Mini Lops

Breed Standard:

Schedule of points
General Type - 80 points
Body - 43 points
Head - 16 points
Ear & Crown - 16 points
Feet legs & Bone - 5 Points
Fur - 10 points
Color & Markings - 5 points
Condition - 5 points
Total - 100 points

Body (43) - The general aspect of the Mini Lop is the massive, thickset body. Their shoulders are to be broad, well filled, with good depth and rising to a slightly heavier hindquarter which is deep broad, smooth and rounded; the lower hips should also be well filled. In general, Mini Lops are very muscular, compact and balanced. Does can have dewlaps but should remain balanced with the rest of the rabbit. - Shaped similar to a basket ball.
Faults - Flatness over the shoulders or hips, undercut or chopped off hindquarters, long narrow bodies & overly large dewlaps.

Head (16) - The head should be set close to the body, strongly developed and sturdy without being too narrow. The crown should be boldly arched and there should be a slight curvature of the skull from the base of the crown to the nose. -a Bull Dog type head
Faults - Long, narrow head, pointed nose

Ears & Crown (16) - The ears should hang down close to the cheeks, be in proportion and balance with the size of the head and body. They should be well furred and well rounded at their extremity's. - a bold, wide horseshoe shaped crown which make the ears lop, instead of winging out to the sides (air plane ears)
Faults - Narrow ears, very thick or thin ears, thinly furred ears, ear openings turned away from head, poor ear carriage.

Feet, Legs & Bone (5) - Thick, short, straight and heavy leg bones. Broken pattern group toe nails may be either light or dark; a difference in pigmentation between rear and front toenails is permitted; All front toe nails should match and all rear toe nails should match.
Faults - Extremely fine bone, Unmatched toenails in the broken group.
Disqualification - General toenail color disqualifications apply on all solid pattern animals.

Fur (10) - Coat should be glossy and uniform in length, very thick and dense, with a good rollback.
Faults - Silky, long, harsh, thin or extremely short fur.

Color & Markings (5) - Solid pattern is to include all recognized colors within the recognized groups. The broken pattern is to include any recognized color within a recognized group in conjunction with white. It is preferred for the broken's to have a butterfly like pattern on the face, solid color encircling the eyes and solid colored ears. The body color should be evenly distributed in patched or blanketed markings. The rear feet may be white, colored, or partially colored. Half of the color points for broken's go to color, the other half to their patterns.
Faults - Excessive white hairs in the solid pattern group, Broken's with few face markings or partial nose/eye markings.
Disqualifications -Solids with excessive white hairs. Broken's with less than 10% coloration., no head markings
Condition (5) - Per ARBA definition


The origin of the Mini Lop began in 1972, when Bob Herschbach first saw them at the German National Rabbit Show held in Essen, Germany. These lop rabbits were know as Klein Widder. The Klein Widder was developed out of the German Big Lops and their small Chinchilla. There were two varieties, White and Agouti.

The Klein Widder had beautiful heads and good ears, which is typical of German stock. However, their bodies were long and narrow and their weight was over eight and half pounds. Only twenty Klein Widders existed in Germany at this time, with eleven of them entered at this show.

Mr. Herschbach brought a trio, consisting of an Agouti pair and a White doe, home with him to California and set about to produce more "dwarf" lops in other colors. He used a broken French Lop and a Standard Chinchilla in his first breeding. His first litters were all solid colors with the broken colors coming in the second generations. Thus began a long process of select breeding as size reduction takes time and is difficult to control because of the inbreeding.

The first Klein Widder developed by Mr. Herschbach were shown at the 1974 American Rabbit Breeders Convention in Ventura, California by Herschbach. He reported they did not create much interest and he concluded that this was because they still were not small enough and their name was not appealing. After the convention, he changed the name of the lops to "Mini Lop" and continued efforts to improve the breed by giving several pairs to other breeders, and by 1977 gave the sponsorship of the Mini Lop to Herb Dyke.

In 1978, Herb Dyke and Bob Herschbach started a correspondence club with the first officers being: President-Herb Dyke, Vice President-Craig Carpenter, Secretary/Treasurer-Sherry Rollema, with Bob Herschbach as their adviser. Within a year, they had over 500 members who contacted the ARBA with support for the Mini Lop Rabbit.

The Mini Lop was finally, accepted as a breed at the 1980 ARBA National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was chartered as the Mini Lop Rabbit Club of America, that same year. The membership quickly grew to over a thousand members. it Show held in Essen, Germany.