A Guide to Rabbit Fur Colors and Patterns

A Guide to Rabbit Fur Colors and Patterns

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Pet rabbits come in a wide range of coat colours, which can be confusing at times. The basic colour descriptions or colour groups found in pet rabbits are covered in the following list. Not all pet rabbit breeds can be found in all of these colours or patterns.

Patterns and Colors

Types of Agouti Fur

  • Agouti –  Rabbits with agouti fur have colour bands on each hair. These bands have different colours based on the type of agouti colouring. On August 1, 2010, this entry was published.
  • Brown-gray agouti –  Individual rabbit hairs are blue at the base (nearest to the skin), medium tan, charcoal, and finally tan at the tip of this colour.

Types of Black Fur

  • Black otter – The hair may be orange-coloured at the border between the black and lighter colours, and the body is black with a lighter bottom.
  • Black –  Dark black.

Types of Blue Fur

  • Blue –  Slate or medium blue.
  • Blue otter – Guard hairs with fawn tips and fawn regions on a blue coat.
  • Blue steel – Blue with tan or silver “ticking.”
  • Blue tortoiseshell – Beige and blue.
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Broken Pattern

Broken –  Rabbits with white fur with any colour patches or spots, nose markings, coloured ears, and/or eye circles can be found in this pattern.

Californian Fur

Californian – The snout, ears, tail, and feet are all black on a white body.

Castor Fur

Castor –  Brown fur on top, slate blue undercoat, and orange or red in between make up this pattern.

Chinchilla Fur

Chinchilla –  Guard hairs with pearl and black tips in slate or black.

Cinnamon Fur

Cinnamon –  Rust or reddish-brown

Types of Chocolate Fur

  • Chocolate –  Color is a deep dark brown.
  • Chocolate agouti – Tan and chocolate bands with a chestnut tip
  • Chocolate chinchilla – Chocolate and pearl guard hairs with chocolate tips
  • Chocolate steel – Ticking in tan or silver chocolate.
  • Chocolate tortoiseshell – Fawn-flavored chocolate.

Cream Fur

Cream –  Color ranges from pinkish beige to almond.

Fawn Fur

Fawn – Straw colour

Frosted Pearl Fur

Pearl frosted –  Black, blue, chocolate, or lilac shading on a pearl.

Types of Gray Fur

  • Gray –  Black, black with a tan tip, black with a tan band, and slate undercolor are three different hair colours.
  • Light grey – Agouti with slate blue hair at the base, off-white hair in the centre, and light grey hair at the tip with black guard hairs.
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Types of Lilac Fur

  • Lilac –  Pinkish light grey
  • Lilac chinchilla – Lilac and pearl ticking guard hairs with a lilac tip
  • Lilac steel – Lilac ticking in tan or silver.
  • Lilac tortoiseshell – Beige with lilac.

Opal Fur

Opal agouti – The hair starts as slate blue, then gold, and finally a blue tip.

Orange Fur

Orange –  Color ranges from light to intense orange.

Pearl Fur

Pearl –  light milky grey colour

White Fur with Points

Pointed white – White with a black, blue, chocolate, or lilac nose, ears, feet, and tail (as seen in classic Himalayan cat coloring).

Red Fur

Red –  Color is a deep brown red.

Types of Sable Fur

  • Sable –  Color is a dark greyish brown.
  • Sable marten –  Silver-tipped guard hairs with a Siamese sable hue.
  • Sable point – Sable on the nose, ears, feet, and tail, with a cream body.
  • Seal – Dark (almost black) sable color.

Sandy Fur

Sandy – Reddish tan color.

Self-Group Fur

Self-group –  Black, blue, lilac, blue-eyed white, and ruby-eyed white are solid colours.

Shaded Group Fur

Shaded group – Dark to light colour transitions (e.g. frosted pearl, sable, sable point, siamese sable, seal, tortoise).

Types of Silver Fur

  • Silver or silver fox – White or white-tipped hairs on silver.
  • Silver Marten – Silver-white markings and silver-tipped guard hairs on a black, blue, chocolate, or lilac background.

Tan Pattern

Tan Pattern – Nostrils, eye circles, jowls, inside ears, belly, inside leg, and underside of tail (not always tan). Colorations of marten and otter were among the groups.

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Ticking Fur

Ticking –  Interspersed throughout the coat are solid or pointed guard hairs of a different colour than the main coat colour.

Types of Tortoise Fur

  • Tortoise –  Black, blue, chocolate, or lavender with orange.
  • Tortoiseshell –  Black and orange or dark fawn.

Tri-colored Fur

Tri-colored –  Colors include black and orange, lavender blue and fawn, chocolate and orange, and grey and fawn.

User Questions

What colour is bunnies fur?

BEW, broken, chestnut, chinchilla, chocolate, fawn, Himalayan, lilac, lynx, opal, orange, otter, REW, sable marten, sable point, Siamese sable, Siamese smoke pearl, silver marten, smoke pearl marten, squirrel, seal, tan, and tortoise shell.

How many colours can rabbits be?

Bunnies come in a variety of colours, including brown, white, and black. Some breeds are available in almost 20 distinct colours! A wide range of patterns adds to the variety. Iris hues vary as well, and include brown, blue, ruby, and blue-gray.

Do all rabbits change color?

A rabbit’s fur may also change hue to defend itself. This occurs more frequently in wild animals than in domestic animals, although it affects all rabbits. It’s a natural reaction to being exposed to light.

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How do rabbits get their color?

Rabbit fur and hair colour are determined by genes found at various locations on their chromosomes. By combining genes, rabbits can be bred in a variety of colours and patterns.

Can you dye rabbit fur?

Plant-based dyes are used to gently colour a rabbit’s fur, avoiding skin discomfort. If you want to dye a rabbit’s fur for whatever purpose, you must use only food colouring combinations and never regular hair dyes. Normal hair dyes can burn or irritate the skin, so it is cruel to put an animal through that.


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