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Different Breeds of Rabbits to Choose As Your Pet

February 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 173

Rabbits come in different breeds with different colors, sizes, shapes and coat types. If you were looking to adopt one then you might want to check what breed is perfect for you. We will discuss in this article the different breeds of rabbits and their characteristics.

Most people who are interested to adopt a rabbit would normally be concerned about the size of this animal as well as the coat type. You would have an idea about these things when you know the breed, which is another reason, why you should learn about the various breeds first.

Here are some rabbit breeds that you might encounter:

1. Angora - This breed requires more complicated grooming since rabbits of this breed usually have long coats. There are four different types of this breed - English, French, Satin and Giant Angora.

*English Angora - The most popular among the four types of Angora breed. Many people love this breed because of its compact size like a ball of fluff. It originated in Turkey and usually weighs around 5 to 8 pounds.

*French Angora - This has less fur on its ears, head and legs compared to the English Angora. It normally weighs 9 pounds.

*Satin Angora - Has silky, smooth and shiny coat, which is why it was named Satin. This weighs 7 pounds and comes in variety of colors and patterns.

*Giant Angora - Comes in pure white with either blue or ruby red eyes. This weighs 9 pounds and has long coat.

2. American - This breed is medium in size, weighing around 9 to 12 pounds. They have pear-shaped and compact appearance. This breed comes in two different colors - blue and white. The blue ones have blue-gray eyes and the white ones have pink eyes.

3. Belgian Hare - This weighs 9 pounds and has an appearance of hare with its long legs and ears. However, this is breed of rabbits is definitely domestic and not a hare. This comes in rich reddish-tan with slate of blue under coat and bordered by black around the ears and surrounding the length of the body.

Other breeds include:

Britannia PetiteCheckered GiantChinchillaDutchDwarf HototEnglish SpotFlemish GiantHarlequinJersey WollyLilac NetherlandDwarf Rhinelander

You should remember that buying from a pet rabbit store does not guarantee you of pure-bred bunny. However, that will not be a problem in terms of the quality of the pet. If you have a chance, it is more advisable to buy from rescue centers and give some of those bunnies a chance to have second home. You could always call the rescue centers in advance to know the different breeds that they have so you could decide before you visit the place.

It may be cute to adopt baby rabbits but the thing is, baby bunnies grow bigger and you will not be able to estimate how big it is going to be unlike when you adopt adult bunnies that are already in its permanent size.

Now that you learned about the different breeds of rabbits, it would be best to decide which one is perfect for you.

David D. Warren enjoys writing for The Rabbit Hutch Shop which sells rabbit cages as well as a host of additional products.

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