Black rabbits seem to be in high demand nowadays, and when you look at them, it is clear why. Black rabbits are extremely beautiful and have won countless shows, and they tend to have great personalities. So, what are some good black rabbit breeds that you can look at to become a part of your family?
Black Rabbit Breeds
Here are some of the most popular black rabbit breeds:
- Black Havana
- Black Polish
- Black American Fuzzy Lop
- Black New Zealand
- Black Lionhead
- Alaska Rabbit
- Black Beveren
- Black French Lop
- Black Satin
- Black Flemish Giant
- Black Rex
- Black Silver Fox
These black rabbits all come in different sizes, have different personalities, and some may do better with someone who has prior rabbit-owning experience. This article will take a look at each of these breeds individually, to help you decide which one fits your requirements best.
12 Common Black Rabbit Breeds
Although there are many different breeds of rabbit that come with black fur, below are 12 of the most common black rabbit breeds people consider getting.
1. Black Havana Rabbit
These rabbits are initially from Holland, and they got their name from the color of their fur that resembles the color of Cuban cigars from the city of Havana. These rabbits are playful, calm, sweet, and affectionate, which makes them a good pet for families with children as well as first-time rabbit owners.
The Black Havana rabbits are considered to be medium-sized rabbits when they are fully grown, and these rabbits usually weigh between 4.5 and 6.5 lbs (2 to 3 kg). Black Havana rabbits are great well suited to be indoor rabbits, and they can live comfortably in apartments and houses.
2. Black Polish Rabbit
This breed of rabbit originated in England and is usually referred to in the US as the Britannia Petite rabbit. These rabbits are usually very sweet and loving rabbits; however, if they do not get treated or handled well then, they might bite.
These rabbits are considered to be a small breed of rabbits only reaching around 1.9 lbs (0.9 kg). The Black Polish rabbit is suited for indoor living and can live comfortably in apartments as well as houses.
This rabbit is quite friendly, but any interaction with children should be supervised, and it may be a tricky rabbit to look after if you are a first-time rabbit owner.
3. Black American Fuzzy Lop Rabbit
This breed of rabbit originates from the United States of America. These rabbits are affectionate, playful, curious, and quite active, so they do require some space to run around and play. Even though they need space, the Black American Fuzzy Lop rabbit can do well indoors, too, as long as you let it run around the house for a bit every day.
These rabbits are considered to be a dwarf rabbit, and they generally only weigh between 3.5 and 4 lbs (1.5 and 1.8 kg). These rabbits are great for families with children, but it would be advantageous if you have rabbit-owning experience before getting one of these rabbits.
4. Black New Zealand Rabbit
Despite this rabbit’s name, the Black New Zealand rabbit originated from the United States of America, specifically from California. These rabbits are very pretty rabbits and are generally used as show rabbits.
The Black New Zealand rabbit can be a bit flighty and might bite if they are not handled correctly; for this reason, they are not suited for families with young children or first-time owners.
These rabbits do well indoors and outdoors and are considered to be large rabbits as they can weigh between 10 and 12 lbs (4.5 and 5.4 kg).
5. Black Lionhead Rabbit
These rabbits originated from Belgium and made their way to the United States of America in the late ’90s. The Black Lionhead rabbit is a very energetic, friendly, and affectionate rabbit, they do require some time to run around, but they do well as an indoor rabbit in apartments or houses.
These rabbits do exceptionally well with families that have children as they are very loving creatures. The Black Lionhead rabbit is considered to be a small or mini rabbit, and they only weigh about 2.5 and 3.5 lbs (1 and 1.5 kg) when they are fully grown.
6. Alaska Rabbit
These rabbits originated from, well, Alaska, and they are extremely popular among show rabbits as they are very beautiful and calm rabbits. The Alaska rabbit is an outgoing, gentle, friendly, good-natured, and social rabbit. They love to be around people, and they are very easy to train.
These rabbits are best suited for families with older children as their energy can overwhelm young children, but they are suitable for first-time rabbit owners as well as people who have other pets as they get along well with other animals too.
The Alaska rabbit is considered to be a medium-sized rabbit and can weigh between 7 and 9 lbs (3 and 4 kg) when they are fully grown.
7. Black Beveren Rabbit
These rabbits are one of the largest and oldest fur rabbit breeds, and they originated from Belgium. The Black Beveren rabbit is a very intelligent, docile, energetic, and curious rabbit; they are best suited for families with older children but are not a good rabbit for first-time owners.
These rabbits do well indoors. However, they do enjoy exploring outside as much as they can. The Black Beveren rabbit is considered to be a large rabbit and can weigh between 8 and 12 lbs (or 3.6 and 5.4 kgs) when they are fully grown.
8. Black French Lop Rabbit
This breed of rabbit was first bred in France around 1850, and they ended up in the United States of America in about the 1970s. The Black French Lop rabbit is a highly affectionate, playful, gentle, and docile rabbit.
These rabbits are only suited to experienced rabbit owners as they can be quite a handful at times, and they should only be in households that have older children. These rabbits are suitable for both indoor and outdoor living; however, due to their size, they are not suited for apartment living.
The Black French Lop rabbit is considered to be a giant rabbit and can weigh between 10 and 15 lbs (4.5 and 6.8 kgs) when fully grown.
9. Black Satin Rabbit
The Black Satin rabbit is a breed that originates from Pendleton, India, and was first bread around 1934. These rabbits are calm, friendly, and docile creatures that are perfect for first-time rabbit owners as they are easy to take care of.
These rabbits are also great with children and can live both indoors and outdoors, but they tend to not do well with apartment living as they do still need some time outside. Black Satin rabbits are considered to be medium-sized rabbits and will weigh between 8.5 and 11 lbs (3.8 and 4.9 kgs).
10. Black Flemish Giant Rabbit
This rabbit is considered to be one of the largest rabbit breeds; it is referred to as a giant-sized rabbit and, on average, can weigh about 15 lbs (6.8 kgs), but they have been known to reach the whopping weight of 22 lbs (10 kgs).
This rabbit was bred in the 16th century near the city called Ghent, which is in Belgium. These rabbits are docile and are very tolerant with handling, but you need to ensure that they have frequent human interaction for this to occur; otherwise, they can be skittish.
These rabbits are best suited for experienced rabbit owners and families without young children, and because of their size, these rabbits are best suited for outdoor living.
11. Black Rex Rabbit
This rabbit was first bred in the 1919s and could be found in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, England, and the USA from 1927. Black Rex rabbits tend to be gentle and are quite friendly and sweet.
These rabbits are quite playful and do enjoy human interaction; they are well suited to first-time rabbit owners and are great pets for children. These rabbits are considered to be medium-sized and can weigh between 9.5 and 10.5 lbs (4.3 and 4.77 kgs). Black Rex rabbits do well both indoors and outdoors.
12. Black Silver Fox Rabbit
This breed of rabbits originated from the United States, and they are generally used as show rabbits. These rabbits are even-tempered, gentle, and docile, which makes them great for families with children as well as first-time rabbit owners.
Black Silver Fox rabbits are considered to be large rabbits and can weigh between 9 and 12 lbs (4 and 5.5 kgs). These rabbits are comfortable living both indoors and outdoors and are great house rabbits.
There are quite a variety of black rabbit breeds to choose from no matter if you are a first time rabbit owner or a more experienced one. Determine what you are looking for in a rabbit, as far as size, personality and temperament, and then find a rabbit that best meets those criteria.
If you aren’t sure you want a black rabbit, long haired rabbits or white rabbits are great options as well.