Rabbits or bunnies are small mammals that belong to the family Leporidae and have the following taxonomic description like Kingdom:Mammalia, Phyllum: vertebrata and Order: Lagomorpha
- Oryctolagus cuniculus or European Rabbits.
- Sylvilagus or Cottontail Rabbits.
- Pentalagus furnessi or Amami Rabbits.
- Poelagus or Central African Rabbits.
- Bunolagus or bushman Rabbits.
- Nesolagus or Sumatran Striped Rabbits.
- Romerolagus or Volcano Rabbit.
- Brachylagus or Pygmy Rabbits.
Many of these are domesticated in homes, while others limit themselves to the forest only.
Out of the various species that are made as pets, only 7 popular breeds are mentioned in this article. These are the seven most popular rabbit breeds you should know of:
1. Netherland dwarf
They belong to Oryctolagus cuniculus and they originate in Netherlands. These are also called as Dwarf Rabbits and belong to the fancy breed of rabbits often characterized by short ears, compact body, apple rounded head and different colors.Their weight range from 500 gm to 1.6 kg.
2. Holland Lop
These are also breed of rabbits originating in Netherlands.This breed was recognized by Netherlands’ Governing Rabbit Council in 1964. They are popular house pets and are well renowned for being non aggressive and having sweet temperament though they have dog like tenacity. They grow upto 4 pounds.They have round, short head, massive body and lopped ears.
3. Satin Angora
They are the oldest breed of domesticated rabbits originating in Ankhara, Turkey. They are characterized by having long fur on their body as well as their ears. The hair strands are hollow resulting in a satiny shimmer. That how this breed got the name. It has round body and medium length, upright ears and oval head.They weigh upto 6 to 9 pounds. They appeared in US in early 20th century. Another truth about them is that they are bread for Angora wool.
These breeds weigh from 3 to 5 pounds and have medium short, round body.They have varied coloration.These were once a popular breed of rabbits. After the Dwarf Rabbits began to be bred, the popularity of this breed declined. Yet it remains one of the 10 most popular rabbit breeds in the world.
5. New Zealand
Though named so, these are of American origin. These are farm type rabbits and grow upto 11 pounds. The original breed had white fur. Color variation resulted from cross breeding. These need unusually more food to grow because of its large size.
These breed of rabbits were developed in France in 1919.This is also a big breed weighing from 7 to 10 pounds.They have big, dense, plush, satiny fur caused by mutation.They are very playful and friendly. Yet, the male one have a rough nature and there is a need to calm down its temper by effective training.They are fed with a combination of commercial rabbit pellets and timothy hay. But, care needs to be taken because of some health issues bothering this breed.
7. Jersey Wooly
These are also domesticated breed growing upto 3 pounds with a bold head thick woolly fur.They have extremely gentle temperament,high intelligence and docile nature. Don’t forget to brush it once in every one month, else will look horrible due to its thick fur. These were recognized by American Rabbit Breeder’s Association(ARBA) in 1988.