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Brittania Petite Rabbit (USA)

Polish Rabbit or British Polish Rabbit (UK)

Family: Leporidae Brittania Petite Rabbit, Polish RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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I had a wonderful British Polish Rabbit. She died just a couple of days ago (2005-Sept-14). Her coloring was much like the one in the picture. She was prickly when... (more)  Robert

   The delicate sleek Brittania Petite Rabbits have a sparkle in their eye, are full of energy, and can be a very playful pet!

   The Brittania Petite Rabbit, called the British Polish Rabbit or the "Polish" Rabbit in Britain, is not a "dwarf" but it is a very small rabbit. Along with the Netherland Dwarf it is one of the smallest rabbits.

   Generally more high strung than other small rabbits, Brittania Petite Rabbits have a vigorous nature. They will take gentle perseverance to tame. With patience however, you can be rewarded with a most delightful pet.

   The Brittania Petite Rabbit is very curious and likes lots of toys and attention. These are not a pet for the timid. Small children would probably do better with one of the calmer small bunnies that are more willing to patiently accept handling.

For more information about Rabbits and their care see:
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 Britannia Petite Rabbit is called the British Polish Rabbit or the "Polish" Rabbit in Britain. It was bred and developed into a small, compact breed of standard rabbit, and it is generally believed that it was just started with smaller common rabbits. It was exhibited in Hull, Yorkshire as long ago as 1884.

Description:    The adult size is up to about 2 1/2 pounds. They are a small delicate looking bunny though the body is rather elongated and arched, similar to that of a hare. Their long front legs make them stand up tall, and their wedge shaped face is topped with short upright ears. When they pose, they look like a lower-case 'h'. Their fur is short, fine and dense with a silky texture.
   Brittania Petites are not easy to breed and take a lot of effort and time. Females do not always become pregnant and when they do they sometimes they do not make good mothers, neglecting the babies or sometimes abusing them.

Color differences:    The Brittania Petite Rabbit is available in many colors, though in the United States it is most often seen in white, with its recognized show color being the 'ruby eyed white'. Other nice colors include black, black otter, sable marten, and chestnut agouti.

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Robert - 2005-09-17
I had a wonderful British Polish Rabbit. She died just a couple of days ago (2005-Sept-14). Her coloring was much like the one in the picture. She was prickly when I first got her and never loved being cuddle, but she was a wonderful pet: lively and full of spunk. I miss her so much.

  • Jaimie-Leigh - 2013-04-03
    sorry but I totally agree about cuddling at first with mine you put her on your lap and she would squirm a little but now she's used to people just get them out more often. However don't give them a choice make the come out bust be gentle they will care less for you and trust you less.
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Rachel - 2005-07-24
i am looking for the perfect bunnie. i have been doing research EVERY day to find the best bunnie!(one that my parents will let me have!) i have been using this website and have come to a conclusion, netherland dwarf or holland lop. but i'm still reasearching and have found that there is SO many differint kinds of bunnies in the world! thank you for having so many varietes! and to other people out there, this website has a lot of info and can help you find what YOU ARE looking for! from: baby bunnie luver (aka..me!)

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Jaimie-Leigh - 2013-04-03
I have a rabbit that I wasn't quite sure about as the colours were different to any breed I had ever seen. then I came here and the people leaving comments were really helpful (saying what colours were) this helped a lot. Mine is brown and has a lot of fur, her (buttercups)ear almost turn black in winter but only the tips. she has some bits of fur which are white however you cant really see them as they hide under her brown. I am still searching for how much weight they should put on weekly and how much they are supposed to weigh though. Please can any of you help. otherwise though I have listened to many comments if they are any new viewers though if at first they don't like to be handled get them out more so they trust you more this will help you and your rabbit to bond. If at first your sure you are not sure at how to handle them look at the next page on the website otherwise I would suggest feeding them with a carrot so they can not bite you. soon they will not bite you when you put your hand underneath them. they are really good pets and if their are any parents on here this is the best rabbit it doesn't make much mess I would suggest if you have a big cage clean it out every 2 weeks if not clen every week.

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Melina - 2005-06-07
i'm getting a bunny soon, and this website has been very helpful...so yeah...thanks!!!

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Elisa - 2009-05-09
I have a white Britannia and his name is Dido. He is my first bunny and at the beginning he was shy and hated being handled (he still hates being picked anyway). When I bought him I thought I made a mistake as he used to be very agressive when I tried to pick him up, and as it is my first bunny I was hoping to have those cute ones that you can handle and pet for hours.
However, 3 months have passed and I regret my thoughts as I am the happiest bunny owner in the world. Dido is such a character, he loves to do his "marathons" around the house running like crazy and jumping to the sofa, then carry on running and ending on my bed! He also loves to sleep and relax on my bed or under the table, jump in the air and plays with me a lot! He learned so easily the things that he is not allowed to chew and is very well litter trained!
I would like to recommend this breed to those who want to have lots of fun! The best breed! Now I think that a breed which is very tame may be a bit boring for me compared to my funny Dido.

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