Holland Lop colors vary from a deep solid black, to broken lighter shades. There are a huge variety of shades, so every Holland Lop bunny can seem quite unique!
Whether you’re planning on showing your Holland Lop, or you’re just keeping one as a beloved family pet, learning about the different potential coat colors is fun.
And, it can help you narrow down what shade your bunny is if you aren’t quite sure!
To start things off, let’s take a closer look at the different Holland Lop color categories.
Holland Lop Colors
Generally, Holland Lop colors are divided into 8 wider categories. Within these categories are a number of different color and shade variations.
So, even if two Holland Lop bunnies are completely different colors, such as white and black, they could still fall into the same color category!
Here are the 8 Holland Lop color groups:
- Pointed White
- Tan Pattern
- Wide Band
The genetics of animal coloring can be quite confusing. So, in this guide we are going to stick to the basics, and look at some different potential Holland Lop colors within the above categories.
If you’re more interested in learning about the genetics of rabbit colors and patterns, take a look at this article!
Holland Lop rabbits with agouti coloring will often look ‘flecked’ or brindled.
This appearance comes from coloring on each individual hair in your rabbit’s fur. Every hair will be made up of two or more shades.
These colors are banded on the hair, but you won’t necessarily see these bands unless you look up close.
In general, agouti Holland Lop rabbits tend to look greyish or brownish in their overall coloring. Some people say that agouti bunnies look like wild rabbits!
Some of the potential color variations within the agouti category include:
- Chocolate chestnut
- Chocolate chinchilla
The term broken sounds a little strange when referring to rabbit colors! But, if you see a broken Holland Lop, it will make more sense.
Broken rabbits have two colors in their coat – one of which is always white. The white coloring breaks up the other pigment on their coat, creating a unique pattern.
Tri color Holland Lop rabbits will also fall into this category.
Just like the non-white color can vary, the amount of visible pigment and placement of this pigment can vary from one rabbit to the next.
In order to show a broken Holland Lop rabbit, they must have between 10 and 70% color on their coat.
Pointed white coloring in rabbits is also sometimes called Himalayan or Californian.
Holland Lops that are pointed white will have a white body, but darker points at their extremities. This includes their ears, nose, feet, and tail.
The points can be any of the following colors:
But, the rest of the Holland Lop’s body will be completely white.
Self coloring simply means one unbroken shade over your Holland Lop’s entire coat.
It’s pretty easy to recognize self Holland Lop colors, as they will have only one shade over their entire coat, and each individual hair will contain only one pigment, unlike agouti bunnies.
Self Holland Lop rabbits can come in a huge range of colors, including:
- BEW (Blue Eyed White
- REW (Red Eyed White
Holland Lop bunnies with shaded colors will have a lighter base, but darker shades at their head, ears, feet, and tail.
The shaded Holland Lop colors can include:
- Sable Point
- Siamese Sable
- Smoke Pearl
Tortoise shaded Holland Lops can be black, blue, chocolate, or lilac.
Holland Lop rabbits with the tan pattern will usually have one base color edged with a different shade.
Tan pattern Holland Lops will be either:
- Black otter
- Blue otter
- Chocolate otter
- Lilac otter
The edge coloring on their coat will be an orange/tan and then potentially white.
Ticked Holland Lops will have a darker base color to their coat, with lighter guard hairs throughout to give a ticking effect.
The base colors can be black, blue, chocolate, or lilac.
Ticking hairs can be steel, gold, or silver.
Our final Holland Lop color variation is wide band.
The wideband genes are recessive, so rabbits must receive one copy from both parents if they are to have wideband coloring.
Wideband Holland Lop bunnies can be:
Showing Holland Lops
Holland Lop colors may be important to you if you are planning on entering your bunny into shows.
Rules and breed standards may differ a little depending on where you are in the world. So, make sure to check with breed groups in your area for specific details.
According to the ARBA, only solid and broken Holland Lop color groups qualify for show.
However, they can be disqualified if their pattern is under 10% or over 70% in broken bunnies.
What Color is Your Holland Lop?
Now you know all of the different Holland Lop colors, can you identify which grouping your own bunny falls into?
If you’re still struggling, your vet will be able to help you during your bunny’s next check up!
References and Resources
- Griffiths, A. (et al), ‘Gene Interaction in Coat Color of Mammals’, An Introduction to Genetic Analysis, 7th Edition (2000)
- ‘Color List’, The British Rabbit Council
- Mesick, A. ‘ARBA Registrars Study Guide’. American Rabbit Breeders Association (2015)
- ‘Breed Type’, Holland Lop Rabbit Specialty Club
- ‘Complete Rabbit Color Genetics Guide’, Yellowbrook Rabbitry