Dwarf Lop Rabbit

The Dwarf Lop was developed from the French Lop rabbit and is a smaller version of that breed. The Dwarf Lop rabbit is also known as the Mini Lop.

Size and weight of the Dwarf Lop rabbit

The Dwarf Lop is a medium sized rabbit weighing between 1.9 - 2.4 kgs.

Colour varieties of the Dwarf Lop rabbit

The Dwarf Lop comes in all available rabbit colour varieties.

Country of origin

Holland

Time of original development

The 1950s

Dwarf Lop rabbit breed introduction and overview

Originally developed in Holland as a small version of the French Lop. Short thick set body with short strong legs. Broad head, with ears that hang down by the side, this is not a true miniature breed, in spite of its name, but is rather a small version of a giant breed.

Habitat and feeding requirements of the Dwarf Lop rabbit

Like all rabbits the Dwarf Lop needs plenty of space to move around and exercise and a hutch that is large enough for it to stretch to its full height and length in all directions.

Dental problems are inherent in this breed because while it is medium sized, it is a mini derivation of a much larger rabbit. Malocclusion (misalignment) at the front and back of the mouth is common. Speak to the breeder about this when buying a pedigree Dwarf Lop

Feed a standard rabbit diet to ensure good digestion, avoid obesity and give proper wear on the rabbit’s continually growing teeth. See our article on feeding your rabbit.

Does the Dwarf Lop rabbit make a good pet for smaller children?

Despite their ‘cute’ appearance rabbits are not ideal for very small children to handle unless they are closely supervised together. Rabbits should be socialised young to human company and young people should be told how to hold a rabbit properly, so that it feels secure.

If any rabbit becomes frightened, the rabbit’s desire to escape means that its powerful back legs can injure the human handler and can cause the rabbit to be dropped and injure itself.

They make good pets for all but very young children if handled gently and are a good first rabbit if you have not owned a rabbit before.The breed is friendly and outgoing and can be house trained.

Always keep your rabbits safe from dogs and cats who may harm them. Even where pets ‘get on’, they should be supervised when together and you must ensure that your rabbit is not stressed by being exposed to other animals or people.

Grooming requirements of the Dwarf Lop rabbit

This rabbit’s thick rich coat a good brush at least once a week and far more during moulting. Additionally, as rabbits’ teeth keep growing throughout their lives, eating the right food will help to keep the teeth properly ground down, but you do need to check, on a frequent basis that this is happening properly, or your pet may need to have its teeth ground down by the vet.

Health issues in the Dwarf Lop rabbit

As long as any dental occlusion is dealt with effectively this rabbit is a reasonably healthy breed. As with all rabbits, however, check that its bottom is clean of any debris and is kept dry to avoid the danger of flystrike. Keep your rabbit at the correct weight so that it can move easily to groom itself.

Teeth and also toe nails should be checked frequently to ensure they are not growing too long.

As with all pedigree pets, it is very important to obtain a young rabbit or rabbit kit from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding any inherent problems found in the breed.

Average lifespan of the Dwarf Lop rabbit

The Dwarf Lop tends to live slightly shorter than many other breeds living between 5-8 years of age.

Estimating how much it will cost to keep your Dwarf Lop rabbit

A pedigree Dwarf Lop rabbit will cost around £40.

While the initial cost of a pedigree rabbit may seem very low compared to pure bred dogs or even cats, the costs of the following items and procedures make the cost of owning a rabbit mount up:

  • Buying a sufficiently large hutch and run
  • Specialised feeding and bedding
  • Annual inoculations
  • Neutering
  • On-going dental care
  • Insurance

Rabbits should also be kept in pairs. It is estimated that two rabbits together could cost around £1800 a year throughout their lives (including the initial outlay). See our article on working out the cost of keeping a pet rabbit.