Choosing A Rabbit Breed

There are over seventy different breeds of rabbits. It can seem a bewildering choice until you realise that most of them aren’t available in Adelaide.

How To Choose A Rabbit Breed

  • Large vs small? Generally the larger the better when children are involved
  • Short vs long coat? Most rabbits for sale in Adelaide have short, easy-care coats, but if you purchase an Angora you need to commit to daily grooming.
  • Male vs female. Males are usually friendlier, especially to children. Females are usually a lot better if desexed. WARNING: too many people are sold rabbits as the wrong sex, and only find out when something goes wrong. Watch our video guide to working out the gender of rabbits.
  • Breed suitability. View the different rabbit breeds below.
  • Availability. In the end it comes down to which rabbits are being bred in your area. Here’s what we have locally:

Different Types of Rabbit Breeds For Pets.

Here are the breeds commonly available in South Australia.

Which Rabbit Breeds Are Best For Children?

The rabbit breeds that are more suitable for children in Adelaide are Dwarf Lop, Dutch, New Zealand White or the Giant breeds. Also read our page on Whether to get a rabbit for a child.

dwarf lop rabbit
By Alexander Horn (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Small Rabbit Breeds

Dwarf Lop & Cashmere Lop
Size: 1.9-2.4kg
The most common pet rabbit in Adelaide, for good reason. Nice all-rounder.


mini lop rabbit
By Miniaturelop (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Mini Lop & Mini Plush Lop
Size: 1.5kg
Not as robust as the Dwarf Lop, but still great.


mini rex rabbit
By GetMeSome14 (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Mini Rex
Size: 1.7-2kg
Lovely, small rabbit best for adult owners.


Netherland dwarf rabbit
Erebus555 at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
Netherland Dwarf
Size: Less than 1.1kg
Very, very cute but a bit flighty and easily injured.


standard rex rabbit
By Aramat (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Medium Rabbit Breeds

Standard Rex
Size: 2.7-3.6kg
Not considered good with children, these rabbits have an amazingly plush coat.


dutch rabbit
Bunnybri at en.wikipedia [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Dutch
Size: 2-2.3kg
Often black & white, the ones we see have longer ears than the photo. Good temperaments.


pet wild rabbitEuropean Brown Rabbit
Size: 2-2.5kg
This is the wild or feral rabbit found in most of Australia. They make great pets if found when very young. This one is Stewie, one of our patients.


NewZealand White Rabbit
Gb1 at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
New Zealand White
Size: 4.5-5.5kg
The ‘classic’ rabbit, calm and good with kids


Flemish giant rabbit
By Lithonius at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Large Rabbit Breeds

Flemish Giant, Continental Giant etc
Size: 6-10kg
Very laid-back rabbits for those who don’t mind a lot of rabbit

What Sex Is My Rabbit?

Is your rabbit a boy or a girl? This video shows you how to know if your rabbit is male or female.