Mini Lop

Smallest of the Lop family, this endearing newcomer arrived in the United Kingdom a decade ago and is now one of the leading stars of the exhibition world.  Maximum weight 3 lbs 8oz (1.6kgs). Bred in all British Rabbit Council recognised colours.

National Miniature Lop Rabbit Club: Mrs D Laidlow 07962 175845

Dwarf Lop

Arriving in the UK from Holland over sixty years ago this popular medium size Lop - weight 4.4. - 5.4lbs (1.93 - 2.381 kgs) is recognised in all colours, is a great showman and pet shop favourite.  

 National French & Dwarf Lop Rabbit Club: S & H Elliott 0117 964 6814

Angora

Named after the Angora goat, this exquisite animal has been bred for centuries for its wool and is demonstrated by spinners at the BRC's two five-star championship shows (held annually each September and January). A popular show breed, the Angora needs dedicated grooming/housing so potential pet keepers should seek advice from a breeder. Obtainable in white and many colours. Weight 7lbs (3.175kgs).

National Angora Rabbit Club: Mr R Whitcombe 01373 300224

Belgian Hare

Described by fanciers as the race horse of the Fancy, the elegant Hare arrived here from Flanders in 1874 and became an overnight success on the show bench with its striking appearance and glossy rich chestnut coat. In recent years the White, Black and Tan and the Black have been developed by members of the national breed club. Weight 8 - 9lbs (3.62 - 4.08 kgs).

 British Belgian Hare Club: Mrs R Brasier 01724 843775

Dutch

Everybody's favourite and the ideal rabbit for the beginner looking for a challenge; as breeders have been saying for more than 100 years: "the perfect Dutch has yet to be born". Available in black, blue, yellow, chocolate, tortoiseshell (seen here) and grey, average weight is 4½ lbs (2.26kgs). Dutch usually excel on temperament and the does usually make excellent mothers/foster mothers.

Argente

There are four different types within this group: the cobby and compact Bleu (as illustrated), the largest the Champagne, the Brun which is very similar to the Bleu in shape; the Crème with its delightful orange/cream colourings and the Noir with a slate blue/greyish coat resembling old silver. Desired weights from 5 lb (2.26 kg to 8 lbs (3.62 kgs).

National Argente Rabbit Club: Miss L Benson 01229 582591

Satin

A unique rabbit that really lives up to its name with its exquisitely silky coat and amazing sheen. The first Satins were produced in the United States during the period of World War 11 and were imported to the UK in 1947 where the pink eyed Ivory (see photograph) became very popular. Other colours include Black, Blue, Sable, Smoke Pearl and Orange. Weight 6 - 8 lbs (2.72 - 3.62 kgs).

National Satin Club: Mr I Marriott 01530 230288

Silver Fox

Like the Satin and New Zealand, meet a superb show breed that has won many prizes since its creation here in the 1920s. The Black illustrated has a sparkling black and white coat generously sprinkled with longer white hairs along the flanks and chest. Also available in blue, chocolate and lilac, the Fox is a good choice for a fancier looking for a challenge on the showbench. Weight 7?½ lbs (3.2kgs).

National Silver Fox Rabbit Club: Mrs A J Nielsen 01943 864083

Cashmere Lop

Originally appearing in litters of Dwarf Lops when its luxuriously soft coat resembled the fur of the Cashmere goat, enthusiasts persevered to standardise the new breed and in the mid 1980's the BRC recognised the Cashmere. A popular exhibition animal produced in many colours (this is the Sealpoint), the Cashmere requires expert housing and daily grooming and handling so seek advice from breeders before considering taking up this breed. Weight 4 - 5.4 lbs (2.15 - 2.381 kgs).

National Cashmere Lop Club: Mr S Whincup-Grindey 01283 211180

German Lop

With an average weight of between 6½ and 8½ lbs (2.948 - 3.855 kgs) the stocky well-muscled German enjoys success at the shows but also loves attention at home! Originally introduced to the UK from Germany as an agouti it is now bred in all BRC recognised colours. This is the eye-catching Orange.

National German Lop: Lisa Morris, 01614 199298

Black Rex

Consistently winning best in show awards and in fact the most successful of all the rexes, colour is a lustrous blue-black, the dark blue undercolour being carried down to the skin. Coat is exquisitely textured and feels like plush. A popular colour, there should be no difficulty in obtaining stock. There are two types: the standard and the mini (see under Castor Rex).

National Black Rex Club: Mr S Sword 01986 784669

Blue Rex

The challenge of this breed is to produce a rabbit that is neither lavender nor navy but the desired bright medium blue; although not as successful on the show bench as the other self colours obtaining quality stock should not be a problem. The Blue's outstanding quality is its placid nature; they usually make very good mothers. There are two types: the standard and the mini (see under Castor Rex).

National Blue Rex Club: Mrs J Taylor, 01509 503539

Castor Rex

The Castor or Beaver was discovered in France in a litter of common table rabbits when it was found to be devoid of the long guard hairs carried by other breeds. The mutation was developed and eventually arrived in the UK in 1926 when cross breeding produced the glowing range of rex colours and patterns accepted today. The Castor's rich chestnut top contrasts with its sparkling white belly and underside of tail. Desired length in all rexes is approximately ½ in, coat should have a velvety plushness. There are two types: the standard (6-8 lbs - 2.72 - 3.62 kgs) or the Mini (3½ lbs to 4½ lbs - 1.587 - 2.041 kgs).

National Castor Rex Club: Mrs S Bulman 01287 676558

ChinRex

The sparkling chinchillated effect is best appreciated on the show bench when this captivating rabbit moves up and down the table. The dark slate blue base is followed by a band of white topped by a generous tipping of black and white. Has an excellent history of success at the leading shows. There are two types: the standard and the mini (see under Castor Rex).

National Chinrex Club: Mr D A Bishop 01384 354376