|The Mini Lop Rabbit
The Mini Lop rabbit was first introduced to North America from Germany in 1972. They were known in German as the Kleine Widder. In 1974 Bob Herschbach of California exhibited them at the ARBA National Convention. Shortly after that time Herb Dyke took over popularizing the breed and the name was changed to the Mini Lop. By 1980 the Mini Lop was accepted as a recognized breed with a working standard. The French lop and the Standard Chinchilla was crossed into the Mini lop to create the many colors of the Mini Lop rabbit of today.
Mini Lops range in size from 4 ½ to 6 ½ lbs. They come in both solid and broken pattern in many colors from agoutis, steel, shaded, self, tri-colored in black, blue chocolate and lilac colors in all varieties. The Mini lops should have a massive thick set body with full shoulders, loin and hindquarters. The Mini Lop head should also be bold with thick ears that lop.
Mini Lops are kept and raised as a fancy rabbit for exhibition and raised as pets. They can also be used as a duel purpose rabbit and utilized for meat as they can easily reach 4.5 – 5.0lbs at 14 – 16wks of age. With their massive body type they have a good meat type body if you are willing to give them time to grow to 4 months of age.
Many people are confused that the Mini Lop is the smallest of the lop breeds however the Holland Lop is the smallest of the lop breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. The Holland lop is actually a lop that carries the dwarf gene and was introduced from the Netherlands.