Adult Size: Small (4-6 pounds/ 1.8-2.7 kilograms)
Although this rabbit is quite small, it was bred in Florida in the 1960’s as a meat rabbit which would also be functional for laboratory use. The breed originator was ARBA Judge Orville Miliken. Its lines originated from small New Zealand, Polish White and Dutch White rabbits.
The fur is white with good density and texture, and they have a compact, meaty body, short neck, and small head. The ideal Florida White is a short bodied, well rounded with plenty of muscle for size in the hindquarters, back and shoulders. They are a well-muscled breed for such a small rabbit. The ideal senior weight for the breed is 5 pounds, with an acceptable range from 4-6 pounds while the junior weighs 2.25-4.5 pounds. Separating them early is crucial since they often mature quickly. It is recommended to start breeding them at about 5 months of age.
Florida Whites are generally docile, good-natured, gentle and relaxed rabbits that can become excellent mother to its liter. However, one rabbit differs from the other. Some are more curious while others are more the relaxed type. Because of its smaller size, Florida Whites are ideal for those who don’t have a lot of space to devote to their rabbitry or who may be raising them indoors. Aside from being good family pets, they also make for good show animals.
Along with their compact bodies and small bones, they have typical features such as their white fur, pink eyes and stiff ears. Florida Whites are one of the smaller breeds that have been raised for its meat quality.
This breed is generally hardy and healthy. It isn’t too small that you have to worry about it escaping but also, it isn’t too large that eating and pooping will be a big deal. Its cage should be large enough so that the animal has the space to move around comfortably. It has an average lifespan of 5 to 8 years.