by The Pets Pampering Team
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Colour rabbit? The art of dying rabbits is alive and well today and has become a popular hobby for many families. Contrary to a few beliefs, dyeing rabbits does not harm the animal in any way. Dyeing a rabbit is a simple process that can be done with very few supplies. Using these guidelines, you will be dyeing your rabbit in no time.

There are two ways on how to color rabbit’s fur. One way is to make the dye yourself, and the other is to buy a commercial dye product that is sold specially for rabbits and other small animals. For any reason, dying a rabbit’s fur requires using only food coloring mixtures and never orthodox hair dyes.

Food coloring isn’t just used to dye Easter eggs and other festive treats. You can use it to dye your pet rabbit’s fur as well safely. Mix water and food coloring, using a ratio of one teaspoon of food coloring to one pint of water, and apply the mixture to your bunny’s damp fur with a sponge. She’ll be looking as pretty as a picture in no time!


How often have you considered coloring your rabbit but thought, “How do I color a rabbit?” Stay tuned to learn how!

Things You’ll Need:


Large basin

Soft hairbrush

Dye such as food color

STEP 1: Check your Rabbit’s body

Before giving your rabbit pet a new fur color, you first need to check their entire body for open wounds such as cores, scratches, or flea bites. Dye irritates open wounds on the rabbit’s skin, so avoid coloring them if you see anything wrong and contact a veterinarian. If your rabbit has a diagnosed skin allergy or itch, consult your vet about dying the rabbit.

STEP 2: Decide on rabbit food color. 

You’ll need to decide how you want your rabbit’s fur to look before starting the dying process. Do you like their whole body dyed in one color, or do you want something with multiple colors? If you’re using food coloring, get the gel variety — it has a more concentrated color than traditional food coloring. 

Also, use nontoxic food coloring, like a natural vegetable dye or an organic fruit juice concentrate. Never use human hair dye or a toxic dye for use on your rabbit, as human dyes include harsh chemicals like ammonia, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide that can harm your rabbit.

STEP 3: Mix dye with water

Mix one gallon of lukewarm water with three drops of food coloring in a large bowl and stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon until its evenly colored. Make sure you use a spoon that’s designated only for craft use, as you’re likely to permanently stain it. To make the dye, fill a large bowl with lukewarm water. Add ten drops of one food coloring such as red and stir to combine. Then, add seven drops of the alternate color, maybe yellow food coloring and eight drops of a substitute color like blue food coloring.

STEP 4: Brush their fur

Use a brush to remove any debris from your dog’s coat. If they are dirty, give them a bath and dry them completely before dyeing them. 

STEP 5: Wear gloves

To color rabbits with food coloring, you need to wear latex or rubber gloves. You don’t want food dye on your hands or under your fingernails. Take the sponge and dip it into the food coloring, then press the sponge into the rabbit. To make sure not too much color is applied, test it first on a small part of the rabbit. If we want a darker color, add more food coloring to the bowl.

Rabbits’ skin is so delicate that dye could seep into their bloodstream and poison them. Instead, use food coloring to color the pet safely. If your rabbit does not have white fur, skip this step. White rabbits will require some coloring to remove the yellowish color in the fur.

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Mountain Rabbit

STEP 6: Apply the dye

Then, dip a sponge into a mixture of water and cover it in the mixture before wiping some of the excess liquid off on the edge of the container. Next, apply the sponge to the rabbit’s fur for about 30 seconds. With a damp sponge, start brushing the edges of the rabbit and move toward the center to make the color rabbit look more natural. Try not to be too shy with this step and focus on applying even, strong coats. You can also add a second color to the mix to create highlights, such as brown. Finally, dry off the area with a towel and repeat these steps until you are happy with the colors.

STEP 7: Don’t apply on sensitive areas

Keep dye away from your rabbit’s eyes, mouth, and ears. If you’re dying near any of these areas, use a toothbrush or Q-tip instead of the applicator bottle to gently apply dye.

STEP 8: Allow color to set

Allow the dye color to set for a few minutes to 45 minutes. Bath your rabbit pet with lukewarm water to smoothen the color.

STEP 9: A clean dry

Dry your rabbit with a towel, taking care not to smear any of the colors. If your rabbit will tolerate a hairdryer, use it to dry its fur and set the color. To prevent the dye from transferring from your rabbit pet fur to household items.

Following are some tips to help you safely add color to your pet’s fur coat:

  • Create the right color rabbit mixture. Use warm tap water to dilute powdered dye, or follow instructions on the box of pre-mixed dye.
  • Make a mixture of warm water, vegetable oil, and shampoo. Then, wash the fur with this mixture and rinse it before applying the dye. 
  • Before dying rabbit fur, you should paint a small portion of the lining and leather to see if the color rabbit is bright or to your desired taste. If it is suitable, then you can dye the fur.
  • When dyeing rabbit fur, you cannot use regular dye. Instead, you must use a special fur dye and follow specific steps to ensure the dye penetrates the leather and bonds with the keratin in the hair. This style is like other dyes and only requires two simple steps.
  • First, you need to be sure you are using the right type of fur. Use any natural materials made of animal hair (mohair, alpaca wool) to avoid burning and shrinking the fur coat due to the extreme heat required for drying. Also, make sure that all surfaces are clean before beginning this project by wiping them off with a damp cloth or sponge.
  • Avoid applying artificial dye near the rabbit’s eyes
  • To color rabbit, you’ll need to apply food dyes made from organic vegetables or fruits such as beets, carrots, cranberries, sweet potatoes, spinach, or strawberries. Most of these contain an anthocyanin pigment that gives the mixture its red and purple colors.
  • No spray paints

Please Note: Never dye a rabbit with health and skin conditions.

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colour rabbit

It is important to note that your rabbit’s health should be a priority before you begin dyeing them. Rabbits are very sensitive animals, and the dye requires extensive grooming to remove, leaving your rabbit susceptible to infection. This process is safe if you follow these instructions but is at a risk you need to be aware of and avoid if your pet rabbit’s health or happiness is at stake.


In short, the advice is: be careful and make sure your rabbit is an adult before you start dyeing it. If you follow these guidelines and keep your rabbit in good health, coloring your pet shouldn’t cause any permanent harm. However, as with all animals, especially rabbits, regular check-ups by a veterinarian are always important.


Can I dye my rabbit?

While bunnies are usually available in plain and normal colors, such as white, cream, and grey, they can also come in colors such as blue and pink. And while most people prefer to buy their bunnies already colored, it is possible to dye the rabbit pet with colors of your choice. However, you absolutely must be very careful when giving dye to a rabbit.

Is it safe to color your bunny hair?

Yes, but only if you’re using food coloring. Dyeing your rabbit’s hair/fur can be done safely and humanely if you use bunny-safe food colorings or other non-toxic dyes that do not contain chemicals such as ammonia or bleach. Food dyes in powders or liquids are safe, but you should avoid chemical dye or spray paint. These can harm and even kill your bunny!

How do I choose the right color?

Choose the dye color carefully depending on the rabbit’s pet fur. If the rabbit has pure white fur, try a dye that will show up in bright neon shades. Dye colors such as brown and grey will create a dull coat to the existing pigment in their fur. Manage the expectations of hair dyes by understanding the color theories.

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