Satin Rabbit

The Satin Rabbit is a medium size rabbit breed that was developed in the USA. The Satin Rabbit has transparent guard hairs, that give the coat an extraordinary sheen.

Size and weight of the Satin Rabbit

In the UK the Satin rabbit weight varies between 2.7 - 3.6 kgs. In the USA the breed is larger.

Colour varieties of the Satin Rabbit

The Satin rabbit comes in a variety of colours including:

  • Blue
  • White
  • Black
  • Chocolate
  • Chinchilla
  • Otter
  • Siamese

Country of origin

United States

Time of original development

The 20th century.

The Satin Rabbit breed introduction and overview

This soft coated good natured breed originated in the United States in the 1930s. The ultra sheen of the medium length coat is caused by a mutant gene which makes the rabbit’s guard hairs transparent and reflective of light in an unusual way. The mutation, which occurs in nature, was ‘fixed’ by a selective breeding programme. The breed came to Britain after the second world war.

Habitat and feeding requirements of the Satin Rabbit

This medium sized rabbit needs plenty of space to move around and exercise and a hutch that is large enough for it to stretch to its full height and length in all directions. Even a house Satin Rabbit should have time to have a good run and explore in a safe place outside.

Feed a standard rabbit diet to ensure good digestion, avoid obesity and give proper wear on the rabbit’s continually growing teeth

Does the Satin Rabbit make a good pet for smaller children?

Despite their ‘cute’ appearance rabbits are not ideal for very small children to handle unless they are closely supervised together. Rabbits should be socialised young to human company and young people should be told how to hold a rabbit properly, so that it feels secure.

If any rabbit becomes frightened, the rabbit’s desire to escape means that its powerful back legs can injure the human handler and can cause the rabbit to be dropped and injure itself.

A placid good natured and solid rabbit, with a fair deal of intelligence, the Satin Rabbit makes a good family pet. This is an ideal breed to keep as a house rabbit, as it does not find it too easy to squeeze into tight spots that you cannot remove it from. This breed can be trained to use a litter tray. Your rabbit will need plenty of toys and stimulation and regular access to run outdoors in a run.

Always keep your rabbits safe from dogs and cats who may harm them. Even where pets ‘get on’, they should be supervised when together and you must ensure that your rabbit is not stressed by being exposed to other pets or people.

Grooming requirements of the Satin Rabbit

The shimmering coat needs a good brush at least once a week more during moulting.

Additionally, as rabbits’ teeth keep growing throughout their lives, eating the right food will help to keep the teeth properly ground down, but you do need to check, on a frequent basis that this is happening properly, or your pet may need to have its teeth ground down by the vet.

Health issues in the Satin Rabbit

This rabbit is a reasonably healthy breed being not to large nor too tiny and with average length fur. As with all rabbits, however, check that its bottom is clean of any debris and is kept dry to avoid the danger of flystrike. Keep your rabbit at the correct weight so that it can move easily to groom itself.

Teeth and also toe nails should be checked frequently to ensure they are not growing too long.

Female rabbits (does)  should be neutered if you do not intend to breed from them to avoid cancers in later life. Males (bucks) will become less aggressive if neutered too.

As with all pedigree pets, it is very important to obtain a young rabbit or rabbit kit from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding any inherent problems found in the breed.

Average lifespan of the Satin Rabbit

A healthy Satin Rabbit should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 7–10 years.

Estimating how much it will cost to keep your Satin Rabbit

Expect to pay around £30 for a  pedigree Satin Rabbit.

While the initial cost of a pedigree rabbit may seem very low compared to pure bred dogs or even cats, the costs of the following items and health procedures make the cost of owning a rabbit mount up:

  • the cost of a sufficiently large hutch and run
  • specialised feeding and bedding
  • annual vaccinations and boosters
  • neutering
  • on-going dental care
  • pet insurance

Rabbits should also be kept in pairs. It is estimated that two rabbits together could cost around £1800 a year throughout their lives, including the initial outlay. See our article on working out the cost of keeping a pet rabbit.