Bunny Breed Guide: Jersey Woolly Rabbits

Updated on April 29, 2008

Baby Jersey Woolly Bunny

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Image from exoticpets.about.com

A Beautiful Adult Show Bunny

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Image from www.therabbithill.com

Little fuzzy balls of fluff, Jersey Woolly rabbits are beautiful animals, and 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.

Jersey Woolly rabbits are relatively small rabbits, 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. Very popular show rabbits, they are a fancy breed, and should only be purchased from a reputable breeder who has paid attention to good quality bloodlines, and not breeding genetic faults into the rabbit that could cause it to have health or temperament problems.

Jersey Woolly Rabbits have erect ears, and a short, compact little body. 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 are also generally blessed with a lovely temperament, gentle and friendly, they are less likely to bite than some other more highly strung breeds.

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

Standards and Faults

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. The fur should also be full and replete, and should be evenly distributed over the body. Thinning fur, fur which is matted, wiry, coarse, or even too soft in mature rabbits, fur that is too soft or of uneven lengths are all faults. 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.

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

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.

General Comments

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.


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      Darryl Fontaine 16 months ago

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

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      Jersey wooly rabbit lover 2 years ago

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

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      tracy 3 years ago

      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

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      Michele 5 years ago

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

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      Llulubunnieluver 6 years ago

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

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      WooliesRock 6 years ago

      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: www.jerseywoolyrabbit.weebly.com.

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      WooliesRock 6 years ago

      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!:)

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      Wooly Lover 6 years ago

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

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      cloverpatch 6 years ago

      i have some woolies (:

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      krazybunny(:  7 years ago

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

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      melinie 7 years ago

      where did you get your bunnies?

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      linda 7 years ago

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

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      Sundew Rabbitry 7 years ago

      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!!

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      wooly owner 7 years ago

      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.

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      Wooly_Queen 8 years ago

      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. :)

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      The Info-Bunnie 8 years ago

      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.