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Dwarf breeds:

- Dwarf lops
- Dwarf rabbits
- Dwarf fox


Shorthairs

While most rabbits commonly sold in pet stores have an average hair length of about 1 inch, there are some breeds which have noticeably shorter hairs. This can be a plus when it comes to grooming.

All rex breeds fall into this category, with hair length of about .62 of an inch.


Longhairs

As I have just mentioned, most rabbits have a normal length hair coat. But breeders throughout history have sought to produce rabbits with longer, even more luxurious coats, and this has created a serious problem with grooming when it comes to longhaired breeds. Rabbits in this category are beautiful to observe, but they have a tendency to accumulate a lot of hair in their stomachs, even when following a careful diet. You should only consider buying one of these breeds if you are willing to groom your pet regularly and thoroughly.

Longhaired breeds:

- Angoras
- Fox rabbits and dwarf fox rabbits
- Jersey Woolys

A Word About English Lops:
Most rabbit breeds have ears that stand up straight. However, all lops have the distinctive trait of drooping ears. While this can certainly be an attractive feature, the long ears can cause some medical complications. English lops in particular have extremely long ears that, because they are dragged along on the ground, have a tendency to get trampled on, infected, or even torn.

Animal Show Rabbits

There are many show rabbit breeders out there, and there are some arguments to be made in favor of purchasing an animal from them. Show rabbits are pure breeds, and the breeder will have carefully planned his breeding to produce exceptionally healthy and vibrant animals. If you wish to exhibit your own rabbit at a show in the future, this is really an ideal way to purchase a pet.

If you buy from a show breeder, there is also the advantage of (usually) being able to see the parent rabbits, so that you can examine how they look, their size, their level of health, and so on. That is a plus that you just will not get in pet stores.

Furthermore, as show breeders tend to pick up their rabbits and handle them often, the animals will most likely have grown used to such treatment and will allow you to handle them as well.

Show rabbits are sometimes known as fancy rabbits, in distinction with more common (but no less loveable) standard fur rabbits.


Fur or Fancy

Show rabbits are sometimes known as fancy rabbits, in distinction with more common (but no less loveable) standard fur rabbits. Fancy rabbits are the type that breeders began producing nearly two centuries ago solely for the purpose of keeping the animals as pets. In this respect they are distinguished from rabbits bred for their fur or for meat. The pros of buying such a rabbit are listed above.


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