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We Began ~
Where We're Going
About the History and Objectives
the Lop Rabbit Club of America.
In April of 1971, the National Lop Rabbit Club of America was formed and
later became known as the Lop Rabbit Club of America. The object of the
LRCA is to popularize, promote and improve the breeding of the Lop
rabbits, to encourage fanciers and exhibitors with the help of this
club's services which are at their disposal.
The English Lop may be the oldest breed of domestic
rabbit known to man. It's origin is lost in the mist of time. Research
has found it existed by 1700. Records indicate that it was exhibited in
the British Isles in 1846. Little is known of the development of this
fascinating breed of rabbits which is know as the "King Of The
Fancy". Like most breeds, there are many interesting stories about
them. The English Lop is probably the best known breed of Lop. There are
others, among them being the Swiss Ram, Danish Lops and French Lops. At
one time, there were even varieties such as the Half Lop, a rabbit with
only one ear lopped over; Horn Lops, Lops with ears twisted such as
those on a Ram; and many that were created or shown for one reason or
another. English Lops revoked the most favor in England and for many
years, it was almost unheard of for any rabbit but the Lop to take the
coveted "Best In Show" award. The English Lop is a challenge
to all who raise them. Perhaps the English are a bit too fancy for the
novice rabbit breeder, however the reward for breeding a show winning
English Lop gives one self-satisfaction and accomplishment.
The French Lop rabbit was first
bred in France around 1850 by a Frenchman named Condenier. There were
several other breeders that bred the Lops during this time period,
however the credit is given to Condenier as the originator of this
breed. The French Lop breed resulted from a cross between the English
Lop and the Butterfly rabbit of France. The Butterfly rabbit is still
bred in France and can be seen at the Grand Prix Show in Paris. This
rabbit closely resembles our Flemish Giant of today, but is shorter in
body and weighs approximately 15 pounds. Between the period of 1850-1910
there was great popularity of both the French and English Lop on the
continent of Europe and in England. In fact, they were referred to as
the "King Of The Fancy". Mr. Woodgate of England contributes
the downfall of the French and English Lops due to the fact that they
obtained such perfection during this period that they lost their
challenge to the breeders.
Our American Standard has for years recognized both
Lop breeds. Through the great efforts of many early Lop breeders, the
Lops have gained enormous popularity and recognition in this country.
The original stock was imported from Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and
Germany during 1970-1971. The future of our French and English Lops in
America looks bright and promising.
The Lop Rabbit Club of America invites you to join
our organization. We are one of the most progressive Rabbit Clubs in
As a member, you will receive our Official Club
Guidebook, plus the Lop Digest which is published quarterly. Most
importantly, you will be able to enjoy the breeding and exhibiting of
two of the most unique and irresistible breeds of rabbits known to man -
The French and English Lops
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