With the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) putting their maximum weight at a teeny 4 pounds, the Holland Lop is by far the smallest of the four lop breeds (English, French and Mini making up the other three). It is a very popular house rabbit because of its small size, gentle nature and sheer cuteness!
Holland Lop rabbits are also known as Netherland Dwarf Lops however the ARBA only officially recognises two breeds of dwarf rabbit – the Netherland Dwarf and the Dwarf Hotot. However they are related to the Netherland Dwarf as the breed was developed through crossing the Netherland with the French Lop. The French Lop contributed the large, floppy ears and the Netherland the compact size.
As with all lop bunnies the most recognisable and cutest feature of this breed are its drooping, loppy ears. It is a small compact rabbit who likes to be part of the family.
Everyone loves their own bunny and thinks they are beautiful but there are definite standards for every breed. This is what the judges look for in a Holland Lop:
- Strong bones
- Short front feet
- Short body
- Wide muzzle.
Holland Lops are officially recognised in a huge range of colors so there is bound to be one to suit you! They are:
- Blue Eyed White
- Chestnut Agouti
- Chocolate Agouti
- Chocolate Chinchilla
- Otter (Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac varieties)
- Pointed White (Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac points)
- Ruby Eyed White
- Sable Point
- Siamese Sable
- Smoke Pearl
- Steel (Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac varieties)
- Tortoise (Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac varieties)
The classic Holland Lop is a real charmer. He is curious, definitely interactive (this guy loves to play) and seeks out attention. They are inquisitive and will do well in a family that keeps them challenged with games and toys. A well socialised Holland Lop won’t display signs of aggression when handled but of course there are always exceptions!
Holland Lop Life Span
The Holland Lop life span is around 10 years however this is dependant on a number of factors. Indoor rabbits tend to live longer as they are more protected from the elements and predators.
Contact a Club
These friendly, attractive rabbits have an understandably large fan base in the US and across the world and there are likely to be breeders and clubs near to you. The official American-based club for the breed is the ‘Holland Lop Rabbit Specialty Club’. There are over 25 clubs affiliated to HLRSC so you are bound to find one near you.