Mini Lop Rabbits

Family: Leporidae Picture of a Mini lop RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Shelby
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I have a mini lop that is about 2 months old. I've had him for about a month now and love him to death! I carry him with me everywhere and give him lots of... (more)  Erica

   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.

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Erica - 2012-02-01
I have a mini lop that is about 2 months old. I've had him for about a month now and love him to death! I carry him with me everywhere and give him lots of affection. He's so loving and so far doesn't mind being held. Here in the past week or two he's started this thing where he will nibble on the carpet and other things around the house. I live in a apartment so he really doesn't go outside much. Because of this I let him run around a lot for exercise. I've tried buying him a few toys but he doesn't seem interested in them. Anyone have some ideas? I want to keep letting him run around but I can't do that if he's chewing on the furniture etc.

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-02
    I don't believe you can stop a bunny from chewing - they need a safe area for when you can't supervise.
  • Erin - 2012-02-12
    Our bunnies like toilet paper tubes and boxes. We have one that loves cereal boxes. I have heard of people making a whole play area for them out of things that are ok for them to chew on and are sturdy enough to play on. Their teeth are always growing and need to be able to keep them worn down. Timothy hay is also good. They love to chew on it and it keeps their teeth down. It also provides many benefits to their diet and digestion.
  • Kristin Peterson - 2012-04-27
    A woodblock is a great thing to have for them to chew on! I give my rabbits special toys that are made for rabbits that are big balls with bells in them.
  • mybunnyisbuzz - 2014-11-21
    I have a mini lop who likes scrunched up paper.:-)
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Laila - 2014-07-31
I'm thinking of getting a mini-lop rabbit. Any tips and comments on them?

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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!!
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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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