Mini Lop Rabbits

Family: LeporidaePicture of a Mini lop RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Shelby
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I really would like a mini lop or holland lop, but I have two dogs. I couldn't imagine them hurting the bunny, but I wouldn't want to take any chances. Plus, it may... (more)  sarah

   The Mini Lop Rabbit has adorable droopy ears, making it look sweet and even a bit comical!

   Besides being so very cute, the Mini Lop Rabbit is a favorite bunny because they are so sweet and cuddly. These rabbits will stay smaller than a regular rabbit and they make a great pet for children.

   The Mini Lop Rabbit is lively and smart. Not only are they very "huggable" and playful, they are known to be successfully litter-box trained. They make great companions that like to interact and appreciate affection, and are often described as being like a pet dog.

   Both the Mini Lop and the Holland Lop are miniaturized versions of the Lop-earred Rabbit.

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:    Mini Lops were derived from German lops called "Kleine Widder" lops, but it is thought that a variety of breeds have been used in developing the Mini Lop that is found in the United States today. Mini Lops were recognized as their own accepted breed in the United States in 1982, but neither they nor the Holland Lop are yet recognized in England.

Description:    Besides having the characteristic floppy ears, Mini Lops have a muscular build with broad shoulders, deep chests, and short, thick legs. Their adult size is generally only about 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 pounds.

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Color differences:    Mini Lop rabbits come in all colors.

   For showing, the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. (ARBA) and the Mini Lop Rabbit Club of America have recognized colors and guidelines.

The recognized color groups are:

  • Agouti: includes chinchilla, chestnut agouti, and opal.
  • Broken: which are white with colored spots and /or pattern, including tri colors.
  • Ticked: these have a steel gene and ticking, colors include: gold tipped or silver tipped black/blue/chocolate/lilac steel, silver fox, sable or smoke pearl steel.
  • Self group, white pointed: these are a solid color with no ticking and include includes: black, chocolate, blue, ruby eyed white, lilac, etc.
  • Shaded: these show shaded markings with colors such as: seal, sable point, sable, smoke or frosted pearl, tortoise, etc.
  • Wide band: includes cream, red, orange, and fawn.
  • Classifications include: solid pattern and broken pattern

   There are also many colors that are not recognized (though some are in the process of becoming recognized) including: harlequin, otter, silver marten, blue seal, broken pointed white, chocolate or blue point, etc.

Lastest Animal Stories on Mini Lop Rabbits

sarah - 2013-04-18
I really would like a mini lop or holland lop, but I have two dogs. I couldn't imagine them hurting the bunny, but I wouldn't want to take any chances. Plus, it may be hard to keep the bunny outside and then inside during winter. What do I do?

  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-18
    You don't necessarily need to keep them outside at all. You could just provide a large enough cage to keep indoors and then let them have a certain play area outside of their cage on a daily basis. Just a thought.
  • ????? - 2014-01-08
    My bunnies usually stay in a cage except when I let them run around or cuddle them so you could keep them in a cage in a different room and when your dogs are out going for a walk or something you could let them run around.
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Amanda & Gregory - 2006-12-07
Gregory, also known as Sir Gregory of MiniLop, has been employed for a little over four years now as an Emotional Support Service Animal. He was prescribed to me as part of the treatment of Bipolar Disorder. He knows a variety of commands such as COME, NO, STAY, HOME, DINNER, DOWN, UP, and GO. He is leash and harness trained, travels very well, litter trained, polite, and friendly. However, he's still a bunny. He gets into everything and has completely stolen my heart. He's as playful and attention demanding as a puppy, yet as clean and independent as a cat. He's about 4 1/2 years old now, and I look forward to many years together yet. A bunny is perfectly suited for the work of a Service Animal, and at the same time, perfectly suited to the job of the family pet. I highly recommend a lop!

  • Bridget Welker - 2010-10-17
    How can I find out how to train my bunny like this? She's an adorable, affectionate, and very well mannered 8 month old mini lop. Please give me your advice. That is absolutely amazing!
  • nicole ornelas - 2010-11-04
    Hi my name is Nicole I really liked your story I had a lop eared rabbit but it sadly died so I hope you and your rabbit in joy living together because I did.
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andrea snyder - 2003-12-29
i have owned mini lops for three years and they are great! i just started breeding them last year and they are so cute when they are babies and they are better when they grow up. they all seem to love to cuddle and they, and they all have their own personality that is adorable. they are all very nice and not too energetic, my favorite thing about a mini lop is when you can open their cage and they stick their heads out and want you to cuddle with them. their are great little bunnies i would recomend to anyone. i have seen other breeds of rabbits and the mini lop is the best out there!!!

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Amanda Hillier - 2003-12-17
I have several mini lops but I expecially like my little 3 week old broken black female. I raised her since she was 1 week old. She is fully lopped and is so cute. she follows me around and I have started to litter train her. I named her Muffin and recommend a mini lop to every one who likes cute adorable things. Mini Lops are very cute rabbits.

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Hidie - 2003-12-09
were should i even start? these rabbits are the most kindest, sweetest and and the best ever they are just little cutie pies!!!
i love this breed of rabbts i wish i had a ton of them they are perfact for little kids! they are just not like other rabbits. they love to be held and to cuddle with me my rabbit is a black mini lop and to my observation i think that male mini lops are a lot calmer than females but thats just me talken. if i were wanting to get a rabbit and just couldnt find the right breed i think this breed is just right for almost anyone!!

  • kayla - 2010-03-27
    I actually just got a male and female and I agree bucky (male) is ten times calmer then cocoa. Bucky is my personal favorite and wouldnt trade him for anything
  • Anonymous - 2011-02-11
    Yeah, I've done a little research and found that with most breeds, males are calmer except when they are young.
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Anonymous - 2003-12-07
i have a mini lop rabbit and he is so loyal, my other rabbits are not loyal at all! my mini lop likes to cuddle and will even walk on a leash!!! If i was looking for another pet i would get a nother mini lop!

  • E.M. - 2013-02-23
    I am looking for a mini lop rabbit can't seem to locate one. Would you happen to know where I could get one? Thank you so much. Anxious to hear from you, E.M.
  • Candace Brittane Bruce - 2013-04-20
    get on to the ARBA web sight (arba.com i think) and search for a local show in your area or you can even search for breeders in your area on there. go to show or contact a breeder. if you are just looking for a pet a mismarked one always shows up every now and then in a litter. these animals are likely to be healthier and actually the breed you are paying for than a pet store. alot of the time pet store rabbits are not what they say they are and being in the pet store is very stressful for them making them more likly to get sick. not sure where you are from but i am close to dayton ohio. i happen to have two for sale and one of them even knows how to use a litter boxbut only while she is in the cage. i have dogs so she is only out supervised so no real need for me to try to train her outside of her cage to use one lol. hope this helps
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