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Holland Lop Rabbits

Family: Leporidae Orange Holland Lop RabbitOrange Holland LopOryctolagus cuniculus Photo Courtesy: RedRose Rabbitry
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Oh, I fogot to ask if anyone knows of some cute bunny names! :)  Raye

   The cute Holland Lop is a delightful bunny, with adorable floppy ears!

   The Holland Lop is the smallest and the most popular of the lop-eared rabbits. Both the Holland Lop and the Mini Lop are miniature versions of the Lop-eared Rabbit. It is named after its home country, Holland where this breeds development started in 1949. The final breed as we know it today was finalized in the 1960's. It was brought into the United States in 1976, and it's popularity as a favorite pet continues to grow.

   These are very mellow smaller rabbits that are easy for beginners to handle and care for. This is a very sweet and affectionate animal. They love to play and hop around. Holland Lops don't require a lot of space and they eat less than bigger bunnies!

For more information about Rabbits and their care:
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:    Adrian DeCock, of the Netherlands started developing the Holland Lop in 1949. He bred Netherland Dwarfs with French Lops in an attempt to produce a miniature French Lop but instead ended up with what is known today as the Holland lop.
   The Hollands were brought to the United States in 1976 by Aleck Brooks III who is the founder of the Holland Lop Rabbit Specialty Club. They were given breed status in the United States in 1979.

Description:    Holland Lops are a small loveable bunny who have wide long ears, which hang down near their cheeks. Their bone structure is supposed to look large and massive but they actually have a fine bone structure and they don't weigh that much. They have broad shoulders, deep chests, and short thick legs. Being the smallest lop-eared rabbit, their maximum adult size is 4.0 pounds but for showing they should be about 3.5 lbs.

Color differences:    Holland Lops come in many colors though they are especially seen in fawn, white, fawn and white, black and white, and tortoise shell colors. Some Holland Lop color variations are shown below:

Holland Lop Color Varieties
Blue Holland Lop Blue Tortoise Shell
Blue Holland Lop Blue Tortoise Shell
Broken Smoke Pearl Broken Black
Broken Smoke Pearl Broken Black
All photos courtesy: RedRose Rabbitry

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Raye - 2011-08-04
Oh, I fogot to ask if anyone knows of some cute bunny names! :)

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-04
    Whatever you choose your bunny will like.
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Holland _Lop_1 - 2003-10-20
I had 2 holland lops and they bred. Im thinking of getting another one and also trying a dutch! From the Hollands we only got 1 survivng baby but they are THE BEST RABBIT EVER!! I shouuld know seeing as I have kept 7 different rabbits. If you are trying to decide on a breed you have to buy a Holland lop!!!!

P.S they are so cute when they are babies

  • Anonymous - 2013-02-02
    Yay, I'm getting a baby holland on March 26. A white doe.
  • Annie - 2013-04-05
    Actually I'm a crazy fan of holland lops! But I still have to tell you.:D It's harmful for Holland lops to breed, really really harmful. And the possibility for bunnies to survive is extremely low. Especially for us amateurs. Please separate them in different cages and cherish them.You can choose every kind of lops if you like, but for lops, they have no choice.
  • Brooklyn - 2014-02-17
    If it's the rabbits first time not many will survive but the second time almost all of them will survive.
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Danielle Good - 2003-11-07
I had one holland lop. He was such a sweetie! He loved to hop around and play with me and my family. He died just a week ago. I recommend Holland lops above all other kinds of rabbits as pets. They are the sweetest creatures and are so cute! I loved my rabbit Ginger very much.

  • tammy - 2013-02-20
    I had a holland lop. Mine was a family member. I cry every day. He died and i am still confused why. We had him 8 yrs 5 mos. from someone else and don't know how old he really was. How old was yours and what did it die from?
  • Hannah - 2014-02-14
    You are extremely lucky to have had a rabbit that lived to 8 years, mine died at four years old. I can tell you cared for your bunny immensely and I am as well very sad that yours died. I know it isn't a different amount of pain you feel about your rabbit since he lived longer, but I am glad that it got an extra four years to be happy on earth then in bunny heaven.
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mel - 2008-01-01
Hi -

I've had the pleasure of sharing my home with bunnies for the past 20 years and currently have four, one of which is a beautiful light gray, spunky Holland Lop named Samson. Not one bunny has ever once had a hairball (and they certainly shed quite a bit) and they are happy and healthy. The best advice I can offer is to feed these darling creatures an abundance of hay as long as it's Timothy as it's low in protein (Oxbow is the best company out there to order hay from...it's incredibly high quality and smells unbelievably fresh...once you've tried it it's hard to go back to the usual store bought brands). The rabbits appreciate it tremendously and it is now considered very good practice by many rabbit savvy vets and rescuers to give rabbits unlimited hay daily, again as long as it's Timothy. Supplementing alfalfa or other hays in every now and then is fine but Alfalfa is too high in protein. Also check out rabbitcare.org.

  • Annie - 2014-08-08
    Thank you for the hay advice and rabbitcare.org. Just adopted a speckled black and white holland lop less than 6 months old and female!
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Laura - 2003-12-17
I ve just brought two holland lops. Maisie is about a week older than my other rabbit Dash. Named Dash for a reason! They are the cutest rabbits I ve seen. I took Maisie for a walk down the street and one lady thought it was a dog.

  • Annie - 2013-04-05
    Remember to separate them in different cages. It's better for them .:D
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Lara - 2003-12-20
Just read Danielles message and my holland-lop Ginger also passed away this summer and miss her so much. She was the guard rabbit of the back yard, kept the cats off her grass or should I say flower beds
Miss her so much have raised a few lops and are all great animals should have large hutches to stretch out in.
To all the Holland Lop lovers the best for your future!

  • Anonymous - 2013-07-07
    I am so sorry.
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