columbia Basin Pygmy is not just the smallest rabbit breed on Earth; it is also one of the rarest. Once it matures, its weight only reaches up to a pound. Decades ago, it was thought that this breed has become extinct. Fortunately, 14 of them were found and given a forever home.

Columbia Basin Pygmy

Unlike any other rabbit breeds, breeding the Columbia Basin Pygmy was unsuccessful. Because of that, a breeding programme was started in which Idaho Pygmy rabbits were crossed with pure breeds of Columbia Basin bunnies.

Lionhead

Originating in Belgium, the Lionhead is known to weigh around 3 to 3-3/4 lbs. only. Nevertheless, it is listed among the cutest. As the name suggests, it appears like a small lion because of the thick fur around its neck.

Lionhead

Over time, the Lionhead has been very popular among breeders because of their affectionate personality.

Mini Plush Lop

The Mini Plush Lop is another rabbit breed that is preferred by many families. It weighs only between 2-1/2 to 3-3/4 lbs.

Mini Plush Lop

Also noted for its incredibly affectionate personality, the Mini Plush Lop was first introduced in the late nineties after Devie D’Anniballe crossed a Mini Rex and a Holland Lop.

American Fuzzy Lop

Popular for its flat “bulldog-like” face, the American Fuzzy Lop is bred in varying colours. It is loved because of its long fur and lightweight.

American Fuzzy Lop

Due to its thick fur, it needs special grooming to remain healthy. Also, it needs a special diet.

Jersey Wooly

The Jersey Wooly is popular for its compact physique that gives it a really cute appeal. It only weighs around 2-3/4 to 3-1/2 lbs.

Jersey Wooly

This rabbit breed comes in a variety of colours and has short hair on its face. When it comes to caring, it does not need a special diet or extra grooming for it to remain healthy. Hence, it does make a great pet.

Britannia Petite

The Britannia Petite is known for its narrow head and arched body, which resembles that of a tiny hare. It comes in different colors, such as black, agouti, chestnut, sable marten, otter, and white. This little breed only weighs around 2 to 2-1/2 lbs.

Britannia Petite

If you are a new rabbit owner, this might not be the best breed for you. This is because it has a tendency to nip and is a bit whimsical.

Miniature Cashmere Lop

Since the discovery of the large Cashmere lop in the eighties, the miniature Cashmere Lop has also gained a large following. Though this small bunny makes a great family pet, it requires a lot of grooming and a special diet.

Regardless of their size, I say that rabbits are among the cutest creatures on this planet. And because of the charm they possess, they have been opted by many families as pets. But then again, they come in varying breeds.

Miniature Cashmere Lop

While some are quite common, others are extremely rare and unique-looking. Even so, all of them are indeed little bundles of enjoyment and fun.

If you are wondering what happened to my friend and to his son after that question, well, they went home with lots of new learning. I ended up sharing with them everything I know about rabbits. If you wish to learn some of them, just give me your name and email address and I will send you an eBook via email.

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9 thoughts on “Rabbit Breeds That Will Always Stay Small

  1. Jackie says:

    Ummm English angora species can grow HUGE! I had one named sora and at about 3 months old he was bigger than my cousins 2 year old black rabbit. Not a species that should be on here really. Mine hopped over my 2 foot tall fence and they need a lot of space and cleaning them is a blimmin difficult task.

  2. K. D.B says:

    We have a lion head dwarf … he has such a unique personality, is very lovable , was easy to train .. even though he was a rescue 4 months ago . He has proven to be a positive emotional support to our son … wish we would of thought of getting a rabbit years ago ! What a wonderful pet this little guy has turned out to be .

  3. Ember Gidion says:

    Amazing that these rabbits exist as I’ve never seen them in pet stores or in animal shows on television. My wife happened on a picture of one, I think it was an English Angora, and it was one of the most fascinating and adorable rabbits I’ve ever seen. Years ago, I had a typical size black and white rabbit and it was more intelligent and possessive creatures we’ve ever had. Even brighter than our dogs which were terrified of him. He dominated our entire back yard and an amazing architect (digging dirt from a tunnel and then moving all of it into his domed dog house).
    Anyway I’d like to know more about these tiny rabbits. How long do they live, temperatures for each species and if you have any videos and photos, that would be terrific.
    Thank you for the information and a spark that has us interested in these adorable little animals.
    Respectfully

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