This lovely breed is recognized by the BRC (British Rabbit Council), but not the ARBA, (American Rabbit Breeders Association).

It is also known as the “Mini Lop” in the US.

Breed NameBRC CodeARBA CodeCountry of Origin
German LopL6Germany

BRC Standard Of Perfection

  • General Type….30  
  • Head & Crown….20         
  • Ears…20
  • Coat…15
  • Color or Pattern…10
  • Condition….5

Total Points….100

History 

Created in Germany, working to a specific breeding plan, the developers wanted to create a medium-sized lop. Medium in comparison to the popular French Lop weighing in excess of 10lb and the Holland Lop weighing between 4 & 5 1/2 lb.

 So they started to breed French Lops and Netherland Dwarves together. In order to increase vitality, other breeds were introduced at a later stage that gave the German its distinctive long “Roman” nose.

An international show in Saarbrucken, West Germany, in 1960 the German was shown for the first time and it was officially recognized in 1970. It was imported to Holland in 1972. It was later standardized in the Netherlands (1976)  and Switzerland (1984).

 In the ’80s, Evelyne Van Vliet bred German Lops in Holland and along with the late Dave Cannon, she arranged for the initial stock to be imported into Britain. Stock arrived in Great Britain on the 23rd of April 1987 and came out of quarantine on the 23rd of October. The initial stock was agouti’s and was immediately adopted as an unstandardized variety by the Rare Varieties Rabbit Club, and the classes were staged at their stock shows. 

The breed was recognized in Britain in 1990. Popularity has increased now so that they are the third most popular lop Bradford Excel Championship Show and are consistent winners at Open Shows throughout the country. 

Varieties

Agouti German Lop

Classifications include:

Solid pattern and Broken pattern

There are some colors not currently recognized including the silver marten, harlequin, broken pointed white, otter, blue seal, blue point, and chocolate.

Learn more on Colors below…

Size, Weight, Shape & Ears

Size:

This Lop is classed as a large-sized rabbit. 

Weight:

One of the larger of the lop breeds, the German weighs in at between 6lbs 8oz and 8lbs 8oz.

Shape:

Very cobby, massive and muscular. The neck should not be visible. Ideally, it should be equally broad in the shoulder as the hindquarters. The line of the back rises in a slight curve to the short, round rump. The front legs are short, straight and thick. The hind legs are parallel to the rump. A dewlap in does is permissible.

Ears:

The ears are thick, rise from the crown of the head and lie close to the cheeks. The ears should hang down straight just behind the eyes.Ear length is a minimum of 11 to a maximum of 14 inches. 

Color(s)

Orange German Lop

All recognized colors are accepted as well as the butterfly pattern. The recognized color groups are:

Agouti: chinchilla, opal, and chestnut agouti.

Broken: white with colored spots, tricolors or patterns. 

Self: blue, black, lilac, chocolate, ruby eyed white (REW), and blue-eyed white (BEW).

Ticked: gold-tipped or silver-tipped (black/blue/chocolate/lilac) steel, silver fox, sable or smoke pearl steel.

Shaded: seal, tortoise, sable point, smoke pearl, sable, and frosted pearl.

Wideband: cream, red, orange and fawn.

Fur Type / Coat

Fur/Coat:

The fur is of normal length, very dense with strong guard hairs.

Average Life Span

On average German Lops live for up to 12 years. It’s not unusual to have teenage Lops, especially when kept as indoor pets.

Personality

As with all rabbits, they have individual personalities and it’s difficult to generalize when talking about “personality.” However, the majority of German Lops are known for having to be a quiet rabbit and is a little aggressive in comparison to other rabbits. But having said that you may find one that goes against this and could be completely the opposite!

The German Lop can be very lively at times and other times very still and calm.

Does

The females make very good mothers and can be bred from seven to eight months onwards. The number of babies in litters range from four to eight. Females are more productive in comparison to other lop breeds producing more kits in each litter and falling pregnant more often too.

Kits reach their minimum adult weight easily within sixteen weeks. After sixteen weeks they are satisfied with a small yogurt carton of rabbit mixture, good hay, and water. Obviously greens and roots can be supplied at the same time.

Purpose

German lops were created as a show rabbit, they are good for showing successfully for a few years. They were also bred to meet the demand of lops being a popular domestic pet.

Breed Status

If the current trend continues there can be little doubt that this

powerhouse of a lop will attract even more followers. Although

they have not spread widely across the globe it would

appear that their future is certainly safe in Britain. Their popularity is increasing year by year. You would probably find a dedicated breeder not too far from you!

Rabbit Care & Handling

German Lops have an ample undercoat with a dense coat that is slightly longer than the coat of the other lops. With their dense, slightly longer than normal coat, there can be problems at molt time. Because of their dense, longish coats, they are better housed outside, even if it is only during the molt season, to aid the rapid clearing of the coat.

Because of their pleasant nature, they can very easily be overfed, which means they may have difficulty grooming and cleaning themselves and are therefore more susceptible to flystrike.

Overweight does are much less likely to carry live babies and are generally more likely to fall prey to all manner of diseases

Whilst there are a few colored exhibits with dark feet i.e. the blacks, blues, and sooty fawns the majority of the popular colors of German Lops being exhibited have white or light feet. 

There are numerous ways of cleaning white or light-colored feet, and every exhibitor has their own secret method. 

Because it is mostly only bucks that are shown as adults (bucks are generally cleaner than does), with a little ingenuity and some from extra work the show buck can be kept clean. Show bucks should be kept on wood shavings to prevent them from getting sore hocks, therefore it is imperative that a regular supply of ‘white’ shavings that do not contain coloring or dye is provided.

They are good breeders and yield large litters that are normally very healthy. 

Here is a list of resources to help you care for your rabbits…

  • New Rabbit Checklist – General knowledge if you’re just getting started.
  • Breeding Rabbits – The best place to start if you are thinking about raising any breed of rabbits.
  • Pet Rabbit Guide – Information and resources on the subject of raising pet rabbits.
  • Health Guide – Up-to-date information & resources for ensuring your rabbit is in the best health.
  • Diet & Exercise – Extensive info about hay, water, safe foods, treats, weight management & FAQs on the diet. 

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Miranda Hawkins
Miranda currently lives just outside Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, 8-year old son, and what she lovingly calls her “zoo.” Miranda grew up in the Midwest and always had animals around while growing up. After graduating from college, she married her husband Sam and they moved to the mountains of Colorado where Miranda became very involved with the regional rabbit rescues.

Currently, her “zoo” includes two dogs, one rambunctious cat, and three indoor rabbits. Oliver, a delightful Black Otter Holland Lop, and Juniper, a gorgeous Opal Satin Angora, are a bonded pair and have been together for three years.

She had the pleasure of adding an energetic Fawn Flemish Giant to her family one year ago, named Sir Gregor. He had been abandoned outside a pet store and was put up for adoption. Miranda feels very blessed to have this lovable lagomorph living amongst her family and is a strong advocate for educating people about rabbits and how special they truly are.

Miranda has put together a team of rabbit lovers and breeders from across the country and hopes you will find the information and resources on the JustRabbits.com site beneficial. She loves to hear from her readers and looks forward to seeing many more people become loving responsible bunny parents.