The New Zealand White is a large rabbit, originally bred in the United States for the meat and fur trade. They are exceptionally calm and docile rabbits.
The New Zealand White actually originated in the United States and was bred in 1916 by a Californian breeder seeking to develop a valuable rabbit for the meat and fur trade. It is unknown which breeds of rabbit he used but the name is thought to stem from wild New Zealand rabbits, and the texture and quality of the fur suggests the use of Angoras. The New Zealand White was exported to Britain after World War II, where it became popular with breeders and also as a laboratory rabbit. The New Zealand Black and New Zealand Blue were developed in Britain but these varieties are far less common than the original White.
The New Zealand White is a large rabbit with an average weight of 4-5kg (9 - 12lbs).
New Zealand Whites have a substantial build, the body is broad with rounded haunches and short, powerful legs. The head is broad with very full cheeks and thick, upright ears.
New Zealand Whites have a dense coat of medium-length hair, a soft undercoat with coarser guard hairs.
White (red-eyed) is most common, Black and Broken Pattern are recognised in the USA, Blue is now rare.
New Zealand Whites are exceptionally calm and docile rabbits. With their extremely laid-back personalities they are usually very content to be handled and excellent with children and other pets.