Rabbits come in all shapes and sizes but there are three distinct types.Fancy breeds: Rabbits for showing and exhibiting (as well as being pets!).
Fur breeds: Originally bred for their fur or meat.
Rex breeds: No guard hairs which makes them very soft - rather like velvet.
There are over 50 different breeds and endless colour variations so this is by no means a comprehensive list of rabbit breeds. If you want a see a definitive list visit the British Rabbit Councils website here
This breed has particularly long hair, up to 5in/12cm, needs constant grooming and is very high maintenance. We would not recommend this breed a good pet.
A large rabbit with some similar characteristics to a Hare. It has long everything! Ears, body and legs. Another breed unsuitable as a pet as it is very large.
The stereotypical rabbit! It is coloured with a white stripe around the front of the body and a white blaze on the face.
A white rabbit with some distinctive markings. A line of colour along the spine, around the eyes and on the ears.
These are the heavyweights of the rabbit world, weighing in at a minimum of around a stone!
Pure white body with coloured ears, legs, face and tail looking like they have been dipped in ink or chocolate. It also has red eyes!
The following all have one characteristic in common - big long ears.
Has extremely long ears not for the beginner
A Lop with long hair although not as high maintenance as the Angora.
A very popular breed for showing and keeping as a pet. Small and compact and manageable with long ears
As the name suggests, these breeds were originally kept for their coats. Some of them have fur that simulates or is very similar to other animals, e.g. the Silver Fox.
With no guard hairs the Rex really does look as if it is coated in velvet. Couple this with being a medium size and nice and friendly, they make good pets. The coat of underfur with no guard hairs only really came into existence in about 1920 as one of the many results of intensive breeding.
Marion, 13 June 2019
I have adopted a 5yr old rabbit. Not sure on breed, def lop eared. Has a large roll of skin around neck like a collar. Any suggestions please.