Rabbit Breed Basics Slideshow

Large rabbit

Large

There are many large rabbit breeds, including the Californian and New Zealand white, which are very popular for meat production and laboratory use.

The New Zealand white rabbit has a broad, rounded head, short neck, and well-rounded haunches and short, straight, thickset forelimbs. The large, well-furred ears are in proportion to the body and the eyes are pink in this albino breed. The coat should be very dense and thick. Body weight of the adult New Zealand white rabbit ranges between 4.08-5.4 kg (9-12 lb). The female rabbit or “doe” is larger. A small “dewlap” or fold of skin at the throat may be observed in does. This breed has a reputation for being easy going and gentle.

References

References

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