As a whole, rabbit coats display an astounding number
of colours and patterns, each with its own unique beauty.
To make identification easier, those colours have been
assigned to specific groups. A general definition of each
group follows : -
Taken from the books
'The Essential Rabbit' & 'The Rabbit Handbook'
The hairshaft on an agouti-coloured rabbit has three
or more bands of colour, usually with a dark-gray base.
This is the colour pattern seen in wild rabbits. Agouti-coloured
rabbits come in chestnut, chocolate, sable, lilac and
There are two different subdivisions within the broken
pattern: bicolour and tricolour. A bicoloured broken
pattern consists of any standard rabbit colour in combination
with white. A tricoloured rabbit, on the other hand,
will have two other colours in addition to white.
Brindle is an intermingling of two colours, one
dark and one light. The brindle pattern appears consistently
throughout the body.
Marked pattern rabbits are usually white, and have one
other colour which appears in a distinct pattern over
the entire body.
Pointed White Pattern
This type of rabbit is all white with a darker colour
on its nose, ears, feet and tail. These markings are
much like those of a Siamese cat.
Rabbits whose coats consist of only one colour solidly
covering their entire bodies are said to carry a self
This pattern looks much like it sounds. Shaded rabbits
show a gradual shift in colour, beginning with a darker
colour on their backs, heads, necks, ears, legs and
This pattern is similar to the self pattern, except
that it may include agouti and other mixed colour fur,
as long as the colours do not create a pattern or a
This consists of a base colour throughout the majority
of the rabbit's fur, with the addition of contrasting
solid or tipped guard hairs.
Wide Band Pattern
Rabbits of this colour have the same colour on their
bodies, heads, ears, tails and feet. Their eye circles,
the underside of their tails, their jaws and their stomachs
have a lighter colour.