how could i determine the breed of a rabbit

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how could i determine the breed of a rabbit

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  1. amomipais82
    Hi There,
    These breeds range in mature weights from 2 to 4 lbs. with some requiring lesser maximum weights than others. Keep in mind the possibility of over-sized pet quality! The most popular of the breeds listed below that are found in pet stores would be the Holland Lop and the Netherland Dwarf. Minimum and maximum mature weights are shown:

    Breed Min. Weight Max. Weight
    American Fuzzy Lop None 4 lbs.
    Britannia Petite None 2-1/2 lbs.
    Dwarf Hotot None 3 lbs.
    Jersey Wooly None 3-1/2 lbs.
    Holland Lop None 4 lbs.
    Netherland Dwarf None 2-1/2 lbs.
    Polish None 3-1/2 lbs.

    Small Breeds

    These breeds range in mature weights from 3 lbs. to 7-1/2 lbs. with the most popular found in pet stores being the Mini Rex, Dutch, and Mini Lop.
    Breed Min. Weight Max. Weight
    English Angora 5 lbs 7-1/2 lbs
    Standard Chinchilla 5 lbs. 7-1/2 lbs.
    Dutch 3-1/2 lbs 5-1/2 lbs.
    Florida White 4 lbs. 6 lbs.
    Havana 4-1/2 lbs. 6-1/2 lbs.
    Mini Lop 4-1/2 lbs. 6-1/2 lbs.
    Mini Rex 3 lbs. 4-1/2 lbs.
    Silver 4 lbs. 7 lbs.
    Tan 4 lbs. 6 lbs.

    Medium-to-Large Breeds

    These breeds are not commonly found in pet stores, but are often acquired from shelters, the Humane Society, and sometimes purchased from breeders as "pets." These breeds will range in size from 5 lbs. to 12 lbs. The most popular in this range would most likely be the popular New Zealand White, Californian, and Rex meat breeds and a wide variety of "mixed breeds."

    Breed Min. Weight Max. Weight
    American 9 lbs. 12 lbs.
    American Sable 7 lbs. 10 lbs.
    French Angora 7-1/2 lbs. 10-1/2 lbs.
    Satin Angora 6-1/2 lbs. 9-1/2 lbs.
    Beveren 8 lbs. 12 lbs.
    Belgian Hare 6 lbs. 9-1/2 lbs.
    Californian 8 lbs. 10-1/2 lbs.
    Champagne d'Argent 9 lbs. 12 lbs.
    American Chinchilla 9 lbs. 12 lbs.
    Cinnamon 8-1/2 lbs. 11 lbs.
    Creme d'Argent 8 lbs. 11 lbs.
    English Spot 5 lbs. 8 lbs.
    Harlequin 6-1/2 lbs. 9-1/2 lbs.
    Hotot 8 lbs. 11 lbs.
    Lilac 5-1/2 8 lbs.
    New Zealand 9 lbs. 12 lbs.
    Palomino 8 lbs. 11 lbs.
    Rex 7-1/2 lbs. 10-1/2 lbs.
    Rhinelander 6-1/2 lbs. 10 lbs.
    Satin 8-1/2 lbs. 11 lbs.
    Silver Fox 9 lbs. 12 lbs.
    Silver Marten 6 lbs. 9-1/2 lbs.

    Giant Breeds

    These breeds tend to grow very large and most have no maximum weight limitations. The most popular found as pets would be the Flemish Giant, English Lop, and French Lop.

    Breed Min. Weight Max. Weight
    Giant Angora 8-1/2 lbs. None
    Checkered Giant 11 lbs. None
    Giant Chinchilla 12 lbs. 16 lbs.
    Flemish Giant 13 lbs. None
    English Lop 9 lbs. None
    French Lop 10 lbs. None


    Only certain breeds have very special types of fur or wool. By now, the reader has picked out all the breeds in the weight categories that may fit the rabbit being identified. We can further narrow down the choices by pointing out and describing the breeds possessing unique fur or wool.
    Breed Fur or Wool Unique Fur/Wool Characteristics
    American Fuzzy Lop Wool Min. length 2"
    English Angora Wool Min. length 3-1/2" covering entire body Sports excessive ear tufts.
    Giant Angora Wool Min. length 1-1/2" covering body only. Head and ears are bare of wool.
    French Angora Wool Min. length 2" covering entire body. Small tufts on ears, only. Shorter wool on face.
    Satin Angora Wool Min. length 1-1/2" covering body only. Has

    definite "sheen" noticeable on bare face & ears.
    Jersey Wooly Wool Min. length 1-1/2" covering body and cheeks only.
    Rex Fur Very short and stands upright like a plush stuffed toy. The "velveteen rabbit."
    Mini Rex Fur Smaller version of the Rex.
    Satin Fur Very shiny, smooth lay-down fur--like satin.
    Silver Fox Fur Smooth lay-down fur, but when stroked from rump to head, will stand upright with no fly-back or roll-back.


    A few breeds have very specific markings that can be used for identification purposes. Again, please bear in mind the tendency for "pet quality" to not match the required markings, but they usually have enough of the right markings to be able to use for breed identification. "Markings" differ from "broken" patterns in that the markings must always be in the same locations on every rabbit of that breed.
    Breed General Description Common Misplacements
    Californian White body with colored nose, ears, tail, & feet. Pale or no markings on feet & tail or "s**t" on dewlap or body.
    Checkered Giant White body with colored nose, ears, eye-rings, cheek spots, strip down length of spine, & 2 spots on each side of body. Too many spots, not enough spots, lack of nose or cheek markings, or broken line on spine.
    Dutch White forequarters with back half of body colored, colored and even ears & cheeks, white nose, distinctly marked similar to "belted" black & white pigs. These markings need to be very exact. Any variation deems it as "pet quality."
    Dwarf Hotot White body with obvious black "mascara" around eyes. Eye line is too thick, too thin, or "feathered." Sometimes will have occasional spots on body/ears.
    English Spot White body with colored nose, ears, tail, cheek spots, eye rings, unbroken spine strip, unique line of "spots" running from shoulders & widening to cluster on haunches. Any variation of marking placements, broken spine strip, or absence of spots.
    Harlequin "Striped" bands of color encircling width of body; head marking is evenly divided down center of face with two difference colors (one on each side). Any variation of placement. Absence of color division on head/face.
    Himalayan Same markings as the Californian.
    Mostly culled on body type rather than the markings. See section on "Body."
    Hotot Same exact markings as the Dwarf Hotot Same as the Dwarf Hotot
    Rhinelander Colored nose, ears, tail, eye rings, cheek spots, 6-8 medium sized spots on sides, colors. & spine strip. Must consist of 3 colors! Any variation in marking placement. Lack of markings, lack of required colors
    Tan 2-tone colored body with darker color on top, light eye rings, belly, chest & "V" at nape of neck. Poor color, body type, lack of typical Tan "V" at nape of neck.

    hope it helps

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