Mini Rex Rabbit

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i have had rabbits for 3 to 4 years now and if you have any questions, just ask me.  anne

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.

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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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   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.


   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

anne - 2011-04-14
i have had rabbits for 3 to 4 years now and if you have any questions, just ask me.

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-15
    Stay with us. You have EXPERIENCE. Thank you.
  • Emily Willis - 2011-05-08
    I have had rabbits for seven years and own 24 but I never stop learning and getting advice along the way. The longer you have them the more you know.
  • leslie - 2011-05-26
    How many bunnies can a Californian rabbit give birth to?
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-06
    How much do mini rex rabbits cost when they are babies?
  • Tayler - 2011-07-01
    What would you prefer better a netherland dwarf or a mini rex ?
  • LUVURBUNS - 2011-07-16

    A netherland dwarf are cute, lovable little bunnys. But they can be very nasty. And a mini rex, well, they can grow pretty big, so if you have a small house, I would recommend a netherland dwarf.

  • doris - 2011-09-17
    I have a mini rex that I believe may be preg. When I was petting her nose, she bit my finger. Then about 1wk. later,I reached in to get a food dish, she bit me and held on. I knocked her off but she got me again. I've only had her about 3wks.
  • Jamie Hughes - 2011-09-23
    Will they use a roll around ball. My rabbit is very hyper and I'm trying to figure out a way for her to get some of her energy out.
  • Jeanette - 2011-10-04
    i was wondering if you thought the mini rex is one of the tougher breeds
    to breed? Someone told me it was very hard to get these rabbits to breed. Is that true? thanks Jeanette
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-11
    Does the breed of a rabbit effect how much it jumps?
  • Hannah - 2011-10-15
    I just got a mini rex today, and we bought food, and a cage and everything else, but is there anything I shouldn't do? Like, is it safe to give him a bath? (I'd only put water up to his legs) and what is this about lettuce that I hear? Is that bad to give him? Please let me know. Thanks(:
  • Emily Willis - 2011-10-17
    Mini Rexes have somewhere between 2 to four babies on an average all the smaller breed are the same. Californians have somewhere between 6 to 11. so do most breeds that are over 10 pounds.
  • Kelling - 2011-11-16
    Some breeds are more hyper and so might jump more.
    @ Hannah
    Lettuce can be toxic to domestic rabbits and you should not feed them it though you can feed them dark red or dark green leaf lettuce. Mine happen to love Kale (great for vitamin a, though do not give them too much), green leaf, collard greens, romaine, and the house rabbit society has a wonderful guidebook which you should look into because they list all acceptable foods for domestic rabbits. Bathing a rabbit is a no no. They clean themselves and should be groomed by you at least once a week or more depending on the type of coat. Domestic rabbits are not able to control their temperature as well as others and if they become ten to fifteen degrees warmer or cooler than their environment might put them into shock! Also, their fur is hard to dry quickly and if they stay wet for too long, the above would be able to happen and it would be harder to help them. As that is being said, if you ever discipline them with a spray bottle, you have to make sure that they do not become drenched by it. I hope that this helps. Do please make sure to visit the house rabbit society's webpage (you can view the handbook there).
  • Kelling - 2011-11-16
    I must state that generally mini rex rabbits do not need much grooming (this is due to the fact that their primary guard hairs have been bred out, their secondary guard hairs are as short as their undercoat [this is what gives their coat the velvet feel]) while holland lops with agouti coats will need it more frequently. This is due to the differences in their coats. Grooming a rabbit can range from just wetting your hands enough to run it over their hair and collect the excess and using gloves with rubber dots to help in case you would rather not do the first to using the smallest furminator (pink) to really get the loose hair that they cannot get themselves. Also, grooming is possibly needed more among bonded rabbits because they groom themselves and their partner and are at a higher risk of getting GI stasis. So, I hope that this elaboration might help explain more.
  • Erica - 2011-11-17
    why should you not feed your bunny lettuce?
  • jess - 2011-11-22
    How long do rabbits live for
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-21
    Thank you. That was very helpful. I also have another question, my bunny has had I guess you could say runny poop... Like, he has normal poop too, but he has runny poop too... Is this normal?
  • Anonymous - 2011-12-17
    Diahrea is dangerous for a rabbit and can kill it very quickly if you do not take certain percautions. If you change the brand of food that you give it make sure you gradually change it and it doesnt have more than 16% protein. This can cause digestion problems and can kill it. Also if digestion is a problem put a little handful of oak leaves in with it one or two times a week.
  • grason - 2012-01-10
    I have had a jersey wooly for not even a year & I was wondering if there is any way to get his hind legs clean.
  • Julia - 2014-08-23
    A darling little rabbit appeared on our deck 2 wks. ago. He may be a Dutch or maybe a Mini Rex. He's living outside, sleeping under the grill in the corner of the deck. I want to keep him if I don't find his owner. There is a nice unoccupied doghouse that he can use for the winter. I am hand-feeding him kale and parsley and a little cabbage and a little sweet potato peelings (his favorite). I have not feed him pellets yet. Do you have advice for a new rabbit "mother"?
Michelle Hapeman - 2003-11-07
Hi! My name is Michelle, our family just adopted a 3 month old mini rex from a local pet shop. She is a complete lovebug, wants to be held almost constantly, and has incredibly velvety fur, the color of hot chocolate with milk. Our 3 daughters just adore our new little friend, and are debating whether to call her Snuggles or Betsy. We are very pleased with the breed we chose, and she seems to be litterbox training herself (we put litter in a shallow tupperware dish). We strongly recommend this breed for families.

  • doug - 2014-07-16
    We have a mini rex just over 3 months old. She is litter trained gos all over the house but hates to be picked up. Is there a secret to being able to hold them.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Some rabbits just don't want to be held, though sometimes this changes with age or when they are spayed or neutered. One thing that can help, when you need to handle her, put your hand on the head first before picking her up. This is a natural dominance action and may help to make her more submissive for handling.
Gabby - 2014-06-23
I got a mini rex tri color bunny for my birthday his name is Snoop Dogg.

Hailey - 2014-01-20
I got my rabbit 1 year ago in March, he loves attention and is a tri color mini rex buck. Latte is the sweetest 1 month before birthday present, he truly is the sweetest gift.

TheHoneyBunnyTree - 2012-01-28
We have adorable mini rex baby rabbits for sale

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They all have pedigrees
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  • Dmarie Morgan - 2012-01-31
    Yes I want a blue Mini Res
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: Thanks! :)
Ryan - 2012-02-26
Hey, I'm looking for a mini rex to buy. Does anyone know where I can buy one from?

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    You can try looking in local paper for any rabit breeder and ask the breeder. Most seem to know who is breeding what kind of rabbits. You can also look on Craigslist or on the Internet to find a breeder who might be able to lead you to a breeder close to your home.
  • Tracey Hanson - 2012-05-08
    My mini rex has delivered 9 babies 3 days ago if you are still insterested. I am based in the North West. My mobile is 07857683174
keith seviour - 2012-04-28
About the ad below i am in cornwall, and my email is or mobile 07778523268 thank you
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