French Lop Rabbit

Family: Leporidae French Lop RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy: Sam Thomson
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I heard that French Lop rabbits are enormous, have behavioral problems, and poop a lot. Is this true?  Anon

  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.

For more information about Rabbits and their care see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Rabbit

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Lagomorpha
  • Family: Leporidae
  • Genus: Oryctolagus
  • Species: cuniculus

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

Anon - 2016-01-12
I heard that French Lop rabbits are enormous, have behavioral problems, and poop a lot. Is this true?

  • Addy - 2017-07-20
    Well they are super big and if you work with them they do not have behavioral problems well sometimes. All animals poop but, rabbits have a lot of poop at one time. All rabbits poop a lot. Trust me. My mini lop has me cleaning out her cage almost every day.
tiffanie bingman - 2015-08-28
hi bunny lovers my name is tiffanie from oregon. i have a 3year old mini lop named babunnie she is a bit neurotic, she digs tunnels and never seems content with her hole so builds another better than the one before. this started this past 2weeks since henry came to share her space he is a larger breed rabbit, 6months old pure black, ears up, arched back and very shiny coat, sleek and soft. when my sister got babunnie she was told she was fixed but henry seems to think different and has mated with her. august 6th to be exact, if in fact she is pregnant at her age and small breed will this cause concern being bread with a totally different type of rabbit, a large breed? would the neurotic behavior and digging mean most likely pregnant? i have built her a large nesting area just incase but she wants no part in being caged up. she has lived outdoors with my german shephard and my black lab for a year and before that with my sister and niece in a cage only, full time cage. i became babunnies guardian and friend when my sister went out of town, i was tending to her and decided i was taking her to my house where this bunny finally came alive. never thought a bunny could be so fun and entertaining. never returned to a cage again. those reading, i hope to by now expressed some behavior and concerns, if anyone has any input to comment please do. come sept 5th would be the day, if pregnant? do i have any reason to be concerned because of the different breeds of rabbits? she will be going into the new enclosed area, we call bunnyville 5days prior to delivery date just incase. also want to mention i dont want to take her to a vet if i dont have to. picking her up is very tramatic for her, she is social and sweet but wants to be near you jump on your legs and roll around you but picking her up is a huge ordeal and she holds a grudge, disapears, and wont eat or socialize for days. last resort for us, thank you!

Vanessa K, Martiny - 2015-08-25
no offence to every ones french lop rabbit,but i think basil is the best rabbit in the whole world.

Vanessa K, Martiny - 2015-08-25
My rabbits name is basil and she is soooo cute. She lives in cage in my back yard. Basil is 8 months old by the way. I got her name when i let basil in the backyard and she climbed on a pot and put her paws in the air and pulled down on of the plants that my mom had and the plant was called basil.