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New Zealand Rabbit Breed Information

Once it only has one color and it has been an inspiration behind depictions of the Easter Bunny. Now it can be seen in multiple colors, 5 to be exact! The New Zealand Rabbit most distinctive characteristics is red eyes and dense white fur. Even though it have been named as New Zealand, it is originated from United States.


As stated above, these rabbits are not actually from New Zealand but American breed! In fact, these white rabbit are the first rabbit breed to be developed back in the 20th century. Back then, breeders have done multiple crossed between popular rabbit types from Europe and United Kingdom to develop a high quality rabbit lean meat.

In 1913, a cross between Belgian Hares and Flemish Giants have created New Zealand Red Rabbit and it gain popularity ever since. 4 years later, New Zealand White Rabbits have been born into this world since American breeders tried to developed separate albino breed. The kits are all albino with rather striking beauty of white coat and a combination of sparkle crimson eyes. These beautiful white bunnies become very popular all across United States and breeders tried to improve their traits even more by crossing them with selective breed.

American Rabbits Breeders Association (ARBA) have recognized 5 colors of New Zealand breed. In 1916, New Zealand Red Rabbit were recognized and 4 years later, New Zealand White Rabbit. In 1958, New Zealand Black Rabbit. In 2010, they have broken colors and then blue or gray color in the year of 2016.



New Zealand Rabbits are big and muscular animals that been covered with short soft flyback fur coat. They has so called well rounded commercial body shape since they have been bred for meat production. Their head is moderately rounded, and in proportion with rest of their body. They weigh around 4 to 5 kg which is 9 to 12 lbs.

New Zealand rabbits do not need much grooming since they have short fur and as all rabbits are generally known as clean animals. Their thick soft fur only need weekly or bi – weekly grooming. Grooming them does not mean they are lazy but to avoid them from ingesting their own hair during self-cleaning. You should not bath your rabbit pet as this can get them stress out and may cause cardiac problems. Use a damp cloth to clean any dirty areas on their body.

  • Weight: 4 to 5 kg
  • Coat length: Short and soft
  • Color: White albino, red, black, broken color, blue/gray
  • Pattern: None


New Zealand rabbits are generally known to be easy to handle and completely docile. This also mean that they can be a great pet for a family with baby or small children and also other pets. Their docile behavior make them the best starter pets for any person either you single, couple or as a gift for seniors. These furry friend can keep you company for days with their cute faces and friendly attitude. Docile also mean that they are not known as an aggressive type such as biting or kicking your butt. However, they loved to be picked up or being pet.

New Zealand rabbits or any other rabbits love chewy toys! They love to chew, nibble and gnaw all day to fill their day and as a dental care. They also known as NOT the easiest to be trained but given so much time and patient, they can be litter train.

  • Lifespan: 7 to 10 years
  • Active: Low
  • Intelligence: Medium

Health Treatment

Dutch rabbits are no more than another common domestic rabbits. You should considered taking it to the veterinarian. There are no cases of this breed had genetic diseases been reported but they still can suffer from other rabbit symptoms. Rabbit breeders have done more then they could to make this breed healthier and less genetic disease. Some of the illnesses seen in this breed is:

  • Dental disease: Overgrown teeth, can change alignment of the mouth
  • Spinal Injury: Damaged due to dropped or from the force of its hind legs movement
  • Arthritis: Painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. Your rabbit may be less active and tend to be gradual or lying in one place, hunched in awkward position.
  • Uterine cancer: fertility problems and stillbirth, loss of appetite and blood in the urine.
  • Bladder problems: Bladder stones due to excessive build-up of calcium (May need surgically removed)

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