Rabbit Breeds With Dewlaps

Some rabbit breeds have dewlaps, which are folds of skin under the chin. The dewlap is a trait that is passed down from generation to generation, so if you breed two rabbits with dewlaps, there is a good chance your offspring will have them as well.

The most common breeds that have dewlaps are:


French Angoras

Holland Lops

New Zealand Whites

The rabbit with dewlaps is a domestic rabbit that has a dewlap. A dewlap is a flap of skin under the chin or around the neck of certain animals. The dewlap is usually larger in males than females and can be a sign of virility and fertility.

Rabbits are not the only animals that have a dewlap; dogs, cows, goats, donkeys and even pigs are known to have them as well. Rabbits with dewlaps are often referred to as Dutch rabbits because they were originally bred in Holland.

Most breeds of Dutch rabbits have dewlaps that are more prominent in males than females and may even be absent in some females altogether. The coloration of these types of rabbits also varies between breeds with some having black spots while others have brown markings on their fur.

Rabbit Breeds With Dewlaps

Dewlaps can be seen as early as two weeks after birth but they will only become more pronounced as the rabbit ages and grows into adulthood.

There are many different types of rabbits, and most of them have no dewlaps. The following breeds have dewlaps:

  • Angora rabbit
  • American Fuzzy Lop (Fuzzy)
  • Beveren
  • Californian (Californian Satin)
  • Checkered Giant (Rex)
  • Chinchilla (Chinchilla Rex)
  • Dwarf Hotot (Hotot)
  • English Angora (Angora)
  • European Giant (Giant Chinchilla)

The Flemish Giant Rabbit is a breed with large floppy ears, a thick coat and a long body. This breed originated in Belgium, but has since spread throughout Europe, then the Americas.

The Flemish giant rabbit is one of the largest breeds, weighing up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms). It has a short nose, round head and short limbs. The coat is dense, soft and medium long on the body and head with longer fur on the hindquarters. The color can be white or cream with varying shades of brown markings on the face, ears, legs and tail. This breed is calm and quiet making it an excellent pet for children.

African Pygmy (Cape) Hare

American Angora

American Fuzzy Lop

Angora Rabbit

Chinese Crested Hairless (Lionhead) Rabbit

English Spot (Bunny) Rabbit

French Angora Rabbit

German Giant Rabbit

Harlequin Rabbit

Hotot (Himalayan) Bunny Rabbit

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