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Bunny Breed Guide: Jersey Woolly Rabbits

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Bunniez is a rabbit lover and has expertise in husbandry and grooming techniques for long-haired lagomorphs.

Baby Jersey Woolly Bunny

Baby Jersey Woolly Bunny

As little fuzzy balls of fluff, Jersey Woolly rabbits are beautiful animals that make beautiful pets. However, I must issue a caveat here: This type of rabbit is not suitable for outdoor living in a hutch, it is not suitable as a pet for energetic children who may handle it roughly, and it is not suitable for anyone who doesn't have the time to take care of its beautiful coat.

Appearance and Personality

Jersey Woolly rabbits are relatively small, coming in at around three to four pounds. They can appear much larger than they really are due to their fantastic coats, which fluff out all around them. They are known as the 'fluff of the fancy' for good reason: When groomed to show standard, they really do appear to be little balls of fluff. They have erect ears and a short, compact little body. They are also generally blessed with a lovely temperament. Gentle and friendly, they are less likely to bite than some other more highly strung breeds.

Jersey Woolly Rabbits as Show Rabbits

As very popular show rabbits, they are a fancy breed, and they should only be purchased from a reputable breeder who has paid attention to good quality bloodlines. Ensure the breeder hasn't been breeding genetic faults into the rabbit that could cause it to have health or temperament problems.

Standards and Faults

Because this is a show breed, I will give some information about what sort of points to look for in a Jersey Woolly Rabbit.

  • Size: A Jersey Woolly rabbit should be almost like a ball, with its length equal to its width. It is considered a fault if a Jersey Woolly rabbit is too narrow or long in head or body.
  • Fur: The fur should also be full and replete and evenly distributed over the body. Thinning fur, fur which is matted, wiry, coarse, or even too soft in mature rabbits, and fur that is too soft or of uneven lengths are all faults.
  • Ears: Ears should be held nicely and, ideally, should be two and a half inches long. Ears that are not held nicely erect are also considered to be faults.
  • Wool: Wool is naturally a very important part of showing a Jersey Woolly rabbit. It should have an even density, an even length, and a pleasing texture.

Faults that lead to disqualification include very narrow, long body types, ears that are over three inches in length, wool that is less than one and a half inches long on the top, back, and sides of the rabbit, and wool that grows below the ankle joint.

You Don't Have to Have a Show Bunny

You do not have to limit yourself to a show specimen, of course. If you are simply looking for a gentle-natured, friendly bunny companion, then a Jersey Woolly is an excellent choice.

A Beautiful Adult Show Bunny

A Beautiful Adult Show Bunny

Quick Behavior and Health Facts

Here are some unique behavior and health facts to understand about Jersey Wooly rabbits before you care for one.

Behavior Facts

  • Jersey Wooly rabbits are relatively easy to potty train. You should begin as soon as you obtain the rabbit by moving its droppings to the litter box. It will learn that this is the right place to go due to odor and consistency.
  • You may be startled to see your Jersey Wooly sometimes eat its own droppings in the morning. This is actually a normal behavior and aids with their digestion, as their overnight stools are nutrient-rich.
  • Believe it or not, a Jersey Wooly can be trained to walk on a leash. There are rabbit-specific leashes. Keep in mind that this rabbit is on the smaller side, so don't take it on extensive walks that over-exert it.

Health Facts

  • If you notice your rabbit's head flopped or tilted to one side for an extended period of time, you need to take it to the veterinarian for further investigation. "Head tilt" can result from serious issues such as bacterial infection, injury, stroke, and even cancer.
  • Brush your Jersey Wooly regularly and thoroughly. You do not want your rabbit to experience "wool block." This happens when a rabbit swallows their own fur too often during their natural grooming processes. If it builds up too much in the digestive tract, it can create a blockage.
  • Be sure to balance your rabbit's diet and keep calcium intake at the proper level. For most rabbits, this is around 2.5kg (510mg) per day. Too much calcium can lead to painful bladder stones. This build-up occurs because rabbits process all of their calcium in their bladders. Check with your vet to see what the proper calcium intake is for your Jersey Wooly.
  • Jersey Wooly rabbits can suffer from respiratory issues due to their small mouths and sinuses close to their upper teeth. Check regularly for inflammation around the teeth and gums, as this can lead to sinus infections.

Sources and Further Reading

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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katie on March 11, 2019:

I sell baby jersey woolly for anyone whos interested email me at

who knows on July 16, 2018:

Do u know anyone that sells jersey woolly?

Rascl’s owner on June 11, 2018:

Dareyl Fontaine You can not fit them in your hand. They are around the size on a soccer ball.

Darryl Fontaine on December 27, 2016:

How small are they, like can you fit them in your hands

Jersey wooly rabbit lover on April 17, 2016:

my rabbit is from a n-kill animal shelter that i volunteer for

tracy on January 26, 2015:

I have a jersey wooly that came from two Netherlands who carry the woolly gene and would like to start a wooly line but I am unsure of how to go about breeding can I breed back or what do I need to breed to Netherlands or woollys

Michele on May 05, 2012:

I live in Arizona. I have a Woolly. Can it live outside on the patio in a cage

Llulubunnieluver on December 10, 2011:

I LOVE bunnies if I get Strate a's I am getting a woolie!!!!!!!!

WooliesRock on November 26, 2011:

In response to the question, the best place to find a Jersey Wooly rabbit is from a breeder who produces quality, pedigreed rabbits for show purposes. I have info on caring for Woolies on my website and lots of cute pics:

WooliesRock on September 06, 2011:

I breed woolies and they're the sweetest rabbits I've ever had. They are very sweet, gentle bunnies and I haven't experienced any health problems. I would definitely recommend them as pets and/or show bunnies. They are a joy to have!:)

Wooly Lover on August 14, 2011:

I am planning on maybe getting a doe Wooly:) If only my parents say yes;)

cloverpatch on July 11, 2011:

i have some woolies (:

krazybunny(: on March 10, 2011:

I realy want a wooly. So, where do you get them?

melinie on December 02, 2010:

where did you get your bunnies?

linda on September 26, 2010:

imjust got two woolies what is the best brush to use on them ???

Sundew Rabbitry on August 21, 2010:

Jersey Woolies are a fantastic breed!! I currently own 4. They've never had any health issues and have done remarkably in the cold of last winter as well as the heat of this summer. The adult rabbits with the correct coat types only need to be groomed about once every 2-3 weeks. And they are complete ragdolls in my arm and love to be held and stroked! By far, the BEST rabbits I've ever owned!!

wooly owner on June 27, 2010:

I have never had any issues with these rabbits. They have wonderful temperaments, and are easy to care for as long at you keep them indoors and maintain their coats.

Wooly_Queen on March 30, 2010:

Woolies don't have a lot of health problems like stated above. It could just be the lines in your area... I have been raising them for 5 years and they are great rabbits and have never had any health problems commonly show up with the breed, nor have the many other breeds I know... Most have wonderful personalities and make great pets too as well as showing/breeding animals. They are wonderful rabbits. :)

The Info-Bunnie on March 22, 2010:

Yes, I have about 6 total Jersey Woolies at my Rabbitry. They are not so common at my place, actually usually I don't have them. They usually have a lot of health problems and don't adapt very well to cold or extremely hot temperatures.

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