English Lop Rabbits

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English Lop Rabbit Breed Info

English Lop Rabbit BreedRecognized colors: Many. Shown in broken pattern and solid pattern groups.  

Size: Minimum of 10.5 pounds

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English Lop Rabbit Information and History

Rabbits are famous for having long ears, but looking at some breeds, you’d wonder why.  Dwarf Hotots should be disqualified for ears over 2 ¾ inches in length, and the maximum length of Netherland Dwarf ears is even less than that.  But take a look at the English Lop and the “old long ears” nickname makes more sense.

The ears of the other four lop breeds (French, Holland Mini, and Fuzzy) are pushed down into position by a ridge of cartilage between them called a crown.  But the English Lop has no crown.  In fact, presence of one is a disqualification from competition on the show table! English Lops’ ears fall simply because of their length and weight.  The ears are not measured individually, but the span from tip to tip of the ears is measured with a yardstick.  For show, the ears pan must be at lest 21 inches.  The world record for longest rabbit ears was last set at the 2003 ARBA Convention in Wichita, where Waymond and Maragret Nipper’s English Lop buck was measured with a span of 31.125 inches!

Although ears alone carry about a third of the points in the Standard, there’s a lot more to English Lops than the ears, and a lot more to the ears than the length.  Ears should be broad – ideal width being about ¼ of the length – and have rounded tips.  They should be of a soft, pliable texture and be free of tears or blemishes.  The English Lop is a large breed with mandolin body type.  It is also the only lop breed with a flyback coat.  These rabbits come in a multitude of colors, but are shown in only two classifications: broken pattern and solid pattern.

The English Lop is a challenging breed to raise.  Not only are the ears prone to tearing and frostbite, but body structure issues have been present for a long time.  The English Lop is simply bit as heavily built as others in its shape and weight category, such as the Beveren or American.  In fact, the Standard calls for medium to heavy bone.  For years breeders have struggled to produce rabbits that meet the minimum weight limit, and when that limit was raised with the 2011 standard change, a number of discouraged breeders simply gave up and sold out.

Still, the English Lop population is not low enough to be included on a list of rare breeds.  Its history and unique qualities make it a breed well worth preserving.  The original lop-eared rabbit, the English was in Britain what the Belgian Hare was in America:  the breed that popularized rabbit showing.  It’s not known exactly where the breed started – though some claim it’s of African origin—but by the mid 1800’s it was raised in England in a number of forms, including the “half-lop,” where one ear stood up and the other fell.  Breeders in those days resorted to cruel practices such as waxing and stretching the ears to make them longer.   Thankfully most if not every breeder today would never think of doing such a thing.  Here in the United States, the English Lop shares a national specialty club with the French Lop.

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