Mini Lop Rabbits

Family: Leporidae Picture of a Mini lop RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Shelby
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I'm thinking of getting a mini-lop rabbit. Any tips and comments on them?  Laila

   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:
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  • 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

Laila - 2014-07-31
I'm thinking of getting a mini-lop rabbit. Any tips and comments on them?

Devin - 2014-06-02
I got two mini lops, they are 4 1/2 months old and are very skittish. They hate being held and don't want anything to do with us. They get along and play with our dog, but want nothing to do with humans. Is this normal behavior? How do I get them to come around we have had them for a month now.

  • kristen - 2014-07-11
    well Devin this is not very common but my rabbit Lilly was like that until I started spending lots of time with them maybe they will like that forever but spend more time with them and treat them while you pet them and such I really hope this works for you!!
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.
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 ( 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