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  • Writer's pictureJessica Jenner

The Netherland Dwarf vs Holland Lop

Netherland Dwarf - Netherland Dwarfs are a genetically dwarfed rabbit. They typically weigh between 2-3lbs as adults. Netherlands are usually for rabbit owners who already have bunny experience or don't mind a bunny who isn't always up for cuddling. Over time, they do settle in and can become super laid back, and just as social and affectionate as the Holland Lop. Just sometimes, a little more time and patience is needed. They make for great 4h/ffa/show potential rabbits if bred true to ARBA's SOP, or even just as a pet if looking for an addition to the family.

Schedule of Points for Showing (per ARBA & ANDRC)
General type = 70 points (made up of body, head, ears, eyes, and tail)
Body.......35
Head.......15
Ears.......15
Eyes.......5
Tail.......0
Fur = 10 points
Colour = 15 points
Condition = 5 points
(General type + Fur + Colour + Condition = 100 points)

The true standard of a Netherland Dwarf is to be short, compact, medium to heavy boned, well rounded and balanced - in regards between the head, ears, body type, colour, fur and condition. The shoulders should be deep and wide, and to be equal widths to the hindquarter, showing no taper. The topline to be able to show the depth of the shoulders throughout to the hindquarters, and to be well rounded and well filled all over.
The head is to be large and rounded, and well balanced with the body, and should be set high and as close to the body/shoulders as possible. The head will be bigger in bucks than does.
The ears are to be short and thick, set on the top of the head, erect, rounded at the tips, and well furred with an ideal length of 2''. No longer than 2.5" in length.
The eyes are to be round, bold and bright. The eye colour are to be as described in it's individual variety.
The tail shall be well carried, straight and well furred.
The fur is to be soft, dense and healthy. Should be well groomed, with nails trimmed, with no discolouration or molting.
The fur and eye colour are to be as described under each variety.

I strongly recommend getting the Standard of Perfection book (ARBA, 2021-2025 - current edition) and the ANDRC Guidebook (8th edition), and joining both ARBA and ANDRC if looking into showing/breeding Netherland Dwarfs.

Betty's Wednesday - Black Jr. Netherland Dwarf Doe
Pictured above: Betty's Wednesday - Black Jr. Netherland Dwarf Doe.

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Holland Lop - Holland Lops are some of the most laid back, gentile and sweet rabbit breeds about. They usually weigh between 3-4lbs as adults. Hollands are another dwarfed genetic breed, so are going to be on the smaller side if bred true to ARBA's SOP. Hollands are great for families, children, and usually get on with other animals. They make for great 4h/ffa/show potential rabbits if bred true to ARBA's SOP, or even just as a pet if looking for an addition to the family.

Schedule of Points for Showing (per ARBA & HLRSC)
General type = 84 points (made up of head, ears, crown, body and bone)
Head, Ears, Crown..............42
Head.......24
Ears.......10
Crown.......8
Body, Bone..............42
Body.......32
Bone, Feet, Legs.......10
Fur = 7 points
Colour & Markings = 4 points
Condition = 5 points
(General type + Fur + Colour & Markings + Condition = 100 points)

The true standard of a Holland Lop is to have a short, massive and thick bone and well rounded. Like the Netherland, the shoulders should be deep and wide, and to be equal widths to the hindquarter, showing no taper. The topline to be able to show the depth of the shoulders throughout to the hindquarters, and to be well rounded and well filled all over. The rabbit is to be well muscled.
The head is to be massive and well rounded in appearance. It should have good width beginning from front of the crown and rounding down between the eyes to a short and well-filled muzzle and cheeks. The head should be set high and as close to the body/shoulders as possible. The head will be bigger in bucks than does. The eyes are to be round, bold and bright. The eye colour are to be as described in it's individual variety.
The ears should be thick, wide, rounded at the tips, and well furred. They should hang close to the cheeks if crown is strongly defined and properly positioned. The length of the ears should be equal or slightly longer than the jaw line, and should be balanced with the size of the head.
The crown should be a strongly defined ridge which sits on the top of the head, and adds to the "massive" appearance. The crown determines ear placement, control and size of the ear openings.
The legs are to be short, thick straight and heavily boned.
The fur is to be soft, dense and healthy. Should be well groomed, with nails trimmed, with no discolouration or molting.
The fur and eye colour are to be as described under each variety.

I strongly recommend getting the Standard of Perfection book (ARBA, 2021-2025 - current edition) and the HLRSC Official Guidebook (7th edition - 2018), and joining both ARBA and HLRSC if looking into showing/breeding Holland Lops.

Betty's Midnight - Black Jr. Holland Lop Doe
Pictured above​: Betty's Midnight - Black Jr. Holland Lop Doe.

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Pictured above​: ANDRC Guidebook (8th Edition), HLRSC Official Guidebook (7th Edition - 2018), Standard of Perfection (2021 - 2025).

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