Plush Lops are a relatively new rabbit breed. Devie D'anniballe began creating Miniature Plush Lops in 1995 in the United States. Standard Plush Lops were developed in 2002 in Australia by Christine Toyer.
Devie D'Anniballe (of Ohio) loved the personality and the lopped ears of the Holland Lop and the soft coat and sweet disposition of the Mini Rex. So, she decided to create a breed that combined the things she loved about both breeds.
In 1995 a handful of breeders started to try to create the Mini Plush Lop (MPL). They started with the Mini Rex and Holland Lop. The Holland Lop was to bring the size down and get the body that was wanted. The Mini Rex was added to the coat and the massiveness of the rabbits.
Needless to say this did not work. This was tried for 2 years. The bone structure became very fine, ears would not fall, and so on. As time went on everyone that started said it was not possible and too much work.
That is when Devie D'Anniballe began to solo on her own. She added 3 lb. Mini Rex with good coats to a Mini Lop. This gave the needed body type and the ears did fall but the size was way too large. Only the does were kept from this breeding and she still needed to breed down with the bucks. Already having the Holland/Mini Rex crosses, the bucks were used to bring down the size. Only the does were kept from this breeding and rebred to the bucks from the Holland Lop/Mini Rex crosses.
All rabbits were only allowed to breed one time. If the does had litters and raised them, two does were chosen and the rest were culled from the herd. Only one or two bucks were chosen to be breeding bucks out of several litters and the rest were culled. Soon her large barn was sectioned off. One section for brood does. This section is just for those does to have a litter,
once the doe kindles two females; the mothers are culled from the herd. Next are juniors which
will be future brood does and should be ready for breeding as soon as the other does have raised their young to six to eight weeks. Then, with all the babies being born she had to have a nursery to watch the babies grow and choose the future breeding rabbits that will help develop the herd. Lastly, there was the Honeymoon section. This section often held up to fifteen bucks
for observation and breeding. These rabbits were culled and only the most prolific and hardy animals remain for future breeders. New things started to appear in the herd. First came the Jersey Woolies, then came the Fuzzy Lops and then came Chester. Chester grew to be a whopping nine pound rabbit. In the next litter with the same breeding came Dillion, a three and a half pound Mini Plush Lop that was to be the start of all the Mini Plush Lops. Dillion, if bred to a Holland and then offspring back to him brought out Mini Plush Lops. Devie’s standard for the breed was dwarf size (3 pounds or less) with small compact bodies and wide faces with short wide muzzles, long lop ears like the Mini Lop and velvet coats like the Mini Rex.
Sadly Devie D'Anniballe passed away April 5, 2010 at the age of 49.
Standard Plush Lops were developed in 2002 in Australia by Christine Toyer. Christine developed the Plush Lop by crossing Dwarf Lops with the Standard Rex. This breed is best described by Christine Toyer herself, who said, "Combining the velvety short coats of the Rex Rabbit breed, with the loving personality and cute looks of the Lop Rabbit breeds, the Plush Lop is a breed with a lot to recommend, both for pet owners and for the serious breeder."In Australia and UK, Plush Lops are still considered to be a breed in development, although it seems that it won't be long before Plush Lops become a fully recognized breed according to the British Rabbit Council. ARBA's rules states that a new type of rabbit cannot be recognized as a "breed" if it only differs from an existing breed in coat quality. That is, if a Mini Plush Lop is the same as a
Holland Lop, except with rex fur, it is not considered "different" enough to be recognized as a separate breed, so they must differ in other qualities as well.
I purchased all of Krittrs Rabbitry's breeding stock http://www.krittrs.com/index.php from
Wisconsin in 2011 and have been working on them. My friend Jan of West Virginia has lines from Devie D'Anniballe's original stock and we are both working on the Plush Lops and have exchanged rabbits to get new lines.
I will be going to college in the fall of 2014, therefore, i will be selling out before then. I have helped several people get a start in this breed and all the breeders I've helped to get started in this breed will have my lines and can continue working on them while I am in college. When I get out of college I plan on going back to the people I sold stock to, and getting back some of my old lines, and continue working with them.
Then, I will have had my ARBA membership long enough, so I can get a COD (Certificate of Development) from ARBA. I plan on then presenting them to ARBA when they have reached my