Hairless Rabbits: The Unique and Misunderstood Pet

Published: May 10th, 2023
Last Updated: September 21st, 2023
Written By: Bradly Spicer
Hairless Rabbits

Hairless rabbits are unique and fascinating pet that has recently gained popularity. In this article, we’ll explore the world of hairless rabbits, from their characteristics and care requirements to the joys and challenges of owning one.

Whether you’re a long-time rabbit owner or considering adding a hairless rabbit to your family, this article will provide the information you need to make an informed decision.

What is a Hairless Rabbit?

A hairless rabbit is a rabbit which of rabbit that lacks fur. Instead, their skin is smooth and usually covered in a fine layer of hair or fuzz.

Hairless rabbits come in various colors and sizes and are often bred specifically for their unique appearance. While some hairless rabbits are completely bald, others have small tufts of hair on their nose, feet, or ears.

Hairlessness in rabbits is a recessive genetic trait, requiring two copies of the hairless gene (symbolized as “ff”) to produce a hairless rabbit. Hairless rabbits are, therefore, the result of selective breeding for this trait over many generations. A study published in the Journal of Heredity found that the hairless gene in rabbits is likely a mutation of the FGF5 gene, which is responsible for hair growth regulation in mammals.

The study found that hairlessness in rabbits is caused by a loss of function mutation in the FGF5 gene. This mutation leads to a disruption of the hair growth cycle, resulting in the absence of fur.

Despite their unique appearance, hairless rabbits have many of the same personality traits and behavior patterns as other breeds.

Hairless Bunny health issues

Skin irritation and infection

Hairless rabbits are more prone to skin irritation and infection than other breeds of rabbits, as their skin lacks the natural protection provided by fur. They may develop dry, itchy, or flaky skin, and may be more susceptible to skin mites and other parasites.

Regular grooming and cleaning can help prevent skin problems, and owners should monitor their rabbit’s skin for any signs of irritation or infection.

In addition, hairless rabbits may be more sensitive to certain bedding materials or cleaning products, so choosing gentle, non-irritating products for their care is important.

Sunburn and skin cancer

Because hairless rabbits lack fur, they are more vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer than other breeds.

Owners should provide their hairless rabbits with shade or protective clothing when spending time outdoors and should apply sunscreen to any exposed skin if necessary.

In addition, hairless rabbits should be kept indoors or in shaded areas during the hottest parts of the day.

Eye problems

Hairless rabbits may be more prone to eye problems than other breeds of rabbits, due to their prominent eyes and lack of fur to protect them. They may develop dry eye or conjunctivitis and may be more susceptible to injury or infection.

Owners should monitor their rabbit’s eyes for any signs of discharge, redness, or irritation and seek veterinary care if any problems arise.

Dental issues

Like all rabbits, hairless rabbits have constantly growing teeth that require regular wear and maintenance. However, because hairless rabbits may have a smaller jaw and mouth than other breeds, they may be more prone to dental issues such as malocclusion or tooth impaction.

Owners should provide their hairless rabbits with a diet high in fiber and regularly monitor their teeth for signs of abnormal wear or overgrowth.

By being aware of these specific health concerns and taking the necessary steps to prevent and address them, owners can help ensure that their hairless rabbits remain healthy and happy pets.

Regular veterinary check-ups and prompt attention to any signs of illness or injury can also help prevent more serious health problems.

Mr. Bigglesworth the Rabbit has been an absolute icon within the rabbit space for promoting love, compassion, support, and care to rabbit owners all over the globe.

Cassandra (His human mum) got Mr. Bigglesworth on August 24th, 2017, and welcomed him with open arms. Whilst he is hairless, he is part of the Rex breed which means he was extremely calm and generally good in temperament.

Cassandra has used Mr. Bigglesworth’s story to show others that being an underdog doesn’t mean you’re any less of a bun but also to promote charity work and positivity.

Sadly, at the point of writing this, Mr. Bigglesworth has passed away but left much love and awareness in the world by showing others that just because your rabbit doesn’t look the same as others, they are still incredibly loved.

Mr. Bigglesworth isn’t alone, though; Cassandra also has another rabbit called Miss Cinnamon Bun, and a new rescue called Mr. Teddy Bear, who has had a traumatic past.

We highly recommend giving them some love on the Mr. Bigglesworth & Friends Facebook Page and website.


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  • “Hairless Rabbits: Caring for Your Unique Pet.” The Spruce Pets, 15 Jan. 2021
  • “Common Eye Problems in Rabbits.” House Rabbit Society
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