It’s hard to describe the appeal of a white rabbit. Whether it’s seen as symbolic of purity, cleanliness, and innocence or it reminds you of the rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, white rabbits are still very popular.
If you prefer a white one for any reason, you’re definitely in luck: the color is one of the most popular and most numerous out of all the breeds!
And whether you want new pets or productive animals for your homestead, you’re bound to find at least a few new favorites on the list of white rabbits below. Keep reading and we’ll get right to it…
An American utility breed developed both for the production of meat and use in animal testing labs, the stout California rabbit is often a pure, brilliant white color and is closely related to the New Zealand. They have a similar build and similar size, but unlike the New Zealand California’s have also found interest as pets.
They tend to be calm and quite docile compared to other breeds, and this makes them a fine choice for folks who don’t want a rambunctious animal in the house.
One of the calmest and also most beautiful true dwarf breeds, the Dwarf Hotot was developed directly from the Blanc de Hotot specifically as a pet.
They have gorgeous white fur that is accented by a mask- or mascara-like black markings over each of their eyes. They really are charmers, and as I mentioned previously, quite calm for a dwarf breed.
Whereas most tiny rabbits need lots of exercise, are easy to scare, or are prone to anxiety, these rabbits have a dignified attitude to match their dignified looks!
An old heritage breed that might rightly be considered ancient, the Belgian Beveren is a dual-use rabbit that was raised first for meat but later on, and more commonly, for its fur.
With a large and muscular frame, it could provide plenty of both and the fur was especially renowned for its plush softness.
Today, Beveren rabbits are kept as historical curiosities, show animals, and rare pets rather than production animals.
Be warned, though: while they’re typically friendly they also tend to be quite stubborn, and this can make them a real handful if they get upset.
The French Angora is one of the most important fur-bearing rabbits in the world, and they have that same long and wool-like fur common to all Angora breeds.
But, the French Angora has an especially noteworthy characteristic: the face, head, and neck of this breed do not have long fur!
This makes them nominally easier to care for compared to other standard Angoras and at the very least means that they won’t get wool tangled up over their eyes. And just like the other Angoras, the French Angora is available in a variety of colors, not just white.
The tiniest of the true lop-eared rabbits, Holland Lops are diminutive and sweet in equal measure. Rarely weighing more than 4 pounds, curious and playful, they make affectionate, entertaining, and hilarious pets but just because they are small-sized doesn’t mean they have a small spirit. They need lots of exercise daily and don’t like being cooped up for too long! Nonetheless, they really do make an excellent pet rabbit- recommended!
One of my personal favorite rabbits, the Jersey Wooly is an interesting breed…
At first glance, you might confuse them for an Angora since they have long, wool-like hair. But miraculously, somehow, a Jersey Wooly’s hair doesn’t get tangled or matted!
This doesn’t mean that you can defer brushing them and caring for them, but it does mean their hair is far less likely to get knotted and kinky compared to a true Angora.
Pure white and broken varieties are very common, but there are many other colors besides, and this has made them the darlings of the pet rabbit scene in some places.
New Zealand rabbits are the most common and popular breed kept for the production of meat around the globe.
They are especially suited for the purpose because they grow large and reach physical maturity with extreme speed, usually topping out at 14 pounds or a little more in as little as 8 weeks.
New Zealand rabbits don’t just come in white, as many other colors are out there, and broken variations are quite common. If you want fast-growing rabbits for meat, you can’t do better than the New Zealand.
Another petite and precocious breed, the Netherland Dwarf is jaw-droppingly tiny…
They are so small, even when they are fully grown, they’re almost indistinguishable from the baby bunnies of other breeds! And yes, cuteness overload is a real thing, and definitely part of their appeal.
And like other very small breeds, Netherland Dwarfs have a lot of energy that they must get out daily, and that means exercise is always the order of the day for you. Be prepared for that, and you’ll have a truly adorable pet you won’t regret.
One of the most interesting rabbits on our list, the Himalayans are pure white all over except for small black patches on their feet, noses, ears, and at the very base of their tail. This remarkably contrasting fur is made even more appealing by their bright pink eyes.
But, don’t let their name fool you: these bunnies don’t like intense cold weather or extreme heat. False advertising, maybe, but Himalayans are famously friendly and affectionate with people so that makes up for it.
Everything you need to know about a Lionhead rabbit is right there in the name.
They have a fringed, wild, dense mane of fur around their neck- just like a lion! They may not be king of the jungle, but they can definitely be the kings of the show circuit thanks to their good looks and stoic personalities.
And, as you might have guessed, this mane requires a considerable amount of brushing to prevent matting and tangling. Many colors besides white are available, including brown and blue.
There are plenty of tiny breeds on our list here, but the undisputed champion when it comes to sheer smallness has to be the Britannia Petite.
At the largest, and I do mean the very largest, these itty-bitty bunnies will rarely grow larger than 2 ¼ pounds. Unbelievable, but true!
Developed and kept only as pets and show animals, they tend to be nervous and flighty, and so they demand a calm and conscientious owner. White fur is possible, but most of the breed is broken (white with another color in patches).
The Flemish Giant is, yes, truly giant as far as rabbits go. How big? How about 20-plus pounds! That’s bigger than pretty much every cat and a lot of dogs.
Humongous size aside, Flemish Giants are an old, old heritage breed and a very gentle one to boot.
If you don’t mind spending a king’s ransom on food, they make excellent pets or, for some folks, a good dual-use breed capable of producing tons of meat and fur. That’s a big advantage, but before you go all in you should know that they grow quite slowly.
The English Angora is typical of other Angora breeds in that it has wool-like, long hair instead of the more typical dense, short fur.
But where the English Ang is extraordinary is in the density and length of that hair, far exceeding the other Angora varieties!
This makes their coat especially coveted for processing into yarn and other cloth, but for owners, it means that it is a constant battle to keep them from getting matted and knotted up.
If you can put up with that concession, you’ll find that these are genuinely sweet, friendly and affectionate pets. Broken and all-white varieties tended to be the most common and popular, but several other darker fur colors are possible.
The American rabbit is a utility breed that was originally bred for fur, and its brilliantly white, high-quality fur makes it obvious why.
Presently, it is a heritage breed that is slowly coming back from a serious decline thanks to the dedicated efforts of various groups.
American rabbits also have the distinction of being a “true” or pure white breed with the only other allowable color being blue. Any other colors you might encounter or see advertised are not official or recognized!
The smallest of the true lop-eared rabbits, and indisputably the most adorable one to ever live, Mini Lops might as well be a real-life cartoon character…
They have chubby cheeks, large eyes, a plump build, and tiny, floppy ears that make them absolutely irresistible when it comes to petting and scratches.
Even better, Mini Lops are extremely friendly and love their owners, and if you’re stressed out by the more erratic and energetic breeds, you’ll be thrilled to learn that Mini Lops tend to be relaxed, almost lazy, and that means they’re easy to care for. They still need plenty of attention, though!
American Fuzzy Lop
The American Fuzzy Lop is, as the name suggests, an American lop-eared variety, but one with surprisingly long fur that is closer to wool than typical hair. This makes it something of a relative to Angora breeds in terms of overall fur quality.
But don’t let the plush coat fool you, because American Fuzzy Lops are energetic and somewhat anxious, meaning they need lots of interaction and exercise from you to keep from getting bored or destructive. Other colors besides white are possible, but white is the most common by far.
The progenitor of all of the lop-eared rabbit breeds, these big bunnies have even bigger ears: English Lops have ears, individually, that can measure over 2 feet long and they are as broad as a barn door!
Needless to say, they do get in the way sometimes, but they have a unique look like no other rabbit. White is a possible color, although not the most common, and you’re more likely to find darker colors like black or charcoal gray or else a broken variety with white and another color.
Raised for meat a very long time ago in England where they were developed, today they’re show-stopping competitors and charming pets.
The elegantly named Satin rabbit can lay claim to some truly excellent fur that lives up to its moniker.
White Satin rabbits have glossy, shimmering fur that is absolutely spectacular in the sunlight! Their beauty has made them extremely popular pets and also a constant presence in various rabbit shows.
But despite a relative life of luxury today, Satins were originally developed as a utility breed for the production of fur, of course, but also meat.
The Mini Satin is a smaller variety of the standard Satin, and has the same superlative fur.
Glossy, shimmery, and incredibly soft, the Mini Satin was purpose-bred as a pet for those who wanted all of the looks without the size of the standard variety.
The breeders definitely succeeded, and these bunnies are affectionate, even-tempered and curious.
However, they turned out to be surprisingly energetic and active, even by the standards of rabbits, and they need lots of exercise in order to stay healthy and stave off boredom.
One of the smallest rabbits featured on our list, and one of the tiniest pure White breeds around, the Polish is notable for its surprised expression and very pointy, upright ears.
Rarely clearing 4 pounds in weight, they are definitely tempting as pet rabbits, but owners should know going in that they tend to be anxious and willful. If they get stressed out, they are known to kick, scratch, and even bite.
Nonetheless, they’re curious and prone to short bouts of hyperactivity which makes them hilarious fun to watch. Besides white, you might find a Polish that is black, brown, or broken.
The Rex, or Standard Rex, is a very large breed that is known for its muscular build, good constitution, friendly nature, and also for its trainability; they’re one of the most intelligent rabbits around!
Owing to their large size they don’t do well in close confinement and need to be let out to run around and explore.
As long as you can provide for that, and deal with the shedding of their springy two-layer coat, you’ll find they are one of the most interesting pet rabbits you could own.
The Mini Rex is a variant of the Standard Rex and has many of the same qualities, including the overall stockiness, intelligence, and the short, bristly coat that has underhairs. All of those same attributes, just in a smaller package…
And like the larger Rex, they are surprisingly solid and muscular, but considering they are smaller overall they tend to be much more energetic.
This means their exercise demands are even higher, so be prepared for that if you’re looking for one as a less intensive alternative to its larger cousin.
Blanc de Hotot
The Blanc de Hotot is another distinguished French breed that’s instantly recognizable by its pure white coat. Pure white, actually, with one exception: black mask markings over each of the eyes.
This mascaraed look is beguiling and beautiful, and contributes to their extreme popularity on show circuits and as pets for those that can find and afford them.
Even though they’ve been around for over a century, they are only now making a comeback from near extinction due to special interest groups and breeders.
If you want a truly majestic rabbit, it is harder to do better than the Blanc de Hotot.
If the Satin rabbit has shiny, supple fur and Angoras have a long, wooly coat, what do you get when you combine the two? Obviously, you’ll get a Satin Angora!
These unique rabbits have the long and wooly coat of all Angoras, the short face and neck of the French Angora, and the shiny, supple texture of the Satin rabbit.
Developed almost as a curiosity, they have proved to be very popular pets with owners who don’t mind intensive brushing and upkeep. Accordingly, they come in all sorts of colors, not just white!
Originally developed for animal testing purposes, sadly, the pink-eyed Florida White has for some time enjoyed a second lease on life as a pet.
They are calm, gentle, and sweet-natured as long as they are raised with plenty of human interaction from the time they are bunnies. But, you’ll be rolling the dice with them as a pet: they can be either hyperactive or downright lazy!
And other than being companions and testing specimens, they are sometimes kept for the production of fur and meat.
Another genuinely majestic breed, the Hulstlander, often shortened to the easier-to-pronounce Hussy, has a pure all-over white coat and bright blue eyes.
A smaller breed that rarely grows larger than 5 pounds, they nonetheless have quite a stocky frame, with wide shoulders and thick limbs.
They can be friendly when raised with plenty of care, but tend to be standoffish when stressed or overstimulated, so you must be ready to wrap up play time when they’ve had enough.
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