You will find that rabbits come in many colors and exhibit a variety of markings. However, this article focuses on white rabbit breeds — some are another variety of a particular breed, while others are exclusively white. Many white rabbits have luxurious fur that requires more upkeep, and you will see that temperaments vary with each breed too.
Not all white rabbits have red eyes either; you can find ones with blue and black eyes that give them a friendlier look than traditional white albinos. We hope that you enjoy learning about 10 different white rabbit breeds.
1. Hulstlander Rabbit
This rabbit has pale blue eyes and a pure white coat that is short and shiny. They are a Dutch breed developed in Holland in the 1970s and are also called Hussies. The largest they get is around 5 pounds, and they have broad shoulders, thick ears, and a dense coat. You will find that this breed is playful and inquisitive but aren’t ideal as family pets because when they become uncomfortable or stressed out, they panic and try to hide. They are strong for their size, and if they are frightened while being held, they can potentially hurt themselves or the handler.
2. White Vienna Rabbit
A man from Austria created this white rabbit with soft blue eyes. They are one of the most popular breeds in Europe because they are prolific breeders and make an excellent meat rabbit. Their fine, white coat is also popular with the fur trade, and you will see this breed in the show ring too. The White Vienna has a calm temperament and is generally laidback, so they can make good pets for families with older children.
3. New Zealand White Rabbit
These rabbits are white because they carry a gene that causes them to be albino. Their coats are snowy white, and they have bright ruby-red eyes. Although they are named New Zealand, they were developed by American breeders that crossed the genes of Belgian Hares and Flemish Giants. They have a well-rounded body that is muscular and was primarily developed for meat, fur, and showing. Because of their show history, they are easy to handle and can be quite docile if socialized from a young age.
4. American White Rabbit
The American Rabbit was developed in 1917 in the state of California and used to be called the German Blue. A second variety, the white, was introduced in 1925, and they changed the name from German to American after the first World War. The white variety has soft fur with a silky texture that requires grooming to maintain. They have red-colored eyes and narrow, tapered ears and can weigh from 9 to 11 pounds as an adult. This breed is typically used for commercial meat and fur and showing but has the potential to be good pets, though they are known to be skittish and will bite if they become scared.
5. Florida White Rabbit
This breed was developed in Florida for lab purposes but has been used for meat and fur. They have a white body with pink eyes and are medium-sized, weighing anywhere from 4 to 6 pounds when mature. They have many similarities to the New Zealand White Rabbit and can make good pets if socialized to young children and other animals. They are docile and sweet and can be lazy or active, depending on their personality.
6. Blanc De Termonde Rabbit
Originating in Belgium, this rabbit is only recognized in Belgium and Great Britain. They are an elegant and fine-boned rabbit with silky, white fur and pink eyes. Their body size is large, which explains why they were developed to be a meat animal. This breed is intelligent and playful. They can make good pets because they are docile. Since they are a large rabbit, they are not recommended for the inexperienced owner.
7. Dwarf Hotot Rabbit
These cute little rabbits have white coats with black eyes that are surrounded by black eye markings. They are a small rabbit and only weigh 3.5 pounds when fully grown, and their fur will stand upright when stroked. Since they are friendly rabbits and enjoy the company of humans, they make great pets for families and seniors. The Dwarf Hotot was developed in Germany in the 1970s. It is a cross of the White Hotot and the Netherland Dwarf rabbit.
8. Blanc De Hotot Rabbit
Similar to the Dwarf Hotot, they have white bodies with black around their eyes. They are large and were developed in France for meat and show because of their large muscular bodies that can get up to 11 pounds. Their fur is lustrous with guard hairs that give it a frosty white sheen. Because of their docile temperaments and sweet nature, they make great family pets and are friendly toward other animals.
9. White Beveren Rabbit
You will see different varieties of this breed — they can be solid blue, black, or blue-eyed with white fur. They are a large rabbit with short, thick fur that is glossy white. The breed originated in Belgium and was introduced in America around 1919. The Beveren is an active rabbit and enjoys exploring their surroundings. They make great pets for adults and seniors because they are well-mannered. But due to their tendency to be skittish, they aren’t recommended as a pet for children.
10. Britannia Petite Rabbit
The Britannia Petite evolved from a Polish rabbit and was introduced to the United States in the 1900s. White is the traditional color of this breed, but since 1977, other colors have been developed. Energy abounds in this breed, so they aren’t ideal for those who want a cuddly rabbit. They are a small breed with a maximum weight of 2.5 pounds, and they do well as show animals.