Domestic Rabbits, Hares, Jackrabbits & Cottontails Eye Color Examples [Updated on: 05/3/20 08:48]
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  • MediRabbit has release a paper on "Heterochromia of the iris in rabbits belonging to the Dutch breed." Authors: Kimberly Butler, Beth DeGeorge, Gabriela Dunn, Julie VanGyzen, Michel Gruaz, Arie van Praag and Esther van Praag. You can find a copy on
Domestic Rabbit Eye Colors

Thanks Mausi & /u/Foinz


Thanks Schoki & /u/Foinz

Thanks Schoki & /u/Foinz

"Among rabbits, the gene that produces brown eyes is dominant, and so the most common rabbit eye color is brown." - source

Thanks Adar and Esther van Praag, PhD


(c)Adam Greig

Amber is rare in domestic rabbits and is seen mostly in Hares. "Usually it is the brown pigment that dominates in the iris of rabbits, and not the yellow one."

Thanks Buddy & P.White!

Thanks Hope & KimberleyM.B.!

Thanks Clover & D.Sauve!

Thanks PJ & PandaFinn source

Thanks Diva & Todd Hanebrink
Diva @ Instagram #nycbuns





Thanks havok06! & Caramel! source

Blue eyes can be affected by "Varying shades of blue and gray are less common.." - source


Thanks Penny from Penny & Sheldon
aka "The Big Bun Theory"

Thanks Francis & K.Maring


Thanks Nibbles & R.Treyz/EBRR

"Varying shades of blue and gray are less common.." - source

Lutino eyes: "A mutation in the structure of a transmembrane protein, altering transport across cell membranes. In the skin, it reduces the distribution of eumelanin, but in the eyes it limits pigment production completely."

Domestic Rabbits External Influence Internal Influence
Ruby - "Red"
Not really a 'eye color'

Thanks sneaky_dragon; Talia

Thanks Hero & X.Hayes

Thanks Benjamin/EBRR




"Ruby-eyed whites, or REWs, are albino rabbits, and their red eyes are a product of their lack of melanin pigments. Because no melanin is produced, there is no color and what we see is the color of the blood vessels within the eye." - source
Sectoral heterochromia
Heterochromia Iridum
Sectorial depigmentation

Thanks D.Sauve & Daisy!

Thanks Bao Bao & sneaky_dragon

Thanks Panda & Ta R Za

Thanks Ernie & /u/EmmaAdelholm

Many More Sectoral
Heterochromia Examples

"Part of the iris is a different color than the rest, with colors appearing in sections" - source
Mottled or Marbled

The above picture is an example of a mottled or marbled eye, but from a dove, source.

"The chinchilla gene can mess with eye color. It can cause blue, blue-gray or mottled eyes in rabbits that are not dilute otherwise, and brown eyes in dilutes such as squirrels." - Rabbit Smarties

If you have or know of any examples of rabbits with mottled or marbled eyes please let me know at web at, thanks!

NOTE: Also Please contact Medirabbit as they are also looking for good mottled, sectoral heterochromia, and other eye anomalies examples.
Flash Red

Thanks Buddy & DonnaK.
Flash Red + Cataract

Thanks Pumpkin & nursejoy16


Thanks Pluisje & KittyKate_90.


Thanks Buster vonHoppinflop
Owner of bookman
"White" Cataract


Thanks Spock & R.Treyz/EBRR

Thanks to 15 year old Miss Dolley Hopsalot & EmilyL.

Thanks Do & J.Antol

Thanks Penny & T.Martin@Rabbitron

Thanks Buddy & DonnaK.

Thanks Chester & J.Goodman

A medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision. If your rabbit's eye is white see a rabbit savvy vet ASAP!

Hares & Cottontails
Lepus - Hares

Lepus timidus hibcus Golden Irish hare (on Rathlin Island)
Source: Possibility of an Island @

Lepus europaeus European Hare
Albino (Leucistic)
Source: Rienko van der Schuur - True Nature

Lepus - Hares

(c)Ray Purkiss
This gentleman's pictures are top shelf!

(c)Jon Evans
This gentleman's pictures are brilliant!

(c)Elliot Hook

(c)Richard Steel


(c)Phil Mclean

(c)Russell Miles

Sylvilagus - Cottontails


Sylvilagus - Jackrabbits

General Notes:

Examples where permission to use a part of a picture was not granted or allowed, but nevertheless still good examples.
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