The National Rabbit Association of New Zealand

Rabbit club New Zealand

New Zealand White

What are they?

Bred mainly for their meat, New Zealand Whites are a large commercial breed of rabbit found in the Normal Fur Section of the show. They are a very fast growing breed and can be used for meat at 12 weeks of age. When this breed was imported into NZ there were two lines, a line from the UK and a line from America. Both lines have similar characteristics but both have a different shaped body and head structure which can be interesting when showing as some judges like one style while others like the other. One of the first breeds of rabbit imported into NZ .

Do New Zealand Whites make good Pets?

As this is a very large breed they are good house pets with a good temperament. Their only down fall is just the size and how uncommonly they are kept as pets. 

pet scale a 4 out of 5

What to Look For when Buying?

A well muscled rabbit with a large rump and big shoulders with plenty of meat. The coat is to be very harsh and dense. The head to be thick set bold, a nice clean and white rabbit is essential .


New Zealand White - Standard

Ring Size H


Coat 40

Type & Weight 40

Colour 10

Condition 10 

Total 100 

Coat - Very dense, thick to the touch with enough resistance to almost resume its normal position. Not too fine and silky, harsh or wiry. Under fur fine soft and dense, interspersed thickly with decidedly heavier guard hairs.

Type and Weight - Medium length of body, broad and deep throughout with well rounded haunches, front legs to be short, straight and thick. Head bold, broad and rounded, well set in with short neck. Ears in proportion to body, well furred with rounded tips and carried evenly. Small dewlap only permissible in does. Adult buck weight 4.08- 4.989kg (911lb). Adult doe 4.53-5.44kg (10-12lb). Overweight not desirable.

Colour - Bright clean and white, avoiding yellow coats. Eyes to be pink with good depth of colour.

Condition - The flesh should be firm and solid over the entire body. Coat should give an even glossy appearance.

FAULTS - Weak or pointed ears, narrow shoulders, long, narrow body, excessive dewlap, fur too soft or woolly. 

SERIOUS FAULT - Underweight. 

DISQUALIFICATIONS - Crooked bone, double dewlaps.