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If there’s one thing all bunny lovers can agree on it’s this, bunnies are so darn cute. This article provides a list of the cutest rabbit breeds in the world. To compile this list, I asked thousands of my rabbit friends via a simple question…
“What do you think is the cutest rabbit breed in the world?”
Soon the responses began to pour in from rabbit lovers on our Bunny Friends Email List, and in our rabbit group on Facebook. The answers were many and varied but I’ve tallied the votes and these are the bunny breeds that hopped to the top of the list of the cutest rabbits. We’ve listed the Top 10 in no particular order, so as not to hurt any bunny or owners’ feelings.
List Of The Top 10 Cutest Rabbit Breeds
- Flemish Giants Rabbits
- Holland/Mini Lops Rabbits
- Dutch Rabbits
- Polish Rabbits
- American Fuzzy Lop Rabbits
- Netherland Dwarf Rabbits
- Rex Rabbits
- Lionheads Rabbits
- Angora Rabbits
- English Spot Rabbits
This is nowhere near an exhaustive list of cute rabbit breeds, as there are way more rabbit breeds that are popular pet rabbits, this is just the top 10.
But if you’re already thinking of getting any one of these breeds then I’m more than happy to give you more reasons why you’re making a perfect choice with each and every one of these cute bunnies.
Some of the descriptions of the bunny breeds below will also include testimonials from the breed’s biggest fans among my rabbit friends. I think one of my fellow bunny lovers perfectly states what all bunny parents feel:
1. Flemish Giant Rabbits
Not only are Flemish Giants really cute, they are the largest breed of rabbit. This breed is so large it can grow to as long as a toddler! They’re also so huge that they are often mistaken as dogs.
There is much to love when it comes to Flemish Giants. Incidentally, this breed also holds the Guinness World Record for “The Largest Rabbit on Earth”. This title is currently owned by Darius from Worcestershire England. Unfortunately, Darius has been reported stolen from his hutch and the search for him is still ongoing.
Flemish Giants are one of the oldest domesticated rabbit breeds. Its history dates back to the 16th century by breeding Belgian Rabbits and Giant Argentinian Rabbits. While most Flemish Giant rabbits can weigh up to 15 pounds and can grow to as long as 2.5 feet, real giants like Darius above can grow to over 40 pounds and be over 4 feet long.
The breed was originally bred for its meat and fur but has since become part of the family as pets. Flemish Giants are known for their laid-back and gentle nature and continuously hop their way to the top of lists and hearts.
2. Holland/Mini Lop Rabbits
Of course, Holland Lop bunnies are part of this list of the cutest bunny breeds. Honestly, who can resist those ears?
Lops are characterized by their ears that hang to their jaws. It’s a killer combination, turned-down ears, and a chunky body? That’s a certified cutie.
Holland Lops and Mini Lops are the breeds in the Lop category that so many fans it’s hard to decide which of the two is cuter. Holland Lops are smaller than Mini Lops. Holland Lops can weigh from 2 to 4 lbs while Mini Lops weighs 4.5 to 6 lbs
Both breeds are known for their droopy ears. The Mini Lop was even known once as the “Little Hanging Ear”. It has its origins in Germany while the Holland Lop hailed from the Netherlands.
Both of the breeds are famous for their gentle, docile yet very active nature. They’re not just adorable, they also make the perfect pet for any family. Here are some of the testimonials that prove the cuteness of this breed.
3. Dutch Rabbits
What sets Dutch Rabbits apart from all other breeds? It’s the easiest to identify.
It has a unique color pattern that is super unique to its kind, making it one of the most popular breeds of rabbit in the world. I’ve had so many Dutch Rabbit fans clamoring to include the Dutch Rabbit in the list of the cutest and well, the Dutch Rabbit is very hard to resist.
The Dutch Rabbit is one of the oldest breeds of rabbit and its origin goes way back to the 1850s. This breed originated from the Brabancon Breed from Belgium.
Since the very first batch of this breed appeared, they have fascinated breeders and bunny owners with their distinct color markings.
The Dutch rabbit is known for its white blaze or wedge on its nose, white-collar, and white saddle. The bottom half of the rabbit is of a completely different color and the delineations between the two colors are very clear.
It has upright ears and a round, compact body.
Dutch rabbits are intelligent, active, and well-mannered. Care for this breed also isn’t hard because they do not require extensive grooming.
4. Polish Rabbits
The small size of this breed and its sweet temperament is surely one of the reasons for the popularity of this breed. I refer to this breed as the “Magician’s Favorite”.
The Polish rabbit Breed is a small rabbit breed that can only weigh from 2.5 to 3.5 lbs when fully grown.
The breed’s history is a mystery. It might be called Polish but its origins are believed to have started in England. During the 1800s they just started appearing in the market and people called them “Polish”. It is also rumored that this breed came about by crossing the Himalayan rabbit with the Dutch Rabbits.
Polish rabbits are known for their big cheeks, huge eyes, and short ears. They have short fly-back fur that comes in a variety of colors. They have 6 officially recognized coats to choose from.
Polish Rabbits are a healthy breed that is intelligent, playful, and affectionate. Polish Rabbits are also the rabbit breed of choice for magicians. You can say they have no qualms whatsoever about being pulled out of a hat. This breeds cuteness guarantees for it to become the star of any family and any show.
5. American Fuzzy Lop Rabbits
The American Fuzzy Lop is another Lop breed with tons of fans. It’s eye-catching with its small size, droopy ears, and fuzzy fur. This breed goes by a lot of affectionate names such as “Fuzzies”, “Fuzzy Lop” and “Wooly Holland Lop”
The origins of the breed are unknown however it is commonly agreed that the American Fuzzy lop came from the Holland Lops.
The American Fuzzy lop came to be because breeders wanted to introduce broken colored varieties to the Holland Lops solid color coats. Holland lops were then used to breed with English Spots but the result was a rabbit that lost its rollback fur. To fix this perceived problem the breed was then crossed with French Angora rabbits. The resulting fur carried the wool gene and became the American Fuzzy Lops that we know of today.
American Fuzzy Lops is a dwarf breed. It can weigh no more than 4 lbs.
This breed is best known for its fur, but its fur isn’t fur, it’s wool and is also often called “head of the fancy”. The body of the American Fuzzy lop is muscular and compact. Its ears droop just like the other Lop breeds.
6. Netherland Dwarf Rabbits
The Netherland Rabbit is truly special as it is one of the smallest breeds of rabbit on earth. The breed originated from the Netherlands.
The Netherland Dwarf carries the dwarfism gene. This means that the feature of this breed is characterized by the expected traits seen with rabbits with dwarfism. It has a head that is significantly shorter than its body. This breed has a round, stout body and short ears that stand upright on its head.
P.S. If you want to learn more about dwarfism and rabbits, you should read my article about Dwarf Rabbits.
The Netherland Dwarf is highly intelligent and trainable. It might have had some history for biting but the fans who have clamored for this breed to be included in this list are proof that this had been bred out of the breed and that cuteness comes in small, fluffy, hopping packages.
7. Rex Rabbits
I know why the Rex Rabbit has made it to this list; Rex Rabbits are known for their plush and velvet-like coats. If that doesn’t make this breed one of the cutest then I don’t know what else would.
The Rex rabbit is a large rabbit breed that came from France by breeding wild rabbits with domesticated rabbits. They have short dense fur that points out of their bodies. They can weigh from 8 to 9 pounds.
The breed has 16 recognized coat colors. Truly, there is a Rex Rabbit to fit any type of pet owner.
Rex Rabbits are intelligent, playful, and affectionate. Today, there also exists a miniature version of the breed, but their temperaments are the same regardless of size. So whether you prefer a big rabbit or a small rabbit, the Rex Rabbit got you covered.
8. Lionhead Rabbits
Lionhead rabbits are well known for their wool mane that circles their heads. It is undeniable that its mane ups the cuteness factor for this breed.
The breed originated from Belgium when breeders were trying to cross a Swiss Fox and a Netherland Dwarf. The result of this breeding was a genetic mutation that became the Lionhead’s cutest pride and joy.
Lionheads are also a small rabbit breed that can only weigh from 2.5 to 3.5 lbs. It can have a single mane or a double mane. A single mane Lionhead does not maintain its mane its entire life. Their manes are also wispy or thin while double mane Lionhead have thick, luscious manes that circle their heads and even their flanks.
A Lionhead rabbit’s ears are held upright and are slightly pointed at the top. A Lionhead rabbit has a head that is bigger than its body. Its tiny pointed ears are held upright on its head.
The coat of the lion head also comes in a variety of colors such as chocolate, black, agouti, smoke pearl, sable, etc.
The Lionhead topped our list for the most affectionate bunny breeds. They make the perfect for families. Lionheads are gentle, intelligent and love cuddle time with their families.
“Truffles, my bunny is a lion head. They are low maintenance and fluffy! Perfect for Beginners” – Denise Medina.
9. French Angora Rabbits
The Angora rabbit is another Rabbit that is cuddly and irresistible to look at.
This breed of rabbit originated from Turkey in 1723 and was brought to France by sailors. When the breed first made its landing in America it was first called the “Angora Wooler”. It was also only in `1944 when the differentiation between the Angora breeds was made.
The French Angora can weigh from 7.7 to 9.9 lbs making it a large rabbit breed.
Compared to other Angora breeds the coat of the French Angora requires less grooming. It has a dense undercoat and a commercial-type sturdy body. Also, unlike other Angora Rabbits, the French have a clean face and they don’t have too many tufts of hair on their hind legs.
The French Angora is calm, good-natured, and sweet. They make good pets for experienced rabbit owners.
10. English Spot Rabbits
The English Spot rabbit is another breed that is no stranger to being the star of shows and having tons of adoring fans. It is one of the rabbit breeds with a rich history behind it. The breed has existed as far back as the 19th century.
The English Spot weighs from 5 to 8 lbs. They have a full arched body type with long, slender, and powerful legs. The breed is known for having its distinct markings. They have “spots” or markings on their bodies.
They also have markings on their noses that are shaped like a butterfly. They have adorable eye circles and a “herringbone” which is a strip of color that runs down their spine.
The English Spot is gentle, intelligent, and active.
They are highly recommended for seniors, couples, and families. This breed is also very affectionate.
Their spots and their size makes the rabbit one of the cutest rabbit breed and its adoring fans will surely be happy to find that their favorite bunny made it to the cutest list
I had a lot of fun writing this article and I hope you had a great time reading this too.
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