Holland Lop Rabbits

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Holland Lop Rabbit Breed Info

Holland Lop Rabbit BreedRecognized colors: Many. Shown in two groups, broken and solid pattern.

Size: Not over 4 pounds.

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Jennifer Berry

Holland Lop Rabbit Information and History

To say that the Holland Lop is America’s favorite breed is probably an understatement.  It might be more fitting to call it the world’s favorite breed.  Countries that use ARBA standards (such as the US, Canada, Japan, Malaysia) call it the Holland Lop.  Countries that use British Rabbit Council standards (such as the UK, Australia, and New Zealand) call it the Miniature Lop.  But whatever the name, breeders everywhere love these little flat-faced rabbits with floppy ears.

A man from the Netherlands named Adrian DeCock has been made famous for developing this breed.  He crossed a Netherland Dwarf buck to a French Lop doe, and developed the breed from there.  The breed first appeared in America in 1975 and attracted immediate admiration.  It was quickly recognized by the ARBA and has been one of the most popular breeds for show and pets ever since. 

The original color was a dark tortoise called Madagascar, and tortoise remains the most common variety of Hollands today.  Though most Hollands you see are tort or broken tort, other fairly common colors include black, blue tort, sable point, orange, chestnut, chinchilla, frosty, and the broken versions of those varieties.  Rabbits that are blue-eyed white, tricolored, and any other of the lesser-known varieties are considered “colored Hollands.”  Some breeders prefer to specialize in “color” and take pride when a “colored” rabbit beats the torts.  There are in fact many recognized colors of Holland Lops, but they are all grouped for show into broken pattern and solid pattern.

The Holland Lop is supposed to have a massive look, but be a small bunny.  The standard says the ideal weight is in the 3-pound range, but breeders find their rabbits pushing the 4-pound limit as they select for thicker bone and more solid, heavyset bodies.  The head should be large and bold.  The ears should be short, thick, and round in shape.  There are a number of ear faults, such as thin ears, rolled ears, or a “tight crown” which causes the ears to stick out to the sides instead of fall against the side of the head.  The body should be short and muscular, with shoulders of nearly equal depth and width as the hindquarters.  The coat isn’t worth many points in the Holland standard compared to type, but it should be a gentle rollback.

Properly typed Holland Lops have heads that are set high on the shoulders.  A Holland’s head should never be pushed down to the table when judging, but the rabbit should be allowed to show off its natural head mount.  These bunnies generally have nice personalities and are popular as pets.

Holland Lop Rabbit Care

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Holland Lop Rabbit Resources

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