Mini Rex Rabbit

Family: Leporidae Picture of a cute Mini Rex RabbitSee More about FloppyOryctolagus cuniculus
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I have two female mini rex about 6 months old. I'm concerned because one of them has a roll around her lower neck, I felt it and it feels soft no knots or anything... (more)  Mary

A sweet, cuddly nature along with a plush velvety coat makes the Mini Rex a favorite pet bunny!

   Outwardly the Mini Rex rabbit looks like a miniature version of the larger Rex Rabbit. Sporting graceful proportions and that nice plush "Rex fur", this is a very good looking rabbit. It has become one of the most popular and readily available pet rabbits and is good with children.

   The Mini Rex is an adorable medium sized rabbit that makes a wonderful companion. Generally friendly and moderately active, they will enjoy playing or just relaxing and being petted. Because of its relatively small size it is easy to handle, as well as easy to house and feed.

For more information about Rabbis 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 Mini Rex is accepted as a new breed in Great Britain and the United States. This breed was first recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1988.

Description:

   The Mini Rex grows to 3.5-4.5 lbs. They are well-muscled with good shoulder and hip widths. Their ears stand straight and erect.

   Monna R. Berryhill, who is from Texas, first bred them and has shared the following information with us:

Dr. Jungle says..."Thanks for contributing Monna! "

"I am the developer of the Mini Rex rabbit...
The Mini Rex is the direct result of the crossing of a Black Dwarf Rex buck (imported from Holland in 1984 by Marylouise Cowan of Maine) with an undersized Lynx Rex doe. The first cross produced Mini Rex and through selective breeding, the breed was "invented". The crossing of a Netherland Dwarf and a Rex was done in Holland by the developer of the Dwarf Rex and was many generations away from having the true Rex fur."...Monna R. Berryhill 2004-04-08

**Monna R Berryhill, Developer of the Mini Rex rabbit*

Picture of Castor colored Mini Rex Rabbit
Castor colored Mini Rex rabbit Photo © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough

   The main feature of Rex rabbits is their very beautiful and very soft fur. It feels just like velvet when you pet it. This is because the longest guard hairs have been bred away and the secondary guard hairs have been reduced to the same length as the undercoat hairs.

Color differences:

   Though there are lots of different colors of Mini Rex, they have to be particular colors if they are going to be show bunnies rather than pets. But those that are pets are every bit as cuddly and soft.
   The Mini Rex varieties allowed for showing are: Black, Blue, Castor, Chinchilla, Chocolate, Himalayan, Lilac, Lynx, Opal, Red, Seal, Tortoise Broken color (any recognized color and white with the exception of Himalayan) and Red-eyed White.


Lastest Animal Stories on Mini Rex Rabbits


Mary - 2015-08-14
I have two female mini rex about 6 months old. I'm concerned because one of them has a roll around her lower neck, I felt it and it feels soft no knots or anything just very concerned. Thank you, Mary

  • Poohbear - 2015-08-14
    It's perfectly normal does get them it's called a dewlap
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Barbie Spruill-Pickett - 2015-05-18
I have an 8 month old female mini rex. I am trying to find her a companion around north Mississippi. Please Text info to 662-436-0225

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Alicia - 2010-03-11
My family raises rabbits. We have 20 rabbits, 3 of which are expecting. My sister is into breeding Holland Lops and I LOVE the mini rex. As of right now i only have one, a black otter sr. buck, but am looking for a companion for him. i had a chocolate jr. doe but she passed unexpectedly. I absolutely love the feeling of their coat and the size of them. I also have a blue eyed white Netherland Dwarf. We raise Holland Lops and Havana's. We are also starting to get into the Himalayan. As you can see we are very into our rabbits. Our website is Suttonrabbitry.weebly.com...it will be updated with in the next week.

  • gilbert hoffer - 2015-05-07
    i am looking to buy here in nz 3 rabbits big size.tanks gilbert
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grace - 2015-02-18
if anybody has any questions about rabbits ask me

  • tam - 2015-02-24
    would you be able to tell me if mine is a mini? im not aure how to add a photo
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-25
    Hey Tam, when you add a comment, if you sign in through Facebook, then you can upload your pictures.
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Barbie Spruill-Pickett - 2015-05-18
I have an 8 month old female mini rex. I am trying to find her a companion around north Mississippi. Please Text info to 662-436-0225

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Alicia - 2010-03-11
My family raises rabbits. We have 20 rabbits, 3 of which are expecting. My sister is into breeding Holland Lops and I LOVE the mini rex. As of right now i only have one, a black otter sr. buck, but am looking for a companion for him. i had a chocolate jr. doe but she passed unexpectedly. I absolutely love the feeling of their coat and the size of them. I also have a blue eyed white Netherland Dwarf. We raise Holland Lops and Havana's. We are also starting to get into the Himalayan. As you can see we are very into our rabbits. Our website is Suttonrabbitry.weebly.com...it will be updated with in the next week.

  • gilbert hoffer - 2015-05-07
    i am looking to buy here in nz 3 rabbits big size.tanks gilbert
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TheHoneyBunnyTree - 2012-01-28
We have adorable mini rex baby rabbits for sale

Himalayan bucks and Himalayan does
All are litter trained
Handled, several times a day
They all have pedigrees
And The Price is Reduced

See my website for more info
http://thehoneybunnytree.weebly.com/


  • Dmarie Morgan - 2012-01-31
    Yes I want a blue Mini Res
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stacey - 2012-10-24
hi there i have some babies available if anyone is interested let me know I am in toledo ohio but travel often too.

  • Laura Jessie West - 2012-11-26
    Hello, Do you still have mini rex rabbits? Or have more? I would be interested in a few. Please email me at: snorie797@gmail.com Thanks! :)
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