Cinnamon Rabbit

Family: Leporidae Cinnamon RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy: Jeannie Larson
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Hello, I'm looking for a bunny that will sit next to me when I'm doing work. Wants attention, gives attention but will occasionally play. What should I do?  Anonymous

   The Cinnamon rabbit is beloved by breeders for its beautifully colored coat, and minimal grooming requirements!

   The Cinnamon Rabbit is a beautiful breed with an appealing color combination of rust with gray ticking. Although primarily bred for showing and meat, the Cinnamon also makes a good pet despite its large size. A friendly animal, it is compatible with other rabbits.

   Cinnamons usually have sunny dispositions, and they love attention. They tend to be reasonably calm, making them a good choice for children. They are too large for smaller children to pick up however, which can be a good thing because you won't have to worry as much about the rabbit being hurt.

   The Cinnamon rabbit is a hardy breed but requires a well-balanced diet designed for a rabbit. Minimal grooming is needed, just brush with a slicker brush once a week most of the year and twice a week during shedding season. It will benefit from room to exercise, food and toys to chew on, and time spent with its owner. Like any other rabbit breed, the Cinnamon Rabbit should be provided with an indoor living area in order to prolong its life.

   The Cinnamon is on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's list of rare rabbit breeds. This means that there are only a few hundred of them in the United States. Although they are not considered endangered, they are rather hard to find.

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

Background:    The Cinnamon breed was created in Montana by Ellis Housman in the 1960's. It was bred specifically for its unique coat color. Its lineage includes New Zealand Whites, Chinchillas, Checkered Giants and Californians. It was first shown in Calgary Canada in 1969. It was accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1972.

Description:    The main feature of the Cinnamon Rabbit is its luscious coat with color being the most important trait. The outer coat consists of a rust or cinnamon colored base with gray ticking on the tips. More gray than rust color is present on the extremities, especially on the face, ears, and tail, which are a darker shade of gray than the rest of the body. In some rabbits, these accents may be closer to black. The undercoat is orange. The coat is of normal length, which is 1-1 ½ inches long. (A ticked Coat is a type of fur coat characteristic of wild rabbits, which is comprised of hair strands with bands of various color.)
   This breed has a stocky, medium length body with prominent, round hips. The head is set closely to the body. The ears are not too short and not too long, and they stand upright. They are medium-large in size, with the males weighing 8 ½ to 10 ½ pounds and the females weighing 9 to 11 pounds. The Cinnamon Rabbit's lifespan is that of an average rabbit, which is 7 to 12 years.

Color differences:    The Cinnamon has been carefully bred to achieve a specific coloring, and variations on that coloring are rare.

Availability    Cinnamon rabbots are hard to find in many areas due to their rarity. You may have to travel if you want one. Prices run around $30.

References Anmarie Barrie, "A Step-by-Step Book About Rabbits", T.F.H Pub., Inc. 1995 edition
Monika Wegler, "Rabbits, A complete Pet Owner's Manual", Barron's Inc.1999
Karma Coffman ,"The All-Purpose Rabbit", Candy Hankins,"Showing Cinnamons", reprinted from CRBA Handbook
"Cinnamon Rabbit Breed Profile", Copyright 2000-2008
"Rare Breed Rabbits List USA", Copyright 2005 Franco Rios
"Rabbit's in Every Size, Shape, and Color", Copyright 1995-2003 Island Gems Rabbitry
"Rabbits and Bunnies for Sale", Copyright Enumclaw Exotics

Author: Ruth Bratcher
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Lastest Animal Stories on Cinnamon Rabbit

Anonymous - 2016-03-15
Hello, I'm looking for a bunny that will sit next to me when I'm doing work. Wants attention, gives attention but will occasionally play. What should I do?

  • Anonymous - 2017-08-16
brie reeves - 2008-12-16
I think maybe I can get one for christmas. I am a 9 year old girl who loves rabbits.

  • Ashlee - 2010-12-14
    cool hope ya get one i'm an 11 year old girl and i have a Cinnamon breed rabbit at home myself i LOVE my rabbit her name is Coco you never know what she is doing she is so funny! i'm not kidding ya NEVER know what she'll do!!!
  • Anonymous - 2016-03-15
    did you ever get your bunny
Zanfra Schroeder - 2015-09-10
for my 15th birtday i wanted a rabbit so i got the money and went to my local pet store and for 29.99 i bought my rabbit. the pet store people were stupid and knew nothing about this rabbit. it was the last one in the store so i took it. they didnt know its gender, breed, or age it mad me mad. the first thing i did was try to find its gender. after some struggles i found out it was a boy so i named him aquarius. i also looked it up and found out hes a cinnamon rabbit. ive had him for 3 years he doesn't make noises and hes stubborn but we love each other, hes not so calm around other he'll lunge and paw at them but hes still pretty nice. He always sprays me though.

Xochitl - 2015-06-02
I been having a cinnamon bunny for 9 months only and she is my FIRST pet and my best friend, iv'e taken very good care of her, Her name is kyo and she is very healthy and has been recently spayed. These bunnies are very smart and very domesticated I've done tuns for research on this breed and how to take care of a bunny i want kyo to grow old with me<3. One thing i want to point out i read that rabbits CANNOT throw up fur balls like cats can. BUT! kyo has spit out fur balls! one morning i saw something inside her mouth and i pulled it out and it was a bunch on dry fur it looked like her old baby fur because it was white and very light brown now her fur is dark brown with some black. then the next day she threw up another dry fur ball! I called her vet and they said they couldn't take her in the fact that she was still playing,eating,pooping, there was nothing wrong with her.So i searched to see if another rabbit has spit out fur balls and i found a video of the same breed! it also spit out fur.So to some people out there that think its impossible you are wrong,It could happen and it has happened to me and others. But not to worry its not harmful for a bunny if this happens just try to get as much fur out of there mouth and the good thing about this i would say is that the fur wont stay in there tummy and cloth them up so i think its actually good for a bunny to do that. but you should still groom them everyday. If any questions i'll be more then happy to help you guys out if this is happening to your bunny. :)