Everything You Need to Know About the French Lop-Eared Rabbit

Posted by Katherine Ripley
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The French Lop makes the perfect cuddle bunny.

The French Lop is one of nine breeds of lop-eared rabbits. Their most distinguishing characteristic is written right in their name: their long ears flop over on the sides of their head.

The French Lop was developed in France, as its name suggests. It was created by crossing the English Lop, the rabbit breed with the longest ears, with the French Butterfly rabbit, a large breed which closely resembles the Flemish Giant. This combination of genes created a large rabbit with long, floppy ears.

The French Lop looks like an oversized Mini Lop, another breed of lop-eared rabbit which only weighs about five pounds. The French Lop has what breeders call a "commercial body type," with a full arch in their back, rather than the semi-arch that many large breeds, like the Flemish Giant, have.

French Lops are not widely bred because they require a large amount of space and feed in order to raise them. But many people keep just one as a family pet. Their soft fur and their gentle disposition make them great cuddle bunnies.

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General Appearance

The French Lop is a large breed of rabbit with the body type of a small rabbit. Like all lop-eared breeds, it has long, floppy ears.

Body

The French Lop weighs 10 to 15 pounds, making this a large breed. The shape of its body resembles a New Zealand rabbit: all its features in proportion, with a pronounced arch in its back. French Lops can often become "flabby," developing a roll of skin and fur around their hindquarters.

Head

The French Lop has a large head which is set relatively high on its shoulders. It has a large nose, and the area of its face between its eyes and nose is broad and flat.

Ears

Unlike the English Lop, French Lops are not bred to have the longest ears possible. Their ears are rounded, and should fall open, not folded.

Coat

The French Lop has a dense, soft glossy coat. They come in multiple different colors, either solid or broken.

Health

Lop-eared rabbit breeds are more prone to ear infections than prick-eared (upright ears) rabbit breeds. The French Lop is also more vulnerable to eye problems because of the flat shape of their faces. To prevent this, you should always carefully trim the hair around their eyes.

Temperament

When socialized from a young age, French Lops are extremely gentle, including with children, and make a wonderful family pet. The "teenager stage," where they might become aggressive when they go through sexual maturity, is less common in French Lops than in other breeds.

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Everything You Need to Know About the French Lop-Eared Rabbit