We have different types of Rabbit breeds in Nigeria, in the 6 Geopolitical zones.
Common breeds that can be found in Nigerian farms are listed below :
1. Hyla rabbit
The Hyla is a product of a laboratory experiment.
A laboratory in France called Euralap crossbred 3 different breeds of rabbits (chinchilla, new zealand, and califonia) and successfully produced a rabbit that best suits meat production over other breeds.
Advantages includes :
- They grow bigger than most medium sized breed.
- They do not require as much feed as the regular breed.
- They have more meat to bone ratio compared with any other breed
- While it might take medium sized breed 6months to hit 2.5kg, with good management the hyla breed can hit 3kg at 4months.
These properties makes the hyla breed the most sort after for meat production.
2. Dutch Rabbit
The dutch rabbit is the most common rabbit breed found not only in Nigeria, but all over the world. It’s the most common, and can be easily found within the 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
It’s not a really big breed, and is mostly hunted for meat by the hunters. It is easily identifiable by its characteristic color pattern which has a touch of black with white stripes in the middle.
3. New Zealand
The New Zealand is one of the big breed of rabbit, despite the name, which is American in name. This average breed originates from California, possibly during the periods that rabbits were imported from New Zealand.
This particular New Zealand rabbits breeds are available in four to five colors: white, red, black, blue, and sometimes rough. They are often bred for meat and laboratory uses and can also be bred as pet rabbits.
The Chinchilla rabbits is a special group of three rabbit breeds which were originally bred for a coat that resembles that of the chinchillas.It is mostly one of the rabbit breeds found in the average Nigerian Rabbit farm, with most of the breeds crossbreed (difficult to find the pure breed).
Californian rabbit is a very beautiful domestic rabbit breed. It is also popularly known as California White here in Nigeria.
This breed also finds its way across Nigerian Rabbits farmers, with a large number of rabbits of this breed. It weighs quite a lot and very profitable.
6. Black Giant Rabbit
The Awesome Black Giant rabbit (One Of The Big breeds) is a very very large breed of domestic rabbit which is popular for the huge size and gigantic development, and is considered to be one of the largest breed of the rabbit species.
It is different from the Flemish Giant, which is a bit scarce in Nigeria for now. Black Giants rabbits are a precious and materialistic breed, and are commonly bred for their fur and meat.
The eastern cottontail is a New World breed of rabbit, which is a member of the family Leporidae. It is the most common rabbit species in North America, but somehow, the breed has found it’s way into the Nigerian community.
It’s not so common, but the breed is in existence..and can be found in some rabbit farms here in Nigeria.