Lop-eared rabbits are certainly cute and at the moment the breeds that fall within this type are all extremely popular.

What is a lop-eared rabbit?

A rabbit whose ears fall vertically from their head is called a “Lop.”

The lop rabbit family has grown considerably over the last decade. The English Lop is the oldest and rarest of the lop-eared breeds.

How Many Lop Breeds?

Believe it or not, there are currently 19 varieties of lop rabbits in the world today! Of course, not all of them are recognized by the BRC or the ARBA, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Here’s the quick list:

  1. Cashmere Lop
  2. Giant Cashmere Lop
  3. Mini Cashmere Lop
  4. Mini Lop 
  5. English Lop
  6. French Lop
  7. German Lop
  8. Meissner Lop
  9. Holland Lop 
  10. Lionhead
  11. Miniature Lion Lop
  12. American Fuzzy Lop
  13. Velveteen Lop
  14. Lorraine Lop (One Lop-Ear)
  15. Dwarf Lorraine Lop (One Lop-Ear)
  16. Plush Lop
  17. Mini Plush Lop
  18. Canadian Plush Lop
  19. Teddywidder

Then there is the Furless.  Despite this rabbit being born with no hair at all, it did have lop ears!

Lop-Eared Rabbit Breeds

Below is a list of some common lop-eared rabbit breeds.

Cashmere Lop

Still a small breed, weighing only 51/4 lbs – the maximum allowed for the show table. This breed needs a lot of grooming but makes a wonderful pet.

Mini Cashmere Lop

Weighing a maximum of only 3 1/2 lbs, this little cutie needs a lot of grooming but makes a wonderful pet. They also love the company of others.

There is also a larger breed known as the Giant Cashmere Lop.

Mini Lop

This breed also called the Dwarf Lop in the UK, is normally very laid back, loving, and lively. They are great with kids and very easy to house train

English Lop

These rabbits are known for their excellent temperament and amiable, outgoing personalities. They are more docile and gentle in comparison to other breeds.

French Lop

Initially bred in the 19th century, they are a mixed breed from English Lops and the Butterfly Rabbit of France. They were originally bred as meat rabbits.  They weigh over 11 lbs so are not ideal for small children but can be great companion pets.

German Lop

Slightly smaller than the French Lop, they are a friendly, playful breed. They make excellent pets and can be taught to use a litter-box and come when called.

Meissner Lop

This is a rare breed and similar to the French Lop but more slender and known for their beautiful profile and striking silver-dusted coat.

Holland Lop 

Popular house pets and usually great with children, easily litter box trained, they are known for their sweet temperament and even have a certain dog-like tenacity.

Miniature Lion Lop

Developed from the larger Lionhead rabbit they can have single and double “manes” and weigh no more than 3.8 lbs.

American Fuzzy Lop

Similar to the Holland Lop but with wool hair that is similar to the Angora. They have a playful cat-like personality and a face to match.

Lops are very popular nowadays and new breeds are still in development. 

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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.