There are several different types of meat rabbits out there. I raise mutts. Though I have discovered what they are.
Californias and Cinnamons.
Cinnamons were cross bred into creation. They are considered a commercial breed, weighing 8-11 lbs. They are a rich russet color
California are white with black on their ears and nose and have pink (mine are red) eyes. Weighing 8-10 1/2 lbs.
American Chinchilla are considered a desirable meat, with a deep loin and broad shoulder. Weighting 9-12 lbs. They also enjoyed for their thick, soft fur. It is listed as critically endangered heritage animal.
Creme D'Argents are considered a difficult breed to raise, as the are temperamental, and don't put on weight as well as other breed.Weighing 8-11 lbs.
Blanc d'Hotot is considered a dual purpose breed (pet and meat) weighing 8 -11 lbs.
New Zealand are one of the healthier breeds. It has a good snuggle bunny temperament making them easy to handle and work with. Weighing 9-12 lbs.
Palomino are considered a commercial breed though take long to grow out then others. Weighing 8-11 lbs. Have a good temperament.
Rex are another commercial breed weighing 8-9 lbs. They are raised primarily for their fur.
Sables weigh 8-10 lbs and are the Siamese cat of rabbits.
Satins are raised primarily for their fur, but do well as a commercial meat breed, weighing 9-10 lbs.
Silver fox are a fanciers breed as their numbers are low. However they make an excellent dual purpose animal (meat, fur, pet) weighing 9-12 lbs. They have a great temperament and high dress out percentage.
There are other rabbit breeds out there, many considered pet quality rather than meat.
When it comes to choosing the breed to raise it basically comes down to fur coloring. What appeals to you.
If you have a specific breed in mind, ask and I will add it to the List:
French Angora Rabbits make a good dual purpose rabbit. weighing 7-10 lbs. When looking for French angora's you want their body to be oval in shape. A good indication for a meat purpose.
For those of you that don't read comments (and I know many of you don't):
Michelle says; Keep in mind the gorgeous American Blue and White rabbits! They're a recovering-from-almost-disappearing breed developed in the US in the 1920s, and they're a friendly, cuddly, prolific meat breed.
Lynda says; The Florida Whites were a small meaty breed...the Tans were just fancy and mean! If I were raising just for meat I'd cross the NZ with the Cali's very nice for dressing out.
I would stay away from Flemish Giants (the BUBBA of the rabbit world)...I love the Flemish, they are so gentle...but they're more bone than meat and they will eat you out of house and home.
Scylla says: Standard Rex generally have a good temperament if handled regularly, but Mini Rex (weighing 2-5 pounds) are generally right little turds (i.e. not the best pets, bad on meat, worse on pelt).
Green Griffin says: Scylla that gave me a laugh about Mini Rexs. I raise them for meat. Go ahead and laugh, but they are the perfect size to feed one of my Australian Shepherds a meal. Since I feed my dogs raw, raising rabbits are a good economic choice. ( good idea Green Griffin, I myself have raised rats for feeders (not for dogs), and can some of my own dog food)