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10 Best Pet Rabbit Breeds for Children

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Anna studied psychology, law, English and animal welfare in college. She is a mother of two and a 2019 bride!

Kid-Friendly Pet Bunnies

Some rabbit breeds are a lot more difficult to befriend and gain the trust of than others. Whilst the giant breeds are gorgeous and usually very friendly, their long bodies make them susceptible to injury, meaning that they are not ideal pets for children. They also have much shorter life spans, averaging around 5-6 years, though for some giant breeds it is rare for a rabbit to live past the age of four years!

That being said, there are rabbit breeds that are suitable for children. In this article, I'll highlight ten of the most popular ones.

  1. Sussex
  2. Himalayan
  3. Californian
  4. Thrianta
  5. Dutch
  6. Florida White
  7. Japanese Harlequin
  8. Chinchilla
  9. French Lop
  10. Havana
 Sussex Rabbits

Sussex Rabbits

1. Sussex Rabbit

The Sussex rabbit, whilst still a relatively new breed, is making a name for itself as a perfect pet. It is friendly, docile and inquisitive, as well as very intelligent, making it easy to teach this breed tricks. Prone to greediness, this rabbit breed can get very fat very quickly so it is best to monitor their weight and reduce treats if you feel your bun has become rounder than she should be.

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2. Himalayan

Himalayan rabbits are one of the most popular breeds for children, they are friendly, interested in everything you do and easy-going. They also have a beautiful appearance - a sleek, White body with a dark nose and dark ears. This breed is probably the cuddliest of all rabbit breeds and one of the most playful, but with this they require lots of stimulation in the form of attention and toys.

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3. Californian

In appearance the Californian rabbit breed is very similar to the Himalayan, but they are much larger and can weigh up to 12lbs. They are laid-back, friendly and calm creatures who love attention from people and make very affectionate pets for families.

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4. Thrianta Rabbits

Thrianta rabbits have a cuddly teddy-bear like appearance and are renowned as gentle, friendly and social animals. They have a red-brown coloured coat, and are silky soft. They weigh around 5-6lbs and do very well as show rabbits, as well as making ideal pets for families with young children.

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5. Dutch Rabbits

Dutch rabbits have a beautiful appearance and are usually white and black or white and brown in colour. They are calm and friendly, but may need some encouragement to begin with as they can be shy. They are only 5lbs when they are fully grown, which is a good size for children.

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6. Florida White Rabbits

The Florida White, as the name suggests is a pure white rabbit, usually with pink eyes. Originally these rabbits were just used for meat and laboratory test subjects, but more recently they have become extremely popular in shows and as pets. They are relatively small, weighing around 4.5-6lbs and are incredibly tolerant, so again, are a brilliant pet for children.

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7. Japanese Harlequin Rabbits

Japanese harlequin rabbits are wonderful pets - especially if you want a rabbit that can learn tricks to a point it has been considered 'dog-like'. This is a very intelligent bunny, and is also gentle, calm and fun. They love people but showing this breed is exceptionally difficult as their markings have to be perfect! The body is usually black, with two orange bands around it and one orange stripe down the middle of the face.

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8. Chinchilla Rabbits

Chinchilla rabbits are beautiful with a sweet-nature and calm, friendly temperament. They are renowned for their amazingly soft fur and everyone loves stroking them. They are a good breed to keep if you are looking for a house-rabbit, but also do fine outdoors.

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9. French Lop Rabbits

The French Lop is the largest of all the lop breeds and can weigh up to 14lbs. They are wonderful pets - especially if you want a gentle giant with floppy ears who will always be affectionate, ready for a cuddle and will always be there ready to greet you and socialise when you get home.

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10. Havana Rabbits

Havana rabbits are often shown competitively and usually come out top. They are often solid black in colour, with short ears and big eyes, and are extremely playful and social, though most won't be content cuddling for long periods of time as they get bored. They weigh between 4.5-6.5lbs so are an ideal weight for kids.

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Let me know if you found this interesting/helpful!

M on July 05, 2020:

I love ALL BUNNiES!!!

Emmy on July 03, 2020:

I love Havana rabbits I am working up for one and I will name my havana BLACK rabbit olly do you like my name for hopefully future rabbit???

megan kent on June 29, 2020:

love it

Dawn on June 27, 2020:

I really wish i had a bunny. I'v loved them my whole life

Dawn on June 27, 2020:

Bunnies are the BEST

olivia on June 27, 2020:

I LOVE BLACK BUNNIES

Lilly on June 24, 2020:

I wish I had a bunny! I am trying to get one!

eeeee on June 11, 2020:

probably gonna get one of these breeds

M on June 03, 2020:

I have a rabbit

Mila on June 01, 2020:

I'm adopting a lion head mix in a week or so

Abigail Grace Jones on May 31, 2020:

I’m getting a bunny

LARRYfan on May 24, 2020:

i leave my pet rabbit in it cage because i am builting him a house where he can just hope around but i let her in the house ever four times a week because i work tuedays and i have a babysitter to take care of her and play with her she get use to it but when i get home i let her in and we sit are and eat food i eat my kind of food and she eat her food and then we play and sleep we should no put a rabbits in it cage

Jalyn Weiland on May 11, 2020:

I love the small and really fluffy bunnies they are so cute

Bunnywhisperer on March 26, 2020:

I love any hand raised rabbits because those are sooo sweet my bunny is hand raised just dont really know what breed she is, she is white with blue spots.

Ruby on December 17, 2019:

On a couple of sites, I've also read that Mini Lops are a good choice, is this true?

MARTIN on November 28, 2019:

But how can i be rich through rearing rabbits?

Baheej Fathalla on October 28, 2019:

Hi, Looking for a Male French lop ,Preferable adult,As I Have a Female Ready to have Babies..??

Adriana on September 04, 2019:

My four Holland lops are very sweet and easy to care for!! I highly recommend them as well:)

Michelle on July 22, 2019:

I like Dutch rabbits.

Animal girl on July 17, 2019:

I’m getting a New Zealand white

mingo mango tingle tanglo on May 16, 2019:

I'm getting holland lop #bunnys4ever

Mingo on May 13, 2019:

Hi I am looking for a rabbet right now

lkjhg on April 20, 2019:

keeping rabbits in cages is bad

Dianne1 on March 31, 2019:

Our holland lops is litter trained. We keep him in his cage when we are not home just to make sure he does not get into trouble, but when we are home he hops around the house. He uses his littler pan. Never has a problem.

Bella on March 13, 2019:

How old is she

Destiny on March 09, 2019:

People who have had rabbits and actually care for them know all this information is a load of bullshit. Rabbits can live 10-12 years the oldest rabbit alive is 16 years old NO RABBITS ARE GOOD FOR YOUNG CHILDREN are you insane rabbits are a prey animal so they are naturally scared and skiddish children only make this worse and rabbits don’t want to be handled until they trust you which could take weeks for them to bond to you and rabbits are very high maintenance nothing a child should be responsible for. You have to get them fixed trim their nails and if they get fleas you can’t just go to the super market and pick up a cat or dog flea treatment you have to go to the vet to get a safe treatment for rabbits and also you need to clean their glands which are located under the ballsac for males and clean there cage and litter box every two days their diet should maintly consist of fresh veggies (kale basil etc) and hay with a TINY amount of pellets and a small amount of fruit for treats . no rabbit EVER SHOULD ONLY BE in its cage. They need free range. If you get a pet rabbit just to leave it in a cage its entire life so everyone a favor and just get a pet fish!

Ilge on January 17, 2019:

Can two male rabbits get along?

Allen on January 13, 2019:

Just a quick not to cat allergy people..... it isn't the fur most people are allergic to but the dried cat saliva from them licking and the dander. I have been around pet rabbits and haven't shown any signs of allergy even though I'm very allergic to the cat dander.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on January 11, 2019:

When I was a wee lad (about 40+ years ago) the kids next door had a pet rabbit. They brought it over so that we could help feed it and, quite honestly, just marvel at the fuzzy, little critter. It was wonderful and, to be honest, we were a little jealous.

Anna (author) from chichester on November 28, 2018:

Hi Julie thank you for your comment

It is very common for people to be allergic to cats but not dogs, rabbits or other small animals - for some reason cat fur seems to disagree with quite a lot of people.

You could try going to a pet shop and holding some rabbits for five to ten minutes and see if you get any allergy symptoms and if not you should be fine! Hope this helps!

julie garrigan on November 27, 2018:

Would you mind telling me about rabbits and allergies. I love cats but cannot be around them for very long. Do you think rabbits would have the same effect?

Afggjhdjdthjhthfdjhfjd on October 26, 2018:

Are they trained for keeping in a flat ? Do they poop and pee everywhere ? If they don't please tell me

Julie Barron on October 26, 2018:

Yes, Thank you. I am so looking forward to getting my new friend. I believe that Havana is the best for me. I live alone and would relish the companionship,

Grandma Jeri on September 29, 2018:

Hi im looking for a mini blue Lop in Washington st.

Mickey on September 22, 2018:

How much are rex rabbits? I really want one

Jovi lykins on July 19, 2018:

Where can i find a baby dutch rabbit

zootuber on July 09, 2018:

i have a flemish giant mix and she licks me and i love her a lot!!!

cobra on July 05, 2018:

i really love lops i have a bunny that's a Holland lop there so adorable!!!

#adorable my bunny is super cute.

name of bunny:spotty fu fu

habit:hiding, being cute, and sometimes grumpy

favorite food: cherry, bread, and peaches

style: white with black spots super soft fur on the neck

age: 2

Anna (author) from chichester on May 31, 2018:

Hi Violet thank you for your comment! I agree Lionheads are truly special loving little buns :)

Violet on May 31, 2018:

No lionheads wow they are the best especialy the single maned! But all these breeds are great to.

mommida on April 06, 2018:

The "gray" bunny is a BLUE Holland Lop. If you want more information on rabbit breeds check out American Rabbit Breeder's Association www.arba.net This can find a rabbit and cavy show near you. You can also order books from this site. I hope the bunny with the UTI is feeling better (since it was posted months ago) but if your rabbit comes down with a UTI a blood test for E. Cuni. Culi. would be a good idea as UTI is just a symptom for fungal infection.

Hannah weinholdt on March 16, 2018:

i didnt see a rex or regilar rabbit and people say thows are pretty good

Karla arvin on March 13, 2018:

Were can I buy a dwarf bunny

paige on February 27, 2018:

i have a question, do french holland lops bite?

bookpaw on February 16, 2018:

i like mini rex

Someone on January 28, 2018:

I am thinking of getting a bunny soon. I've been doing research for almost 2 months, and hope to learn a lot more. I found some really good ones at a shelter for only $31 and already fixed! Really exited.

unknown on January 03, 2018:

what wis the gray bunny at the top

Carolyn Epperson on December 31, 2017:

What does the jersey woolly look like

Tulsi kisku on November 12, 2017:

Do rabbit need to be spayed

unknown on October 09, 2017:

I was looking for he flemish giant their huge gentle fluff balls I went on so many different websites of this and no flemish giants come on they are sweethearts i have one at home it takes naps with me and it has a HUGE cage we spoil it we let it run around the house too it will just jump on the couch this list looks like the most cutest rabbits not most affectinate im sorta mad.. flemish giants for life!

Van on August 12, 2017:

Don't get rabbits for children. They live 14 years and are some of the most high maintenance pets. They also need partners to be happy. Get a cat or dog unless you are prepared for constant affection for 10-15 years.

Helen on July 30, 2017:

Interesting read. I have been reading other posts and most say the holland lop and the rex make amazing pets as well. Any experiences with those?

Bella's Owner on July 20, 2017:

No rabbit lives a healthy live 4-5 years. Rabbits have a life span of 10-12 years. You can even hear some cases where rabbits make it to their teens. It's a long term commitment!

Leah on June 14, 2017:

This was very helpful, although the pictures were a little out of order an due to those circumstances I had to use Google Chrome to assist me a bit more, advanced. Also, the breed was also out of order, along with the pictures. Overall, it was pretty helpful.

Kay on May 22, 2017:

This was helpful but I was looking for mini lops with are also very good for children. I am considering getting a mini lol, Havana Rabbit, Dutch, or just a regular lop. I have been doing a lot of research on the mini lop. Which one does anyone suggest?

hot boy on February 19, 2017:

need more info

Emm335 on February 09, 2017:

Where are all the Lionhead bunnies

Molly on February 06, 2017:

Hi thanks so much.I was gathering info about rabbits this helped A LOT.I think that the fact you added pictures to was AWESOME.I don't have a rabbit yet but in the spring im getting one and I needed info so this helped a lot.I also like the fact that you added more links and websites.I think that This will help a lot of people.And for any haters out there awesome ends with me and ugly begins with u

Elisabeth S. on January 03, 2017:

Mrs. Joyce henley, I really am worried about the hay problem. I recommend trying scented hay, or sweet hay.. maybe ask some people with the same problem on forums.

Joyce henley on December 08, 2016:

Hi our son has had his floppy ear bunny since he was 6 weeks ago and now today he is 3 years old. His name is buddy . Buddy was healthy and fat and was doing awesome till about 2 months ago. This summer in July we went away for 1 month and left bunny in care where we purchased him the pet store. They kept-ed up his regular food routine. When we came back our son continue to take care of buddy and enjoyed the out doors during the day for a few hours and the remaining times in the garage and even at night. After awhile we noticed buddy was drinking excessively and urinating none stop. Buddy stopped using his potty. Buddy was potting trained. This happened for about a month and starting noticing his bottom fur getting wet and not drying himself. Our son bath him and cleaned buddy on a regular weekly baths. We took buddy to the vet and he was given antibiotics and a special antibiotics for his baths. Our vet told us to remove his lettuce, carrots and treats from the pet store. The vet told us he has a urine tract infection. Buddy has lost alot of weigh but not drinking as much as before. But still drinks Buddy continues to eat. We have added a carrot and an apple back into his diet again. He is slowing using his potty again but we are worried about his bottom will his fur ever grow back IN? Will he ever gain back his weight? We were told we were over feeding him before with the wrong foods too much lettuce and greens like apples carrots are not good for him. He does eat pellets but refuses to eat any type of hay. Any suggestions about what is happening to our sweet buddy. When we pet him all we feel is his bones. Thanks for any suggestions

Pear on October 15, 2016:

Thanks so much! Now I think I want to get a Dutch or a Havana rabbit. Thanks.

Tiger on July 18, 2016:

No not reall all I wanted to know about was mini lops and mini Rex's which is better for children.

Takkhis on June 03, 2014:

Once I was looking for a giant rabbit breed! Thank you.