The Cashmere Standard and Cashmere Miniature are recognized by the British Rabbit Council (BRC) but not the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association).

Breed NameBRC CodeARBA CodeCountry of Origin
Cashmere LopL1England
Miniature Cashmere LopL2England

BRC Standard Of Perfection

For Cashmere & Miniature Cashmere

Type and Condition… 30

Head, Ears, and Crown… 30

Coat… 30

Color… 10

Total Points….100

Varieties

The cashmere comes in standard and miniature with a huge array of accepted colors in the various color groups including:

  • Self 
  • Agouti
  • Shaded
  • Tan Colors

Other Color Varieties include:

Butterfly, Chocolate Tort, Fawn, Orange, and Steel.

See colors below for more…

Size, Weight, Shape & Ears

Size:

The Cashmere Lop is a medium-sized rabbit.

The Miniature Cashmere is a smaller breed of the rabbit.

Weight:

The maximum weight for the Cashmere Lop is 2.38kg (5.1/4lb) with the ideal weight being 2.15kg (4.1/2lb). The minimum adult weight is 1.92kg (4.1/4lb).

The Miniature Cashmere has a maximum weight of 1.60kg (3.1/2lb).

Shape:

The standard cashmere has a bold, thick, compact shape. The body should be short and broad, with almost no visible neck. The rump is short and rounded. The chest is broad and deep.

The front legs are short and straight. The hind legs are short, strong, and powerful. The tail is straight and furry.

Ears:

The ears are broad at the base with tufts of fur on the tips. They are carried close to the cheeks giving a horseshoe-like shape when looking at the front of the rabbit.v

Eyes:

The eyes should be bold and bright.

Color

The accepted colors of the Cashmere and Mini Cashmere Lop are as follows:

  • Self Colors: Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Blue-eyed White (BEW), and Ruby-eyed White (REW)
  • Agouti Colors: Agouti, Lynx, Squirrel, Cinnamon, Opal, and Chinchilla
  • Shaded Colors: Bluepoint, Iron Grey, Isabella, Seal point, Sooty Fawn, and Siamese Smoke
  • Tan Colors: Fox and Otters (Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac), Marten (Sable and Smoke)
  • AOV (Any Other Variety) Colors: Orange, Butterfly, Steel, Chocolate Tort, and Fawn

Fur Type / Coat

The coat of the Cashmere Lop is his crowning glory; it should have a good density without seeming too wooly.

The topcoat of the Lop should be heavier than the undercoat, as well as noticeably longer.

When the coat is in full length and good condition, it should be roughly 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length and should hang naturally.

While a few stray white hairs are merely a fault in solid-colored rabbits, any kind of waviness in the coat is a disqualification from the show table.

Average Lifespan

It has been observed that, for some reason, the longer-haired, smaller breeds of rabbit are enjoying a much longer lifespan than other shorter-haired, larger rabbits.

The average age range of a cashmere lop and mini cashmere lop is between 8 to 12 years.

If housed indoors, fed the proper diet, careful handling, and general care, your cashmere companions will probably reach their teenage years!

Personality

Keeping the Cashmere as a Pet

Cashmere and Mini Cashmere Lops are an excellent choice for a pet rabbit.

They are bright and engaging, often capable of learning their own names and quick to greet people that they recognize.

Most enjoy being held and stroked, making them a great little companion pet.

Also nice, is that they don’t require as much space as some larger breeds.

Cashmere rabbits make excellent indoor or outdoor pets, provided they are placed in a safe and secure environment.

Purpose

The cashmere and miniature cashmere lop were bred purely for their unique looks.

Breed Status

The cashmere and the miniature cashmere lop are not endangered or rare, and despite the fact that they are a relatively new breed, their popularity is increasing exponentially.

They are a regular, and very popular feature on the show table and quite often win the top prizes.

Rabbit Care & Handling

Grooming

Before choosing to raise this particular breed of rabbit, it’s important to know that they can be quite a bit of work, particularly when they are younger. Up until the rabbit reaches about 5 months of age, their coats have a strong tendency to knot and become matted unless you groom them regularly. This will require a wire comb that is suitable for long-haired dogs and cats and your own fingers.

One of the most important aspects of grooming the Cashmere Lop rabbit is to realize that you don’t want to comb all the density out of their undercoat. Combs should only be used to help gently break apart mats and tangles – you shouldn’t use it to thin out the coat. The density of your rabbit’s coat, combined with the longer silky guard hairs are what gives the Cashmere his unique “poured on from above” appearance. Because of the difficulties with fur quality in young Cashmere rabbits, many breeders don’t start exhibiting them until their adult coats come in.

Caring for the adult Cashmere should only require weekly grooming and keeping his nails properly trimmed. Plucking out any dead hair or tangles will help keep your Cashmere Lop beautiful and comfortable.

Here is a list of resources to help you care for your rabbits…

  • New Rabbit Checklist – General knowledge if you’re just getting started.
  • Breeding Rabbits – The best place to start if you are thinking about raising any breed of rabbits.
  • Pet Rabbit Guide – Information and resources on the subject of raising pet rabbits.
  • Health Guide – Up-to-date information & resources for ensuring your rabbit is in the best health.
  • Diet & Exercise – Extensive info about hay, water, safe foods, treats, weight management & FAQs on the diet.

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Miranda Hawkins
Miranda currently lives just outside Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, 8-year old son, and what she lovingly calls her “zoo.” Miranda grew up in the Midwest and always had animals around while growing up. After graduating from college, she married her husband Sam and they moved to the mountains of Colorado where Miranda became very involved with the regional rabbit rescues.

Currently, her “zoo” includes two dogs, one rambunctious cat, and three indoor rabbits. Oliver, a delightful Black Otter Holland Lop, and Juniper, a gorgeous Opal Satin Angora, are a bonded pair and have been together for three years.

She had the pleasure of adding an energetic Fawn Flemish Giant to her family one year ago, named Sir Gregor. He had been abandoned outside a pet store and was put up for adoption. Miranda feels very blessed to have this lovable lagomorph living amongst her family and is a strong advocate for educating people about rabbits and how special they truly are.

Miranda has put together a team of rabbit lovers and breeders from across the country and hopes you will find the information and resources on the JustRabbits.com site beneficial. She loves to hear from her readers and looks forward to seeing many more people become loving responsible bunny parents.