What colors do holland lop rabbits come in?

This was a question I found after reviewing the search strings people used to find my Blog.  I guess I would start with, what color DON’T Holland Lops come in?!  I believe they have the most recognized colors of any ARBA breed.   Here is a list using the 2006-2010 Standard of Perfection.  Note – most all of these colors can be solid or broken.

(7) Agouti Group – Chestnut, Chocolate Agouti, Chinchilla, Chocolate Chinchilla, Lynx, Opal,  Squirrel (Blue Chin).  It’s interesting that Lilac Chin’s are not recognized…

(4) Pointed White Group – Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac

(6) Self Group – Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Blue Eyed White (BEW), Ruby Eyed White (REW)

(8) Shaded Group – Sable Point, Siamese Sable, Seal, Smoke Pearl, Tortoise (Black Tort, Blue Tort, Chocolate Tort, and Lilac Tort)

(4) Tan Pattern – Otters in Black,  Blue, Chocolate and Lilac

(8) Ticked Group – Steel in Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac with Gold or Silver Tipping.

(5) Wide Band Group – Cream, Fawn, Frosty, Orange, Red.  Note: Just because they are in the wide-band group, does NOT mean they are genetic wide-bands.  As a rule, ONLY the Red are actually genetic wide-bands (ww).

That is a total of 42 colors (phenotypes).  Most of those can also be broken or solid.  So, 84 colors total.  However, REW’s and BEW’s look identical no matter if they are broken or solid.  So, that brings us down to 82.  Then, broken Pointed White’s would most likely be unacceptable so I’m ignoring them (you would not want to introduce the broken allele into Pointed Whites anyway).  So, 78 recognized colors (phenotypes) for Holland Lops.  Hope I did that right!

I have a work-in-progress page on my website, showing pictures of Hollands in the different colors as I come across them:  Holland Lop Kit & Coat Colors.

Oh my gosh.  I completely forgot about the Tri-colors (not listed in the Standard as they were approved after it was printed).  So, 4 more colors to add – Black/Orange Tri, Blue Cream Tri, Chocolate Tri, and Lilac Tri’s.  Now we are back up to 82 colors.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeff
    Sep 23, 2010 @ 21:16:32

    I greatly appreciate you investing the time to create this! We’ve been raising Hollands for 2 years now and correctly identifying the colors has been a challenge; we couldn’t find pics.

    Thank you!


  2. gbfrabbit
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 22:25:08

    Oooh, a compliment! Thank you. I’ve been lax lately in getting pix of some of colors. Good luck with your breedings. 🙂


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