Ten of the Worlds Most Beautiful, Amazing and Unusual Rabbits

Once you’ve seen one rabbit you’ve seen them all! Well…that is not entirely true as most people would have never heard of let alone seen these ten rabbits you are about to look at. They are the rarest and most unusual breeds of rabbits you will ever see and some of them are so strange you won’t believe they are real…


 

Silver Fox Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
Silver Fox Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Silver Fox Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

This rabbit might look like your own pet at home, but this is one of the rarest breeds of rabbits in the world is listed as “threatened” with a high possibility to soon be extinct. You don’t need me to tell you that it is the rare silver tint on its fur that makes it stand out.

Angora Rabbits (Angora rabbit)
Angora Rabbits (Angora rabbit)

Angora Rabbits (Brachylagus idahoensis)

This is one of the worlds oldest types of domestic rabbit and is of course bred for its fur which is often collected simply by grooming the rabbit. If you like your rabbits to be cute balls of fluff, this one is the fluffiest of them all!

Sumatran Striped Rabbit (Nesolagus netscheri)
Sumatran Striped Rabbit (Nesolagus netscheri)

Sumatran Striped Rabbit (Nesolagus netscheri)

This breed found only in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam is considered the rarest rabbit breed in the world and no-one is really sure how many breeding pairs are left, but it is considered vulnerable by the IUCN.

Netherland Dwarf Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
Netherland Dwarf Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Netherland Dwarf Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

This is officially the worlds smallest breed of rabbit and fully grown it only weighs 1.1–2.5 pounds (about the same as a small melon). They might look cute indeed, but they are not the best pets due to their skittish, grumpy and often wild temperament.

Flemish Giant Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
Flemish Giant Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Flemish Giant Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

You will know if you have seen one of these rabbits as they are the largest breed of the species. While they might look large and maybe a little scary they are often kept as pets due to their docile nature and patience. You will need a lot of carrots to get this rabbit filled up that is for sure!

Chinchilla Rabbits (Lagomorphs)
Chinchilla Rabbits (Lagomorphs)

Chinchilla Rabbits (Lagomorphs)

When is a Chinchilla not a Chinchilla? This isn’t some intro line to a joke, this really is a breed of rabbit that looks almost identical to real Chinchillas. What you are looking at is a young rabbit as their ears do grow longer the older they get separating them from real Chinchillas.

Rex Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
Rex Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Rex Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

These French rabbits are of course known for the unusual coloured fur which is dense and velvet-like in feel. It is also thought that this is the smartest breed of rabbit you can get as they learn tricks and command words at a faster rate than other breeds.

Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis)
Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis)

Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis)

Rabbits don’t get much smaller than this breed. It is very rare and only has a small isolated population located in a single Columbia Basin area of Washington state. While it isn’t under threat there is still fear that they might vanish quicker than many other rare rabbit breeds.

Giant Angora Rabbits (Oryctolagus Cuniculus)
Giant Angora Rabbits (Oryctolagus Cuniculus)

Giant Angora Rabbits (Oryctolagus Cuniculus)

Much like its smaller relative that we learned about earlier this breed is also breed for their fur, but as you can imagine there is a lot more of it to brush off on this breed. I will say that this rabbit has been brushed to an inch of its life hence the reason it is so fluffy.

Ili Pika Rabbits (Ochotona iliensis)
Ili Pika Rabbits (Ochotona iliensis)

Ili Pika Rabbits (Ochotona iliensis)

This rather cute looking animal is a very close cousin the rabbit but looks much more like a rodent to be classed as one. But yet it is still found to be a long lost species of rabbit and I think it is the most amazing out of all of them. It looks cute, its rarer than hens’ teeth and it even has a cool name. What more do you want from a single rabbit!?

Do you have any rabbits at home? If you do I would love to hear from you. Why not share their names below and any pictures you might have.

Sources Used…

  • https://www.boredpanda.com/rare-endangered-animal-teddy-bear-magic-rabbit-ili-pika-china
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angora_rabbit
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinchilla_rabbit
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_Basin_pygmy_rabbit
  • https://www.coopsandcages.com.au/blog/ultimate-list-rabbit-breeds/
  • http://boredomtherapy.com/rare-bunnies/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherland_Dwarf_rabbit
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