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26 Black and White Rabbit Breeds (With Pictures)

Nicole Cosgrove

The prodigious history of rabbit breeding has produced a fascinating array of color combinations.

Sometimes, this has been deliberate: The Havana, Lilac, Thrianta, and Harlequin are just a few examples of rabbits that were specially bred for their colors. When shown professionally, these rabbits are closely scrutinized for the fineness of their coloration.

Other times, the coloring occurs quite by accident, or as a result of considerable interbreeding: The Lop, Angora, and Rex families all owe their variety of colors to the breeding necessary to achieve other desirable characteristics. In these cases, the colors may be a fantastic side benefit to prospective pet owners.

Either way you look at it, coloration is a big part of what makes rabbit breeds so intriguing. Today, we’re going to be looking at each of the breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association that shows both black and white in its coat. No need to wait any longer, let’s jump right in!

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1. American Fuzzy Lop

American Fuzzy Lop
Image: rabbit_mage, Flickr

If you’re ever looking for a particular color of rabbit, chances are the Lop family has it! In this instance, American Fuzzy Lops in the “pointed white” coloration group can be found with black markings on their noses, feet, and tails. Often weighing less than 4 pounds, they are especially well suited to homes that don’t have much space to accommodate a cage.


2. Blanc de Hotot

Blanc de Hotot
Image: Image: Carly & Art, Wikimedia

With their distinctive “eyeliner” look, the pleasantly robust Blanc de Hotot has a striking black and white contrast. One of the rarer breeds of rabbit still in existence today, the Blanc de Hotot got its start in early 1900s France as a descendant of the now-disused Giant Papillon. Their dense, fine fur is especially luxurious to pet.


3. Britannia Petite

Britannia Petite Rabbit
Image: Pinterest.com

A mini breed with a prominent posture, the black and white speckled Britannia Petite is notable as being the only small rabbit (under 4 pounds) with an arch reminiscent of wild hares. Their plucky attitude and vigorous energy make them popular amongst pet owners who prefer an active pet.


4. Californian

Californian Rabbit
Image: Kathy Shea, Wikimedia

The medium-sized Californian is one of only a few breeds that are black and white by default. Their pure white bodies are accented by almost black noses, feet, tails, and ears. It is nearly twice as large as the breed most similar in appearance, the Himalayan.


5. Checkered Giant

Checkered Giant Rabbit
Image: Wikimedia

Usually weighing in between 11 and 16 pounds, the Checkered Giant is a larger than life rabbit with distinctive black and white coloration as well as a high arch. With its raised belly and prominent black markings on the ears, snout, and spine, this big bunny is unmistakable in a lineup.


6. Dutch

dutch rabbit
Image: Xaya from Pixabay

These small (but not miniature) rabbits are well-known for their unique coloration, sometimes referred to simply as “Dutch markings”. With a white face and matching white saddle, when found with black as their complementary color they can appear to be wearing a mask!


7. Dwarf Hotot

dwarf hotot
Image: ahmed abdallah from Pixabay

Sporting the same black eyeliner as the Blanc de Hotot, these miniaturized versions of the once-popular French rabbit have faired much better in the American market than their larger brethren. Because of their small size, they are sometimes favored as pets in houses with limited space.


8. English Angora

English Angora Rabbit
Image: Dennis Harper, Flickr

As the smallest of the Angora breeds, the English Angora also carries the distinction of being the most difficult to groom; its hair tends to mat easily. Better for experienced rabbit owners, the English Angora can be seen with a unique black, white, and grey color scheme that is sure to draw admiration from onlookers.


9. English Lop

English Lop Rabbit
Image by TidgyWidy from Pixabay

The largest of the Lop breeds, the English Lop is most easily recognized by its incredibly oversized ears. Look for one in the “pointed white” color group to find a combination of black and white in its coat.


10. English Spot

English Spot Rabbit
Image: The.Rohit, Flickr

A stereotypically black and white rabbit, the English Spot sports the lithe body style of a hare. Their distinctive black shoulder markings differentiate them from the Rhinelander and Checkered Giant, two other spotted breeds.


11. French Angora

French Angora
Image: vjmarisphotos, Flickr

Among the Angora family, the French Angora may look most individual and special with a black and white coat. Because it lacks the furry face of other Angoras, the color contrast can be seen more vividly.


12. French Lop

French Lop Rabbit
Image: rabbit_mage, Flickr

Nearly as large as the English Lop, but without the comically oversized ears, French Lops make excellent house pets. Their wide palette of colors includes a variety of black and white combinations.


13. Harlequin

Harlequin Rabbit
Image: Lynn Gardner, Flickr

Harlequins are especially prized for their unique color combinations. Look for one in the “magpie group” of colorings to find one whose face will be divided between black and white, resembling its namesake character’s mask.


14. Havana

Though perhaps best known for its all-black coloring, the Havana is also available with a broken black and white coat. Their compact bodies and kindhearted demeanors make them popular house pets.


15. Himalayan

Himalayan Rabbit
Image: Amy Youngs, Flickr

Often recommended as a suitable rabbit for complete novices, the Himalayan is readily available in a sharp black and white contrast color scheme. Possessed of an easygoing attitude, they feel at home in just about any environment.


16. Holland Lop

Holland Lop Rabbit
Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

These scrunched up balls of fluff have a lovely energy about them and are generally regarded as fantastic pets. What they lack in size, they make up for in personality and wide availability of interesting coat patterns.


17. Jersey Wooly

Jersey Wooly Rabbit
Image: rabbit_mage, Flickr

Combining the best of the extra-fluffy Angora family with the manageable coat of Chinchillas and tiny stature of Netherland Dwarves, Jersey Woolies are a favorite of pet owners who want a fuzzy breed without as much upkeep. In their black and white coloration, they can display stark contrast between the fur on their face and the rest of their coat.


18. Lionhead

Lionhead Rabbit
Image: NewWorldPics from Pixabay

Proudly displaying a fluffy mane akin to their namesake, the Lionhead is particularly handsome when found in black and white. Especially prized is when the body and mane are seen in contrasting colors.


19. Mini Lop

Mini Lop
Image: vjmarisphotos, Flickr

Though larger than the Holland Lop, the Mini Lop has many of the same color combinations available to choose from. Look for those in the “broken” or “pointed white” color groups.


20. Mini Rex

Broken Mini Rex
Image: Wikimedia

With a characteristically rich and velvety coat, the Mini Rex can be found in a variety of color configurations combining black and white. The broken has been said to resemble the color pattern and texture of a Jersey cow.


21. Netherland Dwarf

Netherland Dwarf
Image: Wikimedia

Look especially for the “Black Otter” coloring, a unique black and white pattern found almost exclusively in this spunky little breed.


22. Polish

Polish Rabbit
Image: rabbit_mage, Flickr

Coming mainly in solid colors, the slight of build Polish rabbit is most often found in solid colors. Search out a “broken” rabbit for the possibility of a black and white coat.


23. Rex

Rex
Image: Wikipedia

Larger and more robust than its miniature progeny, the Rex has all the same desirable characteristics in its coat. It is one of the very few breeds available in the “Black Otter” coloring.


24. Satin

sable satin dwarf
Image: Corinne Benavides, Flickr

Known especially for the luster of their coats, the Satin is the unwitting descendent of a Havana breeding program. They are commonly seen in black with white accents, or vice versa.


25. Satin Angora

This high-maintenance, amazingly soft and silky breed has the benefit of a distinctive color contrast between its face and coat – perfect for showcasing a black and white combination.


26. Silver Marten

The offspring of a Chinchilla and a Tan, the Silver Marten always sports a stylish white accent over the color of its base coat.

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Conclusion

Plenty of rabbit breeds have been, purposely or not, developed to offer a black and white color scheme. We hope that this guide, informed by the ARBA as well as Lynn M. Stone’s brilliant book “Rabbit Breeds: The Pocket Guide to 49 Essential Breeds”, has helped you to narrow down your choices and find the perfect black and white rabbit for your life!

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Featured Image: Ueli Heim from Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.