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New Zealand Rabbit

Family: Leporidae Picture of New Zealand Rabbit babies!Oryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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Hi. I have had a New Zealand White buck.It was the most wonderful experience! He could allow me to do anything to him, it was like having a dog and a cat at the... (more)  Lola

   You can't help falling in love with a New Zealand rabbit, especially when it gently nudges you, wanting a petting on its soft snowy white fur!

   The New Zealand babies in the picture above are just about 7 weeks old and are only about 2.2 pounds each. They are just as sweet and cuddly as any rabbit can be. They are munching on a green apple while they pose to have their pictures taken!

"Bob" is a New Zealand Rabbit
New Zealand Rabbit "Bob" Photo Courtesy: Kim
"I'm the proudest mum ever!" ...Kim

   The New Zealand is a wonderful rabbit and makes a great beginner bunny. They are quite social and outgoing, and enjoy being part of the family. They like everybody and most household pets, and they are not biters.

   One of their greatest features is that they usually love to be handled. Pick them up, set them down, or hold them in your lap! They are often likened to "big rag dolls" because they flop down kind of like a rag doll, accommodating any cuddly manner in which you wish to hold them. They can even be carried across your shoulder!

   As with all good sized rabbits, the New Zealand will need a bigger area to move around in. They need regular excercise as they can gain weight easily. Keep treats to a minimum., even though your pet will beg you for them. The babies in our picture above will soon outgrow the cage we have them in!

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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Lagomorpha
  • Family: Leporidae
  • Genus: Oryctolagus
  • Species: cuniculus
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Background:    The New Zealand rabbit was first a red variety and became known in the United States about 1912. It is thought to be a cross between a Belgian Hare and a white rabbit. The white variety came about from cross breeding among several breeds such as the Flemish, American Whites, and Angoras. A black variety was also developed from various crossings which include the Giant Chinchilla.

   Historically thought of as a utility or working rabbit, the New Zealand rabbit has been selected for hundreds and hundreds of generations by people who work with rabbits. This is because they have good outgoing personalities and are easy to work with. They don't tend to bite or struggle and they don't get sick or have health problems nearly as often as other breeds.

Description:    A medium sized rabbit, the New Zealand adult will get up to 11 pounds.

Color differences:    As you can see in the picture above, the New Zealand rabbits are generally pure white rabbits with red eyes and pinkish coloring in their ears, but they can also be brick red or black.

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Lola - 2004-01-21
Hi. I have had a New Zealand White buck.It was the most wonderful experience! He could allow me to do anything to him, it was like having a dog and a cat at the same time, but even better!
People usually do not know much about rabbits and assume they are pretty stupid. In fact, rabbits, expecially New Zealand bunnies, are full of big surprizes that are yet to be discovered, although we all who have pet bunnies know better than anybody else what a wonderful,loving,funny, and very intelligent a bunny can be as a pet.
If this is your first time, go with a New Zealand baby: besides ruby eyes, thick fur, and adorable ears, you will discover a big bunny to wrap your arms around, and you may find yourself one very special day being trapped by this creature nose to nose with you, breathing peacefully and that is one of the most plesurable experiences you can ever have! In addition, The New Zealand is a greatfull creature and a very generous kisser, which makes him totally irresistable. The only problem with this bun is after he is gone, you can hardly find a replacement for it is impossible to replace a friend, and a friend is a true word for a bunny like that!
Lola.

  • matt - 2014-05-27
    Definitely know the feeling, we had a mini rex who was my lil bud. When he passed we got two new Zealand's brother and sister lol, although when we got them they didn't tell us the girl was pregnant now we have four but they're a great breed but the male allows you to pick him up.
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Bethanny Parker - 2014-01-26
The rabbit named Bob in the photo is not a New Zealand rabbit. New Zealands are always solid-colored, either black, white, red, or very rarely, gray. But they are never mixed colors. That is either a mixed-breed rabbit or some other breed entirely.

  • Anonymous - 2014-02-04
    There are such things as mixed colors if you're in the ARBA.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-04
    It was great of the person to share his bunny too, it's very adorable!
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angelina - 2013-03-22
I have Californian new Zealand mix and they have an ok amount of kits (babies), they have 4 to 5. The Californians have 8 to 10.

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Darlene - 2013-03-10
I am so relieved to see these comments! I had bunnies growing up, never knew the breed. I realize reading up that they were white New Zealands. I just talked to a rabbitry who said they don't recommend this breed for pets because they are aggressive. And they are bred for meat and fur! I took her word for it. But, when I looked them up and realized what they were- I thought- my bunnies were New Zealands and they were adorable, wonderful pets! I loved them. They let me hold them, they fell asleep on my lap. The only reason I may not go with them as I'm looking for one now for my kids first bunny- is I think I may not be able to give a bigger bunny as good of a life if they need more room for exercise. So, a smaller breed may enjoy a better quality of life at our home.

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Stephane Cousar - 2010-09-05
I have 6 does and 2 bucks. They are all NZ Giants. I am looking to sale, breed, and raise them. If anyone is interested in purchasing one contact me. They are 5.00 dollars for live rabbits. And 8.00 dollars for skinned and cleaned rabbits. We have been raising them for 35 years and have much experience.


  • Jim Harness - 2010-09-12
    I have been trying to find where I can purchase New Zealand rabbits for raising them for meat. I live in Warsaw Il. 62379 any kind of help would be nice. THANK JIM.
  • brittany brecheisen - 2010-09-16
    yeah were do you live at because im lookin for a boy new zealand
  • Linden - 2010-09-20
    Hello, my agriscience class was interested in buying some New Zealand's for show. However, the program is in Arizona. If it's possible to sell them to us, please let me know. Thank you.
  • Crystal - 2010-09-20
    Where are you located?
  • jack - 2010-09-21
    Where are you located?
  • Crystal Baker - 2010-10-04
    Hi Stephane, I would like to buy all six of the does if they are no more than one year old. I live in Oklahoma, can you ship them for an additional charge?
  • Pam Marchant - 2010-10-08
    I am interested in purchasing 2 does and 1 buck for breeding for meat. Raised NZ in the 1990's and shipped out @ 5 lbs. At what weight are you butchering? I don't remember calling them Giants. Is there a difference?
  • grace - 2010-10-15
    What country are you from because I am very much interested in buying a rabbit especially the new zealand rabbit.
  • Mark - 2010-10-14
    Where are you located?
  • Paula - 2010-10-14
    I have a good friend that is looking for a Male NZ Giant. He lives in Louisiana, can you ship there?
  • bobby - 2010-11-01
    I am interested in one buck and four does to raise can you ship to me 89147 area?
  • Angela - 2010-11-03
    I would be interested. My email is soperfamilyfarm@live.com
  • Mike - 2010-11-03
    Your location may hinder my ability to purchase. I am in East Tennessee, how far apart are we?
  • john - 2010-11-04
    What area of the country are you in?
  • John Krueger - 2010-11-07
    Maybe interested in buying some live. I live in Florida is that a problem?
  • Kim - 2010-11-09
    Where are you located? I am located in Florida. I would like to buy if you are close to me.
  • Darian - 2010-11-28
    Where exactly do you live at? And would you be willing to ship them?
  • MIKE - 2010-12-01
    I am looking for a breeding pair. If you have a pair please contact me.
  • James Phillips - 2010-11-30
    Hello stephanie, i live outside of albuquerque, nm and i have been searching for a place to purchase live meat rabbits. I want to raise them for food and i have been having the hardest time to find anyone with these rabbits for sale. Do you ship yours? Or do you know where i can go to purchase a buck and doe? Your help would be appreciated. Thank you.
  • Bobbi - 2010-12-04
    I am looking for NZ giants. Please email me. atesec2ride at yahoo.
  • ashley - 2010-12-16
    are they still available? call me 405 268 3338
  • Rafael Velazco - 2010-12-18
    Hi my name is Rafael and I like to buy some of your NZ, I am in California and willing to start with this breed for meat purposes.
  • Oly - 2010-12-21
    Do you live in florida? I want a baby bunny.
  • Dan. - 2010-12-24
    How old are they? How big they are growing? Thank you. Dan.
  • randy - 2011-01-01
    Where are you from and how many does do you have and age?
  • Anonymous - 2011-01-05
    Where located?
  • jette - 2011-01-19
    Hi look for nz to get stared for show and meat are they reg. with a.r.b.a or have papers and where are you at?
  • leland jacobus - 2011-01-23
    Yes, very interested. However, where are you?
  • Lee - 2011-01-23
    Leland Jacobus: 408 246 8977; theoqat@sbcglobal.net. Ship me 10 does and 2 bucks.
  • Darin - 2011-01-26
    I'm interested in a 2 does and 1 buck. We are starting to breed rabbits for meat to get away from chicken. I have read that theses are good breeding rabbits for meat. Is this true? Where do you live?
  • henry - 2011-02-14
    Yes I would 2 does where are you located?
  • elmer haus - 2011-02-17
    I would like to have 2 does and 1 buck where are you from and how would I get them?
  • linda robertson - 2011-02-17
    I am looking to buy new zealand rabbits to breed.
  • LaDawn Anderson - 2011-02-25
    Where are you in East TN? I am interested in buying one or more of your NZ Does. I have a pedigree Giant Flemish buck I would like to breed to a large rabbit. Let me know where you are in TN. Thanks.
  • Todd - 2011-03-08
    I breed New Zealand Whites in PA. I can be contacted at peyotedreams1@myspace.com. I have numerous litters on the way papered and not papered.
  • shiella morris - 2011-03-28
    Hi, where are you located?
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SCOTT WALLS - 2010-11-09
Rabbits for sale, new zealand white, continental giant, california giant. . Contact scott. Walls65@yahoo. Com and leave message, will return your call asap.

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