Breed History and Origin
The Holland Lops breed got its start in the 1950s in Netherlands. A Dutch breeder, Adriann de Cock, wanted to combine the qualities of a French Lop, and a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit. These two breeds are very different, both in size and qualities. The first litter of six were unsuccessful and did not represent the qualities of the Holland Lops we know and love today. In 1952, de Cock took a doe from that litter of six and bred her with an English Lop buck. After several hits and misses of breeding from these litters, de Cock successfully bred a Holland Lops with the characteristics we see today.
The Holland Lop breed was recognized by Netherlands’ Governing Rabbit Council in 1964 and then the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association by 1976.
Holland Lops are the smallest of the Lop breed. There is a common misconception between Hollands and Mini Lops. Mini Lops are twice the size of Holland lops. A Holland Lops will weigh between 2-4 lbs full grown. Brood does can weigh in the 5 lb range, in which case, about half the babies in her litter can genetically weigh more than the average sized Holland Lops. We do not guarantee weight on any baby from us.
Holland Lops come in a variety of colors and patterns. Lops have a trademark look and that's their floppy ears. It's completely normal for Lops babies to have helicopter ears for the first few months of their life. As they mature, even at 2 months, their ears get floppy. When we're taking our baby pictures, it's typical for ears to be all over the place.
Holland Lops can live 8-10 years, which is why choosing to get a rabbit companion is important. You need to be committed. Holland Lops require daily affection, attention, and exercise. Although some things are similar to that of a cat or dog, rabbits have unique needs that differ.