The French Lop rabbit breed is known for its big size and distinct features. These dudes can weigh up to 14 pounds, and they’re pretty long too, usually around 28-30 inches from nose to toe if they are laying out.
But the real standout feature is their lop ears, which basically just means their ears flop down instead of standing up straight like some other bunnies.
As for their coat, it’s dense and super soft, making them pretty cuddly little guys. In terms of colors, French Lops come in all sorts of shades, including solid colors like black, blue (gray), chestnut, fawn, tort, opal, and many more with over 40 recognized colors.
So yeah, if you’re looking for a big pet rabbit with cute floppy ears, the French Lop might be the perfect fit for you!
Description of a French Lop’s body size and structure
The French Lop is a big rabbit, weighing in at around 11-15 pounds when fully grown. It is possible to see come a little bit bigger than that and the reason for it is there is no max weight for the rabbit breed standard according to the American Rabbit Breeders Association.
Keep in mind bigger is not always better and it can lead to an earlier death if the rabbit is overweight, just like dogs people tend to “eyeball” their rabbit’s weight and can often be wrong. So unless you see that rabbit on a scale yourself and the person is saying they weigh 18+ pounds. Meaaaa that’s pretty unlikely.
People might think this doe below weighed more than she did. But she only weighted 14.5 pounds at her earliest.
They have a wide, long body and well-muscled hindquarters. When they’re born, they start off small and then grow pretty fast. By 3 months, they’re usually around 4-6 pounds, and at 6 months they can be anywhere from 7-10 pounds.
It’s super important to keep an eye on their weight, especially if you’re planning on showing them. Judges at rabbit shows look for rabbits that match the breed’s standard according to the ARBA which looks at things like size, weight, and overall body type.
When it comes to their living space, French Lops need some room to stretch those big bodies. An ideal cage size for one of these guys is at least 30×30 inches, but the more space, the better. Here is a full guide on care, housing, and feeding a french lop.
Thickset body and muscular build
Their bodies are thickset and muscular, with a deep and broad chest that gives them a powerful, impressive size. Their well-rounded physique makes them look like they’re ready to take on anything that comes their way.
Below is a 12.5-pound doe with her 3-week-old baby. It takes them almost a full year to be full grown.
Comparison of French Lops with other rabbit breeds
Now, when you compare them to other rabbit breeds, you’ll notice that they’re one of the largest domestic breeds out there.
Their size really sets them apart from smaller breeds like Netherland Dwarfs or Holland Lops.
In terms of french lops should be bigger than a holland lop by the time they are 8 weeks old.
- An adult Holland Lop should weigh no more than 4 pounds but on average tends to be 2-4 pounds.
- An adult French Lop should weigh at minimum 11 pounds for bucks and 11.5 pounds for does.
Unfortunately, french lops don’t live as long as smaller rabbits. If you want to get one as a pet I would highly recommend you learn more about their lifespan here in this post.
Compare French Lops To Everyday Items
French Lops are some big bunnies, let me tell you. They can get up to around 15-16 inches tall and weigh between 10-14 pounds. Now, if you think about it, that’s about the same height as a medium-sized backpack and the weight of a large bag of flour. Talk about a hefty bunny!
Your hand and their head size. – This is how we pose a french lop for showing and my hand is over her head. I am 5’11” so my hands aren’t small.
This doe is sitting next to a large scale and it is several inches away from her.
Remember that size does not always mean better. Rabbits need to be chosen to reproduce based on their conformation and sound body. Make sure when you are choosing someone to buy from they don’t seem to be simply producing babies that are “cute colors” or just to get them bigger.
All breeds go through ups and downs. Sometimes it is harder to find good quality livestock. BUT the breeder should be doing their best to produce quality animals with what they have.
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Check out our rabbitry and see if we have any available or get on the waiting list for more choices to choose from. I’ve been raising french lops since 2009 and do my best to raise rabbits that meet the ARBA standard and have good temperaments that make great pets.