Rabbits are lovely creatures and something that makes them even lovable is their size. Ever thought about what would happen if their size goes down even more? It will definitely add to their charm and loveliness. These small guys are absolutely irresistible and given their size, fur, and cuteness, they look like tiny stuffed toys.
Other than dogs, rabbits are also among the most sort after pets in America and everywhere.
Why is that so? They are adorable, easy to keep, fun to have around, and make a great pet for someone who is new to it. They are also less demanding than cats and dogs and all you need is a good size cage and fresh hay, fruits, and vegetables to keep them happy and healthy.
These small rabbits are also known as dwarf rabbits and they have a small body and relatively large head and eyes. They have closely set ears that are either lop, drooping or erect.
Below are some of the smallest rabbit breeds in the world.
1. Holland Lop
It is a dwarf rabbit that weighs anywhere between 2 to 4 pounds when fully grown. They have a compact, wide and short body and their most distinctive feature is their large and drooping ears. They have a lifespan of up to 7 years and they have a very amiable and social nature.
2. American Fuzzy Lop
This dwarf rabbit breed weighs between 3 to 4 pounds and makes a great pet for anyone who is looking for a small, energetic, and fluffy pet to bring home. They have a somewhat stocky, compact, and muscular structure, and given to their distinctive look, they are sure to catch the eye and fancy of many pet lovers. They have beautiful lop ears that droop on either side of the head and come in different color combinations.
3. Columbia Basin Pygmy
Besides being one of the smallest rabbit breeds in the world, these rabbits are one of the rarest also. A mature Columbia Basin Pygmy reaches 1 pound of weight once it matures and it took two rabbit breed to breed them again and save them from extinction. It was once considered extinct but they have been bred again.
4. Lionhead Rabbit
These rabbits resemble a male lion due to the mane that encircles their head. They have a wool mane and they belong to a family of domestic dwarf rabbits. And they weigh about 2.5 to 3.75 pounds. They are very social and are one of the common pets in the United States. They have an upright body and 2 to 3-inch ears.
5. Jersey Wooly
These small rabbits have very small ears that stand only 2 to 3 inches in length. Something that makes these rabbits unique is their square head shape, which is almost ‘mug-like’. They come in six different recognized rabbit groups and they come in different palettes and pattern combinations.
6. Britannia Petite
This rabbit breed may not be an ideal pet for new pet owners since these rabbits are somewhat whimsical. They are known for arched bodies and narrow heads and they come in different colors like chestnut, black, white, otter, sable marten. They weigh about 2 to 2 ½.
7. Miniature Cashmere Lop
These rabbits are from the family of larger Cashmere lop rabbits. However, these rabbits are also very famous and known for being pets. They will need grooming and good quality food to stay healthy and happy and come in various breeds. Some of these breeds are easy to locate while others may be quite difficult to find.
8. Dwarf Hotot
These rabbits could be recognized instantly, thanks to their pure white fur and big black eyes. They have black markings around their eyes that feel as if they are having thick eyeliner around it. They have dense fur and they come in other color variations also. However, the white ones are more commonly known, there could be black and chocolate brown Dwarf Hotots also.
9. English Angora
Much like its angora rabbits family, these tiny buddies are covered in fur, head to toes. Being fully covered in fur, they look like a big ball of fur and will need a specific diet to stay healthy and happy. Unfortunately, they are mistreated for their wool and many of them actually die in the process.
10. Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
A Netherland Dwarf is the smallest rabbit breed in the world. They weigh no more than 1.1 to 2.5 pounds and have a large head and eyes. They have a round face and short ears and the head is larger than what is considered normal for the size of their body. These rabbits have short coats and come in a large variety of patterns and colors.
All of these rabbits make great pets and being small in size, they are easy to handle and you will not have to do a lot of work to manage and keep them.