During the 19th century, their breeds were being modified more for rabbit fanciers to show them off at exhibitions in West Europe. It was during the Victorian era – from 20 June 1837 until it ended in 22 January 1901 – that rabbits were considered home pets.
Recognized Rabbit Breeds
There are a total of forty-seven (47) breeds of rabbits that are recognized officially. Their coats, sizes, features, and measurements are all unique. Some of them are very furry, such as the American Fuzzy Lop, while others have relatively short hair, like the American Sable. The Belgian Hare has long ears and a sleek, narrow body, with long legs. The French Angora breed tends to be quite chubby. The English Lop has huge, wide, drooping ears. The Giant Angora looks like a large marshmallow!
Choosing Rabbit Breeds
Long-haired breeds tend to be suited well for families as house pets. In the case of longer-haired breeds like the Satin Angora, they shouldn’t be kept in hutches (see Rabbit Hutches and Rabbit Hutch Buying Guide), since their coats can become matted up and tangled more easily in confined spaces. If you’re willing to brush it daily (see Rabbit Care), and keep it in a suitable place inside the home, it is an affectionate pet to own. If you have children, go for the smaller breeds, like the Dwarf Hotot. Experience as many rabbit breeds as you can, since the personality with the animal will be what suits you the most.
Choosing a Good Breeder for Rabbit Breeds
When selecting from rabbit breeds through a breeder, the person should be willing to answer all of your questions in a clear manner. They should be willing to show you the different breeds they carry, as well as offer information on housing, diet, and recommendations on enhancing the development of the rabbit as it grows.