A very small bunny, an adult Jersey Wooly Rabbit will only weigh up to about three pounds. This little rabbit is noted for being extremely gentle. They are sweet and docile, as well as smart.

   The Jersey Wooly Rabbit likes people and affection. It enjoys companionship and being petted and handled.They are calm, quiet rabbits that are pretty easy to care for. All these great qualities make an ideal pet for children and adults alike.

   Though its long fur makes it a bit more work than a short haired bunny, the Jersey Wooly enjoys being brushed. It only needs brushing about once a month as an adult. It will need just a bit more than that when it is young, until it looses its baby coat.

   Known as the Jersey Wooly Rabbit in the United States, this rabbit is also known as the Dwarf Angora Rabbit in Australia and Europe. It was developed by Bonnie Seeley of New Jersey (USA) in the 1970’s.

  • Jersey Wooly Rabbit – In the United States, it became recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (A.R.B.A.) in 1988, as the Jersey Wooly Rabbit.
  • Dwarf Angora Rabbit – In Australia (and Europe), this rabbit is recognized as the Dwarf Angora Rabbit,and it received recognition by the Australian Show Rabbit Council in 1997.

For more information about Rabbits and their care: Guide to a Happy, Healthy Rabbit

Scientific Classification



The Jersey Wooly Rabbit, known as the Dwarf Angora Rabbit in Europe and Australia, is a newer breed of rabbit. They were developed by Bonnie Seeley of New Jersey (USA) in the 1970’s, thus the name.
   They were originally developed to produce a long haired pet rabbit with wool that was easy to care for, but today they have also become one of the most popular show rabbits.


These are a small compact little rabbit, only weighing up to about three pounds. They have short ears and a wonderful thick long wool coat that is notable for being very easy to take care of, especially after the rabbit reaches about six months. The adult coat has more guard hair than undercoat, so is not prone to matting.


The Jersey Wooly Rabbits or Dwarf Angora Rabbits come in a variety of colors and patterns including agouti (wild rabbit), self (one color all over), and shaded patterns. Other nice colors include black, blue, chocolate, smoke pearl, blue tort, chestnut, pointed white, siamese sable, and black otter.

Dr. Jungle…”Here’s some other Jersey Wooly or Dwarf Angora Rabbits!”

"Nikki" is referred to by her owners as a 'Dwarf Angora' !
“Hi! My name is Nikki! I was born in Wuerzburg, Germany. I like to run and jump. When I am really happy I do my happy dance.”…Nikki

Photo Courtesy: Nicole Mass

"Milo" is referred to by her owners as a 'Jersey Wooly Rabbit'!
” Milo is a Jersey Wooly rabbit. In this picture, he is about 7 1/2 weeks old. He is a sable point color. He loves to snuggle & to be kissed.”…Jan

Photo Courtesy: Dale & Jan Knode

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