Mini Lops are a distinctively cute breed with their fluffy coats and soft, long ears that flop either side of their pudgy faces. If you’re considering getting a Mini Lop, you’re probably wondering how big they get. What do you need to know about their size when looking after them? Here we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about the potential size of your Mini Lop rabbit.
So, how big do Mini Lop rabbits get? Most Mini lop rabbits typically weigh between 3 to 3.5 lbs (48 to 56 ounces, or 1.4 to 1.6 kg). A Mini Lop will usually reach its adult weight at around 9 to 10 months old. However, the growth rate of your Mini Lop should be fastest in their first few months of life, with birth weight varying the most between individual bunnies.
Know we know their typical size and what we can expect.
But there is more to just size than a number.
So, let us now take a closer look at what this all means and how to ensure your mini lop reaches its size potential, should you proceed to get one.
- 1 At What Age is a Mini Lop Rabbit Considered Fully Grown?
- 2 How Big Are Mini Lops Compared to Other Rabbits?
- 3 How to Ensure Your Mini Lop Rabbit Reaches Their Full-Size Potential
- 4 How Much Space Do Mini Lop Rabbits Need?
- 5 Finally
At What Age is a Mini Lop Rabbit Considered Fully Grown?
A Mini Lop rabbit is considered fully grown at 9 to 10 months old, or up to 12 months. Some people say that rabbits hit their ‘teenage years’ at around 6 or 7 months old, but by the time your bunny is 10 months old, you can be sure that your Mini Lop is as big as he or she is likely to get.
The table below shows what you can expect in terms of average weight in ounces, from birth to 10 months of age.
There is a bit of overlap between ages, but these figures represent the average growth rate of a Mini Lop.
|Birth||Differs (50-140g typical)|
|1||250g – 480g|
|2||480g – 700g|
|3||700g – 935g|
|4||900g – 1.1kg|
|5||1.05kg – 1.275kg|
|6||1.16kg – 1.38kg|
|7||1.24kg – 1.47kg|
|8||1.3kg – 1.53kg|
|9-10||1.36kg – 1.58 kg|
If you have any concerns about the growth of your Mini Lop, be sure you’re supplying the correct diet.
Correct Diet For A Mini Lop
Mini Lops enjoy the same foods as other rabbit breeds, with at least 70% of their food made up of high-quality hay.
Mini Lops can eat a bit of alfalfa grass added to their hay if you wish.
The rest of your Mini Lop’s diet should consist of a balance of dark leafy greens, vegetables, limited amounts of fruit, and nutritious pellets.
Rabbits can have very small amounts of cut-up strawberries or apples but know that fruit contains sugar, so fruit should only be offered as a treat.
Be sure that the pellets you choose contain the appropriate levels of protein.
The best rabbit pellets contain some form of crude fiber that makes up at least 22%, with 14% protein, 1% calcium, and 1% fat.
What Not To Feed A Mini Lop
The following vegetables are not suitable for your Mini Lop, as their sensitive stomach can react negatively (with gas, blockages, or even disease):
- Iceberg lettuce
How Big Are Mini Lops Compared to Other Rabbits?
Mini Lops are often thought of as being smaller than other rabbits because of their name, but they are actually medium-sized rabbits.
Let’s now look at this particular breed against others, side-by-side.
Mini Lops And Holland Lops
Mini Lops can be confused with Holland Lops as they do look similar, but Mini Lops are twice the size!
Holland Lops can weigh up to 4 lbs as adults, but some of them can weigh as little as 2 lbs, which is just under half the size of the average Mini Lop’s 3.5 lbs.
Mini Lops And American Fuzzy Lops
American Fuzzy Lops have very fuzzy and fluffy, long-haired coats with more compact bodies.
The dwarf American Fuzzy Lop typically reaches 3 to 4 lbs in weight, so is similar in size to the Mini Lop, though it may appear smaller because of its chunkier build.
Mini Lops And Dwarf Lops
Mini Lops are smaller than Dwarf Lops, as Dwarf Lops can weigh up to 5.5 pounds, or 2 pounds more than the average Mini Lop.
These two breeds look quite similar with their soft coats and floppy ears, so size is often the best way to tell them apart.
Mini Lops And Netherland Dwarf Lops
The Netherland Dwarf Lops are a very small breed, weighing on average just 1.5 to 3 lbs.
The smallest Netherland Dwarf is very much smaller than most other rabbits, fitting in the palm of your hand!
Mini Lops And Standard Rabbit Breeds
Adult Lionheads usually weigh 3 to 5 lbs, Dutch Rabbits typically reach 5 to 7 lbs, and a Rex rabbit can weigh 8 to 10 lbs.
Mini Lops and Giant Rabbit Breeds
Some giant rabbit breeds such as the Checkered Giant can reach 12 lbs in weight. The Flemish Giant as an adult can attain at least 13 lbs, with some going on to weigh over 20 lbs!
So you could fit several Mini Lops inside one of these bunnies! (Not that you’d want to try!)
How to Ensure Your Mini Lop Rabbit Reaches Their Full-Size Potential
You can ensure that your Mini Lop rabbit reaches their full-size potential by providing the correct diet, 70% of which needs to be good quality hay.
Fresh Timothy or Meadow hay is best for your bunny, along with the right greens and vegetables.
We’ll list below a wide selection of the best foods for your Mini Lop.
Bear in mind, though, that when introducing new foods, you’ll want to do this one at a time. Bunnies have very sensitive digestive tracts.
The very best greens and vegetables for your Mini Lop to attain its best size include:
- Brussel sprouts (including the leaves)
- Artichoke leaves
- Carrots (including carrot tops, but don’t overdo it on the carrots as they are high in sugar)
- Zucchini (the flowers, too)
- Radish tops
- Romaine lettuce (never iceberg, see above)
- Spring greens
You can also try some herbs for your bunny, such as:
In addition to herbs, try these wild greens:
- Nasturtium (the flowers too)
- Plantain (the wild plant, not the fruit)
- Sow Thistle
If you want to give your Mini Lop a bit of fruit as a treat occasionally, try a bit of one of these:
- Blackberries (leaves too)
- Raspberries (leaves too)
- Strawberries (leaves too)
How Much Space Do Mini Lop Rabbits Need?
Mini Lop rabbits need about 12 square feet for their cage as a minimum, but a larger space is even better. Most rabbit guides will tell you to have a cage that is four times the length of your bunny, but that doesn’t give your Mini Lop much room to run around.
The absolute minimum dimensions of your rabbit enclosure should be 3-4 feet wide, 3 feet high, and 2 feet deep.
If you have two rabbits, you’ll need double the space.
All rabbits need exercise to grow healthily, so ideally, you want your Mini Lop to spend as much time as possible outside of the enclosure.
Mini Lops love to hop around and stretch their legs!
The House Rabbit Society recommends at least 5 hours per day of exercise for rabbits to be happy and healthy.
You can also get some exercise pens or rabbit runs to extend the length of your Mini Lop’s space, or you can provide a bunny-proof room.
If you choose to use a room in your home, make sure to protect your rabbit from the dangers of electrical wires.
Your bunny will munch on anything that looks like a cable, so prevention is best!
Wooden or soft things are potential targets, too, so check the surroundings and be sure that your bunny can’t chew on anything harmful.
Remember to provide a soft space for your bunny to rest in, as well as a hiding place.
If You Want Your Rabbit To Roam Free In Your Home
In addition to bunny-proofing any room where your bunny is likely to be, you’ll want to ease into an out-of-enclosure arrangement gradually.
Keep the enclosure for times when your rabbit can’t be supervised to help keep them out of trouble and help with litter training.
Rabbits also like having their own safe place to be alone.
By providing your bunny with their own space where they won’t be disturbed, you are helping them feel secure.
A safe space is a good place for your bunny to sleep at night.
Bunnies Can Get Bored
Rabbits, when faced with the same stimulus daily, can get bored.
So even though you’ve provided plenty of space with toys and other forms of enrichment, be sure to let your rabbit out of the enclosure every day.
Bunnies are crepuscular creatures, meaning that they sleep at night as well as for periods during the day, with their preferred playtimes being at dawn and at dusk.
If you are out all day, be sure to let your rabbit out to play before you go. When you return home, be ready to socialize with your bunny.
We all know that a bored rabbit can get up to a lot of mischief!
Rabbits Develop Strong Bonds
Rabbits develop strong bonds with their human families, so your Mini Lop will want your attention!
The more love and attention you give your rabbit, the better your relationship will be, and the happier your rabbit will be, too.
And a happy bunny tends to be a healthy one.
As the name suggests, mini lops are not the biggest rabbit breed out there.
But don’t let the name fool you either; these are medium rabbits in size.
And just one final comment to finish up here today. This guide references the average, based on the data of thousands of owners.
But it’s just that.
So, if you do proceed to get a mini lop – don’t be too worried or disheartened if your rabbit falls out of this range a little.
So long as you take the right care for your rabbit, meet their needs, and check-in with a veterinarian every now and again, your rabbit should reach and stabilize at the size potential that’s right – for them.
I am a practiced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site I created to share everything I’ve learned about pet ownership over the years and my extensive research along the way.