What makes a lop rabbit? His floppy ears.
Lop rabbits are one of the oldest domesticated rabbit breeds. There are 5 types of lop rabbits recognized by the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association - photos courtesy of ARBA):
- English Lop: 9-10 lbs. or more. Ears can be 22-25" long! Oldest breed of domestic rabbit, developed in the 1800's.
- French Lop: 10 1/2 lbs. or more. Heavier than English Lop but shorter ears. Developed in France in the 1800's by crossing English Lops with Flemish Giants.
- Mini Lop (called Dwarf Lop in the UK): 4 1/2-6 1/2 lbs. Developed in Germany in the 1970's.
- Velveteen Lop : 5-6 1/2 lbs. Developed in the US. Not recognized as a breed yet but can be shown.
- American Fuzzy Lop: 3 1/2- 4 lbs. Resembles Holland Lop but with wool at least 2" long. Developed in the 1980's from "pure" Holland Lops that carried a "fuzzy" gene.
- Holland Lop (called Mini Lop in the UK): 3-4 lbs. The smallest of the lop breeds. Developed in Holland in the 1960's.