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The House Rabbit
Breeds

Different Breeds
Taken from the books 'The Essential Rabbit' & 'The Rabbit Handbook'

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 : -

Agouti Pattern
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 smoke pearl.

Broken Pattern
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 Pattern
Brindle is an intermingling of two colours, one dark and one light. The brindle pattern appears consistently throughout the body.

Marked Pattern
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.

Self Pattern
Rabbits whose coats consist of only one colour solidly covering their entire bodies are said to carry a self pattern.

Shaded Pattern
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 tails.

Solid Pattern
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 distinct marking.

Ticked Pattern
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.

Different Breeds
Coat Varieties
Coat Colour Patterns
Rabbit Colours
Popular Breeds

 

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