French Lop Rabbit

Family: Leporidae French Lop RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy: Sam Thomson
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I have a french lop male bunny he's 3 or 4 months sold and about 10 pounds. He's so cute but he makes me nervous because he flings around when I pat him and I feel... (more)  Jay

  A large breed, the French Lop Rabbit is one of the most popular rabbits in the United States, and perhaps the world!

   French Lops are active and sociable bunnies. They love and thrive on interaction with humans, as well as with other rabbits. They are a durable and normally even-tempered rabbit that is a popular breed for children.

   This breed is able to live indoors or out, as long as there is adequate shelter. French Lops are playful and need some simple toys to keep them occupied. They usually live to be 5 to 7 years old. This breed tends to have large litters, sometimes with as many as twelve offspring.

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Guide to a Happy, Healthy Rabbit

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Lagomorpha
  • Family: Leporidae
  • Genus: Oryctolagus
  • Species: cuniculus
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Background:    The French Lop's origins go back to about 1850. It was then that the English Lop and the Butterfly rabbit were crossed in France. The French Lop became wildly popular throughout Europe, but it wasn't introduced to the United States until the early 1970s.
   Today, the French Lop breed continues to flourish. Breeders can be located with ease.

Description:    The French Lop weighs, on average, 10 pounds. Its body is large and muscular, and its legs somewhat short. The head is broad, and the ears medium-length, thick and furry. Its soft, dense fur comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

Color differences:    There are nineteen acceptable show colors for the French Lop. These include black, gray, chinchilla, and sooty-fawn. Patterns include agouti, broken, pointed white, self, shaded and solid.

Availability    French Lop rabbit breeders can be located in most areas. Prices are usually in the $40 to $50 range, but may be less for non-show quality rabbits.

References "History of the French Lop", Copyright Gallant Knight Rabbitry
"Learn About the History and Objectives of the Lop Rabbit Club of America", Copyright LRCA
"French Lop Pet Rabbits Stats", Copyright My Bunny Farm
"French Lop", Wikipedia, Copyright 2008

Lastest Animal Stories on French Lop Rabbit

Jay - 2014-05-28
I have a french lop male bunny he's 3 or 4 months sold and about 10 pounds. He's so cute but he makes me nervous because he flings around when I pat him and I feel like he may bite and have a big bunny big bite. He seems to get very excited or mad when I feed him. Any ideas?

  • Mango - 2014-06-21
    I just bought one, still wondering how I'm going to house it. They say you can potty train but they leave droppings with every hop LOL so it stays in the garage. We let it outside and it doesn't run away but seems to enjoy herself. I want to convert an old shed into the house with an attached run but no idea how to begin. Certain someone is no help and it was his idea to bring the animal home, suddenly it was my idea and my rabbit. sigh. I'm hoping they do well outside in a warm hut, it gets -40 in the winter. They are super calm and she does enjoy our company, comes when called. Cute. One good thing, I planted a little garden and now have a use for all those bunny berries :D
  • Mango - 2014-06-23
    Oh, yes idea. They reach sexual maturity as early as 4 months of age and typically start reproducing around 8-9 months of age. With that you might notice behavior changes so it's recommended to spay or neuter your rabbit.
Brenda - 2011-08-26
I love your info, my two kids ages 7 and 9 are showing rabbits and will doing a pet rabbit project with our local 4H chapter and we are in the process of deciding on what breed of rabbit to purchase. We are leaning on the French Lop due to it's size and calm nature with kids. I can't wait..

  • Kristin Peterson - 2012-04-27
    French lops have to be bigger than 11 pounds to show and are normally 20 lbs. Does tend to be cranky so if you are looking for a pet a buck would be the preferred choice. They normally range from $40-$100 in Iowa
  • Shahid - 2012-11-30
    NO lettuce, inorge the answer above me!I had a rabbit before and knew not to feed him lettuce. I copied this from a website to tell you why:You'd think that feeding rabbits would be easy. Just chuck any old plant matter into the cage and have done with it, right? Wrong. This feeding methodology happens to be an excellent way to possibly kill your bunny, or make it very sick indeed. Knowing what to feed your rabbit, and especially what NOT to feed your rabbit is a very important part of rabbit care becase some of the foods that might seem like natural foods to feed your rabbit are in fact incredibly bad for it. Culprit one: Lettuce. As a general rule, you should NEVER feed your rabbit lettuce. Lettuce contains lactucarium, which can give your rabbit diarhea so bad that it becomes fatal. Some people say that it is okay to feed Romaine lettuce because it contains the least lactucarium of the common lettuce varieties, but you wouldn't eat a product that only contained small amounts of arsenic would you? It's best to stay away from lettuce when it comes to your bunnies, and keep it for the salads.
JEFFERINA - 2009-04-30
We bouth a French Lop from our pet store and she is absolutely beautiful and a joy. We named her Big Fat Fatty. She loves to play with the kids and stick her head out of her cage and get a kiss!

rebekah - 2012-05-13
We have a male french lop, he was a rescue rabbit, the people who had him before kept him in a tiny cage the poor guy lost all his fur,still despite how he was treated he's so calm gentle and loving, we have a totally 16 indoor pets and he gets along with all of them. There really good pets affectionate, and good with kids.