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31 Holland Lop Rabbit Colors (with Pictures)
Holland lops are playful, energetic rabbits that are commonly owned as pets and presented at shows. They are often best for quiet households because they can be quite skittish. These rabbits can come in all kinds of colors and patterns because they have been bred for many years.
Holland lops will either have a solid coat that only has one color or “broken,” meaning they have different patches of colors that can form many different patterns.
These rabbits are only shown under those two categories, but outside of a showing context, the colors can be grouped and sub-grouped further.
Within these seven main categories, you will find different versions, colors, and patterns. Let’s go into more detail about the kinds of rabbits that you will find in each group.
Self-colored is the most straightforward color pattern that a Holland Lops can have. They will only have one solid color across their entire bodies. Sometimes their eyes will be different shades, but otherwise, they are all one color.
The most basic color group within self-colored rabbits is black. They are born entirely black without any markings, and their color continues to intensify as they get older. Black Holland Lops have brown eyes. The black can vary in tone from dark slate to jet black.
Blue rabbits might not be what you expect. They are not “blue” but instead, a diluted version of black, a gray with a blue tint. These rabbits will have blue-gray eyes and are born without any markings. The colors intensify with maturity and range from dark slate gray to an almost silvery color, with the undercoat a bit lighter.
A chocolate Hollands has a rich brown shade, much like a milk chocolate bar. They also have brown eyes. As kits, they have a chocolate coloring that begins to deepen within a few weeks of development. As adults, they have an undercoat that is often light, slate-gray.
Much like the blue Holland Lops, Lilacs are not exactly light purple but still reminiscent of the color. They are a dusty shade of blue-gray, much lighter than any other gray-colored rabbit. The lilac shade deepens with age and often becomes a dove-gray with a pinkish undertone.
5. REW, or Ruby-Eyed White
Ruby-eyed whites can be confused with albino rabbits, and their actual coloration can only be determined through future breeding. They are entirely pink at birth. As an adult, these rabbits will be pure white with ruby-red eyes, much like an albino.
6. BEW, or Blue-Eyed White
These white rabbits are easier to tell apart from albino rabbits because they will have striking blue eyes. This color and eye combination are quite rare. The kits will still be entirely pink but will have white fur that grows within the first couple of weeks. Adults have pure, white fur.
Shaded bunnies are similar to the solid-colored variety but with darker markings on their head, feet, ears, and tail. We include broken types in this category, but some people put these variations into a separate group.
Seal is the darkest color in this category and may sometimes be confused with self-colored black rabbits when they are younger. Seals often have deep gray or dark chocolate brown fur, with a shading of black on their ears, head, feet, and tail. One way to differentiate them is to check their eyes for a ruby cast, since black rabbits will not have this.
8. Blue Seal
This variation of seal is lesser known as “blue seal.” They have the same traits, but with blue-gray fur covering most of their body and a darker gray on the shaded areas. Kits are often born as solidly blue without markings, and the shading becomes apparent at 6 months old at the latest.
9. Broken Blue
Broken blue exhibits the same color types as the blue seal color, with a random broken pattern intermixed with white or light gray on their bodies.
10. Smokey Pearl
These rabbits are similar to lilac-colored rabbits with a shimmery glow to their overall coloring. They become a rich pearl-gray as adults, with lightened sides and stomach. They will still have darker tones on areas typical of the shaded pattern.
11. Siamese Sable
Siamese sable rabbits are a mixture of silver-gray and dark brown in their undercoats and their marking spots. Adults have lighter sides, chests, and stomachs.
12. Sable Point
Sable points vary in shades of cream to gray on their bodies and have a lovely dark contrasting color on the front of their faces, ears, and feet. The color on their body is often described as off-white.
14. Blue Point
Blue-point rabbits are not established enough to be a showable color, but they are still adorable. The lighter shades across their whole body make them one of the prettiest shaded Holland Lops. They have an off-white coat with blue-gray points that develop little contrast.
15. Blue Tort
Blue and black tort rabbits are sometimes added to a different category because they do not always have the same point patterns that shaded rabbits typically do. They have a cream to soft tan color on their bodies and a darker tan to blue-gray color on their points.
16. Black Tort
A black tort rabbit often has a similar color pattern to a blue tort, but with darker gray or black point markings. Smuttier versions often have white mixed into the undercoat on their sides, stomach, chest, and heads.
Agouti is a common color pattern for many small mammals. In rabbits, the look more closely resembles wild rabbits. There are rings of color on each piece of fur, bands with contrasting light and dark colors. Agoutis commonly have white point markings around their eyes, mouth, nose, and bellies, under their tail, and inside the ears.
Any of the agouti color patterns can have broken variations that mix in white across the bodies and faces.
Chestnut is the classic coloration of a wild rabbit and is one of the most common of the agouti color patterns. Their ears are brown. As the kits mature, they soften from a black color to a medium brown, with agouti bands of dark gray, white, and cream.
Opal is similar to the blue self-colored pattern, but with agouti bands of light tan, black, cream, or gray shades. Their eyes will be blue-gray.
Chinchilla-colored rabbits are so named because of their distinct similarity to the coloration of chinchillas. They might also be considered a gray version of the chestnut agouti pattern. Their eyes will be brown. As the rabbits mature, black and white tipping becomes more apparent. Each piece of fur is mostly gray and has black, dark gray, or white bands.
Squirrel-colored agouti might also be known as “blue chinchilla” and is one of the rarest colors for this rabbit. They have blue-gray ears. When they are born, they have light-gray fur verging on pink. As they mature, the color develops into a shimmery blue-grey shade, and their agouti point markings become more apparent.
Pointed whites are one of the rarest color categories for Holland Lops. They have white bodies, ruby-red eyes, and dark point markings on their noses, ears, feet, and tails.
21. Black-Pointed White
Black pointed whites have dark brown or black-point markings.
22. Blue-Pointed White
Blue-pointed whites have light blue, cream, or chocolate brown shades on their pointed areas.
There are also chocolate and lilac pointed whites, but they are so rare, there is little information or photography.
Ticked Holland Lops are also quite rare, and the category can be a bit confusing since agouti patterns are also “ticked” with various bands of color at the end of their fur. Generally, there are only two types of true ticked rabbits: black gold-tipped steel and silver-tipped
24. Black Gold-Tipped Steel and Silver-Tipped Steel
Both of these rabbits have steel-gray to black undercoats, with only the end of their fur being ticked with a different color. The ends can be gold tipped in the first variety or silver in the second. Their color contrast is so stark that they often seem to shimmer in the light.
Tan patterns are frequently showable. They come in many different pattern types and can sometimes be confused for agouti rabbits because they have similar point markings. In addition to the agouti color points, tan rabbits can also have a tan shin strap that extends from their mouths toward their ears.
25. Black Otter
Black otters are the most distinctive rabbits in this category. Their primary color is black, with light tan point markings and ticking on their stomach and chest.
26. Blue and Broken Blue Otter
These rabbits have light cream or white point markings on a blue-gray body. They also have blue-grey eyes and can have light ticking on their chest and stomach.
27. Chocolate Otter
The chocolate otter pattern is the same as the other two otter colors, but with the primary color being deep, chocolaty brown.
28. Lilac Otter
This is not a common shade and can be confused with blue otter. The primary color tends to be much lighter than typical blue otter.
Wide-band colors are often the most popular colors for Holland Lops. Some of these patterns involve agouti point markings, but the difference is the exclusion of darker ticking on their fur. Instead of several thin bands, they get their name from the single, wide band of color, basically agoutis without the black.
All these color types can have broken varieties, depending on the rabbit’s parentage.
Orange is the most popular of these already beloved colors. The band is a bright orange that makes these rabbits look cheery and soft. Their eyes are brown. Kits start as entirely pink, and their shading becomes more apparent as they mature. As adults, they have undercoats that should be light orange or off-white.
There is also a “smutty orange” variety that may or may not be considered separately. They have a gray undercoat with darker gray ears.
Cream rabbits are a diluted version of orange. They have blue-gray eyes, and instead of being orange, they are a light beige color with agouti point markings.
Frosty Holland Lops can also be called “frosted pearls.” They are the lightest color variety in the wideband category. Their eyes are brown. The primary fur color is white, with darker gray on their points and wide bands of gray on their back.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
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