The Mini Lop is the smallest breed of Lop rabbit. The adult mini lop weighs in at approx. 3 1/2 Lbs. They are very laid back rabbits, have excellent temperaments and do make wonderful house rabbits and companions. They love attention and love to be picked up, cuddled and handled. They are also very easy to house train. They have short hair which is very easy to maintain. In America the Mini Lop is known as the Holland Lop. Although lop rabbits ears are drooped to the side of the head, this in no way impairs their hearing compared to breeds with ears sticking up!
Mini Lops were derived from German lops called Kleine Widder lops, but it is thought that a variety of breeds have been used in developing the Mini Lop that is found in the United States today. Mini Lops were recognized as their own accepted breed in the United States in 1982, but neither they nor the Holland Lop are yet recognized in England.
Besides having the characteristic floppy ears, Mini Lops have a muscular build with broad shoulders, deep chests, and short, thick legs. Their adult size is generally only about 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 pounds.
Mini Lop rabbits come in all colors, though they are especially seen in fawn, white, fawn and white, black and white, and tortoise shell colors.