How We Began ~ Where We're Going
Learn About the History and Objectives of 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 invoked 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 America.
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