Orange Holland Lop Rabbit
Orange Holland Lop

   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

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 LopBlue Tortoise Shell
Blue Holland LopBlue Tortoise Shell
 
Broken Smoke PearlBroken Black
Broken Smoke PearlBroken Black
All photos courtesy: RedRose Rabbitry

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