I like to start by saying that just because a Holland lop CAN be shown, it doesn't mean it SHOULD.
I have seen local breeders selling 6 weeks old babies as Showable Holland lops due to the fact that such babies comes from Grand Champion bloodline. That's cute!
If you are interested in buying a show animal you should look for a full grown Holland lop not a 6 week old baby, as they are not developed enough to show their true qualities. In my opinion all babies that are sold at 9 weeks and after being full grown should be sold as pets, without pedigree.
Any breeder that is truly serious about improving the Holland lop breed will KEEP their best, at least that's my opinion! Why? because they are hard to get, they are few and far between and many breeders give up before they can truly produce a high quality animal to show. There are also breeders who show under their children names because the judges are lenient on youth show and realistic in a Open show. Since Holland lops of great type are hard to produce, not many true youth breeders are showing them, which makes it easier for such breeders to "earn " a ribbon, then display proudly.
If you go to any Salt Lake show you will see what I'm talking about. The youth table barely have any youth interested in their rabbits or even paying attention to the results. What you will see is PARENTS pushing each other to see how their rabbits are doing.... ridiculous.
Anyway, what you want to see on a Show Holland lop?
Strong bones that gives the animal a bulky and stocky look.
Width that gives the full look and makes them look massive.
Short, COMPLETELY lopped ear that is wide and open, not long and narrow.
Short front limbs.
Wide forehead and well filled muzzle.
Full and wide hindquarters.
Well placed and defined crown that wraps the head adding to the massive look.
Now you tell me, have you ever seen a 6 weeks old that has all those qualities? Then why are they sold as Show quality? Because it sound better to buyers!
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