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hOLLAND lOP

nickname: The Netherland Lop

PERSONALITY


Holland lops differ from rabbit to rabbit but they all tend to be friendly, curious, fun loving, and sweet. Bucks and does are very similar in mannerisms. The Hollands tend to be either very bouncy and energetic or very laid-back and reserved. These shy types are best for shows as they don’t give the judges trouble or try to hop away. Most common is the curious, energetic type which is very cuddly and loving. They love to play and be held and do not go crazy when picked up. Breeders often seek out this type of Holland, as it makes for great showing and passes on its reserved yet friendly nature to succeeding generations. Holland lops are perfect breeds for children, as they do not tend to be bitey or overly high-strung. They make a great first-time rabbit and do well in pairs or as singles. Their tiny size also makes them ideal for those with limited space.


APPEARANCE
Hollands are compact bunnies with stocky, muscular bodies. Their legs are very large and thick. The head is remarkably large in in comparison to the body, with lopped ears that they will grow into as they age. Holland Lops are correctly defined as the quintessential “cute bunny”, with small expressive eyes and ears to hide behind. Their fur is rollback type, thick and of medium length. These bunnies appear to be a large rabbit in a small rabbit’s body, aptly nicknamed the “Netherland Lop” for their miniature size and round, close-set head. The ideal weight for a Holland Lop is 3-4 lbs. 


VARIETIES
Holland lops are shown in two groups, solid and broken.  Their colors are divided into different groups.

SELF GROUP

Solid covering of the same color over the entire body, including the head, tail, and ears.These include black, blue, chocolate, lilac, blue-eyed white, and ruby-eyed white. 


Broken Group
The broken group is any accepted ARBA color and white.  The color must be evenly distributed in a spotted, patched, or symmetrical pattern.  They must have color on the nose, around the eyes, on the entirety of the ears and the color must constitute at least 10% but not more that 70%.  The feet must be all white.

SHADED GROUP
Shaded colors have darker color on the feet, ears, tail, and head.  These areas shade back to a lighter shade on the rest of the body. These include black tort, blue tort, chocolate tort, lilac tort, sable point, siamese sable, smoke pearl, and seal. 


AGOUTI GROUP
In this group the top side of the body is banded and ticked.  Banded means they have a ring pattern of different colors on each hair shaft.  Ths is seen when you blow into the coat.  Ticked means that the color of the tip of each hair is different than the overall body color.  Their ears are laced with the same color as the ticking. The eye circles, inside of the ears, and the nape of the neck is either white or tan.  Also the underside of the tail, belly, nostrils and underside of the jowls are tan or white. These include chestnut, chocolate, opal (blue), lynx (lilac), chinchilla, sable chin, squirrel (blue chin), chocolate chin, smoke pearl chin. 

WIDE BAND GROUP
Similar to the agouti group, but with a white belly, eye circles, bottom of the tail, ear lacing and jowls.  There are only two colors on each hair shaft, the under color and top color. These include red, orange, fawn, frosty, and cream. 

TICKED GROUP
In this group the surface color of the body is black, blue, chocolate or lilac.  They should have even ticking of gold or silver on the feet, legs, sides, back, chest, head and ears.  The neck, nostrils and upper tail should be the base color. These include blue steel, black gold steel, and blue gold steel. 

POINTED GROUP
The pointed group are also called himalayans.  They come in black, blue, chocolate and lilac.  The body color is pure white. The colored points are the nose, ears, feet and tail.  The points have to be distinct and clean cut with rich deep color.  The toenails must be dark and eyes are ruby-red with a pink iris. These include blue, black, lilac, and chocolate.