When you think of a pet rabbit you probably envision a rabbit with long, upright ears and a cute pink nose. But did you know there are currently 47 different recognized breeds of rabbits? Some have floppy ears, some have small ears, and some have those classic long, upright ears. Learn about the different kinds of breeds of rabbits and see which one may be right for you.
American - A "classic" looking rabbit with upright ears, the American rabbit weighs up to 12 pounds and is actually a very rare pet rabbit. They come in the original blue color and there is also a white variety.
American Chinchilla - Basically the American rabbit with a grey chinchilla coat.
American Fuzzy Lop - Small and compact, this fuzzy rabbit with floppy ears grows to be about 4 pounds and has soft, fine, fuzzy fur that needs a lot of maintenance.
American Sable - Weighing in at 10 pounds, this is a slightly smaller version of the American but comes in the sable (brownish) color.
Belgian Hare - At 9.5 pounds, the Belgian Hare is a thinner bodied rabbit with an obvious tuck to his mid-section that resembles a wild hare.
Beveren - The classic rabbit look, weighing in at 12 pounds with the famous "V-shaped" ear carriage. Europe recognizes more colors than America does but black, blue, and blue-eyed varieties are dominant.
Blanc de Hotot - At a maximum weight of 11 pounds, the hotot is a white classic looking rabbit with the famous black eyeliner around their eyes.
Britannia Petite - A small wild hare looking rabbit with a maximum weight of 2.5 pounds. They have a dwarf face with upright ears, bred to stand tall, and come in 5 colors.
Californian - Maximum weight for this classic rabbit is 10.5 pounds. They are white rabbits with gray/brown points (ears, nose, and feet). They are like the Siamese cats of the rabbit world with their markings.
Champagne D'Argent - Almost identical in size and weight as the Californian but their markings are more speckled/agouti than the other all white rabbits.
Checkered Giant - This large classic rabbit breed doesn't have a maximum weight. They have large upright ears, are primarily white with brown/black markings down their back, spots on their sides and dark ears.
Cinnamon - These rabbit looks like it sounds. A nice caramel or cinnamon color throughout with a darker muzzle and ears, the Cinnamon breed can be a maximum weight of 11 pounds with upright ears.
Creme D'Argent - A beautiful classic rabbit with a maximum weight of 11 pounds. A light cream color throughout, this is one beautiful, blonde, bunny.
Dutch - A smaller classic rabbit that can weigh in at 5.5 pounds. They are always two toned with a white upper half and darker second half. Their face and ears are also the same color as their rears. If an Oreo were a rabbit it would be a Dutch.
Dwarf Hotot - A small version of the Blanc de Hotot, the dwarf can weigh up to 3 pounds. It has the same eyeliner markings on the white body and small ears, distinctive in most dwarf breeds.
English Angora - This 7.5 pound bunny is like an American Fuzzy Lop on steroids. One ball of fine fluff and half upright ears, the English Angora has a beautiful coat.
English Lop - The English Lop probably wins the prize for the largest ears of any rabbit in proportion to their body. Large, floppy ears, and over 10.5 pounds, it is like a smaller version of the Flemish Giant, with a more compact body.
English Spot - With the body type closer to a hare, the English Spot resembles a miniature Checkered Giant. White with very distincitve spots on the sides, and weighing up to 8 pounds, this is an attractive dalmatian-like bunny.
Flemish Giant - No maximum weight for this large breed rabbit. It is a large rabbit with a classic appearance that comes in many different colors including fawn and black.
Florida White - A classic white rabbit that can weigh up to 6 pounds, this is a favorite rabbit for 4-H clubs due to their compact size and many uses in the pet trade, as food, and research.
French Angora - A 10.5 pound rabbit with those "Siamese cat" markings and a very fluffy, angora coat. Upright ears that have little fur are characteristic of these rabbits, unlike the English Angora that has more fur on their ears.
French Lop - Another rabbit with no maximum weight and floppy ears. This rabbit is your common lop rabbit.
Giant Angora - Exactly how it sounds, this angora rabbit is fluffy, big, and has semi-upright ears like the English Angora.
Giant Chinchilla - A maximum weight of 16 pounds, this is a large classic rabbit with upright ears. It is always the grey "chinchilla" color.
Harlequin - This rabbit is like a Dutch rabbit but can be a variation of colors and patterns, much like a calico cat.
Havana - A small, classic appearance with a maximum weight of 6.5 pounds, the Havana can come in a variety of colors including lilac, black, blue and broken.
Himalayan - Small at 4.5 pounds, this mini "Siamese cat" bunny is cute and classic.
Holland Lop - A classic small lop, the Holland Lop weighs in with a maximum of 4 pounds and is the rabbit pictured on this page!
Jersey Wooly - This a small, compact, very Pomeranian-like rabbit with upright ears.
Lilac - Named for their gray/purple color, this is a classic bunny that can weigh up to 8 pounds.
Mini Lop - Just like it sounds, this is a small version of the French Lop with longer ears than the Holland Lop.
Mini Rex - A smaller version of the Rex that weighs up to 4.5 pounds.
Mini Satin - A smaller version of the Satin that weighs up to 4.75 pounds.
Netherland Dwarf -These tiny bunnies can weigh up to 2.5 pounds, have small upright ears and compact bodies.
New Zealand - This larger rabbit resembles the Florida White and is basically just twice the size.
Palomino - Classic blonde bunny like the Palomino breed of horse.
Polish - Small at 3.5 pounds, these rabbits come in a variety of colors and have slightly longer ears than the Netherland Dwarf.
Rex - Can be a maximum of 10.5 pounds and often called the Velveteen rabbit due to the very short and velvety soft texture of the coat.
Rhinelander - Similar in appearance to the English Spot, the Rhinelander has both black and orange "spots."
Satin - The Satin is known for it's very shiny coat and comes in a variety of colors with the white and black being the most popular. It is a classic looking rabbit that can weigh up to 11 pounds.
Satin Angora - A maximum weight of 9.5 pounds, the Satin Angora has the classic fluffy angora coat (like a very fluffy Pomeranian), but has even finer hair than other angora breeds.
Silver - These very classic looking rabbits are rare but are characterized by their white-tipped, or agouti, hairs. They come in three colors and have a maximum weight of 7 pounds.
Silver Fox - Very similar to the Silvers, the Silver Fox only comes in two varieties and can be up to 12 pounds.
Silver Marten - Similar in appearance to the Silvers and Silver Foxes, the Silver Marten has the addition of a lighter color on the belly, under the chin and inside the ears as opposed to the solid "silver" look of the other breeds.
Standard Chinchilla - The smallest of the chinchilla rabbits, the standard variety can get up to 7.5 pounds.
Tan - This rabbit has a unique look. The body more like a hare, very upright and always a gold/orange on the belly, chest, and neck with a darker black, blue, chocolate, or lilac on their back and face.
Thrianta - This orange/red rabbit from Holland is a classic looking bunny that can weigh up to 6 pounds.
Regardless of what kind of rabbit breed you choose, make sure you have a good exotics vet nearby and read up on the care of rabbits before getting your new pet.
For photos of all 47 of these breeds check out the American Rabbit Breeders Association website.