Wednesday, May 12, 2010

World of French Lops.

Holland Lop Rabbits - All About This Popular Breed

One of the more popular breeds of bunnies is the super-cute Holland Lop. As their name would suggest, they were originally bred in the Netherlands in the 1960's and would easily be the second most popular breed of rabbit today (Netherlands Dwarf being the most popular).

Holland Lop rabbits are closely related to the Netherlands Dwarf having been crossed with these and the French Lop originally. They are sometimes referred to as the 'Netherlands Dwarf Lop' although this is not a name (or breed) recognised by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).

Holland Lops range in size from around 2 3/4 to 4 pounds so are by far the littlest lop on the block. They are bred to look much stockier than they actually are and many people are surprised to feel just how light they are when they pick one up.

How To Spot Holland Lop

These Lops are a very unique looking breed and easy to spot. Of course they have the cute-as-a-bug floppy lop ears (which should be short and wide) but their most distinctive features are the prominent crown on their head (the part between their ears) and small compact body. Their body should be twice as large as their head, compared to a commercial body type where the body is three times as large as the head.

They fall into 'normal fur type' and 'compact body shape' categories. They are officially recognized in over 20 colors but you're most likely to see them in White, Black (either broken or solid) and tortoise shell.


When it comes to personality, Holland Lops shine! While every bunny is an individual these lops are generally friendly, calm and very inquisitive. They are the extroverts of the bunny world and like to be the centre of attention.

Many bunny owners swear that their Holland Lop loves to snuggle and play more than most buns so it's easy to see why they have become so popular.

Holland Lop rabbits are a great choice for family pets. Their personality and size makes them easy to handle, and their unbearably cute looks make them hard to resist. A great choice!

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