The English Spot Rabbit is prized for its beauty and graceful appearance!
English Spot rabbits are mid-sized rabbits that are very active. They eat very little compared to most breeds its size. This, along with their love for running and jumping, contributes to the breed’s long, slender build.
The English Spot Rabbot has a generally calm disposition and tolerates other pets very well. When handled starting at a young age, they can make good pets. But they are not the best choice for small children due to their high energy level.
English Spot does are known for being great mothers. Sometimes they will even raising young rabbits of other breeds in addition to their own litters.
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
The origins of the English Spot are uncertain. It is believed to be a descendent of the English Butterfly, and is known to go back to at least the mid-1800s. The breed was brought to the United States in 1910. Once sporting patches of color, the English Spot was selectively bred to achieve today’s spotted pattern.
The English Spot’s body has a full arch and long, slender limbs that are perfect for running. Its head is well proportioned with the rest of the body, and its ears are fairly long, colored and upright.
The most important feature in the English Spot is its markings. Only half of the rabbits most litters have the traditional markings, with spots and a stripe down the back. These are the only ones that are featured in shows. The rest of the average litter is split between solid-colored and partially marked rabbits.
Recognized varieties of the English Spot include black, blue, chocolate, gray, gold, lilac, and tortoise. All of these names refer to the rabbit’s spots, as no background color other than white is permissible.
English Spots are reasonably easy to find, especially if you aren’t looking for show quality. Prices range from $5 for pet quality rabbits to $50 for show and breed stock.
Photo contributed by: Nathan Hager of 4 Ever Friends Rabbitry
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