Many families find rabbits as good house pets, especially the children, which see them adorable. Pet rabbits kept indoors are referred to as house rabbits. House rabbits normally have an indoor cage and an exercise pen where they are free to run and have some exercises. When choosing a rabbit for a house pet, one must take into consideration what kind of breed to choose.
Generally, there are several different types of rabbit breeds. Rabbits come with this breed sizes: giant, large, medium, small and dwarf. Some breeds are available in one or more sizes. Also, future rabbit owners must take into consideration the breed’s coat type and need to be aware that the longer coated breeds need daily grooming. Listed below are the 10 most popular rabbit breed that suit well as house rabbits.
Californian Rabbits fall under the large rabbit breed, where bucks can weigh up to 9 lbs. and does grow up to 9.5 lbs. Californian are white with black nose, feet, tail and has erect ears. They have pink eyes. They make excellent pets since they are laid-back, easy to train and loves attention. Californian fur can be short up to 1.5 inches and requires minimal grooming.
Dutch Rabbits normally weigh 4.5 lbs thus fall under the small rabbit breed. The front of the face, body, and the back feet are white; the rest is colored; including tortoiseshell, chocolate and yellow. Dutch rabbits have normal fur so minimal grooming is required. Their activity level: calm, easy going, loving, enjoys attention.
Jersey Wooly Rabbits
Jersey Wooly Rabbits are easily recognized by its bold head and long wooly coat and may come in a variety of colors. A small rabbit breed, Jersey Wooly can weigh up to 3 pounds. They are affectionate, relax, playful, friendly, intelligent and like to be around with other animals. Its woolly, fur requires twice a week grooming.
Holland Lops are the smallest breed from the lop-eared rabbits weighing about 3.5 lbs. They have muscular and compact body marked by wide shoulders, deep chests, and short thick legs. Holland Lops have normal fur and need minimal grooming. Their colors vary from white, brown, brown-white, white-black and black. Holland Lops are calm, easy going, sweet temperament, gentle nature and good with children.
Mini Lops fall under the medium sized breed where the average buck weight is about 5.5 lbs. They have thick, soft fur, short massive-looking body, a big block-like head and looped ears. Mini lops are relaxed, easy going and friendly. They come in agouti and white.
Netherland Dwarfs belong to the small breed that usually weighs between 2 lbs. to 2.5 lbs, both for males and females. They have short ears and their eyes and head are large with respect to their bodies. The Netherland dwarfs may come in different colors that include: Black, Blue, Himalayan, Chocolate, Lilac, Fawn, Chestnut and Tortoiseshell. They are highly sociable, curious, independent, but can sometimes be nippy.
New Zealand Rabbits
New Zealand Rabbits are in the giant rabbit breed category where bucks may grow up to 10 lbs. and does weigh up to 11 lbs. They are normally white rabbits but some come in black and red. New Zealand rabbits have normal fur that need twice a week grooming. They are friendly and at times curious.
Polish Rabbits are in the small breed group with males and females weighing at most 2.5 lbs. They have normal fur so minimal grooming is required. They are small rabbits with short ears that touch each other all the way to the tips. Polish rabbits are white with either red eyes or blue eyes. The red-eyed white is a true albino. They make great pets as they are reserved and active.
Mini Rex Rabbits
Mini Rex Rabbits were derived from the standard Rex rabbit. They are small breed where bucks usually weigh 4 lbs. and does grow to 4.5 lbs. They come in different colors that include: Black, blue, broken group, castor, chinchilla, chocolate, Himalayan, lilac, lynx, opal, red, seal tortoise, white. Mini Rex needs minimal grooming since they have short plush-like fur. They are excitable, very friendly, graceful and mild mannered.
Satin Rabbits fall under the large breed group, bucks can grow to 9.5 lbs. and makes up to 11 lbs. Their coats are incredibly lustrous and shiny, thus it requires minimal grooming. Satin rabbits come in white, black, blue, broken group, chinchilla, chocolate, red, white. They are relaxed and friendly.