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Mini Rex Rabbit Breed Info

Mini Rex Rabbit BreedRecognized colors: Black, blue, broken, castor, chinchilla, chocolate, Himalayan, lilac, opal, otter, red, silver marten, sable point, seal, tortoise, white (ruby-eyed), blue-eyed white.

Size: 3-4.5 pounds

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Mini Rex Rabbit Breed Photo Credit:

Michelle Ewing

Mini Rex Rabbit Information and History

Who doesn’t love the Mini Rex, a 3 ½-pound bunny with a sweet personality and a coat that feels like deep velvet?  No wonder the Mini Rex has such a huge following!  There were over 2,500 Mini Rex entered in the 2011 ARBA convention, more than any other breed.

Rex is a distinctive rabbit fur type caused by a recessive gene.  The first Rex rabbits appeared in France around 1920, and the breed was soon spread around the world.  The ARBA adopted a standard for the 9-pound Rex (sometimes called the Standard Rex) in 1929.  But of course, it didn’t take long for people to want to put that beautiful coat on a smaller bunny.  The Europeans got to it first, using Netherland Dwarfs to produce the Dwarf Rex.  By 1984, the Dwarf Rex had arrived in America, and a lady named Mona Berryhill won a pair at an auction.  She bred the Dwarf Rex buck to a lynx standard Rex doe, and three does from that litter became the foundation for the Mini Rex.  The breed was accepted for its final showing at the Madison, Wisconsin, convention in 1988.  In terms of popularity, the Mini Rex took off right away and has never looked back.

The Mini Rex does carry the dwarfing gene, but its type and appearance is certainly not “extreme dwarf.”  This breed is in the compact type group and is posed with the head low on the shoulders.  Ideally, the topline rises right behind the ears to form a very round, deep body.  The desired coat length is 5/8 inch.  Fur shorter than 7/8 inch or longer than 1 ½ inches should be disqualified.  Mini Rex fur sticks up nearly perpendicular to the body, and with good density feels plush and incredibly soft to the touch.  Long guard hairs, poor density, or narrow tips to the hairs can destroy the proper texture.  The Mini Rex standard recognizes well over a dozen colors, with more in development all the time.  The most popular colors include black, broken, and castor.  The most recently accepted color is Silver Marten, officially added to the standard in February 2012.

With any breed that is so widespread, some lines will have better personalities than others.  However, Mini Rex in general have friendly temperaments.  This breed is an excellent choice for a child starting in rabbits, ranking up there with Himalayan and Dutch.


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The Lionhead Rabbit

The Lionhead rabbit is one of the newer breeds of rabbit and was recognised by the British Rabbit Council (BRC) in 2002, in all known colours and patterns.


Imported into the US in the late 1990s, the Lionhead rabbit is currently undergoing the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) evaluation process, as a new breed of rabbit.

Distinguishable features are the 'mane' of wool around their head which is similar to that of a male lion, hence the name.


The slightly rounded and broad head is set close to the body with short thick upright ears, 2"-3" (5cm-7.5cm) in length, and a well developed muzzle.

This is a small rabbit with a fully grown weight of usually between 2.5 and 3.5 lbs (1.13 -1.59 kg) and not exceeding 3 3/4lbs (1.70 kg)

Ideal fully grown weight 3.5 lbs (1.59 kg)


Average lifespan of the Lionhead rabbit is 7 to 9 years but the age of any rabbit is dependent on the care and, just as importantly, the diet.





Flemish Giant Rabbit

Flemish Giants are one of the oldest & largest breeds of rabbits in existence. Experts believe that this giant rabbit breed might be descended from related breeds such as the Stone Rabbit and the European Patagonian; both of which are now extinct, but were raised for fur and meat purposes. The first recorded reference to this breed was noted as being from the Flanders region in Belgium, during the 16th Century. They were exported from England into the United States in 1893; later becoming a charter breed of the (then newly formed) American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) in 1924.

What is a Flemish Giant Rabbit?

Flemish Giant-Rabbit Light Grey

Light Grey Flemish Giant (by Kori’s Kritters Rabbitry)

Although there are several differences of desired traits in this giant rabbit breed, the two most commonly used descriptions are that of the ARBA & the British Rabbit Counsel (BRC) Breed Standard’s of Perfection. Both standards state slight differences, from the American minimal weight standards for fully matured bucks at 13 pounds & 14 pound does, to the British standard of 11 pound bucks & 12 pound does. Other differences include body style, with the ARBA calling for a semi-arched mandolin shape & the BRC desiring longer, flat bodies. Otherwise, both state that heavy bone structure, mass, & thick, long ears, with bold eyes & dense, short fur that has a roll-back effect when brushing your hand across their backs in a back-to-front motion.








Links to Info, Breeding, Grading & History of Astrex Rabbits:


Info on Astrex Rabbits



Astrex Grading



Astrex Breed Club



How to tell if your Doe is Pregnant


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