The National Rabbit Association of New Zealand

Rabbit club New Zealand

Mini Lop

What are they?

One of the most popular rabbit breeds in New Zealand. A very active bred with personality plus. Their lopped ears gives them the “Cute” factor and is one of the main reasons for their popularity. This breed has been targeted by the pet breeders and because of  this,  the standard of this breed has plummeted. 

Do Mini Lops make good Pets?

Mini lops are one of the most commonly kept breed of pet rabbit. Due to their cute floppy ears and smaller size they defiantly have the cute factor. Most boy   minis are very friendly and crave attention . Girls can become hormonal and can be nasty as they want baby's. The CC&RFA recommend this breed as a pet a 4 out of  5 Pet Scale. A very cute and active breed ,some even buzz.

What to Look For when Buying?

A  short cobby body with no visible neck, short ears that are lopped right behind the eye. The ears are to be with in proportion with the Rabbit. They come in just about every colour. The head is to look like it has been hit by a bus.


Mini Lop - Standard

Ring Size K


Type ) 30

Weight )

Coat 20

Head, Crown and Eyes )

Ears ) 30

Colour and Pattern 15

Condition 5 

Total 100

Type - Bold thickset and firm. The body should be short, broad and well muscled with little visible neck. The well-muscled rump is short and well rounded. The chest is broad and deep with curved sides where it meets the shoulders, which are broad and strong. The front legs are thick, short and straight. The hind legs are short, strong, powerful and carried parallel to the body. The tail is straight, strong and well furred. A small dewlap is permissible but not desirable.

Adult Weight Ideal Maximum kg 1.5 1.6 lb/oz 3.4 3.8 Maximum weight for under 5 months exhibits to be 1.360kg (3lb)

Coat - The coat to be dense and of good length, rollback with an abundance of guard hairs. Legs and pads to be well furred.

Head, Crown and Eyes - The head is bold, broad and well developed. The profile of the head is strongly curved with a good width between the eyes, full cheeks and a broad muzzle. The eyes are bold, bright and large. The basal ridge of the ears should appear prominent across the top of the skull to form the crown.

Ears - Should be broad, thick, well furred and rounded at the ends. They should be carried close to the cheeks giving a horseshoe like outline when viewed from the front. The inside of the ears should not be visible from any angle when carried correctly.

Colour and Pattern - Any colour or pattern accepted by the Breeds Standard Committee of the British Rabbit Council apart from the broken pattern.

Condition - The exhibit should be in a perfect state of health and bodily condition, free from all soiling, particularly on the feet, ears and genital parts. The coat should reflect the overall good health of the exhibit, which should appear alert and vigorous.

FAULTS - Body too long; head not sufficiently characteristic of the breed; pimpled or damaged ears; poor ear carriage; ears folded; crown not developed; fly back coat; large dewlaps in does; rear feet not parallel   to the body; light soiling of feet, ears and genital organs; bare pads; fur slightly soiled or matted; long toenails; lack of vitality.

DISQUALIFICATIONS - Maloccluded or mutilated teeth; over weight limit; deformities and mutilations; deformation of the teeth; feet bowed or bent; white toe nails in coloured exhibits; white nose on butterfly pattern; crooked tail; any discernible illness or disease; blindness or partial blindness; incorrect eye colour; any parasitic infection; much soiling; matted coat; sore pads (where skin is broken or scabbed); any evidence of irregular preparation for exhibition including trimming and dyeing.  

Butterfly Blue Mini Lop

Sooty Fawn Mini Lop