There are over 300 domestic rabbit breeds in the world. Of those rabbits, only a fraction meets the qualifications to compete as a show rabbit. Show rabbits are often prized for their fur or wool, beauty, use-value, and how well they conform to the standard of the breed.
The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) recognizes 49 rabbit breeds eligible for show. We’ve listed all 49 types of show rabbit breeds and given you a brief description of each rabbit, along with interesting details.
1. American Rabbits
This critically endangered breed weighs between 9 and 12 pounds and has a semi-arch body and flyback fur that comes in either blue or white.
2. American Chinchilla Rabbits
Of all the Chinchilla breeds, the American Chinchilla is the rarest. Weighing up to 12 pounds, this breed has rollback fur and a commercial body shape.
3. American Fuzzy Lop
With lopped ears and a plush wool coat, the American Fuzzy Lop is a popular show rabbit. This compact, sweet-tempered rabbit weighs a maximum of 4 pounds.
4. American Sable Rabbits
With a mink-like fur coat, the American Sable is an ideal breed for show, meat, and fur. Weighing up to 9 pounds, they have a commercial body.
5. Argente Brun
The Argente Brun is the newest accepted Argente breed for show by ARBA. They have a semi-arch body, weigh 8 to 10.5 pounds, and have a soft, short brown coat.
6. Belgian Hare
Among the oldest breeds of rabbits in America, the Belgian Hare has a graceful full-arch body type and weighs between 6 to 9 pounds.
The lively Beveren weighs 8 to 12 pounds. They have a semi-arch body and rollback fur recognized in three colors: black, blue, and white.
8. Blanc de Hotot
The Blanc de Hotot has snow-white fur accented by black-lined eyes. This popular show rabbit weighs up to 11 pounds and has a commercial body shape.
9. Britannia Petite
Also known as the “Polish” in Britain, this small rabbit breed weighs up to 2.5 pounds. They have a high-strung temperament and a full-arch body.
One of the most popular show breeds of rabbits, the California has a commercial body type, weighs over 10 pounds, and is prized for their meat and their fur.
11. Champagne d’Argent
With a stunning silver coat, the Champagne d’Argent is a common show winner. Weighing up to 12 pounds, they are sought for meat and fur.
12. Checkered Giant
With bold black markings on a white coat, this large rabbit weighs over 11 pounds, has a full-arch body, and is shown as a running breed.
The Cinnamon rabbit breed has a russet-colored coat. Used as a meat rabbit, they weigh between 9 and 11 pounds with a commercial body type.
14. Creme d’Argent
A rare breed, the Crème d’Argent has a cream-colored coat with orange undertones. They are a commercial breed and weigh up to 11 pounds.
Among the top 10 most popular show breeds, the Dutch rabbit has characteristic color markings. This compact rabbit weighs a maximum of 5.5 pounds.
16. Dwarf Hotot
A popular show rabbit known for their black-lined eyes, snow-white fur, and compact size, the Dwarf Hotot weighs a maximum of 3 pounds.
17. English Angora
The English Angora is one of four Angora breeds recognized. This approximately 7-pound rabbit has a compact body with abundant silky wool fur that can be spun.
18. English Lop
The English Lop has the longest ears of all listed rabbit breeds. This easy-going rabbit weighs at least 10 pounds, has a semi-arch body, and flyback fur.
19. English Spot
With unique markings and spots, the English Spot has a full-arch body, weighs about 8 pounds, and is shown as a running breed.
20. Flemish Giant
The largest rabbit breed on our list, the Flemish Giant can exceed 20 pounds. This rabbit is considered a “gentle giant.”
21. Florida White
This popular white rabbit breed often wins Best in Show. Florida White rabbits have a compact body shape weighing between 4 to 6 pounds.
22. French Angora
With a docile temperament and an amazing wool coat, the French Angora is an increasingly popular show rabbit. They weigh about 10 pounds and have a commercial body shape.
23. French Lop
The French Lop is a massive yet docile rabbit that weighs well over 11 pounds. They are impressive as a show rabbit.
24. Giant Angora
Developed as a wool producer, the Giant Angora is a large, commercial rabbit breed weighing well over 10 pounds.
25. Giant Chinchilla
Prized for their large pelt of smooth flyback fur and their meat production, the Giant Chinchilla has a semi-arch body and can weigh up to 16 pounds.
The Harlequin has a marked split of two alternating colors on their flyback fur. This rabbit weighs over 9 pounds and has a commercial body.
With mink-like flyback fur, the Havana often earns top honors as a show rabbit. This compact breed weighs over 6 pounds.
Standing out as the only cylindrical-typed breed recognized by the ARBA, the Himalayan is a 3- to 5-pound rabbit with a relaxed nature that shows well.
29. Holland Lop
As one of the top five most popular show breeds, the compact Holland lop weighs a maximum of 4 pounds. They have lopped ears and a large head.
30. Jersey Wooly
The Jersey Wooly has a unique mug head, wool coat, and a compact size at about 3 pounds. They rank highly among the most popular breeds of rabbit to show.
Known for their pink-tinted light gray plush coat, this compact rabbit weighs up to 8 pounds. The Lilac rabbit has low population numbers.
With a mane of fur encircling their head, the Lionhead is a compact rabbit weighing under 4 pounds. This newly recognized breed won Best in Show at the 2018 ARBA Convention.
33. Mini Lop
Gaining in popularity as a show rabbit, the Mini Lop is a compact rabbit weighing around 6 pounds. They have large, round heads and charming lopped ears.
34. Mini Rex
The Mini Rex is named for their rex coat available in multiple colors. This popular breed has a compact body weighing up to 4.5 pounds.
35. Mini Satin
Known for their color diversity, the Mini Satin comes in 16 showable varieties. At under 5 pounds, the Mini Satin is a compact rabbit with a satin coat.
36. Netherland Dwarf
Growing in popularity, the Netherland Dwarf is a small, compact rabbit weighing just over 2 pounds. They have a unique head shape and come in over 20 color varieties.
37. New Zealand
The New Zealand has been awarded the most ARBA Best in Shows. This large rabbit has a commercial body, weighs up to 12 pounds, and is used for fur and meat.
Popular as a show rabbit, the Palomino is also used for fur, meat, or as a pet. Weighing up to 11 pounds, they have two fur varieties: golden and lynx.
The Polish is a popular show breed. Although not considered a dwarf breed, the Polish has a compact body weighing just over 3 pounds.
Known for their velvet-like rex coat in 16 color varieties, the Rex rabbit is the top breed for fur production. Weighing just under 10 pounds, the Rex has a commercial body type.
With a full-arch body, the athletic-looking Rhinelander is shown as a running breed. Weighing under 10 pounds with flyback fur, they are a rare breed.
The unique satin coat on the Satin rabbit breed has a dazzling sheen. This rabbit has a commercial body and weighs a maximum of 11 pounds.
43. Satin Angora
Considered a valuable commodity, the wool on the Satin Angora has a distinct sheen. These rabbits weigh just over 9 pounds, with a commercial body type.
The Silver was one of the first rabbit breeds recognized for show. This compact rabbit weighing under 5 pounds has flyback fur that gives off a silvery sheen.
45. Silver Fox
A large rabbit with a maximum weight of 12 pounds, the Silver Fox has a commercial body shape and rollback fur with silver tips mixed with white hairs.
46. Silver Marten
At between 6 to 9 pounds, the Silver Marten has a commercial body with flyback fur.
47. Standard Chinchilla
Popular for their fur and for show, the Standard Chinchilla has a compact body and weighs a maximum of 7.5 pounds.
A highly competitive breed, the Tan has a full-arch body, flyback fur, and a maximum weight of 5.5 pounds.
With a magnificent orange-red fur, the Thrianta is a compact rabbit weighing under 6 pounds.
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- 1 1. American Rabbits
- 2 2. American Chinchilla Rabbits
- 3 3. American Fuzzy Lop
- 4 4. American Sable Rabbits
- 5 5. Argente Brun
- 6 6. Belgian Hare
- 7 7. Beveren
- 8 8. Blanc de Hotot
- 9 9. Britannia Petite
- 10 10. Californian
- 11 11. Champagne d’Argent
- 12 12. Checkered Giant
- 13 13. Cinnamon
- 14 14. Creme d’Argent
- 15 15. Dutch
- 16 16. Dwarf Hotot
- 17 17. English Angora
- 18 18. English Lop
- 19 19. English Spot
- 20 20. Flemish Giant
- 21 21. Florida White
- 22 22. French Angora
- 23 23. French Lop
- 24 24. Giant Angora
- 25 25. Giant Chinchilla
- 26 26. Harlequin
- 27 27. Havana
- 28 28. Himalayan
- 29 29. Holland Lop
- 30 30. Jersey Wooly
- 31 31. Lilac
- 32 32. Lionhead
- 33 33. Mini Lop
- 34 34. Mini Rex
- 35 35. Mini Satin
- 36 36. Netherland Dwarf
- 37 37. New Zealand
- 38 38. Palomino
- 39 39. Polish
- 40 40. Rex
- 41 41. Rhinelander
- 42 42. Satin
- 43 43. Satin Angora
- 44 44. Silver
- 45 45. Silver Fox
- 46 46. Silver Marten
- 47 47. Standard Chinchilla
- 48 48. Tan
- 49 49. Thrianta