An Overview of Rabbit Fur Colors and Patterns

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The number of coat colors that pet rabbits can come in is long and sometimes confusing. The following list covers the basic color descriptions or color groups found in pet rabbits. Not all breeds of pet rabbits can come in all of these colors or patterns.

Colors and Patterns

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    Agouti Fur Types

    A rabbit with agouti fur

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    • Agouti: Bands of color occur on each hair in rabbits with agouti fur. The colors of these bands vary depending on the type of agouti coloration.​
    • Brown-gray agouti: The individual hairs of this color of rabbit are blue at the base (closest to the skin) then medium tan, charcoal, and finally tan at the tip.
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    Black Fur Types

    Black rabbit

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    • Black otter: This pattern includes a black body with a lighter underside, hair may be orange tinted at the border of the black and lighter color.
    • Black: Dark black.
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    Blue Fur Types

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    • Blue: Medium or slate blue.
    • Blue otter: Blue coat with fawn tipped guard hairs and fawn areas.
    • Blue steel: Blue with silver or tan "ticking."
    • Blue tortoiseshell: Blue and beige.
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    Broken Pattern

    Rabbit with broken colored fur

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    • Broken: This pattern can include rabbits that have white fur with any color patches or spots, with nose markings, colored ears, and/or eye circles.
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    Californian Fur

    Californian color rabbit

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    • Californian: White body with black on nose, ears, tail, and feet.
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    Castor Fur

    Castor rex rabbit fur coloring

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    • Castor: This is a pattern that has brown fur over top, a slate blue undercoat, with orange or red in between.
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    Chinchilla Fur

    Rabbit with chinchilla fur coloring

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    • Chinchilla: Slate or black blended with pearl and black tipped guard hairs.
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    Cinnamon Fur

    Cinnamon rabbit fur coloring

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    • Cinnamon: Rust or reddish-brown color.
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    Chocolate Fur Types

    Rabbit with chocolate brown fur coloring

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    • Chocolate: Deep dark brown color.
    • Chocolate agouti: Bands of tan and chocolate with a chestnut tip.
    • Chocolate chinchilla: Chocolate and pearl with chocolate tipped guard hairs.
    • Chocolate steel: Chocolate with tan or silver ticking.
    • Chocolate tortoiseshell: Creamy chocolate with fawn.
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    Cream Fur

    Cream colored rabbit

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    • Cream: Pinkish beige to almond color.
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    Fawn Fur

    Rabbit with fawn fur coloring

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    • Fawn: Straw color.
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    Frosted Pearl Fur

    Frosted pearl rabbit coloring with shading

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    • Frosted pearl: Pearl with black, blue, chocolate, or lilac shading.
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    Gray Fur Types

    Rabbit with gray fur coloring

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    • Gray: Three different colors of hair: black, black with tan tip, black with a tan band, and slate undercolor.
    • Light gray: Agouti with slate blue at the base of the hair, off-white in the middle, and light gray at the tip with black tipped guard hairs.
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    Lilac Fur Types

    Holland lop rabbit with lilac colored fur


    • Lilac: Pinkish pale gray.
    • Lilac chinchilla: Lilac and pearl ticked with lilac tipped guard hairs.
    • Lilac steel: Lilac with tan or silver ticking.
    • Lilac tortoiseshell: Lilac and beige.
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    Opal Fur

    Rabbit with opal fur coloring

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    • Opal agouti: Slate blue at the base of hair then gold then a blue tip.
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    Orange Fur

    Baby rabbit with orange fur

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    • Orange: Light to bright orange color.
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    Pearl Fur

    Rabbit with pearl fur coloring

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    • Pearl: Light creamy gray color.
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    Pointed White Fur

    Pointed white rabbit fur coloring

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    • Pointed white: White with a black, blue, chocolate, or lilac colored nose, ears, feet, and tail (like a classic Himalayan cat coloring).
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    Red Fur

    Rabbit with red fur

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    • Red: Rich brown red color.
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    Sable Fur Types

    Rabbit with sable colored fur

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    • Sable: Dark grayish brown color.
    • Sable marten: Siamese sable coloring with silver-tipped guard hairs.
    • Sable point: Cream body and sable on the nose, ears, feet, and tail.
    • Seal: Dark (almost black) sable color.
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    Sandy Fur

    Rabbit with fawn fur coloring

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    • Sandy: Reddish tan color.
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    Self-Group Fur

    Ruby-eyed white rabbit

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    • Self-group: Solid color in black, blue, lilac, blue-eyed white, and ruby-eyed white.
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    Shaded Group Fur

    Rabbit with shaded fur

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    • Shaded group: Color transitions from dark to light (e.g. frosted pearl, sable, sable point, siamese sable, seal, tortoise).
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    Silver Fur Types

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    • Silver or silver fox: Silver with white or white tipped hairs.
    • Silver Marten: Black, blue, chocolate, or lilac color with silver-white markings and silver-tipped guard hairs.
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    Tan Pattern

    Black rabbit with tan pattern fur

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    • Tan Pattern: Marks (not necessarily tan) on the nostrils, eye circles, jowls, inside ears, belly, inside leg, and underside of tail. Groups included marten and otter colorations.
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    Ticking Fur

    Rabbit with brown fur and white ticking throughout

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    • Ticking: Solid or tipped guard hairs different than the main coat color interspersed throughout the coat.
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    Tortoise Fur Types

    Tortoiseshell bunny rabbit fur example

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    • Tortoise: Orange with black, blue, chocolate, or lilac.
    • Tortoiseshell: Orange or dark fawn and black.
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    Tri-colored Fur

    Tricolor rabbit coloring

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    • Tri-colored: White with either black and orange, lavender blue and fawn, chocolate and orange, or gray and fawn colors.