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:
- Cashmere Lop
- Giant Cashmere Lop
- Mini Cashmere Lop
- Mini Lop
- English Lop
- French Lop
- German Lop
- Meissner Lop
- Holland Lop
- Miniature Lion Lop
- American Fuzzy Lop
- Velveteen Lop
- Lorraine Lop (One Lop-Ear)
- Dwarf Lorraine Lop (One Lop-Ear)
- Plush Lop
- Mini Plush Lop
- Canadian Plush Lop
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.
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.
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.
These rabbits are known for their excellent temperament and amiable, outgoing personalities. They are more docile and gentle in comparison to other breeds.
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.
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.
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.
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.