Himalayan Rabbit

Family: Leporidae Himalayan RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto Wiki Commons, Courtesy SableSteel
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I just have to comment! That bunny that is in the picture is a Himi Netherland Dwarf not a Himalayan rabbit!  Kristin Peterson

   If you're looking for a rabbit that loves to sit in your lap or be carried around, the Himalayan is the rabbit for you!

   The Himalayan Rabbits are known for being one of the best pet rabbits. They are very calm, easygoing, and easy to handle. Himalayans are not demanding, but they do enjoy attention from humans. Their coats are easy to care for, so the only thing about them that requires great care is keeping their cages clean.

  The Himalayan Rabbit is one of the most popular small rabbit breeds. Its distinctive markings and pink eyes make it a favorite of rabbit enthusiasts, and its calm, friendly attitude makes it a great pet. It is one of the best rabbits for children, with a slender, almost cat-like body that is easy for them to grasp. It is, however, important to remind them to be as gentle with the rabbit as he is with them.

For more information about Rabbits and their care see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Rabbit

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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Lagomorpha
  • Family: Leporidae
  • Genus: Oryctolagus
  • Species: cuniculus
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Background:

   Although the Himalayan's name suggests that it originated in the Himalayas, it is unknown exactly where its origins lie. It is actually known by other names in different parts of the world, including the Russian, the Chinese, the Egyptian, and the Black Nose. It is known, however, that the Himalayan is one of the oldest rabbit breeds, and it is more widely distributed throughout the world than any other.
   The Himalayan came to the United States in the early 1900s. At that time, they were prized for their fur. Eventually, breeders began to raise them to show, and they also became popular as pets.

Description:

   Himalayans are easily recognizable by their pink eyes and distinctive color pattern. Their bodies are white, with darker markings on the nose, ears, tail, and feet. This is a small breed, weighing 2 ½ to 4 ½ pounds. They are the only breed that is classified in shows as cylindrical. They are judged in a stretched-out position.

Color differences:

   The black color variety is the only one in the Himalayan that was not produced by crossbreeding. Other acceptable colors are blue, chocolate, and lilac. This breed is born solid white, but its colored markings develop with age.

Himalayan Rabbit
Marshmellow Photo © Animal-World: Courtesy Kelly Simo

Availability

   Himalayans are easy to find in most areas and breeders are easily found online. Prices are usually $15 to $30.

References

"Himalayan Rabbit Breed Profile", PeoplesPetPlace.com, Copyright 2000-2008
"Smallest Rabbit Breeds", Go Pets America, Inc., Copyright 2008
Shepherd, Carl "Eli", "History of the Himalayan Rabbit: Everything We Need to Know", Referenced online, 2008
"List of Rabbit Breeds", Wikipedia, Copyright 2008

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Kristin Peterson - 2012-04-27
I just have to comment! That bunny that is in the picture is a Himi Netherland Dwarf not a Himalayan rabbit!

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Kim - 2012-08-20
I am looking for a Himalayan rabbit to add to our family and finding it very difficult to locate a breeder. My daughter and I had one we loved very much but he unexpectedly and suddenly passed away after a surgery last year. If anyone knows a breeder in the Eastern, PA (Reading, Harrisburg, Allentown and thereabouts) or even within 2- 2 1/2 hours from the area please let me know! My email is Cristalsmama@gmail.com, thank you.

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Liz Guinivan - 2011-06-17
Why are they described as small breeds? They are huge compared to Dwarf Hotot, polish and netherland dwarfs, they are small breeds. Mine is huge and keeps growing and growing yet she's not even 4months! Mine will definately be NOT be small...she is the most gentle and docile creature though,love her to bits!!

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-17
    These guys have the best personalities and are great pets. They are considered small as usually just 2 1/2 to 4 pounds. Maybe you got a big one. Just love him and enjoy.
  • Liz Guinivan - 2011-06-23
    I agree, I love her to bits! Damn mine is definately huge. I am pretty definate she is purebred but I will have to look up some more rabbit breeds to see if maybe she is crossbred.
  • Deanna Burkart - 2011-07-07
    You could have a Californian instead. They have the same markings but get 8-10lbs.
  • Maddy - 2013-03-18
    I have a himalayan bunny and he is HUGE! He is like a cat. haha They are definitely not a small breed.
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stacy tierney - 2012-02-06
i have 2 beautiful Himalayan rabbits, but cannot tell the age as they were found in the woods on lake hermitage road....also am stumped to tell if they are does or bucks

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    I don't know how to tell how old they are - no idea but if you go to Bing.com and enter sexing a rabbit, there are images and descriptions of how you can determine the male from the female. 
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Cori - 2012-10-01
I want a Himalayan rabbit if any one wants to sell the babies of them plz reply P.s. I live in the United States

  • Cori - 2012-10-01
    I need the rabbit breeder to reply with the place and price
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chetan - 2012-06-01
i want to buy himalayan rabbit if any one have plz mail me send photo and price. I am from Pune Maharshatra India

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rachel - 2010-10-26
I want one in black does anyone know where I can find one?

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