Rex Rabbits: Complete Guide to Care, Lifespan, Breed info, and FAQs!

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If you’re thinking about a new family pet, why not consider a Rex rabbit?

These docile, friendly animals are cuddly and easy to take care of. If you’re thinking about a new family pet, why not consider a Rex rabbit?

Rex Rabbits 

There are many popular breeds of domestic rabbits. Among them is the Rex rabbit, a cuddly, even-tempered animal that would bring delight to any family.

Most people are unfamiliar with how to care for a rabbit, making them a bit nervous taking on this new endeavor.

If you’re thinking about adding a Rex rabbit to the family, we’re here to provide you with all the necessary information.

From describing what makes them unique, to feeding and grooming instructions, you’ll finish this article with enough knowledge to bring one home.

What is a Rex Rabbit?

A Rex rabbit is a very docile, good-natured creature that would make a great addition to any family. It has short, plush fur which has a beautiful texture.

History and Origin

The breed originated after the discovery of a litter of wild gray rabbits in a French village in 1919. Thoroughly impressed with the wonderous fur, breeders decided to start a new lineage.

The Rex breed comes from the recessive rex gene mutation which gives the rabbit its plush, dense, and smooth fur.

Rex rabbits were displayed in Paris at an international rabbit show in 1924. They were then introduced to the United States before being accepted by the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association (ARBA).

Types of Rex Rabbit

There are two main Rex rabbit breeds: the Standard Rex rabbit and the Mini Rex rabbit.

Standard Rex Rabbit

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Standard Rex rabbits are the more common breed. They are slightly larger than Mini Rex rabbits and therefore more easily bred.

If a type of Rex rabbit isn’t specified, you can assume it is just the Standard variety.

Mini Rex Rabbit

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Mini Rex rabbits are essentially smaller versions of Standard Rex rabbits and come with all the adorable characteristics of the Standard version.

**Looking for other rabbit breeds? Check out this detailed guide about Angora Rabbits here!**

Rex Rabbit Characteristics

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The coat of Rex rabbits is what truly makes them stand out. The plush, thick fur has an almost velvety texture to it.

Indeed, there was a time when Rex rabbits were bred for their coats alone, although this has mostly fallen out of favor.

The faces of Rex rabbits include curly whiskers, a broad head, and upright ears, giving them a truly adorable appearance.


There are 16 different color types accepted by registered breeder associations. These include blue, amber, black otter, red, and a host of other adorable complexions.

Mini Rex rabbits will have the same color offerings to choose from.

Height and Weight – Size

Male Standard Rex rabbits will weigh between 7 and 9 pounds.

Meanwhile, a female Standard Rex rabbit will weigh between 8 and 11 pounds.

Mini Rex rabbits are quite smaller.

Male Mini Rex rabbits will weigh between 3 and 4.5 pounds while female Mini Rex rabbits will weigh between 3.5 and 4.5 pounds.

Interestingly, you will hardly find breeders that have both types.

If Mini Rex rabbits are bred with Standard Rex rabbits, it can quickly alter sizes and blur the distinction between the two breeds.


Rex rabbits are so popular because of their temperament.

They are very docile and patient and are perfect for families of all ages.

This is the type of rabbit you want to get if you are looking for extra snuggles.

While Mini Rex rabbits are also docile, they can be a bit more excitable than Standard Rex rabbits.

If you have young children, Standard Rex rabbits are usually recommended.

They are more laid back and their larger size makes them less vulnerable to tight snuggles.


This breed will typically live for five to six years. This is a nice time frame as it allows you plenty of time to bond with your pet.

Of course, proper care and routine health checkups will ensure as long a lifespan as possible.

Care Requirements

Medical Care

You should take your rabbit to your veterinarian at least once a year.

Even if your rabbit seems in good health, a thorough check-up will ensure that your rabbit maintains its good health.

Once your rabbit hits the age of five years old, consider taking your rabbit to the vet twice a year as there will usually be more serious health complications.

Litter and Potty Training

Rabbits need a place to, well, go, and there are a plethora of options available. Your Rex rabbit should have its own litter box that is separate from its eating area.

You can use shredded paper and while it is cheap, it does not absorb odor, so needs to be replaced frequently.

You can also use paper-based bedding. It can be found at any pet store and while more expensive, does contain odors.

If you’re tired of constantly cleaning your rabbit’s litter area, it may be time to try potty training.

It can take a while for your rabbit to figure it out, but if you stick with it, your rabbit will be able to use the toilet, leaving you with a lot less hassle.  


Health Issues

Like most rabbits, Rex rabbits can develop sore hocks.

This is when the bottom pads of a rabbit’s feet develop sores. If the sores become inflamed this can lead to infection.

Thankfully, sore hocks are largely preventable. Provide a healthy diet so your rabbit can maintain a healthy weight.

You will also want to check the floor of your rabbit’s cage. If the wire is too rough it can quickly irritate your rabbit’s paws.

Dental Issues

The biggest issue with Rex rabbits is, like all rabbits, their teeth will continue to grow if they don’t have a way of naturally grinding them down.

If rabbits have teeth that become too long, they can actually puncture their gums and mouth.

Chewing hay and crunchy produce should be enough to help rabbits grind their teeth down.

If you suspect this isn’t happening enough, be sure to consult your veterinarian right away.


Rabbits are similar to cats in that they love to groom themselves. However, unlike cats, they aren’t able to cough up any hairballs.

If rabbits ingest too much of their own fur, it can become lodged in their intestines, leading to grave consequences.

This risk grows exponentially during the spring when rabbits start to molt their thick winter coat.

While you will want to groom your Rex rabbit occasionally, you don’t actually need to groom it too often.

Instead, aim for periodical brushing with a few extra sessions when it starts to shed.

Not only will regularly grooming rabbit fur to keep your pet healthy, but it will also promote bonding between you and your new family member.

Similar breeds and comparison

The list of domesticated, intelligent breeds of rabbits is growing.

If you’re not sure about a Rex rabbit, in particular, you can look into Plush Lop rabbits and Velveteen Lop rabbits.

These breeds have similar temperaments and that luscious, velvet fur.

Related Questions

How big do rex rabbits get?

Rex rabbits are considered medium-sized bunnies. They can grow to be 12 inches in length.

The average weight is between 7 to 11 pounds. Females will be slightly larger than males and will measure on the larger end of these estimates.

How long do rex rabbits live for?

The average lifespan of a rex rabbit is 5 to 6 years.

How much is a Rex rabbit?

The price can vary greatly depending on the breeder.

Expect to pay between $20 and $60 for a rabbit.

This price is in line with other domestic rabbit breeds.

Are rex rabbits hypoallergenic?

Yes! If you or your family members are allergic, Rex rabbits are the perfect family pet.

They will shed, but they produce a lot less dander than other domesticated pets.

It is the dander and not the hair that usually causes allergies to flare up, making rex rabbits incredibly hypoallergenic.

Are rex rabbits aggressive?

For the most part, Rex rabbits are not aggressive. In fact, it is their docile manner that makes them so suitable as a family pet.

You might see some aggressive tendencies when they are young and their activity level is high around 5 or 6 months, but this should be short-lived.

What do Rex bunnies eat?

Rex rabbits are vegetarians. About 70% of their diet should be high-quality hay. The rest of their diet should be fresh produce.

They love munching on dark leafy greens such as lettuce and kale.

They also love carrots and even fruit such as bananas, berries, and grapes.


Rex rabbits are growing in popularity for a reason.

They are companionable, easy to care for and look gorgeous.

They have a similar temperament to cats and are perfect for families.

They are actually in some ways very similar to the temperament of the lionhead rabbit breed, which is one of our favorites!

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19 thoughts on “Rex Rabbits: Complete Guide to Care, Lifespan, Breed info, and FAQs!”

  1. As a rex breeder and any of us that have been a rex breeder it is known that there is not a thing called STANDERD rex it is only Rex and Mini rex. It is actually offensive to Rex breeders to call them STANDARD.

  2. We have a small Rex bunny and she seems to want to nibble blankets and clothing….should we be alarmed this may be an aggressive or “biting” bunny ?
    Seems like she wants to chew , but she doesn’t

    • I’ve got two young Rex boys, 4mo and 7mo. The 4mo boy nibbled a bit during the first few weeks that we had him, but has stopped. He nibbled clothes, carpets, furniture, and even me (though it was never a hard enough bite to break skin). I think it’s just exploratory/curious nibbling. Both boys still like to chew wooden furniture, like my old rocking chair on the back porch. Rabbits are just chewers!

    • My Rex loves to chew on fabric! I just got him his own fleecy blanket and made sure he knew it was his, and that’s what he chews. Looks like Swiss cheese when you hold it up. Hahaha

    • I got my female rex as an adult, and she does the same thing. I don’t know why they want to eat fabric. It doesn’t seem to be related to aggression.
      She’s really sweet. I’ve noticed that when I’m holding her and she wants to get down and play or go potty, she’ll tug on my clothes and nip me to let me know, too. I find if I give her lots of other things to chew she isn’t as interested in chewing cloth. I give her untreated pieces of wood, sticks, and plain cardboard with no ink on it on rare occasions. I hope this helps you.

  3. I’d like to ask a Rex breeder if the lifespan in this article sounds right to you. I have had other breeds live ten years or more. 5–6 years sounds to short to me. Is this accurate?

  4. I just chanced upon this page because I was looking on Google about Rex Rabbits because I happened to get one from someone that was selling him, he was for my best friend who works at Banfield as Practice Manager but he has a lot going on and honestly I kind of like the rabbit a lot. I am confused by his behavior and his size was so surprising. Can someone please give me some more information? I have trained dogs and kittens but never a rabbit. He is 6 months old is what I was told. I just want to know how to best get him settled and see how he is doing once I know what behaviors mean what, like his ears. Happy Holidays!

  5. From physical appearance, how do I know my rabbit is a Rex breed
    And how do I differentiate between a female and male rabbit

    • It is like sexing a chick but totally different at the same time- gently press on both sides of the genitals and it will ‘pop out’ of him or her, If it is male it will stick out much more and if it is female it will look like she has a V shape on her genitals

  6. I NEED HELP!!
    We have our beloved Thumplina, who is a female Rex, who as I’m told isn’t 1 yr yet. Potty training isn’t perfect (would love more input) and she has compassion and love, BUT WILL NOT let us pick up/hold/cuddle.. I know she wants to receive the affection, but whyyy won’t she accept it?! Anytime I try, she wants to run kick flee etc . My girl is spoiled, and she gets excited and playful, but affection is a quick no.
    Can anyone help me?!

  7. It is like sexing a chick but totally different at the same time- gently press on both sides of the genitals and it will ‘pop out’ of him or her, If it is male it will stick out much more and if it is female it will look like she has a V shape on her genitals

  8. I have a rex and a ram (some sort of longer haired lop ear bunny- can’t seem to find much in the breed to be honest but was sold to me as a ram) well they had a encounter between what I thought was two girls…turned out to be a girl and a boy. Dad’s been fixed but momma (my rex) had babies. How will I know if one of the babies will end up with the rex coat? Both babies appear that they are going to have floppy ears as they are both currently air planing. I can’t seem to find any info on rex kits. Any info anyone experienced thinks I should know would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps one of the breeders could advise?

  9. I’m surprised to see the comment about wire on the bottom of the cage:

    “If the wire is too rough it can quickly irritate your rabbit’s paws.”

    This is really a no-no for rabbits. Cages should be flat otherwise it can injure their feet 🙁


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