Cinnamon Rabbit

Family: Leporidae Cinnamon RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy: Jeannie Larson
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I have a cinnamon breed, she's 8 years old and my best friend. If taken good care of, they can live forever. Just be sure to know what foods to feed them, all... (more)  Chele

   The Cinnamon rabbit is beloved by breeders for its beautifully colored coat, and minimal grooming requirements!

   The Cinnamon Rabbit is a beautiful breed with an appealing color combination of rust with gray ticking. Although primarily bred for showing and meat, the Cinnamon also makes a good pet despite its large size. A friendly animal, it is compatible with other rabbits.

   Cinnamons usually have sunny dispositions, and they love attention. They tend to be reasonably calm, making them a good choice for children. They are too large for smaller children to pick up however, which can be a good thing because you won't have to worry as much about the rabbit being hurt.

   The Cinnamon rabbit is a hardy breed but requires a well-balanced diet designed for a rabbit. Minimal grooming is needed, just brush with a slicker brush once a week most of the year and twice a week during shedding season. It will benefit from room to exercise, food and toys to chew on, and time spent with its owner. Like any other rabbit breed, the Cinnamon Rabbit should be provided with an indoor living area in order to prolong its life.

   The Cinnamon is on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's list of rare rabbit breeds. This means that there are only a few hundred of them in the United States. Although they are not considered endangered, they are rather hard to find.

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Guide to a Happy, Healthy Rabbit

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Lagomorpha
  • Family: Leporidae
  • Genus: Oryctolagus
  • Species: cuniculus
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Background:    The Cinnamon breed was created in Montana by Ellis Housman in the 1960's. It was bred specifically for its unique coat color. Its lineage includes New Zealand Whites, Chinchillas, Checkered Giants and Californians. It was first shown in Calgary Canada in 1969. It was accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1972.

Description:    The main feature of the Cinnamon Rabbit is its luscious coat with color being the most important trait. The outer coat consists of a rust or cinnamon colored base with gray ticking on the tips. More gray than rust color is present on the extremities, especially on the face, ears, and tail, which are a darker shade of gray than the rest of the body. In some rabbits, these accents may be closer to black. The undercoat is orange. The coat is of normal length, which is 1-1 ½ inches long. (A ticked Coat is a type of fur coat characteristic of wild rabbits, which is comprised of hair strands with bands of various color.)
   This breed has a stocky, medium length body with prominent, round hips. The head is set closely to the body. The ears are not too short and not too long, and they stand upright. They are medium-large in size, with the males weighing 8 ½ to 10 ½ pounds and the females weighing 9 to 11 pounds. The Cinnamon Rabbit's lifespan is that of an average rabbit, which is 7 to 12 years.

Color differences:    The Cinnamon has been carefully bred to achieve a specific coloring, and variations on that coloring are rare.

Availability    Cinnamon rabbots are hard to find in many areas due to their rarity. You may have to travel if you want one. Prices run around $30.

References Anmarie Barrie, "A Step-by-Step Book About Rabbits", T.F.H Pub., Inc. 1995 edition
Monika Wegler, "Rabbits, A complete Pet Owner's Manual", Barron's Inc.1999
Karma Coffman ,"The All-Purpose Rabbit", Candy Hankins,"Showing Cinnamons", reprinted from CRBA Handbook
"Cinnamon Rabbit Breed Profile", Copyright 2000-2008
"Rare Breed Rabbits List USA", Copyright 2005 Franco Rios
"Rabbit's in Every Size, Shape, and Color", Copyright 1995-2003 Island Gems Rabbitry
"Rabbits and Bunnies for Sale", Copyright Enumclaw Exotics

Author: Ruth Bratcher
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Lastest Animal Stories on Cinnamon Rabbit

Chele - 2012-05-03
I have a cinnamon breed, she's 8 years old and my best friend. If taken good care of, they can live forever. Just be sure to know what foods to feed them, all bunnies should have a fresh salad daily. I usually give her romaine lettuce (NEVER iceburg), carrots, cilantro, parsley, celery leaves, and apples (her favorite.) Be good to them, they'll be good to you. They need space to run around and lots and lots of love. She's potty trained too :)

  • Kelly Card - 2015-01-21
    apples good but the seeds are poisonous to rabbits we found out the hard way 
Lizzie - 2014-12-30
I just received a cinnamon rabbit about 3 months ago. Some kids at my high school found her during lunch hopping around McDonalds so I'm not positive its a cinnamon but she has the same coloring. Her name is mocha and she weights 5 lbs. so i was thinking she might be a dwarf cinnamon if there is such a thing. Any help would be great!

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-12-31
    That sounds like a darling bunny! Hard to know its breed though, unless you can find the original owners and get its family history.
Mercedes - 2014-02-04
The cinnamon bunny is a mixture of rust with gray.

sarrah - 2012-12-30
i had a cinnamon rabbit for the past 4 years and it got sick this past november, she was my first rabbit and my best friend i cried for days about her death even though 2 other of my rabbits passed to