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The Rex Rabbit: Bunny Breed Guide

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Mini Rex babies

Rex rabbits come in two main types: Mini Rex and the standard Rex. I will deal with each type separately so as to avoid confusion.

Rex Rabbits

The standard Rex has a beautiful velvety fur that is popular in the fur trade (not something I recommend or support, this is merely a note for accuracy). Fortunately for the Rex rabbit, it is easier for those involved in the fur trade to take fur from larger animals, so since the mid-1980s, Rexes have rarely been used for fur whatsoever. Rex rabbits were also quite often used for meat, but this is less common nowadays, with Flemish Giants being a more popular source of rabbit meat due to their larger size.

A standard Rex generally weighs between seven and eleven pounds and comes in a wide range of colors. Breeders have gained great enjoyment in breeding many different color types of Rex, and today Rexs come in:

  • Blue
  • Black
  • Amber
  • Chocolate
  • Lilac
  • Sable
  • Opal
  • Red
  • White

They have the following marking styles:

  • Broken
  • Californian
  • Castor
  • Chinchilla
  • Black Otter

Their ears stand upright, and the coat requires very little grooming.

The Rex temperament is very solid and good-natured, and they are known to be very maternal creatures, often accepting the young of other rabbits and raising them as their own. They are relatively calm rabbits, though they are still Rabbits, and will not do particularly well in chaotic situations.

Rex vs. Mini Rex Rabbits

Mini Rex Rabbits are essentially just smaller versions of the Rex rabbit, weighing in at around three to five pounds. They possess the same gorgeous fur coats and are also friendly, although they do tend to be slightly more active than their larger cousins. I would recommend a full-sized Rex if you are considering a pet for children, as they are likely to be more laid back in personality and less fragile than the Mini Rex. Mini Rex are, however, very popular with adults and children alike.

General Notes

Both the standard Rex and the Mini Rex make excellent house rabbits, that is, rabbits that live inside. They are relatively easily toilet trained and will enjoy the company of humans and other animals if introduced in a non-threatening way. Their easy-care coats put them ahead of some other fluffy rabbit breeds as suitable pets for children and busy adults, and they feel beautiful to stroke. Rex rabbits tend to enjoy human company and are often described as being more catlike than anything in their personality, happily laying around in their favorite spots before suddenly dashing up and binkying around with joy.

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.

© 2008 Bunniez

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Tabatha on July 30, 2020:

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Where can i get a mini rex rabbit i want a doe, 6-9 weeks old. Mine recently past away.

dolphin on January 04, 2020:

were can I get a Minnie rex rabbit

Donna Stacy on July 12, 2019:

Can you put the daddy rabbit with the babies rabbit they are about three weeks old

jack smedley on July 08, 2019:

my rabbit is so cute and i love him to bits.js

Anonymous on June 19, 2019:

How big are the babys?

oreo on June 15, 2019:

can they have strawberry's?

Dallas on March 16, 2019:

They are so cute together ❤️ and I love the way they are they have a good selection of them and that's so cool and I love that about them it's like wow.Anf they do have a lot.

Lobo360 on December 27, 2018:

This is to Meg regarding annual vet costs, my response is regarding the UK.

Rabbits should see a vet at least once a year for an annual health check, they review their weight, heart rate, teeth, feel for gut health and general condition. This can be done when they are getting one of their vaccinations, of which in the UK there are two separate vaccinations that rabbits need to have on separate occasions - optimal timing would be 6 months apart so that your rabbit's get two health checks a year.

For vaccinations/healthchecks vets will often let you pay just the one consultation fee even if you have multiple rabbits (I have four), and there is a rabbit week in May/June where consultations and vaccinations etc are discounted.

1.Standard consultation approx £30.

2.RVHD1(+myxi) vaccination approx £25 per rabbit.

3.RVHD2 vaccination approx £25 per rabbit.

4.Rearguard fly defence approx £30 per rabbit.

5.Nail clipping, if you cant do this yourself £5-£10 per visit and frequency depends on rabbit but monthly is about standard.

So the top 5 essentials is just under £200 per year for two rabbits.

Rabbits are not wormed routinely, only if they are seen to have worms or other parasites.

Flea treatment - my vets have given us Advocate/Advantage before (same as cats) @ approx £15 per treatment, but it doesn't last as long for rabbits but if they and your garden are not in contact with animals with fleas again you shouldn't need to treat them routinely and instead only if they somehow get them.

Rex's are prone to sore hocks of their feet due to the fur being thin there, this may lead to some additional vet visits and costs of ointments/treatments but investment in suitable surfaces for them to rest and live on will hopefully negate that.

Because of their short curly eyelashes rex's can also be prone to eye issues, mostly due to getting something in their eye, this can mostly be wiped out at home but if an eye becomes weepy then it will need a vet trip to check/treat the infection including using a dye to see if the eye is scratched/injured.

Other than the sore hocks and eyes, Rex's are no more and no less susceptible to the other rabbit ailments that are possible.

Some of the most expensive health problems in rabbits is dental issues, if they don't get fed ample hay/grass to file them down, or if their teeth are misaligned so wont file down then they will need regular vet visits to file/clip them - this can be about £50-£100 a time and can require doing on a regular basis, pet insurance usually wont cover rabbit dental as standard.

Other conditions to be aware of -

1.Statis, some rabbits become prone to this and require vet visits for gut stimulants etc

2.Head tilt/EC, a parasite that effects the inner ear, these rabbits are rarely cured and require regular treatment to manage the condition.

3.Flystrike, maggots burrowing in the fur and skin of the rabbits, good cleanliness but also rearguard for the summer months when flies are prolific prevents this.

Meg on December 06, 2018:

We are looking to adopt a Mini Rex - can someone tell us what is the annual cost for vet bills is ? and what are some of the most expensive health problems they get ?

Kassandra on November 20, 2018:

I have a 9-month old mini red rabbit and today he has been less active and hasn’t eaten anything what should I do?

Holymoly on September 25, 2018:

ANY baby rabbit needs its mother’s milk until it can eat solids! Baby rabbits need alfalfa hay, and 1 cup per pound of their weightof fresh leafy greens daily. If you can’t provide that, get alfalfa based oxbow brand pellets.

Lisa Jordan on August 25, 2018:

do you have any of these rabbits available ? im in conway area

bookpaw on June 22, 2018:

i love mini rex rabbits my is a handfull

sarah on April 30, 2018:

about 31 days is the norm

standard rex on April 14, 2018:

How many days till have babys

bookpaw on April 07, 2018:

you need to feed a baby mini rex pellets and timothy hay is your baby rex not with it's mom anymore it will be ok if it not with it's mom

Lisa on March 31, 2018:

What do you feed baby Rex mini rabbit

bookpaw on March 30, 2018:

i breed mini rex rabbits

person on September 19, 2017:

My familey has two rex rabbits Link ( the boy Mini) And Evie a full size castor girl. Evie seems to like hopping on my bed a going to one corner of it, i dont know why but she always does it and sometimes she pees, she hasnt in allong time so shoud i Trust her?

Innovator on August 23, 2017:

Rex are the best breed among Rabbits, though i have different breeds but love my Rex family mostly...recommendable for shows.

Vee on July 08, 2017:

Are mini Rex rabbits okay to live outside and also are they okay to live on their own?

michelle driscoll on May 18, 2017:

i have a rex and found her in her cage today when i was cleaning it and found that she had ate two of her toe's off to the first knuckle i was told by a vet that it could be because she has anxiety and how can i help her threw this and stop in the near future

Jo Kelly on February 04, 2017:

I like Lop eared rabbits

rabbit lover on September 01, 2014:

I have a lot of different types of rabbits but so far my favorite is the mini rex though I love them all the same and could never get rid of family. But I'm worried about my doe mini rex she got pregnant and started labor yesterday and thus far has only had 3. She is a first time mommy and sadly none of the baby's made it through the night. But what worries me is she is still acting like she is in labor. How long can the labor last.

claire on July 30, 2014:

I have got a rex rabbit and she is about 7-8 years old and she is very cute and daft.

Elyse on August 09, 2013:

I have a Rex rabbit named Maple.

I think I'm going 2 start walking him.

He never exercises cuz he's 2 lazy.

(They also love empty unused toilet paper rolls.)

hybgh on May 13, 2013:

use a dish as alitter bux

Rase123 on February 23, 2013:

Good article would like more about size

Karen Metz from Michigan on June 23, 2012:

I'm looking for a rabbit for my 6yo to learn to show. There is someone local selling a mini rex and I was looking for information on them, since I know nothing about rabbits! Your hub was very helpful. Thank you!

ash on June 07, 2012:

Rabbits SHOULD NOT eat people food or other animal food! Their diet should consist of only rabbit pellets, hay (alfalfa for young rabbits, and timothy for adults), as well as vegetables daily. Fruit is NOT a necessary, but if you do feel like giving your bunny fruit as a treat, anything more than a tablespoon or two is not good for your rabbit. Do your research before bringing a rabbit into your life.

kenda on May 10, 2012:

I have a rex bunnie. She is about 5 mnths old and a chow that plays with her. They constantly chasing each other around in circles . If the dog aint chasing her , she wil run and jump in front of the dog to gets the dogs attention. My rabbit normally eats dog food with the dog, ritz crackers , romaine lettuce . She normalies runs the house with the dog . Im trying to leash train her . Is there any tips you can give me to help me ?

Funny bunny on May 04, 2012:

Sorry about some of my words being wrong! My husband must have changed the autocorrect on the iPad. Hopefully you guys were able to put together what I was trying to say. Any questions for me just ask and I'll respond when I am able!

Funny Bunny on May 04, 2012:

I have a standard Rex rabbit that I the best I've ever heard of. She is litter trained and loves attention and playing with her toys. I do not keep her caged in this tiny rabbit cages.I have purchased an our door play pen from petsmart and I have her indoors only. It works great, I have thin wood under her area to protect my floors. I have also found that she had outgrown her rabbit liter pan. I use a breeze liter box on her and I made my own screen that fits inside of it so she isn't able to eat or throw out any of the pellets. I can it wkly. If you can not afford the pellets it still works well with the liners onto on the breeze box, then layer of unscented kitty liter (so they can't see the liner pad) and then the screen so they can't eat the liter. She also sleeps with a blanket and has several toys that she throws around her playpen. I have had her since she was a month old. She is now 2 yrd old. The liter training took about 2 wks. I dimly would put her poo in her box and try to soak up her pee with anything and get her scent in her liter box. I noticed where she liked to go potty and moved her box to that side. Now keep in mind that they can control their pee but poo pellets sometimes they can't but rant bad to clean up if you clean their floors daily anyways. She is one of the best behaved animals I've ever had.

Amanda on April 27, 2012:

For litter training -- rabbits usually go to the bathroom when they are eating their hay/alphalfa, so if you put litter or aspen wood chips in the litter box, and hay/alphalfa on one end in the litter box, the rabbit will eat the hay and go to the bathroom because that is their tendency. Rabbits don't usually deficate/urinate on their food, so sanitary issues usually aren't a problem with this method. If you notice it is, put the hay near the litter box and give that a try. It seems to be a proven method by most humane societies and I find it works pretty darn well. We have 6 rabbits, if that gives you some perspective. Good luck!!

bun on April 25, 2012:

I have a mini rex who lives outside, she is very happy with her hutch. I have a spare brand new hutch as well.

I am condidering adopting another adult mini rex but he is currently an inside bunny - does anyone know if it is okay to convert him to an outside bunny, as long as he has a nice hutch? He would still have time inside to play but would primarily live outside. We live in Maryland and the weather is pretty stable for the most part.

alexx on April 22, 2012:

I love the bunnies. I want a hamster,but now i want those.you can find me in the pet shop nowere. Cause will not tell u were i live.

Anya Jenson on April 21, 2012:

Hey does anyone know what color you would get if you cross a Broken Caster doe (Rex) with a black otter buck (Rex) what colors would you get if you know plx email me at cocokitty147@gmail.com

jayson rivera on April 18, 2012:

I have 2 mini rex and i feed them evrything i give them banana apple watermelon rice and there are in good helth

TM on April 11, 2012:

We have had both mini and standard rex rabbits, and they are my favorite breed owing to their intelligence and bonding to humans. I haven't spayed or neutered either sex, and this hasn't negatively impacted their litter box training or longevity. The male does not mark his territory with urine. I had a male French Lop, and he unfortunately did. I've had rabbits both spayed / neutered and not, and I have not seen any correllation between this and longevity. In fact, the one's left in the natural state lived longer. I think there is a bias towards spay and neuter, and its not backed by the facts.

KJ on April 04, 2012:

I have rex rabbits and use cat litter trays with hay and they use them no problems. I haven't yet allowed my bunnies inside though.

G. on April 01, 2012:

I am sorry but Rex and more average sized rabbits make a better meat rabbit than the larger breeds like Flemish Gaints. Please do more research on this.

angela on March 31, 2012:

I have a mini rex (though there isnothing mini about her! ). She uses potty pads. Since rabbits like to be clean I found itimpossible to get her to use the potty box. Just note what area your bunny prefers and plop a potty pad down ;)

Steph on March 21, 2012:

I need some help training my Rex rabbit he's two how can I teach him how to do some tricks

Rachel on March 11, 2012:

Jessie,you need to get boots some junior science or junior super rabbit excel give him as much as he wants a he is growing and these will give the calcium he needs for healthy teeth so that they grow straight.when he gets to about 16 week get him neutered as he will start puberty then and his temperment will change abit but that will settle back down after 6 weeks also change his food to super rabbit excel lite at this time too as its the only one with out alfalfa/lucerne this is not good for rabbits over 16 weeks as to much calcium is bad for rabbits I have done a blog for my rex he's called speedy

jessie on March 06, 2012:

I just got a small standard rex yesterday, its 7 weeks old and its not a mini rex, but it is smaller than others, anyway..... it is really fast! It poos a lot! It is cute but is squirmy. It is rare because the other type of rexes that it is are all gray with big white spots and mine is a full body gray with white boots! Its a boy and I decided 2 name it boots! I'm glad I got it but every1 who has a rex(es), how many times a day do you feed it? And how much do you feed it when you do? Thanks, please give me any tops u can possibly give me?!?!

jessica on March 05, 2012:

I have a standard Rex named Harlequin she is about 3 years old now and she is litter trained and loves to cuddle

Rachel on March 05, 2012:

we lost our black and white dutch rabbit 4 weeks ago which was very sad we kept crying all the time but 3 days later we got a new bunny and he's a rex called speedy and boy he's quick.we got him at about 16 week's old and had him neutered a week ago.we still miss the old one and the one we had before but a new bunny helps.rex bunnies are one of the best breeds to have.tip on litter training get a large cat litter tray then fill it with the old hay from their enclosure each day this will have their sent on it and bunnys tend to poo when they eat hay once they have done this they will pee in one corner of the tray also they learn quicker at this from about 12 weeks onwards when they are younger they are to exciteable and forget also put the tray in a corner near where thay play.my rex was clean after one day after bringing him home.please remember to worm your bunnies every 3 months with panacur rabbit wormer as it stops all parasites which some cause fatal illnesses.speedy still does all the funny things that he did before he was neutered.love's doing the binkies

Nikky on February 12, 2012:

jacqui cardiff,, i'm Deutch, so sorry for my horreble englisch. my rabbit also died, a few month ago, I don't know why, and I'm still sad. I know how you feel, because it wasn't like a rabbit,, more like a small dog, and I know he loves me to. Now I want to buy a rex,,and my sisters other breeds of rabbits. Would I do it? We must let them castrate, are they still funny and merry than? I hope you or someone else answers me.

jacqui cardiff on February 07, 2012:

I had a siver rex that was a house rabbit i found her so easy to toilet train her to go in her litter tray, she loved to sit on my lap and even climb and sit on my neck, it wasn't unusual for her to lick me either, unfortunatley she died of a fit recently

chrissy on January 29, 2012:

I have a black female Rex named sunshine and she is amazing we tried to potty train her and she caught on right away we put the litter in and she used it right from the get-go and when we take her out we leave her cage door open so she can hop back in and use it when she needs to, but for people that need help it helps when you put a few of there feces and urine soaked paper towels inside the new litter box in the area where they usually go inside there cage and to be patient :)

valerie on January 24, 2012:

i had a rabbit they just kept on leaving and peeing on other peoples lawn

kirby on December 27, 2011:

my rabbit is a rex and he has white fur it is so soft and he has a blak noese he is 4 months he has a red eye he has blak paws and feet his name is kirby

Amanda R on December 19, 2011:

I have a 8 month old boy mini-rex named Pebbles and a 6 month old girl standard rex named Coco. I keep them in separate cages in separate rooms. My girl rabbit always pees in her bowl so we have to dump it out and put fresh food in there. My boy rabbit is lovable and cuddle-able the girl one not so much but she loves to be petted. Both of my rabbits are so cute.

AmberS. on November 02, 2011:

Okay i just bought my Rex rabbit (jewel) and i had another rabbit (holland) rabbit and she ran away so i got another one. But my rex rabbit seems to pee in her food dish and looks like she is grinding up her food? i take her to my boyfriends house with me for a few days and she doesent do it but as soon as i take her home she pees in her bowl and grinds up her food? HELP i cant afford to keep giving her new food every time she does this

S&A Angels Rabbitry on October 17, 2011:

u never added the himi, tri color harliquin an missed out MANY more colors

...one more note NEVER EVER breed a castro to any other color besides castro

foofers on September 19, 2011:

To litter train a rex bunny let them choose where they want to pee then put the tray in that spot. pick up toddys and put inside tray, they will soon realise that is where they want to go. If bunny is making bed in litter tray the tray needs to be moved to where they pee & poop, you are putting the tray in their bedroom, they choose where they want to eat sleep and go to toilet. To get bunnies to bed when they have had a lovely play outside I get them used to having a treat when they do go into hutch. I used to catch my bunnies and carry them to the hutch but this was a very stressful bedtime, but when they got in bed i gave them a little food treat maybe fruit or dried fruit ie dried bananas. I always rattled the box I had the treat in and they then get used to the noise and associate that with bed and a treat. it took about 4 weeks to get them to do it and now all i have to do is open door and show them te treat box and they go straight to bed. no stress for me and a fun time for the bunnies. Hope this helps remember you need to be consistant and have patiance.

kaitlynbabey on September 18, 2011:

if a rex rabbit has her first litter,will she eat the babies?:(

Vittor Rex Rabbit Potty trained on September 01, 2011:

If you want to Potty trained your Rex Bunny, take a look where he/she pees (do not clean the area). Forget where poops. and put a litter box or an open shoe or bigger carboard box with an absorbent paper or diaper inside on the site of the pee. He/She will smell and he realizes is a right area to pee, The bunnies do not poops in a designated area but will do mostly near to the litter box or around.

catherineshand on June 12, 2011:

how do u sex them rex rabbits

Xela on April 19, 2011:

I too have two Standard Rexs'. They love hay and salt blocks that are intended for them. I can't figure out why Smokey (my male rabbit) and Ash (my female rabit) aren't potty trained. Well, Smoley is, sort of. Thay just can't be trained! It's driving me CRAZY! But they are like the stuffed animal you never had. They are so soft and cuddly!

Kevin J Timothy from Tampa, FL on April 09, 2011:

Thanks for the information. My wife just fell in love with a Rex Rabbit today, and I was curious to know more about them. So far I can already tell that it likes being social. Much more so than any other rabbit I have seen. I still cannot get over how soft it's coat is. Unlike any other mammal I have touched.

Peter on April 03, 2011:

hey guys,

i've had two mini rex rabbits (nutmeg and ginger) for the past 8 - 9 months. They don't mind when i hold them and pat them, but when i put them out into the yard for a run they refuse to be caught and i spend generally at least 30 mins every time trying to cath them, this also scares them a bit. Has anyone got any stratergies that I could use to get them to be a bit more friendly, affectionate and easier to catch?

Lorina Chow on February 25, 2011:

OMG!!! I have a mini rex rabbit and she's so cute! do you think she's like the rex breed? the name is simular.

Kevin on February 19, 2011:

My Mini-Rex will go through periods where she will pee on the carpet. Anyway, for what it is worth, if you go to the hardware store, they sell rubber matting 36" wide and will cut it to whatever length you desire. The ones we got have grooves,which make it easier to sweep or vaccum clean. When we let her out, we have that matting down on the carpeting where she plays as a safeguard. Also, to prevent spraying the carpet when she is on the second level of her cage, we clothes pinned sheets of paper grocery bag and that has proved to be an effective barrier against any pee that might otherwise exit the cage. I know it doesn't litter train, but I hope this will help with the main purpose of litter training: avoiding bunny calling cards on the carpet.

lol on February 18, 2011:

i have a rax and it is sooooo cute

boxerpup on February 01, 2011:

i have a mini rex named oreo and i am having trouble litter training her. any thing you can think of that can help me please say. also i have a sister and she has a male named freckles and he made a bed out of his litter box is there any way to stop him from sleeping on it and get him to start peeing and pooping on it. if so please tell me.

Penelope on January 22, 2011:

In live in northern Vermont. By sheer accident my Mine Rex and my daughters Standard Rex had an encounter. We now have 3 beautiful baby Rex bunnies. We are selling them for $40.00 each. 2 of them are Standard, The first 1 is 2 tones of brown (the darker on its back) with white feet the other 1 is completely white with 2 tone dark ears, a 2 tone dark spot on the side of its nose and 2 tones around its eyes. It looks like shes wearing make-up. The third 1 is a Mini and mostly black. It has a white star on its fore head, white and black specks around its neck and 4 white feet. They will be ready for new homes by Valentine's Day. I believe they are all girls, as I've read my bunny handbook and their private parts resemble girls. If anyone knows of anybody looking for a beautiful bunny please e-mail me. My e-mail address is hssm4lax2@hotmail.com. Remember these bunnies are in northern Vermont, about 20 minutes north of Burlington,VT.

Riley on January 22, 2011:

how long are mini rexes when full grown? i have looked it up everyvwhere but i can NOT find it! help please.