The terms “mini lop” and “dwarf lop” are often used interchangeably to refer to a small, rabbit breed. The two breeds are quite different. A dwarf lop is not necessarily tiny, it’s just a breed of rabbit that has specific physical characteristics.
The best way to determine whether a rabbit is a dwarf lop or mini lop is by looking at the ears. A genuine dwarf lop will have very short upright ears, similar in appearance to angora rabbits. However, most pet stores sell rabbits that are simply small breeds with upright ears which are often called “mini lops.”
Pet stores sell many different breeds of rabbits that are simply called mini-lop or dwarf-lop, however, these are not the genuine article. The original breed is known as a Flemish giant rabbit, but don’t let its large size fool you, this breed is considered a dwarf. The mini lop was first developed in the early 1960s by breeding together a Flemish giant and a Netherland dwarf. The cross aimed to create a small rabbit with the same characteristics as the larger Flemish giant.
So, if you’re looking for a genuine dwarf lop, be sure to check the ears. If you’re buying a rabbit for its small size rather than its breed, then look at other characteristics before making your purchase.
Mini lops or dwarf lops are sometimes sold as “teacups” by pet shops and dealers as they are popular pets for those with small living spaces such as apartments. However, there is no such thing as a teacup rabbit. All rabbits, regardless of their size, require a lot of space to run and play.
It’s important to remember that all rabbits, regardless of their size, need exercise, a balanced diet, and plenty of love and attention. So, whether you’re looking for a mini lop, a dwarf lop, or any other breed of rabbit, be sure to do your research and make sure you’re prepared to care for your new pet before bringing it home.