I came across the Teddywidder rabbit breed during my search for the rarest and cutest rabbit breeds in the world.
The Teddywidder is an extremely rare German rabbit breed. They are a dwarf rabbit that will grow to about 4 pounds. They have lop ears (floppy), and extremely long soft hair (2″ or more) covering their entire bodies.
These incredible cute rabbits differ from other dwarf rabbits in that their fur is long and soft all over their bodies.
For example, Lionhead rabbits have long hair just on their heads. Angora rabbits have long hair, but are often raised for fiber (hair) and are sheared about every four months to harvest the fiber.
Teddywidders are not typically kept for fiber but are beloved because they are so darn cute.
In my knowledge, the Teddywidder is not officially recognized by any rabbit breed organization. This is in part because it’s such a relatively new breed, and in part, because its hair is so long that it might be detrimental to the rabbit.
The BRC (British Rabbit Council) announced a few years ago that they were no longer going to be accepting new breeds with coats that could affect the welfare of the rabbit. The long mat prone hair on the Teddywider could be seen as a coat that could affect the welfare of the rabbit.
This means that it’s unlikely that the Teddywidder will be officially recognized any time soon.
The Cons of Keeping a Teddywidder Rabbit
The major con of keeping a Teddywidder bunny as a pet is also their major pro, their amazing hair!
Because their hair mats so incredibly easy, anyone who keeps one as a pet is going to need to brush them daily. And this brushing isn’t easy brushing, but slow and detailed brushing of every inch of the bunny.
In the picture of the Teddywidder below, you can see his hair beginning to mat on his back. If we could see his tummy, we’d have an even better example of how easily this beautiful coat mats.
If you don’t brush them daily, they will quickly become a matted mess, and second-hand reports have told me that in just a few weeks of missed brushings, a Teddywidder can get so matted that it can barely move.
Finding a Teddywidder Rabbit For Sale Near You
It is incredibly difficult to find these very rare rabbits. It seems that they are a relatively new breed, even in Germany.
Some breeders in the US are trying to create an American Teddywidder Rabbit Breed, but they too are very hard to find. If you are a Teddywidder breeder please contact us and tell us more about your bunnies.
Probably the closest to a Teddywidder you’ll be able to find is a Double-Maned Lionlop which, while still rare, is easier to find than Teddeywidders.
~Stacey of RabbitPros.com