The Holland Lop is not recognized by the BRC, (British Rabbit Council) but is included as a breed by the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association).

Notes:

The BRC recognizes the Miniature Lop which is the equivalent of the US Holland Lop, however, the Miniature Lop can be smaller. Hollands or Miniature Lops have also been called the Dwarf Lop and the Netherland Dwarf Lop. 

Breed NameBRC CodeARBA CodeCountry of Origin
Miniature LopL8Netherlands
Holland LopHLNetherlands

BRC Standard Of Perfection –

Miniature Lop

  • Type & Weight…30
  • Coat…20
  • Head, Crown and Eyes & Ears…30
  • Color and Pattern…15
  • Condition…5

Total Points….100

ARBA Schedule Of Points

General Type….(84)

  • Body….32
  • Head….24
  • Ears….10
  • Crown….8
  • Feet, Legs & Bone…10
  • Fur….7
  • Color & Markings….
  • Condition….5

Total Points….100

History 

The Holland Lop is the smallest breed of Lop-eared bunny tying with the American Fuzzy Lop.

The original breeder of the Holland Lop was Adrain De Cock, his goal was to produce a miniature version of the French Lop.  He started by breeding a white Netherland Dwarf female to a French Lop male but obtained an undesirable litter. He tried switching the sexes and the litter of six kits all had normal straight earss 

Subsequent testing of different breeds eventually led to an interbreed that presented with the French lop characteristics. The Holland Lop was recognized as a new breed in 1964.

ARBA Acceptance

The breed was brought to the United States in 1976 where they were subsequently recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1979.

 Holland Lop Varieties

Holland Lops come in a variety of colors. There are currently 84. 

Size, Weight, Shape & Ears

Size:

Hollands lops are a dwarf breed and are the smallest breed of lop-eared dwarf rabbits weighing between 2-4 pounds full grown. 

 The Holland Lop is a short, compact rabbit. Its body length to head ratio should be approximately 2:1, unlike a commercial rabbit which is approximately 3:1. When evaluating the size of the head there are two important factors to consider. First, the size of the head is proportional to the size of the body and will be smaller on a 3 pound Holland than on a 4 pound Holland.

Weight:

A Junior rabbit is under six months of age and must not weigh less than 2lbs to be shown. A Senior rabbit is six months or older and must not weigh more than 4 lbs to be shown.

Shape:

The Holland lop is to be heavily muscled and equally balanced in length, depth, and width of the body. The general aspect of the body is short, massive and thickset.

The shoulders should be deep with depth carried back to the hindquarters and the chest should be broad and well filled. The width of the shoulders should be nearly equal to but not greater than the width of the hindquarters. 

Ears:

The ears of a Holland lop are a crucial factor in showing. The ARBA breed standard offers a huge 42 points out of the total 100 points for the Head, Ears & Crown combined. Because of the lop nature of the ears, they are influenced by the shape of the head and crown.

 A good ear, as defined by the ARBA is short and rounded at the tips. A good term to help create a mental image is “teaspoon shaped”. The ear should also lay wide and open against the head.

A bad ear would be the opposite, of course, but also the ear should not be too long. The ear should not fall longer than one inch below the chin.

Color(s)

The many different color varieties of Holland Lop which can be divided into eight groups:

Self: BEW, Black, Lilac, Blue, Chocolate, and REW.

Shaded: Sable Point, Smoke Pearl, Siamese Sable, Tort (Black, Blue, Chocolate, and Lilac), and Seal. 

Agouti: Chestnut, Opal, Lynx, Chocolate Agouti, Chocolate Chinchilla, and Squirrel

Tan Pattern: Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac Otters.

Wide Band: Red, Cream, Frosty, Orance, awn, Frosty, Orange, and Tri-colors.

Pointed White: Blue, Black, Chocolate, and Lilac Pointed Whites.

Ticked: Gold Tipped and Silver Tipped Steels (Black, Chocolate, Blue and Lilac).

Broken: Any color in conjunction with white.

Fur Type / Coat

Fur/Coat:

The fur is to be glossy, dense, fine in texture and uniform in length.  

Hollands should have a definite appearance of health and vigor. They should have a good coat, firmly set in the pelt.  They should have firm flesh – neither too fat (soft and flabby) or too thin (bony).

Average Lifespan

On average Holland Lops live for up to 10 years. It’s not unusual to have teenage Hollands, 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 Holland Lops are known for their excellent temperament. They are more docile and gentle in comparison to some breeds.

They are very intelligent and easy to litter-box train. Hollands are fast becoming the most popular breed as they make wonderful pets and are a perfect breed for young children, being easy to handle and craving affection.

Does

Female Holland Lops are generally very sweet, getting just a little grumpy when they go through the teenage stage or when they are in heat. They may grunt and sometimes box, however not all does are like this.

Bucks

Bucks are probably cuddlier and never go through a teenage cranky stage. Some bucks will spray if you have a doe around that is in heat. Bucks, in general, make better pets as they do love attention and are almost dog-like in character.

Purpose

Holland lops were created purely as a show breed with their small size is a primary factor.

They are very popular on the show table, as well as companion rabbits and house pets.

Breed Status

Hollands are in no way rare and their popularity is increasing year on year. You would probably find a dedicated breeder not too far from you!

Rabbit Care & Handling

A Holland Lop rabbit does require a certain amount of grooming. They shed or molt in the Autumn and Spring. A good wire brush will help remove all excess fur.  This is good practice so your rabbit does not ingest “hairballs” when they groom themselves.

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.