Holland Lop is a breed of domestic rabbit that was recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) in 1979 and by the Netherlands’ Governing Rabbit Council in 1984. The Holland Lop, with a maximum weight of 4 lb (1.8 kg) (as stipulated by ARBA), is one of the smallest lop-eared breeds.
Holland Lops dial up the cuteness factor to high. Small and lop-eared, looking at them usually makes people’s hearts melt. It’s one of the most popular breeds in the United States.
The Holland Lop weighs no more than 4 pounds and has average length, rollback fur, and the distinctive lop ears. The standard of perfection for the breed calls for Holland Lops to have a compact body type that is short, massive, and thickset. It also specifies the ideal for the head, ears, fur, and other characteristics.
- Scientific Name: Oryctolagus cuniculus
- Origin Country: Holland
- Life Span: About 10 years
- Weight: 2 to 4 pounds
- Colors: Holland Lops are categorized into eight color groups for showing, with more than 30 recognized colors overall.
- Year Recognized By ARBA: 1979 (first official showing in 1980)
Holland Lop History
According to the brief history on the website of the Holland Lop Rabbit Specialty Club and the book “Domestic Rabbits And Their Histories” by Bob Whitman, this breed took more than a decade to develop. Adrian de Cock, a rabbit breeder in Holland, began the process in 1949. The origin breeds included mainly French Lops and Netherland Dwarfs, with one English Lop in the mix.
The Holland Lop breed was recognized by the national rabbit club in the Netherlands in 1964. The breed arrived in the United States in the mid-1970s. It was recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association at the 1979 convention in Tucson, Arizona, and shown for the first time as an official ARBA breed at the 1980 convention. Since then, it has grown to be one of the most popular rabbit breeds.
What is a Holland Lop?
This is a small, compact breed of rabbit which has a short, stocky body, a broad head, with a well- defined crown (or puff of fur/cartilage) at the back of the head, and the ears are lopped (hanging downwards rather than standing erect). Their fur is short, dense, and glossy when in good condition. Holland’s typically weigh between 2 – 4 pounds. 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.
In order to really let your Holland Lops’s personality bloom, it is important to give them plenty of time out of their enclosures/hutches. Indoor rabbits should be let out of their cages with access to roam around at least in one particular room, if not your entire home, in order to stretch out their legs, get some sunshine and most of all, interact with their favorite humans. These little guys are wonderful first pets whether it is for a single person, a couple or a family with younger or older children.
- Holland Lops make amazing pets! They have puppy-like temperaments and some will follow you around, begging for attention and love. Hollands are very doting.
- Lops are supposed to look bulky and chunky, with big heads and short ears on stumpy front legs.
- A common health problem in Holland Lops is their teeth. Since they have flat faces, they are prone to getting a condition known as malocclusion, which misaligned teeth. Usually this is genetic, and I have never had a case of it in my rabbitry. My rabbits do not carry that horrible problem. However, keep an eye on your Holland’s teeth. Sometimes chewing on the wire bars of their cage can cause malocclusion.
As with all rabbits, they have individual personalities and it’s difficult to generalize when talking about ‘personality’. However, the majority of Holland Lops are known for their excellent temperament, being more docile and gentle in comparison to some other popular breeds.
They are very intelligent and easy to litter-box train. Hollands are fast becoming the most popular breed as they make wonderful pets and are a perfect breed for young children, being easy to handle and craving of affection.
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