The National Rabbit Association of New Zealand

Rabbit club New Zealand

Jersey Woolly 

What are they?

The Jersey Woolly is a Long haired Rabbit it’s a small breed and is long haired  version of the Netherland Dwarf. Jersey Woolly's are popular pets and show rabbits and come in most colours recognized with the RCNZ.  Jersey Woolly's are a fairly new breed to New Zealand  and originate from America were they were created.

Do Jersey Woolly's make good Pets?

Jersey Woolly's are great pets as they are small and cute. They are easily handled and can be house trained. They are a long coated rabbit but when you get a good coated one will  not need much work to the coat. pet scale a 3 out of 5 Due to their coat, some Jersey Woolly's can be a nightmare to keep matt free. Jersey Woolly's have great temperaments.

What to Look For when Buying?

A  Short Body and big head with no visible neck, short ears that are erect on the top of the head. The same type as the Netherland Dwarf The coat needs to fall and be approximately 7.5 cm long, dense and have a harshish texture


Jersey Woolly - Standard

Ring Size B


Body                                                        30

Head                                                       16

Ears                                                         10

Eyes                                                        2

Wool Texture                                          14

Wool Density                                          8

Wool Length                                           5

Colour                                                      10

Condition                                                 5



Body - The body is to be short and compact, with depth to approximately equal width. The shoulders are to be of nearly the same width as the hindquarters. The midsection is to be well filled. Hindquarters are to be full and well rounded. The top line is to rise in a gradual curve from just behind the ear base to a high point over the loin, then to fall in a smooth curve to the base of the tail. NOTE – the body should be assessed by feeling and not by sight alone. The wool may alter the visual concept of the body type. Jersey Woollies shall be posed in their natural position to display a high head mount, thus accentuating the compact type and bold head. Jersey Woollies should not be stretched out or over tucked, as these practices will distort the desired conformation.

Head - The head shall be set high and close to the shoulders. The head shall be wide and short, beginning at the base of the ears, and carrying between the eyes to a well filled muzzle. The head shall be in balance with the body. When viewed from the side, the head shall appear short and bold; rounding from the ears and brow to a plane between the eyes and nose, then rounding at the muzzle and jowl. The head is to have “side trimmings” consisting of longer fur fibres along the jaw line, which blend smoothly into the body wool. It is to have a “wool cap” of short, dense wool from the ear base forward.

Eyes - Eyes are to be bold and bright. Eyes are to be the colour described in the individual variety.

Feet and Legs - Legs are to be sturdy and straight. Front feet are to have normal fur below the ankle. Hind legs may carry wool below


Weight            Ideal                Maximum 

Adult                       1.36 kg                    1.587 kg

U/5                          N/A                         1.36kg



Texture - The coat is to have a greater proportion of heavier, thicker guard hairs than crimped under wool, producing a slightly coarse to harsh texture. Coat is to fall gently over the body.

Density - The greatest density possible is desired, with respect to the correct texture. Density is to be uniform. Density is to be assessed by feeling as well as by blowing into the coat.

Length - A smooth outline, produced by uniform length of the longer guard hairs, is most important to form a uniform drape over the under wool, thus giving a flowing appearance to the coat. Ideal length is 3 inches. Wool on the underside of animal may be shorter. Minimum length of wool is



Refer to the General Colour Standard



Long or narrow body/midsection; narrow shoulders or hips; flatness over shoulder or hindquarters; pinched or undercut lower hindquarters; roughness over hips. Long or narrow head; pinched muzzle. Cut severely for lack of “wool cap” or “side trimmings”. Thin or poorly furred ears; poor ear carriage; scissoring. Extremely fine bone. Excessive under wool; very coarse or wiry coat; matted or webbed coat; erect coat. Cut severely for excessively soft or cottony coat in a senior. Limp, thin coat; severe moult; bare areas. Matted, webbed coats, giving the illusion of density. Choppy, uneven coat; short wool, resembling hair.



Animals exhibiting exceptionally long, narrow, rangy body type. Ears over 7 cm long; tassels on ears. Wool below the ankle joint. Wool shorter than 4cm in length, excepting the underside.

REW Jersey Woolly

Jersey Woolly Black

Medium Sable Jersey Woolly 

Smoke Pearl Jersey Woolly