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).
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.
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BRC Standard Of Perfection –
- Type & Weight…30
- Head, Crown and Eyes & Ears…30
- Color and Pattern…15
ARBA Schedule Of Points
- Feet, Legs & Bone…10
- Color & Markings….
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
On average Holland Lops live for up to 10 years. It’s not unusual to have teenage Hollands, especially when kept as indoor pets.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.