I have kept a variety of pet rabbits and enjoy sharing what I've learned about bunny care with others. If you've ever been to a pet store, then you are probably already familiar with the Mini Lop also known as the Holland Lop. These little floppy-eared bunnies have found great favor in the pet trade, in spite of the fact that oftentimes they are more skittish and less friendly than their larger, less compact counterparts.
The fact of the matter is, Mini Lops are ridiculously cute, especially as kits, and it is hard to resist their little faces and big floppy ears. Mini Lops can be good pets, but think of them a little like terriers. A terrier may be a small dog, but it needs a great deal of space to run in. Even though your Mini Lop may be small, he or she will probably need more space and exercise than a larger rabbit. Mini Lops are also known for being more temperamental in general, so be prepared to spend some time with your bunny before he or she becomes the cuddly little critter you had hoped for.
However, this is one of those times where people disagree. Some people find Mini Lops to be the most charming creatures on planet Earth and claim that they love to be handled and to love and snuggle on you.
My personal experience is that they will leave scars if you annoy them too much—but, as always, there are exceptions to every breed standard and to every supposition. Bright eyes and nice floppy ears are the most noticeable features of the Mini Lop's head. The eyes should not be too close together, and they should be nice and large.
The ears should hang nicely, and the inner part of the ear should not be visible when the rabbit is at rest. The body should be round and compact.
These are strong little rabbits, and they should look it. Their coat should be dense and not too long or too short. The Mini Lop should be well-furred, so bare pads of the feet are considered a fault. Ears that are carried poorly or lopsidedly ironically enough are also considered a fault. A rabbit that does not have a nicely shaped head and 'crown' the area between the bunny's ears is also considered to be faulty.
Many people crossbreed lops to create various new versions. Overall, Mini Lops have proven to be a wildly popular choice for both breeders and pet keepers alike. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.
Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Hi, I hope anyone can help to determine what kind of breeds are my rabbits are? Please refer to link below, thank you. Please edit this article as it is very miss leading Holland lops and mini lops are two completely different breeds though they look similar through certain pictures they are not similar at all other than both having Lopped ears Mini lops are actually quite a bit bigger in size almost doubling the size of a Holland which is actually a dwarf breed!
Mini lops and holland lops are NOT the same, mini lops grow double the size! Very misleading. I love bunnies and they are such a wonderful friend for your children it gives them a responsibility and it makes them fell as if they have a child and I just love holland lop bunnies my self I have one named marshmellow and he is justs a joy to be around he is the best thing ever.!
When reading about the many varieties of domestic rabbits, I have always seen information about Holland Lops appear under the heading "Holland Lop. On the other hand, I have always found information about Mini Lops under the heading, "Mini Lop" or, less commonly, "Miniature Lop," or, "Mini Lop-Ear"and categorized as a separate, different breed, than Holland Lops. I've not seen the two names, "Holland Lop," and, "Mini Lop," used interchangeably excluding this.
I'm given to understand as I was not alive at the timethat the keeping of house rabbits as pets only really just got started in the late s. This was followed by a rather slow, but steady, increase in the popularity of keeping pet house rabbits in the US, through the s and most of the s.
Holland Lop Rabbit (Facts, Diet, Size, Temperament, Care)
The keeping of rabbits as pets remained quite rare throughout this time. Only in the early s did keeping rabbits as companion animals come to be considered merely uncommon, as opposed to very rare, in the United States. The late s, and up to the present, has seen massive exponential growth in the popularity of pet house rabbits in the States- even so, rabbits are still considered somewhat unusual pets.
For example, as specified by state laws in the US, domestic pet house rabbit companion animals are classified as an, "Exotic Species," type of household companion animal.They are known as Dwarf Lops in Europe. Sometime before he obtained a French Lop buck and bred it to a white Netherland Dwarf doe. He assumed that the litter would end up being smaller like the doe or at the very least, smaller then the French Lop.
This resulted with rabbits with the short and erect ears, proving that this would be a dominate gene. In he bred a doe from this litter back to an English Lop buck.
One in this litter had lopped ear carriage, while others had erect ears and a few had ears that appeared to be half lopped.
The lopped bunny was a doe, but very aggressive by nature and was never successfully bred. DeCock tried breeding a doe with one lopped ear from the second litter, to a buck from the first litter.
This resulted with even more lopped earred rabbits. By DeCock had the first Holland Lop which weighed between 4. By he presented rabbits weighing 4lbs for acceptance. In DeCock and twelve others formed a Holland Lop Specialty Club, which worked hard on breeding the weights even lower, which is the weight standard we have today.
Visit the Lop Color Guide for pictures and descriptions of colors for this breed. The body is to be short in length and heavily muscled. The depth, width and length should be roughly the same in size, well rounded, heavily muscled, compact and very well balanced. Some does may develop a dewlap which preferably should be small and balanced with the rest of the body. Excessively large dewlaps are a fault.
The head should also be thought of as a perfectly squared box. It should be thick and wide and well balanced with the body, with a full muzzle. The crown should be strongly defined with lots of cartilage. A good crown will also cause the ears to be thick, wide and un-folding. The legs should be short and thick as well as straight with strong bone.
The fur should be dense and glossy, as well as the same length about 1 inch. A good coat will slowly return to position when the rabbit is stroked from the hindquarters up towards the shoulders. Tips for getting a good showable Holland Lop. As always check condition, if it is well groomed, kept clean and check to make sure it is free of disease check ears, eyes, nose, genitals.
Holland Lops are supposed to be under 4lbs. Look for one that is small and compact with good depth, not over weight or it maybe hard to keep it under that limit. Brood does are the only exception because larger does while not extremely fat produce larger litters and will often throw thicker bone.
Look for a good head that balances with the body. The ears should be covered in light fur and the feet should be wide and thick. Also check and make sure eye color match the color of the animal eg.
Look at the line and check for inbreeding, or if it has the colors you would like to see if you want to breed.Not all rabbit breeds made it into this world naturally. Some were created with the help of careful breeders who wanted to ensure that their clients got the best bunnies that money could buy. The Holland Lop got its start in the s in Netherlands. These are two very different breeds, so it was an intriguing mix to say the least.
Sadly, The resulting litter of six was unsuccessful. This was because their ears were erect and did not have the loping effect of the Holland Lop we know and love today. Inde Cock took a doe from that litter of six and bred her with an English Lop buck. The rest, as they say, is history. Ever since then, the whole world has enjoyed having the incredible Holland Lop in their lives. They have a wide, yet short body. This consequently gives these rabbits a compact body shape. They pose similarly to a cat, resting mostly on their hind legs and only slightly on their two front feet.
The crown should be thick and wide and raised above the head. T he ears are well-furred and thick and they are in the shape of a teaspoon rounded tips and wider at the bottom. The slack ears that frame their adorable faces only add to the appeal these bunnies have for prospective owners. These rabbits were bred to be as adorable as possible, so you can expect them to worm their way into your heart at first site.
The Holland Lop is one of the most popular rabbit breeds, both in the United States and around the world. Easy-going, sweet, and friendly, the Holland Lop will win you over with its wonderful personality. These bunnies will love you right back and bring joy to any home.
It is dense and medium in length.
This smooth and glossy coat does not require much grooming to keep it in good condition. So in addition to being adorable and lovable, the Holland Lop is a low-maintenance rabbit breed. No wonder children everywhere go so ga-ga for these things! As a rule of thumb, a weekly or bi-weekly grooming session should suffice. Simply brush your bunny with a slicker brush or a fur splitter aka a wide toothed comb to keep their coat tangle-free and lustrous.
Rabbits are avid groomers, and as a result will ingest a lot of their own hair. So the goal of brushing this bunny is to minimize the amount of loose hair your pet will ingest. Never forget to do this. Hair brushing is particularly important during the molting season. At the change of seasons, you may notice your rabbit will begin to shed a little more than usual.Holland lops have a very sturdy look, but they weigh only about four pounds.
They have rather flat, baby faces and floppy ears. Hollands come in many solid and broken varieties, with tortoise and broken tortoise being very common. Holland lops have dense, rollback fur. Hollands are some of the most popular rabbits in the United States and other countries throughout the world, including Canada, Japan, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Holland lops originated in the Netherlands. Hollands came to the U.
Like other rabbits with rollback coats, Hollands need little grooming. Hollands are posed differently than most other breeds in the compact group.
They should be posed with their front paws lightly on the table, with the head high on the shoulders. This will show their deep chest and thick front legs. The solid group is made up of all other recognized varieties: chestnut agouti, chocolate agouti, chinchilla, chocolate chinchilla, lynx, opal, squirrel, pointed white black, blue, chocolate, lilacblack, blue, chocolate, lilac, blue eyed white, red eyed white, sable point, Siamese sable, seal, smoke pearl, tortoise black, blue, chocolate, lilacotter black, blue, chocolate, lilacsteel black, blue, chocolate, lilaccream, fawn, frosty, orange, and red.
A Holland lop with a short, thick, and massive looking body. When properly posed the depth of the shoulders should be carried back to the hindquarters, which should be of equal or slightly greater depth.
The width of the shoulders should be nearly equal to, but not greater than, the width of the hindquarters.
Look for hindquarters that are broad, well rounded, deep, and full at the base. Overall, Hollands should be well muscled, close-coupled, compact, and have good balance.
Does are allowed to have a small dewlap. In profile the head should be well rounded from the base of the ears to the eyes, flattened between the eyes and muzzle, and round again from the muzzle to the neck. The eyes should be round and bold. Overall the head should appear massive and be set close to the shoulders.
The ears should hang down vertically, close to the cheeks. The openings should be turned in, toward the head. The ears and crown should resemble a horseshoe shape when viewing the rabbit from the front. Look for ears that are wide, thick, well covered in fur, and round at the tips.
Ears should hang down just behind the eye, and be no more than one inch below the line of the jaw. The ears should balance with the head and body. Hollands should have a strongly defined crown that is positioned properly on the head. It should consist of cartilage and dense fur on the top of the head, adding to the massive look characteristic of the breed. The crown should start just behind the eyes.
Look for Holland lops with legs that are rather short and thick, that are straight and heavily boned. On broken patterned rabbits, white toenails are preferred, but colored or mismatched nails are not disqualified. It should have a uniform length of about 1 inch.
Rabbits lacking good depth of body, or long, narrow body. Shoulders that are low, long, or narrow. Hindquarters that are flat, narrow, chopped, pinched, or undercut.
Does with large dewlaps. Ears that are pointed instead of rounded, narrow, thin, or folded.General Type ……………………………. Junior Bucks and Does —Under 6 months of age. Minimum weight 2 pounds. All colors are to be shown as Solid or Broken Pattern.
Recognized colors within a group are not to be judged separately. When ideally posed and viewed from the front, the head should be carried high on the shoulders, and close to the shoulders, exposing a deep, well filled chest and short, thick front legs. Holland Lops should not be pushed down with the forelegs flat on the table. Holland Lops are generally of an excitable nature and will often exhibit poor ear carriage when being handled on the show table.
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The shoulders and chest should be broad and well filled. The shoulders should be deep, with the depth exhibited at the shoulders of an ideally posed animal being carried back to hindquarters of equal or slightly greater depth. The width of the shoulders should be nearly equal to, but not exceed the width of the hindquarters. The hindquarters should be broad, deep, well rounded, and well filled to the lower portions. The animals is to be heavily muscled, short-coupled, compact, and well balanced is length, width, and depth.
A small, simple dewlap is permitted in does. Faults —Lacking depth throughout the body; long, low or narrow shoulders; chopped, pinched, or undercut hindquarters flatness over the hips; large dewlap in does.
Fault severely for long or narrow body. When viewed from the side, the head is round from the base of the ears, to a slight flattening between the eyes and the muzzle and then to continue rounding from the lower portion to the muzzle to the neck. The eye is to be bold and deep set.
The head is to be massive in appearance and set high and close to the shoulders. The size of the head is to be in proportion to the size of the body. Faults —Pinched muzzle; narrowness between the eyes; head too small to balance with the body. Fault severely for narrow or long head. The ears should hang close to the cheeks, with the openings turned towards the head.
When viewed from the front, the outline of the ears and crown should resemble a horseshoe shape. The ears should be thick, well furred, wide and well rounded at the tips. The ears should hang just behind the eyes and extend no more than 1 inch below the jaw line.
Ear length and width should balance with the size of the head and body. Faults —Pointed, narrow, thin or folded ear; poor ear carriage or placement; ear length which does not balance with the size of the animal.
White toenails are preferred on Broken Pattern animals. Broken Patterned animals are not to be disqualified for colored or mismatched toenails. Faults —Colored or mismatched toenails on Broken patterned animals. Fault severely for long legs, narrow legs, or fine bone.
Disqualifications from Competition—General toenail disqualifications apply on Solid Pattern animals. General toenail disqualifications, except toenail color, apply on Broken Pattern animals. The fur is to be approximately 1 inch in length and is to gradually roll back into normal position when it is stroked from the hindquarters to the shoulders.
The Solid pattern classification includes all recognized colors within the recognized groups. The Broken pattern classification includes all recognized colors within the recognized groups in combination with white. Broken pattern animals—Unbalanced nose markings; white on one or both ears, incomplete eye circles, uneven pattern distribution.Baby rabbits start out life as tiny, fluffy animals.
However, in the first year, rabbits grow quickly. The age at which rabbits stop growing depends on a variety of different factors. Rabbits reach maturity at different ages, depending upon their breed. Smaller rabbits, such as Netherland Dwarfs, reach their adult size at months old. Most medium-sized rabbits reach their adult size between 6 and 10 months. Kits are separated from their mothers at around 8 weeks old before being sold on by breeders and pet shops. At 8 weeks, rabbits still require extra protein and fat in their diet to enable them to grow and thrive.
Rabbits may increase in size after they become sexually mature. At this stage, most rabbits have stopped gaining weight. However, some breeds of rabbits reach their full size much earlier while others may continue to grow. Your rabbit may not reach the average size for its breed, or it may exceed it slightly. Some rabbits stop growing earlier or later than others of the same breed, depending on their genetics, diet, and living environment. Rex rabbits are a popular breed, known for their dense and velvety fur.
They have long upright ears and are available in at least 30 coat colors. There are two varieties: the standard Rex and mini Rex. Both breeds look similar and have similar temperaments. The only difference between the two breeds is their size.
As their name suggests, the mini rex is much smaller than the standard rex. Standard Rexes are considered medium-sized rabbits.
They usually weigh between 7. They usually reach their full body size between 8 and 9 months of age. Mini Rex rabbits weigh between 3 lbs and 4. They achieve this weight at months of age. Dutch rabbits are recognizable due to their distinctive coat pattern. The front half of their body is white while their back end is dark.
Their ears and eye areas are also dark with a blaze of white going down the middle of their face. Their dark markings can be various colors such as chocolate, black, or grey. Dutch rabbits are a small-to-medium-sized breed.
They reach 3. New Zealand rabbits are from California, and were traditionally bred for their meat and pelt. However, they are gaining popularity as pets and show rabbits. Among these, white is the most well-known.
New Zealand Whites have a genetic defect called albinism, which also gives them pink eyes. A medium to large-sized rabbit, New Zealands are muscular and broad. Females does normally weigh pounds, while bucks males are smaller, between lbs. They reach maturity around 9 to 10 months of age. Angora rabbits are best known for their long, luxurious coat, which has been bred to resemble wool. It grows continuously, and is exceptionally thick.
Some keepers of Angora rabbits collect the shed wool and use it to make socks, scarves, and sweaters.The Holland Lop was created in the Netherlands by Adriann de Cock whose purpose was to have the results of a miniature French lop. This was done by breeding French Lops with the Netherland Dwarfand strengthening the lop gene by adding in some English Lop blood. However, this breed can be smaller than their Dutch relative.
Additionally, the Miniature Lop, found in the U. What is a Holland Lop? Their fur is short, dense, and glossy when in good condition. This breed is very popular and well known for having a sweet temperament and therefore they are often a favorite breed to have as a pet, as they tend to do well with children. Lionhead rabbit. Flemish giant. Mini rex. Holland Lops are small and easy to handle and require only basic grooming. They do well with weekly brushings, and regular nail trimmings being done on the average of once per month.
Their diet should primarily consist of timothy hay, plus a good, high quality pellet feed, as well as clean, fresh drinking water. Giving treats is ok, as long as it is done so in moderation and only with rabbit-safe items. And as it also is with any rabbit, they do require attention.
No rabbit should be just tossed into a cage and left there. They are social animals that need exercise and they thrive on companionship. Otherwise, due to their small size and gentle temperament, Hollands make good pets for children, as they are one of the easier breeds to hold and care for. The illusive perfect Holland Lop would therefore score a total of points on the show tables.
When posed correctly, well-typed Hollands should give the over-all resemblance of looking at a miniature bull-dog.Holland Lop Bunny Q\u0026A - and Baby Bunny Update
The correct pose of the rabbit is to be sitting up-right. It should appear that the rabbit is sitting on his rear-end, propped up by the front legs, with both feet resting on the table and the hind feet, squarely tucked under its body. The legs should ideally be short and thick, giving the appearance of short, thick tree-stumps. Continental giant. Netherland dwarf. Californian rabbit.