And just like dogs and cats, there are many different breeds of rabbit with varying colors, sizes, fur textures and personalities. To celebrate International Rabbit Day, here is a list of 5 unique rabbit breeds you may have never heard of before. Get ready to squeal with delight, because they are all super cute!
Lionead rabbits get their name because they appear to have a mane similar to that of a lion's. They are a small breed of rabbit, weighing in at about 2-4 pounds on average. This breed is relatively new in the United states and originated from Belgium.
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There are actually a few different Angora rabbit breeds including the Satin Angora, Giant Angora, French Angora, and English Angora. Each breed has it's own specific size, but Angora rabbits do tend to be a pretty large breed weighing in at anywhere from 7-12 pounds or even more, possibly. They are known for their wild and crazy fur, which is super soft.
This compact breed of rabbit may be small, but they make up for their lack of size with personality. Weighing in at only 2 pounds, the Netherland Dwarf breed is known to sometimes have an "attitude" and they are absolutely adorable!
This giant breed of rabbit normally weighs about 10 pounds. First bred in Southern California in the 1920s, the Californian is named rightfully so. They are mostly white with black coloration on the ears, tail, nose, and feet and have pink eyes.
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Rex rabbits are a popular breed with some of the softest fur you'll probably ever touch and feels similar to velvet. This breed originated from France and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. They are a medium sized rabbit and usually weigh between 7-10 pounds.
Remember that rabbits may be adorable and cuddly, but they are not "easy" pets to care for. They require proper nutrition, housing, exercise, mental stimulation, and lots of cleaning up after. Also, there are plenty of rabbits in need of homes that can be adopted from a local rescue or animal shelter. For more information about properly caring for pet rabbits, we recommend visiting House Rabbit Society. Happy International Rabbit Day!
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