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15 Brown Rabbit Breeds (With Pictures)

Jana Blagojevic

By Jana Blagojevic

Lionhead rabbit sitting in the grass

When we think of rabbits, a picture of a sweet, fluffy, and gentle creature pops into our heads. While this is entirely true for these animals, their appearance is not always characterized by silky white coats. There are many examples of the rabbit’s fur, and the markings and patterns vary from breed to breed. While most of us expect white, you’ll be amazed by the variations in the brown coat colorings.

Read the article below to learn which rabbit breeds come in chocolate or rich brown colors.


The 15 Brown Rabbit Breeds

1. American Sable

The American Sable is a medium-sized rabbit perfect for outdoor and indoor environments. They typically weigh 8 to 10 pounds and have distinctive faded sable fur coloring. They are versatile, making them suitable as pets, although they require a large space where they can run freely.

2. Cinnamon Rabbit

Cinnamon Rabbit Sitting on the Grass
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The Cinnamon Rabbit is a beautiful breed with colors that make it a regular participant in shows and loved as a pet. This rabbit breed is very calm and docile, with bursts of energy. They are one of the longest-living rabbit breeds, living up to 8 years in ideal conditions.

3. Lionhead

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The Lionhead got its name from the characteristic fluffy wooly mane surrounding its head, giving it a lion-like appearance. This rabbit breed makes an excellent pet, although they can become timid without proper socialization. They are usually very friendly and outgoing and love to play and cuddle with their owners.

4. French Lop

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The French Lop is a very large rabbit breed, weighing from 10 to 15 pounds. They are a very relaxed breed, with a calm nature while being friendly and playful at the same time. As pets, they need plenty of space to run and hop around to stay fit, happy, and healthy.

5. Holland Lop

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The Holland Lop is a miniature rabbit breed compared to the French Lop. They typically weigh only around 4 pounds and can live up to 10 years with proper care. Because of their unique size, their care is easy as they don’t require plenty of food or space to be happy. They are one of the most common rabbits in the US and make great pets.

6. English Lop

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The English Lop is another large-sized rabbit, one of the first rabbits bred for exhibitions. They are considered a “fancy” breed with distinctively long and soft ears. They come in various colors and patterns and are adored as pets across the US.

7. Dwarf Lop

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The Dwarf Lop is a small to medium rabbit breed with characteristic short fluffy ears. They are great as pet rabbits, although they are unsuitable for very small children due to their sensitive backs. They are very friendly but docile and can live up to 10 years.

8. Harlequin Rabbit

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The Harlequin Rabbit is a very unique-looking breed originating from France. They are known for their characteristic markings and color patterns on the fur, which is why they are sometimes called the “clowns of the rabbit world.” Because of their friendly spirit, they make excellent pets, although they require plenty of indoor and outdoor space to run and explore.

9. Jersey Wooly

The Jersey Wooly is another example of a dwarf breed, weighing only up to 3.5 pounds. They have prominent, square heads, so their owners sometimes call them “mug heads.” They are very family-oriented and gentle with small children.

10. Rex Rabbit

Rex Rabbit
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The Rex Rabbit is a medium-sized stunning brown rabbit breed with a kind nature perfect for family environments. It has a distinctive dense, smooth, and plush fur that makes this breed loved by many pet owners worldwide.

11. New Zealand Rabbit

New Zealand Rabbit
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The New Zealand Rabbit is a large breed with a luxurious, dense coat that comes in various colors. They can be seen in white, black, broken bicolor of the coat, and the characteristic reddish brown. While they were originally bred for their meat, they are widely popular as pets across the US.

12. Silver Rabbit

The Silver Rabbit is a rare domestic rabbit breed that’s believed to date back to 1592. They are known for their dense coat and friendly, warm nature. They are very affectionate and low maintenance, making them perfect for first-time owners and children.

13. Havana Rabbit


The Havana Rabbit is another very old rabbit breed with a distinctive, rich, dark brown color. Its coat resembles a Havana cigar which is how the breed got its name. They love to play and run around, so if you keep them as a pet, providing a secluded outdoor area for playtime is necessary.

14. Tan Rabbit

Tan Rabbit
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The Tan Rabbit is a small and fancy rabbit breed. It is a breed suitable as a pet but also as a show rabbit. They have lean, fully-arched bodies with four color varieties—black, chocolate, blue, and lilac.

15. Belgian Hare

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The Belgian Hare is a fancy rabbit breed that was bred to resemble the European Hare and came from Belgium in the 1800s. They resemble wild hares because of the black markings across the body, the lean body, and the long legs. They can do very well as pets if they are socialized properly from a young age.


This article should give you basic information about the most popular brown rabbit breeds. After reading, you should be able to differentiate through these few breeds and decide if one of them will make a good pet for your family.

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