Recognized Varieties

The Holland Lop Standard of Perfection (SOP) is the primary guide for both evaluating rabbits on the judging table and breeders desiring to cultivate top quality rabbits. The Holland Lop color pattern groups listed below, which are a broader classification of variety, are the only colors currently recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).


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AGOUTI GROUP

The color on the top and sides of the body is to be banded and ticked. Eras are to be laced and to match ticking color. There should be white and tan eye circles, inside of ears, nape of neck. Nostrils, underside of jowls, belly, and underside of tail. Belly may not have colored undercolor or lap spots.
Faults – Fault for poor ring definition.
Disqualification from Competition- Disqualify for complete lack of banding.

CHESTNUT AGOUTI— The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be a rich chestnut brown, ticked with jet black tipped guard hairs. The intermediate band is to be a well-defined orange over a dark slate-blue undercolor. The chest is to be a light brown over a dark slate-blue undercolor. The top of the tail is to be black, sparsely ticked with light brown, over a dark slate-blue undercolor. The nape of the neck is to be orange, with the ears laced in black.
Eyes- Brown
Faults – Fault animals that are too light or too dark in surface color, or too light in the color of the intermediary band or undercolor.

CHOCOLATE AGOUTI— The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be a rich chestnut brown, ticked with chocolate tipped guard hairs. The intermediate band is to tan over a dove- gray undercolor. The chest is to be a light brown over a dove- gray undercolor. The top of the tail is to be chocolate, sparsely ticked with tan, over a dove- gray undercolor. The nape of the neck is to be tan, with the ears laced in chocolate.
Eyes- Brown
Faults – Fault animals that are too light or too dark in surface color, or too light in the color of the intermediary band or undercolor.

CHINCHILLA- The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be pearl white, ticked with jet black. There is a black band at the top of the intermediary band. The intermediary band is to be a well-defined pearl white over a dark slate blue undercolor. The top of the tail is to be black, sparsely ticked with white, over a dark slate-blue undercolor. The chest is to be a pearl white over a dark slate-blue undercolor. The nape of the neck is to be white, with the ears laced in black.
Eyes- Brown
Faults – Fault animals that are too light or too dark in surface color, or too light in the color of the intermediary band or undercolor. Brown patches or brownish intermediary bands are undesirable.

CHOCOLATE CHINCHILLA- - The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be pearl white, ticked with dark chocolate. There is a chocolate band at the top of the intermediary band. The intermediary band is to be a well-defined pearl white over a dove gray undercolor. The top of the tail is to be chocolate, sparsely ticked with white, over a dove gray undercolor. The chest is to be a pearl white over a dove gray undercolor. The nape of the neck is to be white, with the ears laced in chocolate.
Eyes- Brown
Faults – Fault animals that are too light or too dark in surface color, or animals with indistinct rings.

LYNX— The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be lilac mingled with fawn. There is a lilac band at the top of the intermediary band. The intermediary band is to be fawn over an off-white undercolor. The chest is to be fawn over an off-white undercolor. The top of the tail is to be lilac, sparsely ticked with fawn, over an off-white undercolor. The nape of the neck is to be fawn.
Eyes- Blue-Gray
Faults – Fault animals lacking the lilac influence in the surface color, so as to appear fawn, or animals with indistinct rings.

OPAL— The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be blue mingled with fawn. There is a blue band at the top of the intermediary band. The intermediary band is to be fawn over a medium slate-blue undercolor. The chest is to be fawn over a medium slate-blue undercolor. The top of the tail is to be blue, sparsely ticked with fawn, over a medium slate-blue undercolor. The nape of the neck is to be fawn.

Eyes- Blue-Gray
Faults – Fault animals that have a light color on the surface, in the intermediary band, or for creamy undercolor.
Disqualification from Competition- Disqualify for white undercolor

SQUIRREL— The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be blue mingled with white. There is a blue band at the top of the intermediary band. The intermediary band is to be white over a medium slate-blue undercolor. The chest is to be a light pearl over a medium slate-blue undercolor. The top of the tail is to be blue, sparsely ticked with white, over a medium slate-blue undercolor. The nape of the neck is to be white.
Eyes- Blue-Gray
Faults – Fault animals that are too light or too dark in surface color. Brown patches or brownish intermediary bands are undesirable.



BROKEN GROUP

In the Broken Group, the 4 points allotted for color are to be equally distributed between color and pattern. All Broken and Tri-colored animals are to have a balanced nose marking with no preference given for a butterfly over evenly balanced nose spots, a colored eye marking around each eye, and colored ears. The body color is to be evenly distributed in a spotted , patched, or blanket pattern. The feet are to be pure white. White toenails are preferred on Broken patterned animals. Broken patterned animals are not to be disqualified for colored or mismatched toenails. Colored spots are permissible on the legs and underside of the rabbit. The total amount of coloration on a Broken patterned animal is preferred to not cover more than 70% of the entire animal
Faults – White on one or both ears; unbalanced nose marking; unbalanced body markings; one or more colored toenails; scattered white hairs in the colored markings.
Disqualification from Competition- Disqualify for absence of a colored nose marking, complete absence of color on either ear, absence of color around either eye, eye color other than called for under the respective color descriptions; foreign colored spots. Do not disqualify for white spot(s) in colored sections.
BROKEN- Broken consists of any recognized breed variety color in conjunction with white. Toenails are preferred to be white. Do not disqualify for mismatched or colored toenails. The eye color is to correspond with the eye color specified under the respective solid colored varieties.

TRI-COLORED- Tri-color consists of white in conjunction with one of the following combinations of two colors: Dense Black and Golden Orange, Blue and Golden Fawn, Dark Chocolate Brown and Golden Orange, Lilac and Golden Fawn. The colors are to be evenly distributed. Toenails should be white.
Eyes- Brown in Black and Chocolate varieties, Blue-Gray in Blue and Lilac varieties

 


POINTED WHITE GROUP

POINTED WHITE- (Black, Blue, Chocolate, or Lilac) The body color is to be white to the skin, except on the points. The colored points are the nose, ears, feet, legs, and tail. The color of the points is to be as described in the respective self varieties and the color is to be deep and even. The nose marking is to come well up on the face and be well rounded, clean cut, and distinct. The markings are to be carried well up the forelegs and above the hock joint on the hind legs. The ears are to be well colored and clean at the base. Allowances should be made for developing color on juniors. The upper and lower sides of the tail are to be well colored. Toenails are to be colored.
Eyes- The eyes are to have a ruby red pupil with a lighter pink color in the iris.
Faults – Fault animals with light, faded, or uneven color on the points.Scattered white hairs in the markings are undesirable.
Disqualification from Competition- Disqualify for absence of any marking, white spot in a colored section, smut on the usable portion of the pelt, or any Tan Pattern marking appearing in the marking pattern.



SELF GROUP

Self Pattern is to have the same color over the body, head, ears, feet, legs, and tail.

BLACK- The surface color is to be rich, jet black, extending well down the hair shaft. The undercolor is to be a dark slate blue.
Eyes- Brown
Faults – Fault animal for having a brownish tinge, faded color, scattered white hairs, or a light undercolor.

BLUE- The surface color is to be rich, dark blue, extending well down the hair shaft. The undercolor is to be a medium blue.
Eyes- Blue-Gray
Faults – Fault animal for having faded color, scattered white hairs, or a light undercolor.

CHOCOLATE- The surface color is to be rich, chocolate, extending well down the hair shaft. The undercolor is to be a dove gray.
Eyes- Brown
Faults – Fault animal for having faded color, scattered white hairs, or a light undercolor.

LILAC- The surface color is to be dove-gray with a pinkish tint, extending well down the hair shaft. The undercolor is to be a pale dove-gray.
Eyes- Blue-Gray
Faults – Fault animal for having faded color, scattered white hairs, or a light undercolor.

WHITE, BLUE EYED- The surface and undercolor is to be pure white.
Eyes- Brilliant Blue
Faults – Fault animals with creamy, yellow, or stained fur.

WHITE, RUBY EYED- The surface and undercolor is to be pure white.
Eyes- The eyes are to have a ruby red pupil with a lighter pink color in the iris.
Faults – Fault animals with creamy, yellow, or stained fur.



SHADED GROUP

SABLE POINT-Color is to be a rich sepia brown on the nose, ears, feet, legs, and tail. Marking color is to shade rapidly to a rich cream body color. The entire body is to be a creamy color, with white undercolor. Some slightly darker shading is permissible on the saddle, but highly undesirable. Body surface color is to be lighter than the point color to give the proper contrast.
Eyes- Brown
Faults – Blotchy color; markings too light, so as to lose the marked contrast between the dark marking color and the rich creamy body color.

SIAMESE SABLE- The surface color is to be a rich sepia brown on the head, ears, back, legs, and the top of the tail. The surface color will fade to a lighter sepia on the sides, chest, belly, inside of legs, and the underside of the tail. Dark face color is to fade from the eyes to the jaws and all blending of color is to be gradual and free from blotches or streaks. The undercolor will be slightly lighter than the surface color.

Eyes- Brown
Faults – Fault animals that have streaks, blotches, or poor color blending. Animals that are too dark or too light are undesirable. Scattered white hairs or lack of darker color in the loin area is a fault.

SEAL- Color is to be rich, dark sepia (almost black) saddle, shading to a slightly paler flanks, chest, and belly. Color is to go well down the hair shaft, with undercolor to match shadings throughout. Saddle color is to extend from the nape of the neck to the tail.
Eyes- Brown
Faults – Fault for rusty tinge
Disqualification from Competition- Animals too dark to show a contrasting of shadings.

SMOKE PEARL- The surface color is to be a rich smoke gray on the head, ears, back, legs, and the top of the tail. The surface color will fade to a pearl gray on the sides, chest, belly, inside of legs, and the underside of the tail. Dark face color is to fade from the eyes to the jaws and all blending of color is to be gradual and free from blotches or streaks. The undercolor will be slightly lighter than the surface color.
Eyes- Blue-gray
Faults – Fault animals that have streaks, blotches, or poor color blending. Animals that are too dark or too light are undesirable. Scattered white hairs or lack of darker color in the loin area is a fault.

TORTOISE- (Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac) Black or Chocolate color is to be a rusty orangeon the saddle; Blue or Lilac color is to be fawn on the saddle, with all varieties blending into a shading of darker color over the lower rump and haunches. The top color is to carry down and blend into a dark cream color undercolor next to the skin. Top of the tail is to match the body color. Underside of the tail is to match shadings as nearly as possible. Shading on the head is darkest at the whisker bed, blending into a lighter shade along the jaw line and darkening again at the ear base, blending up the ears to match the body color.
Eyes- Black and Chocolate to be Brown and Blue and Lilac to be Blue-Gray
Faults – Fault animals for being too light or too dark; light color on the underside of the tail is undesirable.
Disqualification from Competition- Disqualify animals with a pure white belly or underside of tail.

 

 

TAN PATTERN GROUP

OTTER- (Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac) The surface color of the head, outside of ears, front of forefeet, outside of hind feet, and the top and sides of the body are to be the surface color and the undercolor described in the respective self variety. The Black and Chocolate anmials will have orange markings and ticking, while the Blue and Lilac animals will have fawn markings and ticking color. The belly, nostrils, eye circles, jowls, underside of tail, inside of ears, back of forefeet, and the inside of the hind feet and legs are to be a creamy white, highlighted by an orange or fawn marking as it meets the self color of the body. The undercolor of the body is to be slate blue. The triangle and the collar are to be orange or fawn. Orange and fawn ticking is to be evenly distributed on the chest, sides, and lower hindquarters.
Eyes- Eye color is to be as described in the respective self varieties.
Faults – Mealiness on the ears, head, or body; faded or indistinct markings.



TICKED GROUP

STEEL- —(Black, Blue, Chocolate, or Lilac) (Gold or Silver Tipping) The surface color of the body is to be black, blue, chocolate, or lilac, with color running as deep as possible. Coat is to be interspersed with an even ticking of gold or silver over the head, ears, chest, top and sides of the body, legs, and feet. The nape of the neck and around the nostrils is to be a basic color or match the ticking color. Lap spots are permissible. The upper tail color is to match the basic color, with the surface color of the underside of the tail to match the belly color as close as possible. Lighter color is permissible on the belly.
Eyes- Black and Chocolate to be Brown and Blue and Lilac to be Blue-Gray
Faults – Fault animals with absence of ticking on the head, ear, legs, or loin, and for slight ring color on the lower part of the body.



WIDE BAND GROUP

CREAM- The surface color of the body to be a creamy orange color extending well down the hair shaft, and carried uniformly over the head, outside of the ears, front of the forelegs, outside of the hind legs, and top of the tail. The undercolor is to be off-white. The surface color of the belly (except for the cream lap spots), back of the forelegs, inside of the hind legs, top of the hind feet, and underneath of the lower jaw is to be white with an off-white undercolor. The underside of the tail and around the vent is to be white to the skin. The inside of the ears is to be white, while the nostrils and eye circles are to be creamy white.
Eyes- Blue-gray
Faults – Brassy, lemon, or frosty gray tinge to ears, face, or feet.

FROSTY- Color is to be as light pearl as possible. When blowing into the coat, a slight ring may appear at the tip of the hair shaft. Slightly darker tint on the nose, ears, legs, and feet is permissible. Belly color and undercolor are to be light pearl to white. White on the underside of the tail is permitted.
Eyes- Brown or Blue-gray
Faults- Fault for color that is blotchy; too dark in color and showing saddle shading; yellow or stained.

ORANGE- The surface color of the body is to be a bright orange on the head, outside of the ears, back, and top of the tail. The color will fade to a lighter orange on the sides and the chest. Color is to extend well down the hair shaft to an off-white undercolor, The surface color of the belly (except for the orange lap spots) back of the forelegs, inside of the hind legs, top of hind feet, and underside of the lower jaw is to be white with an off-white undercolor. The inside of the ears, nostrils, and eye circles are to be a creamy white.
Eyes- Brown
Faults- Fault animals with smutty color, ticking, or ear lacing.

RED-Color is to be a bright reddish sorrel, but not so dark as to reach mahogany red. Color shall carry as deep down the hair shaft as possible. The belly color may be somewhat lighter in shade, approaching a deep creamy cast. White on the underside of the tail is permitted.
Eyes- Brown
Faults- Fault for light or dark ticking, when sufficient to produce a frosty or smudgy effect; white belly, white eye circles, or stray white hairs.



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