German Lop Rabbit

The German Lop Rabbit is a large, cobby, flat faced, medium sized rabbit, with a distinctive ‘Roman’ nose.

Size and weight of the German Lop rabbit

2.9 - 3.9 kgs

Colour varieties of the German Lop rabbit

The breed comes in all the available rabbit colours. To find out more see our article about rabbit colours and other rabbit terminology.

Country of origin

Germany

Time of original development

The 1960s

German Lop rabbit breed introduction and overview

This flat faced lop was developed in Germany to produce a variety which is mid way between the French lop and the Holland or Dwarf Lop. The breed was developed from these two breeds during the 1960s, but with the extra characteristic of a slightly Roman nose, which the other two breeds do not have.
A stocky, cobby and well muscled medium sized rabbit with a seemingly invisible neck, with long floppy ears and a rich medium length coat.

Habitat and feeding requirements of the German Lop rabbit

As is the case with all rabbits, the German 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.

Feed a standard rabbit diet to ensure good digestion, with plenty of hay and water. Avoid obesity and give proper wear on the rabbit’s continually growing teeth, (see our article on feeding your rabbit).

Does the German 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.

Pleasant natured, friendly and make a good first rabbit if you have not owned them before. Being larger the rabbit is betterwith smaller children than the Dwarf Lop. Try to socialise the rabbit when it is young. Thisis an ideal breed to keep as a house rabbit, as it does not find it too easy to squeeze into tight spots that you cannot remove it from. This breed can be trained to use a litter tray. Your rabbit will need plenty of toys and stimulation and regular access to run outdoors in a run.

Note that they do moult heavily, if you do decide to keep one as a house rabbit.

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 German Lop rabbit

The medium length coat needs a good brush twice a week and 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 German Lop rabbit

This rabbit is a reasonably healthy breed being not to large nortoo tiny but its medium length coat means that you must groom it regularly and watch out for Wool Block where fur can get impacted in the digestive tract. Your rabbit will need a high fibre diet and plenty to drink. As with all rabbits, 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.

Female rabbits should be neutered if you do not intend to breed from them to avoid cancers in later life. Males will become less aggressive if neutered too.

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 German Lop rabbit

5 – 10 years and sometimes more.

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

A pedigree German Lop rabbit will cost around £30- 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.