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A pet shop owner has a litter of tiny bunnies (maybe mini lop/lion head crosses) and she is claiming that they will remain that size into adulthood. She says that they were imported from Holland. Can this be possible?

I had a pet bunny from her shop and it died suddenly a few weeks later. I'm being told that it's because it was too young and was taken from its mother too soon, but the pet shop owner claims that they are 3 months old.

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If you have reason to doubt the word/quality of an animal being offered for sale, shop elsewhere. Also many shelters have abandoned rabbits available for adoption. –  James Jenkins May 3 at 12:34
    
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There are some Dwarf Rabbit Breeds the smallest seem to be Netherland Dwarfs at 2 - 2.5 pounds (0.907 - 1.134 kg). Though one Wikipedia article claims weights as low as 500 g (1.1 lbs) are possible, not sure I believe this is likely for an adult rabbit. With 1.5lb to 2.6lb (700 to 1.2 kilos) being more likely.

I am not finding any quality reliable references at the moment, but small rabbits usually get to full size in 5 - 7 months, with large rabbits taking up to 18 months. Rabbits are old enough to breed at in the 3 - 8 month old range, and have generally reached 80% - 90% of the full size at this time. Obviously it is important to separate by gender around 4 months, lucky the boys tend (tendency not a rule) to mature a bit slower than their sisters.

In Summary it is possible to find a "rabbit that doesn't grow more than the size of a hand". But it is unlikely to be a crossbreed, it would likely be from a dedicated show breeder. The smallest rabbits that come into the organizations that I volunteer with (see my profile) are around 3 - 4 pounds full grown.

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It is more difficult than you might imagine to find quality references on when a rabbit reaches adult size. In production rabbits it seems that adult size is not a requirement for healthy off spring, and in the companion animals there has not been interest in researching. If you have a good reference please point me towards it. –  James Jenkins May 4 at 10:51
    
Do you have pictures of said tiny rabbits James? –  mtanti May 8 at 17:49
    
@mtanti I do not. There is definitely room for a better answer on the subject of tiny rabbits. see also related on weaning –  James Jenkins May 8 at 18:33
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