Breed Standards

Mini Plush Lop Breed Standard

The Mini Plush Lop has not been presented to the ARBA to be an accepted breed. A “Standard of Perfection” was created to help breeders produce consistent, quality offspring.



Mini Plush Lop Standard of Perfection

All Colors & Patterns Acceptable

To be entered and shown in two classifications of:

Broken Pattern & Solid Pattern, White Eared, and Vienna




Feet/Legs …………….….10



Color & Markings…..…5

Total Points …………….100


Senior Bucks and Does–6 months of age & over, weight not over 4.5 pounds.

Junior Bucks and Does–Under 6 months of age.  Minimum weight 3 pounds.

NOTE:  No animal may be shown in a higher age classification than its true age. 

NOTE:  Mini Plush Lops can be posed naturally seated with front feet firmly planted or with forelegs pressed down flat with feet positioned directly in line with the eyes. When ideally posed and viewed from the front, the legs should be sturdy and straight with neither cobby short legs or tall thin fine boned legs. The chest should appear proud & prominent but not overly exaggerated or resemble a bulldog like stance. The Mini Plush Lops overall body type should exhibit balance, be round, short, sturdy and compact. A longer middle section is undesirable. The coat is short, dense, silky and the shaft is a bit longer than the Mini Rex, but does not lack in luster, softness and shine.

HEAD – Points 20:  When viewed from the front, the head is to have moderate width, which begins at the base of the ears and carries down between the eyes with a shorter wedge shape and prominent full muzzle area giving the appearance of almost a pear-shaped face with the muzzle only being slightly wider than the forehead. When viewed from the side, the head is a shortened, flat wedge shape with defined forehead from the base of the ears, to a slight flattening between the eyes and the muzzle and then to continue rounding from the lower portion to the muzzle to the neck.  The eye is to be bright, large, and almost exaggerated in size. The head is to be balanced & bold in appearance and set level to the shoulders. The size of the head is to be in proportion to the size of the body.

Faults: Severely Pinched muzzle; excessive width between the eyes; head too big or small to balance with the body. Long, face and lack of roundness in muzzle.  Fault severely for long muzzles & head or apple shaped heads.

EARS – Points 8:  The ears should lop vertically on both sides of the head from a strongly defined and properly positioned crown. The ears should hang closely beside the cheeks, with the openings turned towards the head. When viewed from the front, the tips of the ears should point slightly outwards at a slight angle. The ears should be thick, well furred, wide and rounded at the tips.  The ears should hang just behind the eyes and extend no more than 2 inch below the jaw line. Ear width should balance with the size of the head and body with length being slightly longer.

Faults: Pointed tips, extra wide, thin or folded ear; poor ear carriage or placement; ear lengths that are shorter than the jaw line, or longer than 2″ past the jaw line. Missing, torn, or notched ears. Having heavy control of ears and able to lift erect.

CROWN/FEET/ LEGS – Points 25: The crown should be a more subtle defined ridge consisting of both cartilage and prominent, dense fur which appears to sit equal to the top of the head.  The crown should wrap from just behind the top of the eye, up over the top of the head, and down just behind the top of the other eye. Proper side to side width of the crown allows the ears to lop vertically. Proper front to back width of the crown positions the ear just behind the eye.

Faults- Extremely strongly & defined crown; narrow side to side or front to back crown width landing to helicopter ears; crown not positioned just behind the eye (slipped crown.)

Faults: Mismatched toenails on solid-colored rabbits. Fault severely for long legs, narrow legs, extra thick short & coby legs, bow legged, toes pointing outward or inward. missing toes or toenails

BODY – Points 25:  The general aspect of the body is bean shaped, well balanced, and carried off the table with pronounced shoulders and round full loin. The shoulders and chest should be balanced and appear proud and not exaggerated. The width of the shoulders should be tapered slightly, in relation to the hindquarters.  The hindquarters should be broad, deep, full, and well rounded.  The animals is to be medium muscled, short-coupled and balanced in length, width, and depth. Dewlaps are permitted in does. Tail to be straight & full

Faults: Long, thin or cob style body; short or high shoulders; chopped, pinched, or undercut hindquarters, flatness over the hips. Boney or lack of fullness. Faults for severely short or wide body or missing tail. 

FUR – Points 2: (Rollback) The fur is to be velvety soft, dense with rex type fur, but with a slightly longer shat than a rex. However, the slightly longer shaft does not lack the silky, soft, dense springy texture than that of a rex. A mini plush lop should have a shiny, lustrous coat. The fur is to be approximately 1/2 inch in length and have moderate bounce back when stroked from shoulders to over the loin.

Faults: Disheveled, dull fur. Showing texture and not exhibiting a smooth coat. Bristly tipped. Lacking in bounce back when stroked.

COLOR & MARKINGS – Points 5:  All colors are recognized in the Mini Plush Lop Color Guide descriptions.  The Solid pattern classification includes all recognized colors within the recognized groups.  The Broken pattern classification includes all recognized colors within the recognized groups in combination with white. Also, acceptable modifiers are White Ear gene, Vienna, and harlequin.


Broken patterns: less than 20% color

Solid pattern animals–Faults are as specified under each color description.

Disqualifications from Competition–Broken pattern animals–The complete absence of nose markings, ruby colored eyes in BEW

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