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Best 10 Rabbit Breeds as Pets for Children

Updated on February 23, 2016
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Anna has studied psychology, law, English and animal welfare at college. She is a mother of two and aspires to become a vet some day.

People-Friendly 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 at around 5-6 years, though for some giant breeds it is rare for a rabbit to live past the age of 4 years!

Sussex Rabbits

The 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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 2 years ago

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

    • Tiger 6 months ago

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

    • Pear 3 months ago

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

    • Joyce henley 5 weeks ago

      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

    • Elisabeth S. 2 weeks ago

      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.

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