The National Rabbit Association of New Zealand

Rabbit club New Zealand

Mini Rex

What are they?

Mini Rex are miniature versions of  the Standard Rex. The whole standard is the same, other than the weight. These rabbits have a lovely smooth, lush feeling coat. They are a new breed and are not very common in New Zealand . They come in most colour and weigh about 1.7 Kgs  

Do Mini Rex make good Pets?

Mini Rex are good pets. Most are happy to be handled and carried around. Their soft coat gives them that Wow factor that everyone is looking for, Bucks makes the best pets (As per that Standard Rex) Does become hormonal and can become territorial as they are wanting to have baby's pet scale a 4 out of 5 cages need to be  solid floor NOT wire this is due to the short hair on there feet.

What to Look For when Buying?

A well muscled rabbit thick in structure. A big bold head set well in large shoulders. The coat to be as thick and dense as possible. The texture to be exquisitely soft free from harsh texture, most colours accepted. Large erect,  with in- proportion ears, to be set on top of the head.


Mini Rex - Standard

Ring Size B


Fur 40

Type 20

Colour and/or Markings 40 

Total 100 

The Mini Rex Rabbit is intended to be a standard Rex Rabbit in every way possible except in size. It should be judged to the general standard of the Rex in all its various colours with the exception of size, which shall be approximately half that of the Standard Rex.

Fur - To  be approximately 1.27cm (½in) length. Fine silky texture, free from harshness and woolliness, intensely dense, smooth and level over the whole body, of a lustrous sheen, firm and plush-like character and devoid of projecting guard hairs.

Type - Well proportioned and graceful carriage with the body sloping gently up to well rounded quarters, set on strong hind legs. Medium bone. Head bold and broad, ears erect and to be in proportion to the body, dewlap should not be excessive, eyes and toenails should preferably match body colour.

Colour and/or markings - As for Standard Rex Weight - Adults to weigh between 1.700-2.041kg (3¾- 4½lb) Under 5 months to weigh up to 1.700kg (3¾lb) 

FAULTS - As for Standard Rex. 

DISQUALIFICATIONS - As for Standard Rex, weights outside the limits above and any rabbit with Netherland Dwarf features.


Miniature Rex - Broken Blanket Pattern

Ring Size B


Fur 40

Type 20

Colour 20

Pattern 20 

Total 100

Fur - As per Mini Rex Standard.  

Type - As per Mini Rex Standard.

Colour and markings – All colours as per Mini Rex Standard.

Broken Blanket Pattern - To have both ears completely coloured; white at base is permissible. Colour to head to match the body colour, which can be solid or with eye circles and with evenly balanced nose spots. The body markings to be blanket pattern with colour starting at the shoulders and continuing over the back, sides and hind quarters. Preference should always be given to an evenly balanced pattern. Colour spots are permissible to the legs, belly and to the genital area. Total colouration should not be more than 60% of the body area, this cannot be less than 40% white. 

FAULTS - More than 60% colour and less than 40% white to the body is to be considered a major fault. Not enough colour to cover shoulders, back, side and hind quarters. Pattern on head/muzzle not balanced. 

WEIGHT - As per Mini Rex Standard. 

DISQUALIFICATIONS – As per Mini Rex Standard and an absence of colour to either ear, i.e. white patches.

Black Otter Mini Rex