What is the Thrianta Rabbit?

Niki Foster
Niki Foster

The Thrianta rabbit is one of the newest breeds to be officially recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA), added along with the Mini Satin on 1 February 2006. Known as the "Fire of the Fancy," it has a brilliant red-orange coat and brown eyes. The Thrianta is a medium-sized rabbit, ranging from four to six pounds (1.8 to 2.7 kg) and ideally under five pounds (2.3 kg).

Thrianta rabbits are medium-sized with red-orange coats.
Thrianta rabbits are medium-sized with red-orange coats.

The Thrianta traces its history back to the Netherlands in 1938, when Mr. H. Andreae, a school teacher, began developing the breed as a tribute to Holland's royal house, the House of Orange. Bred from Black Tan, English Spot, and Havana rabbits, the Thrianta was accepted in the Netherlands in 1940, but the original standards, stipulating a hint of tan coloring under the orange top coat, made the breed difficult to maintain. World War II also took a toll on the Thrianta population, as the Netherlands were invaded by German forces just days after the breed's first official recognition. By 1966, Thriantas were no longer listed in the Dutch standards.

The Thrianta began to see a resurgence in popularity in the 1970s, when it became accepted into the British Rabbit Council standards and a special club dedicated to the breed was formed in Holland. American rabbit breeders began bringing Thriantas into the United States in 1996. In 2006, it became the 46th rabbit breed to be accepted by ARBA, and the first since 1988. Judith Oldenburg-Graf of Iowa, the first to import the breed into the United States, also became the first to hold an ARBA Certificate of Development for the breed.

The Thrianta has become a popular show rabbit in recent years, in part due to the unique color of its coat, which makes it stand out from all other rabbits. Thriantas make good pets as well as show animals. They are not only attractive, but also gentle, friendly, and inquisitive.

Niki Foster
Niki Foster

In addition to her role as a wiseGEEK editor, Niki enjoys educating herself about interesting and unusual topics in order to get ideas for her own articles. She is a graduate of UCLA, where she majored in Linguistics and Anthropology.

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My Thriantas recently passed away. I adopted from a shelter when it was 4 years old. I only had it for two years. I was so impressed by this rabbit that I am now looking for another. Bugsy was so intelligent and social, loved to be petted for hours on end, never chewed anything in the house and slept on the rug beside my bed every night. I really miss him. We became best buddies. I highly recommend this breed. Hopefully, I can find another Bugsy.


@turquoise-- If you have plans to go to a rabbit show again, I'm sure thrianta owners there can hook you up with thrianta rabbits for sale. This will probably be the best way to go about it if you want a 100% purebred thrianta.

If you don't mind a possibly mixed thrianta, then you can look at your local rescue for one. We have a lot of rabbits at our rescue and I think this is the best way to adopt a pet rabbit. You will only pay the adoption fee which is much less than getting a thrianta from a breeder. And a little bunny will have a home of his own!


@turquoise-- Absolutely! Rabbits have different personality types based on their breed too!

I have a thrianta rabbit and she is a sweetheart. She's very friendly and social. She does like a lot of attention though but that has never been a problem since I devote most of my free time to her!

If that's the kind of rabbit you want, then I think you should get a thrianta. You might want to introduce any pets to the rabbit first before making the decision to bring him or her home though. I'm not sure about cats but I know that my thrianta doesn't like other rabbits, especially female ones. I have no idea why but she gets very upset around them.

I think thrianta rabbits are adorable!

I went to a rabbit show the other day with my family and out of all the rabbits there, I liked the thrianta rabbit the most. The color is beautiful!

I don't own any rabbits but if I did, I think I would want a thrianta rabbit. Does anyone own one? And how much do they cost? Where can I find thrianta rabbits for sale?

I'm also glad to hear that rabbits and cats can live together because I also have a cat. I wonder, do rabbits have certain personality traits like cats tend to? What kind of a personality do thrianta rabbits usually have?


The cat won't bother your rabbit, but supervise closely when 'nose to nose'. A wire cage outside is suitable for a rabbit, and may be place on 'legs' made of conduit and attached at the corners with wire. Keep them shaded, watered and dry.


Keep in mind rabbits can be scared to death - literally - by barking dogs and other predatory animals trying to get at them through the wire.


I want a rabbit but my mom says if we get one it will have to be outside in a cage. I also have a cat that is not mine; sometimes in my backyard. Will the cat mess with the rabbit and its cage?

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