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Bunny Glossary

Extremely gentle and social creatures, rabbits have become popular house pets in countries around the world. Here, Martha shares some bunny breeds that would make particularly good animal companions.

Dutch
The stately Dutch rabbit was actually developed in England around 1830, making it one of the oldest breeds of domesticated rabbits. Their pleasant personalities make them one of the most common rabbits kept as pets today.

Rex
Considered one of the smartest breeds of bunny, the lovable Rex rabbit has extremely soft fur and can be trained to come when called or stand on demand.

Netherland Dwarf
Originally bred in the Netherlands during the 1930s, this adorable dwarf rabbit is prized for its small size: full grown, it weighs between 1 and 3 1/2 pounds.

Holland Lop
The tiny but tenacious Holland Lop was bred from Netherland Dwarf and French Lop rabbits in the 1950s to create the smallest breed of lop-eared rabbits, weighing approximately 3 to 4 pounds.

Lionhead
One of the newest breeds of rabbit, the lionhead was named for the long wool that surrounds its face in the manner of a lion's mane. They are friendly rabbits and enjoy human contact.