Fun Chinchilla Rabbit Facts For Kids

Joan Agie
Feb 29, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Sep 02, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
Fact-checked by Pradhanya Rao
To learn more about this rabbit, read these chinchilla rabbit facts.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 6.2 Min

The chinchilla rabbit belonging to the family Leporoids is found commonly in Europe and the United States. The habitat of this rabbit in the wild consists of burrows and rock crevices. There are three chinchilla rabbit breeds that have been recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. These three breeds include the standard chinchilla rabbit, American chinchilla rabbits, and the giant chinchilla. The standard chinchillas are the original or the actual version and it is used to breed in order to produce a larger version of these rabbits. The American chinchilla rabbit size is larger than that of the standard one and the giant chinchillas are a cross between the flemish giant breed and the chinchilla. It is believed that the giant chinchillas originated in the United States.

These rabbits are known to have a medium build and a compact body but the American chinchilla rabbits are hardy and larger. Their neck is short and has a comparatively broad head with erect and short ears. The fur of this rabbit breed is dense, silky, and soft and the fur or hair is medium in length and is a blend of some earthen colors like chestnut, brown, and tan with some bands of blue, black, and white. These rabbits should not be interbred with chinchillas, the rodent. These rabbits are docile and gentle as pets and these pets tend to have an intelligent, playful, and curious temperament.

It is very gripping to learn about these breeds and if you like, read about European rabbits and mountain hares, too. 

Chinchilla Rabbit Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a chinchilla rabbit?

The chinchilla rabbit is a breed of rabbit.

What class of animal does a chinchilla rabbit belong to?

It is classified under the class of mammals.

How many chinchilla rabbits are there in the world?

There is no estimation for the total global population for this rabbit available.

Where does a chinchilla rabbit live?

It has been recorded that this rabbit originated in France and then later was introduced in Britain and the USA. It is not known if this rabbit is endemic to a place or not.

What is a chinchilla rabbit's habitat?

In the wild, these rabbits live in burrows and rock crevices, otherwise, these rabbits live in the house of owners.

Who do chinchilla rabbits live with?

Not much is known about this chinchilla rabbit breed being solitary or tends to live in groups.  

How long does a chinchilla rabbit live?

The life expectancy of this chinchilla rabbit breed is around 5-10 years.

How do they reproduce?

Not a lot of information is available about the breeding or reproduction of the chinchilla rabbit.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of this rabbit breed is not known. However, the American chinchilla rabbit is thought to be Critically Endangered as listed by The Livestock Conservancy.

Chinchilla Rabbit Fun Facts

What do chinchilla rabbits look like?

The Chinchilla rabbit breed is known to have a medium-built and compact body. Its neck is short and has a comparatively broad head with erect and short ears. It also has pearl-colored eye circles. The coat of this rabbit breed is dense, silky, and soft and the fur or hair is medium in length. The coat color is a mix of some earthen colors like chestnut, brown, and tan with some bands of blue, black, and white.

Chinchilla Rabbit relaxing on floor

How cute are they?

Rabbits are considered cute by people because of their size and soft fur or hair. They are also quite pudgy animals making them appear sweet and cuddly.

How do they communicate?

The communication of this rabbit breed takes place through body language and gestures.

How big is a chinchilla rabbit?

The exact measurements of this rabbit are unknown, but they appear to be a larger breed of rabbit. It is believed that this rabbit does not grow more than 15 lb (7 kg) and has comparatively more weight than a guinea pig.

How fast can a chinchilla rabbit run?

The exact speed of movement of these rabbits is not known. These rabbits require a good amount of space to stretch, move and run around.

How much does a chinchilla rabbit weigh?

The weight of this breed ranges from 6-8 lb (2.7-3.6 kg). It has comparatively more mass than a Syrian hamster and a Roborovski dwarf hamster.

What are the male and female names of the species?

Male rabbits are known as bucks, whereas the females are referred to as does in general.

What would you call a baby chinchilla rabbit?

Baby rabbits are known as kittens or kits.

What do they eat?

These rabbits, just like other breeds of rabbits, tend to feed on pellets, hay, fresh veggies, and herbs.

Are they dangerous?

These rabbits are not considered dangerous.

Would they make a good pet?

The chinchilla rabbits are known to make great pets as they have a gentle and docile temperament. These rabbits are known to be quite playful, intelligent, and curious and are a great house pet and good for first-time owners. The average cost of a pet giant chinchillas is around $40-$100 and it is believed that the standard ones' cost range is similar, while the American chinchillas could cost a bit more.

The grooming requirement is high of the standard one as compared to others and might require some amount of attention. The coat of this rabbit is quite rich and lustrous, hence, requires much attention, care, and grooming as it requires brushing twice a week and sometimes more during the shedding season.

While training is manageable, the litter training of these house rabbits might be a bit challenging for rabbit owners. This rabbit is known to be good with children and makes great house pets. This pet likes to be held if socialization is done from an early age.

The diet of this rabbit breed is similar to the other domesticated rabbits and tends to eat hay, fresh herbs, and veggies, and filtered water.

Chinchillas and rabbits are both great as a pet and require a similar level of care, but chinchillas are better in terms of life span as they tend to live longer than a rabbit.

Did you know...

Recognition is given to three types of chinchilla rabbits by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. The three chinchilla breeds are the standard chinchilla, American chinchilla, and the giant chinchilla. The standard chinchilla rabbit is known to be the original version of the chinchilla rabbit and the other types that are larger are developed from this type. This is not very common among the American breeders. The American chinchilla, also known as heavyweight chinchilla, is known to be larger than the standard chinchilla. It is believed that the American chinchilla can be kept as a hardy or stocky pet and can also be exhibited. The American chinchilla is also known to not require constant grooming and is also known to be a good breeder. The giant chinchilla is a cross between the flemish giant breed and the chinchilla and originated in the United States.

This rabbit was named after a South American rodent, the chinchilla, as both, the rodent and the rabbit tend to have a similar coat or fur.

The primary use of the giant chinchilla is commercial as a meat rabbit.

The breed history of this rabbit states that this rabbit originated in France and M. J. Dybowski was the person to breed the standard chinchilla. Its introduction was done in 1919 in the United States. These rabbit breeds became quite popular and most sought after somewhere around the 19th century in Europe.

Can chinchillas breed with rabbits?

Chinchillas cannot be interbred with a rabbit as chinchillas are a species of rodent.

How many babies do chinchilla rabbits have?

Chinchilla rabbits are known to produce around six to nine kits or kittens.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our Kodiak bear facts and Schipperke facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Chinchilla rabbit coloring pages.

Thank you to Kidadler Amanda Jane Botha for providing the image of their pet Chinchilla Rabbit in this article.

Chinchilla Rabbit Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Do not prey

What Type of Animal were they?

Hay, fresh veggies and herbs

Average Litter Size?


How Much Did They Weigh?

6-8 lb (2.7-3.6 kg)

What habitat Do they Live In?

burrows and rock crevices

Where Do They Live?

south america

How Long Were They?


How Tall Were They?








Scientific Name


What Do They Look Like?

Brown, tan, chestnut

Skin Type

Fur or hair

What Are Their Main Threats?

hunting and habitat loss

What is their Conservation Status?

American chinchilla rabbit - Critically Endangered
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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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