What Are the Differences Between a Holland Lop & a Mini Lop?

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Holland lops and mini lops are two somewhat similarly named yet distinct breeds of domesticated rabbits. Both breeds are notable for their diminutive size, which is even reflected in the mini lop name. Although they have some differences, they share lots of things in common too, including their signature large ears.

Size Difference

One prominent difference that exists between Holland lops and mini lops is size. Although it might sound like it would be the opposite way around, Holland lops are the smaller of the two. Holland lops generally weigh between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds, with mini lops sometimes doubling them in that department. Mini lops often weigh around 6.5 pounds. Despite the size difference, both breeds are wee rabbits that have pretty sturdy physiques.

Fur

When it comes to fur coloration, both of these breeds run the gamut. Holland lops have smooth, shiny and thick coats that often are a tortoiseshell color, which generally is a mix of off-white, orange and black elements. Other typical colors for the breed are black, orange, bluish-gray and white, although that in no way is the full spectrum. They actually are seen in close to 150 colors. Mini lops too are colorful bunnies, with possible colors such as deep brown, black, bluish-gray, white, orange and off-white. Many mini lops also appear in combinations of colors. One example is the pointed white coloration. Some mini lops have predominantly white fur with the stark contrast of deep brown, black or blue "points" in their tails, feet, noses and ears. Like Holland lops, mini lops too have dense and shiny coats.

Temperament

Like rabbits of different breeds, individuals of these breeds might also display differences in basic temperament. Holland lops are often thought of as being zestful and curious animals, with an adoration for attention from people. Mini lops are frequently considered to be pretty laid-back, jovial and mellow creatures. As a result, they are often suitable matches for homes with children who are trained to be considerate around animals. Like Holland lops, mini lops also are curious animals who love being around people. Note, however, that all Holland and mini lop specimens are different and have their own basic dispositions.

Lop-Eared

One thing that brings both breeds together is the "lop" component. They are both referred to as lop rabbits because of their aforementioned characteristic ears, which are big and hang loosely. They aren't the only two lop breeds around, however. Some others are English lops, German lops, French lops, American fuzzy lops and dwarf lops.

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