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HOLLAND LOP COLORS
There are many different colors, all so beautiful! Everyone has a favorite! I really have trouble deciding what colors I prefer! My favorites are the agouti color group with the chinchillas and chestnuts, the self colors chocolate and blue, and the shaded colors of tort and sable points. However there are many other colors that are fun to work with!
A self color is a rabbit who is a solid color over its entire body including its ears, nose, and feet. There are only 6 self colors- Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, and Whites. The whites can have either blue eyes or red eyes.
Broken Pattern- is a rabbit that is white with colored spots. You can get the broken pattern with any color group.
So being a girl, I have always had a love for CHOCOLATE!!! I've decided that it is fitting to continue that love for chocolate with my bunnies. My newest project with my bunnies is my chocolates. They are kindof unique because they are harder to get than some of the colors.
Chocolate is carried by the same gene that determines black rabbits. Black is dominant and Chocolate is recessive. This means that to get a chocolate bunny it would have to have both parents carrying the recessive chocolate gene. To make it more confusing there are even dilute colors, meaning that the chocolate can become lighter. The chocolates dilute counterpart is lilac (black dilute is blue), which would be even harder to get. Now even in chocolates you can get selfs, agoutis, and otters. Its just a matter of how thier genes line up, and what you are breeding.
My goals with my chocolates is in chocolate and lilacs, with broken and solids. It seems like there is still much for me to learn about chocolates, and I am very excited to be working on this project. If anyone finds any great resources please send them my way! :)
This is one of my newest colors but I think it is quite stunning so I had to keep these bunnies. The Tan Pattern colors are commonly called an otter.
What the coat should look like:
The head, outside of ears, front side of the front feet, outer rear feet and top sides of the body should be full self color it is okay if there are flecks of orange or fawn on the sides and backend. They can come in all four self colors (Black, Blue, Chocolate, and Lilac). Blacks and chocolates will have orange ticking. Blue and lilacs will have fawn ticking. The belly, underside of the tail, inside of the ears should be creamy white, highlighted with orange or fawn, dependant on the base color. The nose and ears will also have creamy white lacing, highlighted with orange or fawn, also depending on the base color. The triangle at the base of the neck should be orange or fawn, dependant on the base color.
Tri Colors are another color that is more difficult to get. A tri color bunny is basically a broken harlequin. That is why I have harlequin and tri colors on this page. Note that although harlequins are gorgeous they are a non- showable color at this time. Tri colors can be shown.
Thank you, Robin for helping me get started with the tri color bunnies!
THE WIDEBAND GROUP:
Creams, Oranges, Reds, Frosteds, and Harlequin colors all belong to the wideband color group.