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Recognized Colors of The Mini Lop rabbit


Groups: Agouti, broken, pointed white, self, shaded, ticked, wide band


Classifications:  Solid pattern, broken pattern


Showroom weights of the Mini Lop rabbit


Sr. Bucks - 6 months of age and over, weight 4 1/2 - 6 1/2 lbs. Ideal weight 6 lbs.


Sr. Does - 6 months of age and over, weight 4 1/2 - 6 1/2 lbs, Ideal weight 6 lbs.


Jr. Bucks & Does - Under 6 months of age, weight not over 6 lbs. Min weight 3 lbs.


The Mini Lop is a very popular rabbit breed that is featured in numerous rabbit shows throughout the United States. In the USA, it is the second smallest Lop overall, as well as the smallest non-dwarfed lop. It is a different breed from the Holland Lop, which is the smallest (and only dwarf lop) of lop breeds in the USA. Its equivalent in the UK is the Dwarf Lop; however there is a breed called the Miniature Lop in that area, which is the equivalent of the Holland Lop here in the United States.

The main characteristics of this breed of rabbit is a short massive-looking body, a big, blocky head, lopped ears, and thick, soft fur. Breeders attempt to make it feel like a basketball with legs, a head, and a tail. Ideally this rabbit should resemble a Bulldog in appearance.

Bob Herschbach discovered the Mini Lop breed at a German National Rabbit Show in Essen, Germany in 1972, where it was known as a Klein Widder. These first Mini Lops were originated from the German Big Lop and the small Chinchilla. These two breeds came originally in Agouti and white colors.

German lops were about 8 lb (3.6 kg), slender and large with a snipey head and thick ears. Herschbach, a Mini Lop promoter, achieved the first procreation of Mini Lops in the United States, mainly through breeding an agouti lop pair and a white female lop in 1972. Their first baby lops were solid colors. A second generation came with broken colors. As a result of the breeding process, they began to obtain a high standard of qualities Mini Lop.

In 1974, when Herschbach's Mini Lop rabbits made their debut in an American Rabbit Breeders' Association (ARBA) convention held in Ventura, California. The outcome was that the breed needed to be downsized to a more compact, attractive size. In order to achieve this, Herschbach enlisted the assistance of other breeders by letting them breed more of his Mini Lops. One final touch resulted in changing the breed name from Klein Widders to "Mini Lop" to make it more appealing to the public.

In 1977 the Mini Lop breed was under new sponsorship; Herb Dyke was the person in charge of this task.

In 1978, Herschbach and Dyke created a correspondence club for the Mini Lops. Within a year, they had over 500 members who had contacted the ARBA with support for the Mini Lop rabbit. In 1980, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the National Rabbit Convention, this breed marked its success when it was recognized as an official rabbit breed sanctioned by ARBA.

Shortly after, the Mini Lop Club of America was founded to promote it.

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Groups: Agouti -- Broken -- Pointed White -- Shaded -- Ticked -- Wide Band

Schedule Of Points
General Type..............................................80
Feet & Legs.......................................5
Color & Markings........................................5
Total Points..............................................100

To Be Entered In Two Classifications:

Solid Pattern ............. Broken Pattern
Show Room Classes And Weights
Senior Bucks -- 6 months of age and over, weight 4 1/2 to 6/1/2 pounds.
Ideal weight 5 1/2 pounds.

Senior Does -- 6 months of age and over, weight 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 pounds.
Ideal weight 6 pounds.

Junior Bucks/Does -- Under 6 months of age, weight not over 6 pounds.

Note That: No animal may be shown in a higher age classification than its true age. No animal may be shown in a lower age classification than its true age.

Note That: It is very important the a Mini Lop be posted properly. When correctly posed, the toes of the front feet will be resting just under the cheeks and even with the eyes. The toes of the rear feet will be even with the haunch or thigh joints. If the rear feet are pushed up under the belly or rib section, the rabbit is not posed properly and can not be accurately evaluated.

General Type

Body -- 43 points: The general aspect is of a massive, thickset body. Shoulders are to be broad, with good depth, well filled, and rising to a slightly heavier hindquarter that is broad, deep, smooth, rounded and with the lower hips being well filled. There should be a slight taper from the heavier hindquarters to the shoulders. The Mini Lop is to be heavily muscled, compact, and balanced. A dewlap is permitted on does and should balance with the rest of the body.

Faults -- Long, narrow body; flatness over shoulders or hips; chopped off or undercut hindquarter; any specimen that shows raciness; large dewlap on does.

Head -- 16 Points: The head is to be strongly developed and sturdy, without being too narrow. It is to be wider in bucks and finer in does. The head is to be set closely on the shoulders, with the neck being as short as possible. The crown of the head is to be boldly arched. There should be a slight curvature of the skull from the base of the crown toward the nose. The head should ne bold and balance with the rest of the body.

Faults -- Long, narrow head; pointed nose.


Ears -- 16 Points: Ears are to be well placed on top of head, rising from a strong basal ridge, and lopping vertically on both sides of the head. The ears should hang close to the cheeks, with the openings turned toward the head. The outline of the ears and crown should resemble a horseshoe shape. The length and width of the ears are to be in proportion, and balance with the size of the head and body. The ears should be well furred and well rounded at their extremities.

Faults -- Poor ear carriage; narrow ears; very thick or very thin ears; folds in the ear; ear openings that turn away from head.

Feet & Legs -- 5 Points: Legs are to be thick, short, and straight. Toenails in Broken Pattern group may be light or dark; a difference in pigmentation between rear and front toenails is permitted, but all front toenails should match and all rear toenails should match.

Faults -- Unmatched toenails in Broken Pattern group.

Disqualification from Competition -- General toenail color disqualifications apply on all Solid Pattern animals.

Fur -- 10 Points: (Rollback) Coat is to be glossy, lustrous, uniform, medium in length, very thick and dense, with a good roll back.

Faults -- Coat which is silky; long & harsh; long & thin; extremely short.

Color & Markings -- 5 Points: Solid Pattern is to include all recognized colors within the recognized groups. The Broken Pattern is to include any recognized color within a recognized group in conjunction with white. Broken Pattern is to include a butterfly pattern with wings outlined in white on the muzzle area of the face, solid color circles around each eye, and solid colored ears preferred. Body color should be evenly distributed in patched or blanketed markings. On the Broken Pattern, the front feet should be white, with elbow spots desirable. The rear feet may be white, colored, or partially colored. Color is to be considered only when all other points on rabbits are equal. The distribution of the color and marking points for the Brokens are 2 1/2 points for color and 2 1/2 points for markings.

Faults -- Excessive white hairs in the Solid Pattern group; partial nose markings or eye circles in the Broken Pattern group; Brokens with so much color on the face, that it makes the markings indistinct, are to be slightly faulted.

Disqualification From Competition -- Unmatched eyes or foreign colored spots. Total absence of head markings on Broken Pattern animals. Brokens with less then 10% coloration.

Condition -- 5 Points: Per ARBA definition.

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