Standard of Perfection


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 SOP represents years of cumulative experience of judges and top breeders dedicated to perfecting the Holland Lop breed and the standard by which they describe them. Changes are only made to the SOP when deemed necessary for the betterment of the breed and after careful consideration and approval by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) Standards Committee and the ARBA Board of Directors. 


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General Type Explained


The purebred Holland Lop is an extraordinary breed. The most important characteristics that distinguish the Holland Lop from others are its compact, massive body and a bold, beautiful head that is framed with short, thick ears that fall close to the cheeks from a well defined and correctly positioned crown. The Holland Lop, in general, is a well-balanced breed with great width and depth with strong legs. With the added benefit of having an endearing temperament, the Holland Lop is one of the most popular breeds in the world today.


Key Elements that Distinguish Type

Body — 32 Points

The body should be short, massive, and thick set with a topline that starts behind the head and carries back to a well-muscled body and hindquarter. The shoulders should be of equal width and depth and facilitate a broad chest; the shoulders and chest should not be wider than the hindquarter.


Head — 24 Points

The head should be massive and in proportion to the body, set high and close to the shoulders, and have good width that starts from front of the crown, rounds between the eyes, and to a short and well-filled muzzle. Cheeks should be round. Eyes should be bold and deep set.


Ears — 10 Points

Ears should be thick and wide, well-furred, and have rounded tips. They should hang close to the cheeks from a properly defined and positioned crown which causes the front of the ear to lay just behind the back of the corner of the eye where the upper and lower lids meet. Length of ear should be balance with the head and be equal to or slightly longer than the jaw.


Crown — 8 Points

A beautiful crown is one of the most important attributes of the breed. It should be strongly defined with a ridge that appears to sit on top of the head to help give a more massive appearance. A correct crown should have excellent front to back and side-to-side width and excellent depth consisting of good cartilage and fur. The crown should wrap from one side of the head to the other ending just behind the top of the eyes. No space between the ear and the eyes should be seen when viewed from the side.


Bone, Feet & Legs — 10 Points

The legs are to be short, straight, and thick in appearance due to being heavily boned.


Rollback Fur — 7 Points

Holland Lop fur is to be glossy, dense, fine, and approximately 1″ in length. It should gradually roll back into normal position when stroked in the opposite direction of natural growth, i.e., hindquarters to shoulders.


Color & Markings — 4 Points

All colors must conform to the SOP descriptions. Please refer to the current ARBA Standard of Perfection publication or click here to purchase you digital copy today! 


Condition — 4 Points

The overall physical state of a rabbit’s health, cleanliness, fur, and grooming, i.e., rabbits must have an appearance of health and vigor, have bold and bright eyes, in good coat, and have firm, deep, and even flesh over the entire body when examined.



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