12 Cute and Small Breeds of Rabbit Explained


I happen to think that rabbits are among the cutest creatures on the planet. Ok, I may be a bit bias, but a lot of people would agree. They are the third most popular pet in the UK, and are popular family pets. There are lots of cute and small breeds of rabbit, most of which you probably never even heard of.

There are a lot of different breeds to consider, each with some of their own unique personality traits. Some of the rarer breeds are very unique looking, and you may not have seen anything like it. The smaller breeds are easier to look after, here are some are of the smaller and rarer breeds that you may not have heard of, but will make great pets.

Cute and Small Breeds of Rabbit

Columbia Basin Pygmy

Columbia Basin Pygmy

The Columbia Basin Pygmy rabbit has an interesting story. In the 90’s it was widely believed that the breed had become extinct. However, around 14 were discovered and rescued. As you can image they are extremely rare.

They are officially the world’s smallest breed of rabbit, and pretty cute too! They weigh less than 1lb when fully grown, so they are very fragile as you can imagine. They have been successfully bred in captivity and are a lot more poplar now, but rare as a household pet.

English Angora

English Angora

These are interesting looking rabbits. They have thick fur covering them from head-to-toe, giving these little creatures the look of a ball of fluff. Be prepared to invest some time in grooming their fur and keeping them clean.

The English Angora bunnies are available in a range of colors and looks, there are quite a few different variations to choose from. They are high maintenance however, you need to provide them with a special diet as well as the grooming.

Netherland Dwarf

Netherland Dwarf

The Netherland Dwarf is a bundle of joy. It’s a compact looking rabbit with lots of energy and a fun streak. They weigh in up to 2 and a half lbs, and have a unique look with thick fur, large heads, and short necks. They are soft and slick to stroke, very enjoyable to fuss them and they love it too.

They are a medium to high maintenance pet, you’ll have to put some time into looking after them. They can bite on occasion, so keep an eye on them when you’re fussing them.

Mini Plush Lop

Mini Plush Lop

The mini Plush Lop makes for a great family pet. They are a little larger than some of the other small rabbits weighing up to 3 and a half lbs. One of their largest plus points is how affectionate they are as pets, they enjoy human interaction.

The breed was created by crossing the Holland Lop with the Mini Rex. Resulting in this wonderful little creature.

Lionhead

Lionhead

The Lionhead is native to Belgium, but has become very popular over in the UK. There are a lot of breeders here now, and they are quite accessible. They weigh up to 3 and a half lbs, and are cute little creatures.

They win the hearts of owners and breeders because they are so affectionate. They are well known by their long manes of hair around their necks, dense fur, and soft feel. There are also two different types, one with lopped ears, and one with upright ears.

Jersey Wooly

Jersey Wooly

These little rabbits have short fur on their faces, thicker fur on their bodies, very dense and long and upright ears. They come in all kinds of different colors, and are fun little pets.

Jersey Woolys do require some special care however, you need to feed them a special diet and keep an eye on them. They make great pets, growing to around 3 and a half lbs. certainly worth a look if you’re after a small house rabbit.

Holland Lop

Holland Lop

Often called the Miniature Lop, these little creatures are a joy to own. They are the smallest of the lop-eared breeds, and are very cute little bunnies. They have bundles of energy and enjoy fighting, have a short body and a flat looking head.

They usually grow to around 2 and a half lbs, are available in almost any color you can think of, and settle in well with new families. They are becoming more popular all the time and are not too difficult to find.

American Fuzzy Lop

American Fuzzy Lop

Breeders have manufactured a lot of different colors, shapes, and looks to this breed. They are known for their ‘bulldog’ looking face, and have wonderful lop ears. Their fur is quite long and woolly, so some grooming is necessary.

They can grow to around 4 lbs, not a massive rabbit but fairly big for a cute, small bunny. They are high maintenance compared to other rabbits, you’ll need a special diet and plenty of attention.

Britannia Petite

Britannia Petite

This is a small rabbit, usually only growing to around 2 and a half lbs at their biggest. They have small heads and arched bodies, making them similar structurally as small hares. The most common colors you’ll find are black, chestnut, otter, agouti, sable, and white.

Britannia Petites are not recommended for young children or people new to owning rabbits. They have a tendency to bite and make sudden movements.

Dwarf Hotot

Dwarf Hotot

These are one of the most striking little bunnies, a very cute pet. They grow up to around 3 lbs in weight, and are small in structure. They are totally white, and have distinctive eye markings making them recognizable.

It’s a black marking around the eyes that make them stand out. They are good pets, fairly friendly and tame, not too difficult to look after.

Miniature Cashmere Lop

Miniature Cashmere Lop

First came the Cashmere Lop, a normal size rabbit. Then several years later came the Miniature Cashmere Lop. It’s a smaller, cuter version, and carries a lot of the same mannerisms.

Like a lot of the small bunnies you’ll need to do some research into their diet. They have some specific requirements, and need regular grooming. Fun pets though, any owner will tell you they are worth the effort.

Mini Satin

Mini Satin

This breed was created in the States, and brings a few unique features to a small rabbit. They have been around since the 70’s, and are still popular today.

They grow to around 5 lbs, so they are on the slightly larger side of the small rabbits, but by no means a large bunny. They are easy to look after, make for fun enjoyable pets, and are easily available.

So there you have it, 12 of the best cute and small breeds of rabbit. I hope you have found a breed that has taken you by surprise, and peaked your interest. There is a complete list of rabbit breeds on Wiki, and it’s very extensive. But in reality these are cute little bunnies that can be kept as pets.