Types of Rabbits

List of Small Rabbit Breeds   

brown and white lionhead on a patio.

Rabbits are definitely one of the most adorable animal companions you can get. But did you know that they come in sizes ranging from dwarf to giant? Those giant breeds can grow as large medium-sized dogs, while some mini ones can easily sit on the palm of your hand. Since bunnies also need plenty of space to run around, you might want to consider your living space when getting one. Fortunately, you have plenty of choices. Here are some of the best small rabbit breeds for your consideration if you have little room to spare.  

What Size is a Small Rabbit?  

As we mentioned, rabbits come in various sizes. Some big rabbit breeds, such as the Flemish Giant, sometimes reach a weight of over 20 pounds. In contrast, the Netherland Dwarf weighs only around 2.5 pounds in adulthood. That’s how small mini rabbits can get. But what they lack in size, they make up for with their high cuteness quotient.   

brown rabbit sitting in grass.

Best Mini Rabbit Breeds  

Like other rabbit types, mini buns come in different sizes. They also have different personalities and care requirements. So if you plan to bring one home, read up on the traits of the various mini rabbit kinds to find out which one will suit your taste and lifestyle.  

Let’s look at some of the best mini rabbit breeds around.  

Netherland Dwarf  

white and black rabbit on a blanket.

One of the smallest mini rabbit breeds in our list, a full-grown Netherland Dwarf weighs between 1 to 2 ½ pounds. Buns belonging to this type have compact bodies, large eyes, and tiny erect ears. They have a thick, glossy coat that comes in various colors. This adorable furball has become a favorite among bun parents and is recognized as a show rabbit by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).  

Though tiny in size, the Netherland Dwarf packs a wallop when it comes to personality. It has a sweet nature but can also be shy and skittish. We don’t recommend it for families with small children because it tends to nip.  

Holland Lop  

The Holland Lop belongs to the lop breeds, or those bun types with ears that flop over. Buns from this breed aren’t as tiny as the Netherland Dwarf. A typical adult Holland Lop reaches around 4 pounds.   

It’s easy to fall in love with this bun because of its gorgeous looks. And it has a delightful personality to boot. Holland Lops make great pets for older kids, being the active buns that they are. They also love being held, which makes them great pet choices.  

Holland Lops tend to chew more than other breeds, though, so provide them with chew toys and plenty of enrichment activities.  

Lionhead  

brown rabbit sitting down.

This mini breed’s lovely mane makes it stand out among its kind. No wonder it is described as one of the cutest breeds around. As its name suggests, the Lionhead looks like a miniature lion because of the thick fur around its neck. With a weight between 2-4 pounds, this breed is one of the larger types among the minis. Plus, the fluffy fur makes a Lionhead look bigger.  

An affectionate bun, this breed enjoys company. It can also get along well with dogs and other pets, provided they have been properly introduced to each other. It also doesn’t have problems with children, making it a popular pet choice.   

Jersey Wooly  

This breed weighs around 2-3/4 to 3-1/2 pounds and has thick, long fur all over the body. It has a muscular body and upright ears. Because of their coat, Jersey Woolies will need plenty of grooming.  

Bred in New Jersey, the Jersey Wooly became known as the “no-kick rabbit.” That’s because, unlike other breeds, it does not kick when threatened. In fact, buns from this breed hardly show signs of aggression, such as growling or biting. This trait makes them great pets for first-time bun owners.  

American Fuzzy Lop  

The breed’s soft, fuzzy coat and lop ears give it a charm that’s hard to resist. The American Fuzzy Lop’s fur is so thick it completely covers the bun’s ears and neck. This delightfully wooly coat does make the breed irresistibly cute. However, it also levels up the American Fuzzy Lop’s grooming requirements.  

A full-grown American Fuzzy Lop weighs around 4 pounds max. It has a round, flat face, making it look a bit like a bulldog. Its coat comes in several colors, such as chestnut, lynx, blue, and white.  

Aside from being one of the most adorable-looking buns around, the American Fuzzy Lop also shines in the personality department. Playful and energetic, this rabbit breed is an excellent choice for owners with kids.  

Britannia Petite  

Like the Netherland Dwarf, the Britannia Petite is an itty-bitty bundle of cuteness. It comes in a tiny size that weighs a maximum of 2.5 pounds. Pointed ears, big eyes, a narrow head, and an arched body are the distinguishing traits of this bun breed.  

This little cutie is one energetic rabbit. It needs plenty of activities; otherwise, it can get bored and destructive. Due to its delicate frame and tendency to nip, the Britannia Petite might not be the best type for first-time bun parents or those with kids.  

Dwarf Hotot  

white hotot up close.

Pretty as a picture, that’s what this rabbit breed is. Soft, white fur, dark eyes, and a tiny stature are the distinguishing features of a Dwarf Hotot. It comes in a small package, too, at around 3 pounds in adulthood.  

Buns belonging to this breed enjoy being with their humans. They love being held, which earned them the distinction of being one of the most affectionate of the mini rabbit breeds.   

Considerations in Choosing a Dwarf Rabbit Breed 

Living space might be one of the factors why you want a tiny bun. If so, read up on the care requirements of these adorable cuties. Some of them may be small but need plenty of exercise.

Meanwhile, if you think that teeny weeny rabbits may suit children best, sorry to say that it is not always the case. Sometimes, small rabbits won’t go well with small kids. A number of these mini breeds can be pretty fragile due to their size. They need require careful handling, which little children may not be capable of. Other tiny buns can also be skittish and will bite if handled too often.   

Rabbits, big or small, can steal your heart. The secret to a wonderful pet experience is to carefully select the fur baby you’ll be bringing into your home.  

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