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French Lop

Breed Rating (12 reviews)



This breed originates from France and was created during the middle of the nineteenth century. It was introduced into the UK primarily as a meat rabbit but in 1965, the French Lop was exhibited for the first time to this day, they remain a very popular exhibition and pet rabbit.

The French Lop is a very large rabbit, weighing more than 10lb (4.5kg) with lop ears and an almost cubic appearance with a short thickset body and large head. The front legs are short and straight and the hind legs are carried parallel to the body.


As a large rabbit, the French Lop can be quite placid but is as likely to develop actual behaviour problems as other breeds. Their size dictates confident handling and they will require a large hutch/run to move around freely. They are not the rabbit for small children or people that have limited space, although they can live in the house as a house pet.


Black, White, Brown, Blue, Agouti, Chinchilla, Opal. Sooty Fawn, Siamese Sable, Orange, Fawn, Steel and Butterfly (white on underbelly, chest, feet and nose, leaving one of the above colours on the back, ears and a distinctive butterfly marking on the head).



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- Carolann, 08 March 2015

I have had my French lopen Huggles for nearly 4 years and is wouldn't swap him for the world. He is my first pet that I have called my own and he is fantastic. He is very intelligent and friendly and helpful enjoys chasing after his large tennis ball! He is a brilliant pet and I am so glad he has become such a huge part of the family.


- Sami, 18 November 2014

I've had my French lol Bella for approximately six years, and when we last weighed her a couple of years ago she was a good 5kg. She was originally a garden rabbit with a large hutch and lots of space to run around but when she grew a little older we tried to get her a playmate and she was having none of it! So then she moved indoors so the other rabbit could live outdoors. She's made a fantastic house rabbit. She's litter trained but much prefers to run around on the garden every day (separate space to the other). She gets on much better with the dog and will even cuddle up to him! She likes a nice stroke but on her terms not ours! She's a little madam when she wants to be - she'll stamp if her dinner isn't on time or if something in her space has been moved and she'll often wander into the kitchen searching for treats. But on the whole she has a grest temperament. She has problems with her ears sometimes as do all lops, and occasionally she gets dry, sore eyes. She's brought us a lot of joy and I'd recommend the breed to everyone!

           A beautiful rabbit

- Dorothy, 10 May 2013

My french lop rabbit is now 9 years old. She is blind in one eye (after an accident) and probably has a cateract in her other eye but she still hops around the garden. She lived with a male rabbit until he died, we tried to bond her with another male but she despised him (and he died of old age soon after) so she now lives in the garden with four chickens. They seem to get on very well. Now she is older, she has slowed down and she sleeps in the kitchen at night, as it is warmer and safer for her but she will still run out in the snow. She is lovely but slightly indifferent to affection. She has always needed to be groomed and you can pull the excess hair off her back but she doesn't mind. She has never liked being picked up but it is the only way to catch her at night-time. She is very docile and easy going but tends to avoid children.


- Sofia, 21 April 2013

These rabbits are beautiful and great childrens pets and i recommend them to anyone needing company!

           My beast!

- Francesca, 30 January 2013

I've got a year old french lopped called Fudge. I was told the breed was a dwarf lopped and he just kept on growing, now he weighs a whopping 14lbs :) He loves attention especially when he nudges your ankles for strokes. He likes being picked for a only a couple of minutes then he's had enough. The colouring is Agouti and EVERYONE falls in love with him because of his size. He is a big boy. Fudge adores his brocolli - took him 2 minutes to much his way through a handful of the stuff. He is house trained and he marks everything new smelling to him even though he's had the snip! I can't imagine my live without him!

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