Top 7 Smallest Rabbit Breeds (under 6 pounds)

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Rabbits ???? are the cutest creatures in the world, and they even look cuter if they fit in the palm of your hand.

No doubt that giant rabbits also look adorable if you want one for cuddling purposes. 

If you want to know about small rabbit breeds, ???? then this article is for you.  

Here is the list of the top 7 most miniature rabbit breeds in the world which you can’t resist.  

Top 7 Smallest Rabbit Breeds in the World

Smallest-Rabbit-Breeds

All the rabbit breeds on the list are under 6 pounds. While they are adorable and comes in different colors, coat types, and temperaments.

1. English Angora: 5 to 6 pounds

English-Angora
English Angora
BreedEnglish Angora
Lifespan 7 to 12 years 
Breeding Age 7 to 8 months  
Weight 5 to 8 lbs 
Behavior Intelligent, Gentle, and Calm 
Colors White, Smoke, Blue, Chinchilla, Brown grey, Chocolate  

The English Angora Rabbit is on the top of the list of the most miniature rabbits. It weighs between 5 to 6 pounds and looks like a small round ball of fur. They have a wooly, silky coat that makes them even more, softer while holding.  

All their compact body, from eating to feet, is covered with a silky coat. The English Angora Rabbits are available in a wide variety of colors. For instance,  

  • White  
  • Smoke 
  • Blue  
  • Chinchilla  
  • Chocolate  
  • Brown-grey  
  • Sable 
  • Martin sable  

The oldest domestic rabbit breed – the English Angora, originated in a region of Turkey. It has a lifespan of 7 to 12 years with docile and social temperament.  

ARBA has recognized English Angora in agouti varieties, self-shaded, broken, pointed white, and ruby-eyed white. 

Pros of having an English Angora: 

  • They are adorable 
  • They attract attention   
  • They are loving and sweet 
  • They provide wool  

Cons of having an English Angora: 

  • They can be destructive sometimes  
  • They are poop machines 

2. Netherland Dwarf Rabbit: 1 to 2 ½ pounds

Netherland-Dwarf-Picture
Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
BreedNetherland Dwarf
Lifespan 7 to 9 years 
Breeding Age 125-150 days 
Weight 1 pound 2 ½ 
Behavior Skittish, grumpy, wild  
Colors Ruby Eyed White, Blue Eyed White, Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red, Siamese Sable, Siamese Smoke, Seal point, Blue Point, Chocolate Point, Tortoiseshell, Agouti, Red Agouti, Opal, Cinnamon, Lynx, Chinchilla, Squirrel, Tan, Marten Sable 

Netherland dwarf rabbit is one of the most miniature rabbit breeds. It weighs around 1 pound 2 ½ pounds. They have a compact body with a short neck and head as big as their body.

ARBA has recognized the Netherland Dwarf rabbit in varieties of self, shaded, agouti, tan, and any other type. 

Netherland dwarf rabbits look cute with big eyes and tiny upright ears. They have a thick and glossy coat that comes in a variety of colors. For instance: 

  • Ruby Eyed White 
  • Blue Eyed White 
  • Black 
  • Blue 
  • Chocolate 
  • Lilac 
  • Red 
  • Siamese Sable 
  • Siamese Smoke, 
  • Seal point 
  • Blue Point 
  • Chocolate Point 
  • Tortoiseshell 
  • Agouti 

Pros of Netherland Dwarf: 

  • They are suitable for families and children 
  • They are perfect for picking and carry  

Cons of Netherland Dwarf: 

  • They are prone to diseases easily  
  • They are grumpy, skittish, and wild
  • They are pretty tricky to handle  

3. Dwarf Hotot: 2.5 to 3.5 pounds

Dwarf-Hotot-Rabbit
Dwarf Hotot
BreedDwarf Hotot
Lifespan 7 to 12 years 
Breeding Age 7 to 8 months  
Weight 2.5 to 3.5 lbs 
Behavior Lovable, friendly, and calm 
Colors White with Black, Blue, or Chocolate eye bands 
Breed 

The Dwarf Hotot rabbit breed is easy to recognize by its pure white coat among all the small rabbit breeds. It has black eye markings that look like eyeliner. 

These rabbits weigh only 2.5 to 3.5 pounds and have short ears with dense and shiny rollback coats. 

Dwarf rabbits were developed in Germany by the combination of the Blanc de Hotot and dwarfed breed. Hence, they are known as ’Show rabbits.’

Pros: 

  • They are lovable 
  • They are friendly  

Cons: 

  • They are not active as other rabbit breeds 

4. Lionhead Rabbit: under 4 pounds

Lionhead-Rabbit-Picture
Lionhead Rabbit
BreedLionhead
Lifespan 7 to 9 years 
Breeding Age 7 to 8 months  
Weight 1.5 kg 
Behavior Lovable, friendly, and calm 
Colors Black, chocolate, tortoise, blue, blue point, blue-eyed white and ruby-eyed white, chestnut agouti, seal, silver marten, smoke pearl, pointed white, sable point, and Siamese sable
Lionhead  

Lionhead rabbits are one of the most miniature breeds that originated in Belgium. They got their name from their lion-like mane of wool fur that encircles their high-mounted head and neck area.  

They have short and furry ears with a compact and upright body.  

Lionhead rabbits weigh under 4 pounds. Their thick fur comes in a variety of colors like:

  • Black 
  • Chocolate 
  • Tortoise 
  • Blue  
  • Bluepoint 
  • Blue-eyed white 
  • Ruby-eyed white 
  • Chestnut agouti 
  • Seal 
  • Silver marten 
  • Smoke pearl 
  • Pointed white 
  • Sable point  
  • Siamese sable 

Pros: 

  • Lionhead rabbits are energetic  
  • They are friendly in nature 
  • They are tolerant of children  

Cons: 

  • They can be messy sometimes 

5. American Fuzzy Lop: 3 to 4 pounds

American-fuzzy-lop
American Fuzzy Lop
BreedAmerican Fuzzy Lop
Lifespan 5 to 8 years 
Breeding Age 7 to 8 months
Weight 3 to 4 lbs 
Behavior Friendly, playful, active  
Colors Chestnut, Opal, Pointed White  

American fuzzy lop is a small rabbit breed with a flat bulldog face and ears that lop to either side. They are known as ‘the head of fancy with a stout body and a broad chest.’

The average lifespan of American Fuzzy Lop is 5 to 8 years.

The American Fuzzy Lop has a wool coat that comes in varieties of colors like; 

  • Chestnut 
  • Squirrel Chinchilla 
  • Lynx 
  • Opal 
  • Pointed white 

Pros: 

  • They are sweet-tempered 
  • They are playful  
  • They are active rabbits  

Cons: 

  • Their fur requires little maintenance 

6. Jersey Wooly: 1 to 3 pounds

Jersey-Wooly
Jersey Wooly
BreedJersey Wooly
Lifespan 7 to 10+ years 
Breeding Age 7 to 8 months  
Weight 1 to 3 lbs 
Behavior Friendly  
Colors White, Smoke, Blue, Chinchilla, Brown grey, Chocolate 

Jersey Wooly is one of the most miniature rabbit breeds globally, and their weight ranges from 1 to 3 pounds.

This rabbit breed was developed by Boonie Seeley – when he crossed to create a small rabbit with a wooly coat.  

Jersey wooly has a compact body with upright ears, and a square head is commonly known as ‘Mug Head.’ They also have short hair that comes in varieties of colors and are recognized by ARBA.  

Pros: 

  • They are known as ‘Show rabbit.’
  • They are friendly  
  • They are easy to handle  

Cons: 

  • They are hard to groom  
  • They are more at risk of flystrike 

7. Holland Lop: 2 to 4 pounds

Holland-Lop-Rabbits
Holland Lop
BreedHolland Lop
Lifespan 7 to 10 years 
Breeding Age 5 to 6 months  
Weight 2 to 4 lbs 
Behavior Lively, curious, friendly 
Colors Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Ruby-Eyed White, Blue-Eyed White 

Holland lop bunny was developed in the Netherlands as the smallest out of all the lop-eared breeds. 

It weighs only 2 to 4 pounds. They have a stocky body shape, a large head, and long, furry lopped ears that widen at the bottom. Their fluffy rollback coat comes in various colors and is dense, medium length, and soft.  

One of the most unique characteristics of Holland lop rabbits is a “crown” of fur along the back of their head.  

Pros: 

  • They are lively, curious, and sweet 
  • The Holland Lop makes a beautiful pet that adores playful interaction 

Cons: 

  • They are fragile  
  • They show no weakness even if sick 
  • They can be messy sometimes 

Final Words – Which Small Rabbit Breed Is Best For You? 

After knowing about all the breeds of rabbits, you must have this question: which small rabbit is best for you? 

It totally depends on your choice. For instance, if you can afford the maintenance cost of your pet rabbit and love American fuzzy lop’s bulldog face, then it is a good option for you.  




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