Holland Lop Colors (In-depth Coat Color Guide with Pictures)

There are varieties of categories talking about Holland Lop Colors. These are the Agouti, Wide Band, Self, Shaded, Tan Pattern, and many more categories. Below are the categories and their varieties. 

Agouti 

Chestnut, opal, chocolate chestnut, lynx, chinchilla, fox, chocolate chinchilla, and lilac chinchilla are all Agouti family members. Because of the color bands and dark ticking on their fur, these bunnies can resemble “wild rabbits.” When the fur is blown into, color circles appear. They have white around their eyes, noses, mouths, bellies, inner ears, and undertail. 

Chestnut

Chestnuts are the most popular of all the agouti colors and are the classic wild rabbit yellow. 

Kit Coloring: except for their agouti or split marks, newborns are always absolutely black. They lighten to a medium brown as they mature.

Adult Coloring: Adult chestnuts have a variety of brown colors and dark ticking on their coats. Each hair has an orange intermediate band of color that you can see on mid-length fur between the nape and muzzle. Their undercoat is tan, and you can see it on their sides, ears, and face where the hair is thinner.

Opal

The skins of opal rabbits are a deep blue color with agouti markings.

Kit Coloring: Except for their agouti or torn marks, newborns are blue. They lose their ticked blue hair and fawn coloring as they get older.

Adult Coloring: The hair of adult opals is thickly ticked blue. Each hair has an intermediate cream band of color that you can see on mid-length fur between the nape and muzzle. Their undercoat is tan, and you can see it on their sides, ears, and face where the hair is thinner.

Chinchilla

Chinchillas are sometimes characterized as a gray version of chestnuts after the same name’s South American rodent.

Kit Coloring: Chinchillas are dark gray with agouti markings when they are born. Black tipping and white become visible as their coat grow in.

Adult Coloring: Adult chinchillas are primarily gray, with black ticking and agouti marks on their coats. Each hair has two white intermediate bands of color divided by a short black band. On their sides, ears, and face, where the hair is thinner, they have a dark gray undercoat that is transparent.

Squirrel

Squirrel, also known as blue chinchilla, is one of the most uncommon shades of Holland lops.

Kit Coloring: Squirrels are light gray as newborns, often bordering on pink. They are a shimmery blue-gray color as their hair starts to fill in.

Adult Coloring: Adult squirrels have agouti marks and are blue/gray in color. On their ears and heads, you can see a deeper gray undercoat. You can see their white intermediate band on their chest, arms, and nape, where their hair is medium in thickness. The white and gray tips of full-length hair establish a distinct appearance.

Sable Chinchilla

Sable chinchillas, also known as sable agoutis, have a distinct appearance due to the combination of shaded genes and the agouti pattern.

Kit Coloring: Sable chinchillas are light gray to pink as newborns and may be mistaken for squirrels. Shading becomes apparent as their hair starts to fill in. By six months, they usually have developed their adult coloring.

Adult Coloring: The hide of a sable chinchilla is shaded and has agouti marks. On their ears, face, and legs, they have a dark gray coloring. Their coat has a brown tip that blends in with their white intermediate band. The white is more prominent on their arms, nape, and chest, where their hair is average in length.

Wide Band

This category is a little surprising because these bunnies have Agouti markings (white around the eyes, nose, lips, inside ears, and bellies) but no dark ticking at the tips of their fur.

This is due to the non-extension gene, which prevents the black in chestnuts and chinchillas from extending. Instead, they have a wide band of color, which is typically orange or cream in color. These colors are Agoutis without the black extension (non-extension Agoutis).

Orange

Orange is the most common Wideband color, and it is a vibrant and cheerful color.

Kit Coloring: Newborns are often entirely pink, but a smutty orange can have tort-like coloring. Some coloring will become more noticeable as their coat grows in, and their bright color will develop.

Adult Coloring: Oranges have an orange coat with agouti marks, as you would expect. Light orange to off-white undercoat should be present, as well as a bright orange band that extends the length of the coat. Shorter hair on smutty oranges also has a gray undercoat, making it appear darker.

Cream

Creams are a dilute version of orange and, in my experience, one of the most beautiful wideband shades.

Kit Coloring: The color of newborns usually is pink, with some shading. They develop into the creamy tan color that gives them their name as they mature.

Adult Coloring: Creams have agouti marks and are a beige color. They have a soft tan undercoat and a darker outercoat, similar to oranges. Smuttier creams can have a blue-gray undercoat that can be seen on their head, face, and paws where the hair is thinner.

Frosty             

Frosty is the lightest color in the wideband category and is also known as frosted pearls.

Kit Coloring: Newborns are entirely pink in color. Their points will become light gray as they age, though there may be some gray in the coat.

Adult Coloring: Frosties have a white undercoat with a darker gray tip on their nose, head, paws, and feet in adulthood. They may have light gray bands on their backs at the ends of their fur, where it is the longest.

Sable Frosty

Because of their resemblance to black Frosties, sable Frosties are often misidentified.

Kit Coloring: Newborns are entirely pink in color. They can grow darker points within the first week.

Adult Coloring: Sable Frosties have dark gray points and a white/gray ticked pattern all over their bodies as adults. Some Frosties have a brown cast to their coloring, which distinguishes them from black-based Frosties.

Self

Rabbits that are self-colored have a single solid color on their skins. Black, blue, chocolate, lilac, ruby-eyed white (REW), and blue-eyed white are among the colors available (BEW). Whites are challenging to deal around for a variety of causes. REWs are albinos that use the “cc” recessive gene to hide their true color identity.

To determine a REW’s true color category, breed it to a bunny that lacks the “c” gene. The recessive Vienna “v” gene gives BEWs their white coat and beautiful blue eyes. If you plan to breed BEWs, do your homework first because they will wreck a line if you don’t keep meticulous records.

Black

Blacks are the simplest of the self category, and they are a timeless color.

Kit Coloring: Newborn kits are almost black and devoid of any markings. Their color deepens as they get older.

Adult Coloring: Blacks have a dark slate undercoat that carries over to their jet-black coloring. There are no marks on the surface.

Blue

Blues are a dilute type of black that captures the spirit of dilute shades charmingly.

Kit Coloring: The coats of newborns are completely blue/gray with no marks.

Adult Coloring: The severity of adult blues varies. Others have a dark slate gray appearance, and others have a lighter, more silvery appearance. The undercoat of these animals usually is a lighter blue.

Chocolate

Chocolates are as decadent and lovely as the sweets for which they are called.

Kit Coloring: They have a chocolate coloring as newborns, deepening during the first few weeks of life.

Adult Coloring: The surface of adult chocolates is a dark brown color with no markings. They have a light gray undercoat.

Lilacs

Lilacs are a lovely dusty color that is one of the most uncommon self shades.

Kit Coloring: The newborns are a light gray color that transforms into a lilac hue as the package gets older.

Adult Coloring: Adult lilacs have no markings and are dove gray with a pink undertone. Their undercoat is a dove gray color.

Black Tort

In Holland lops, this is the most popular color. Black tortoises are mature and easy to find in decent condition. They don’t have any shaded chromosomes because they tend to be shaded.

Kit Coloring: Newborns are pink and light brown in color, with deeper shading on the edges. Their coat darkens as they get older.

Adult Coloring: The skin of adult black tortoises is rusty brown, with a bright slate blue undercoat. Where their hair is thinner, such as on their sides and face, their undercoat is noticeable. Their ears, muzzle, paws, and tail have dark brown coloring.

Blue Tort

Blue tortoises have a light tan coloring that is similar to cream.

Kit COLORING: Newborn baby kits are mostly pink with blue shading. They soon develop adult coloring as they get older.

Adult Coloring: Blue tortoises have a creamy beige body color and a blue/gray undercoat. Their points have a darker blue hue to them.

Ruby Eyed White (REW)

In other species, ruby-eyed whites are called an albino. Their homogeneous “cc” genes will cover all other genes, resulting in a completely white coat.

Kit Coloring: Newborn REW is all purple. Their white fur grows after a week or two, and their red eyes open, making them easier to see.

Adult Coloring: Adult REW is entirely white. Their skin can show through and appear pink due to the shorter fur on their ears and nose.

Blue Eyed White (BEW)

BEWs is an unusual and unusual color, with pure white fur and bright blue eyes. Similar to the albino allele, two Vienna (v) genes hide the remainder of their genotype.

Kit Coloring: Their white fur grows after a week or two, and their red eyes open, allowing for quick recognition.

Adult Coloring: Adult BEWs have a primarily white coat with no single markings.

Shaded

Black tort, blue tort, chocolate torte, lilac tort, Siamese sable, seal, smoke pearl, and sable point are among the varieties available. The head, ears, feet, and tail of shaded bunnies are darker in color.

Seal

Seals are the darkest of the shaded colors, and as kits or adults, they can easily be mistaken with blacks. If you don’t see shading, there are a few main changes to look for when attempting to tell the two apart. Seals have chocolate brown hair on their paws, while blacks have gray. In contrast to blacks, seals have a ruby cast to their eyes.

Kit Coloring: Newborns are born entirely dark. They can appear slightly shimmery and have a brown tint to their coat as their fur grows in. It’s not uncommon for their adult coloring to appear at the age of 5-6 months.

Adult Coloring: The back, head, and paws of adult seals are black. The hue on their sides is a little brighter. They have no bands in their fur, and the coloring defines the color down the hair shaft.

Their color may vary in darkness depending on the lighting and molt. Bear, the Holland in the last two images, for example, seems to be lighter than the regular seal. The Holland seen earlier has a more distinctive coloring.

Blue Seal

Blue seals are a lesser-known color of the shaded family, resembling blues but sharing much of the same characteristics as black seals.

Kit Coloring: Kits for newborns are dark blue and unmarked. Their blue coat takes on a shimmery cast as the fur grows in. It may take 5-6 months for the shading to appear.

Adult Coloring: Blue seals have a smooth, sleek coat that lightens slightly on the sides and stomach of adult blue seals. Their black color runs the length of their hair shaft. They have a similar appearance to blues, but the difference of their coat and the silver sheen that all seal kits have will help distinguish them.

Smoke Pearl

The name “smoke pearl” comes from the shimmery hue of the pearls.

Color of Newborn Kits: Newborn kits are light gray with slightly darker points. When they get older, their coat becomes a gleaming gray color.

Adult Coloring: Adult Smoke Pearls have a rich pearl gray color that lightens on the sides and belly of adult smoke pearls. Their ears, nose, paws, and tail have a darker blue coloring. Their undercoat is noticeably thinner than the hair shaft’s end.

Siamese Sable

The coats of Siamese sables are a perfect dark brown silver with a shaded variation.

Kit Coloring: The color of newborn kits is usually a dusty brown with darker points. Their coat produces a soft shine as they get older. It may take 5 to 6 months for their shading to appear.

Adult Coloring: Adult Siamese sables have dark points on their heads and light backs, chests, and stomachs. Their undercoat is a shade lighter than the hair shaft’s tip.

Sable Point

Sable points come in several colors, but their dark points allow for a striking comparison.

Kit Coloring: Newborn sable points are primarily pink, with darker coloring on their points and sometimes on their sides.

Adult Coloring: Adult Sable Point Coloring: Adult sable points have an off-white body with a lighter stomach and dark brown points. Slightly smudged sable points can have side shading.

Tan Pattern

Black otter, blue otter, chocolate otter, and lilac otter are some of the shades that can be seen in the tan pattern. There are also other fascinating tan gene variants.

Black Otter

The stark contrast and markings of black otters set them aside as one of the most distinctive colors in the tan style group.

Newborn black otters have tan pattern markings on their backs when they are born. As they get older, ticking and an orange nape can emerge.

Adult Coloring: Black otters have gleaming black fur, white bellies, and orange stripes on their napes as adults. Their chests, thighs, and sides are all covered with orange ticking.

Black Silver Marten

Black silver martens have a genetic resemblance to black otters, but the c(chd) gene eliminates the orange coloring.

Kit Coloring: Newborns are black with tan pattern coloring and are often mistaken for black otters. They will be completely black and white until their hair grows in, with no brown.

Adult Coloring: Silver martens in adulthood have a self-black coat with white tan pattern markings. A gray undercoat will cover their white belly. The chest, ears, lower back, and sides are generally covered in white ticking.

Black Seal Marten

Seal martens are not rare when breeding with tan pattern genes, even though they are not a showy color.

Kit Coloring: Newborn kits are usually gray with tan pattern markings. They acquire a chocolate-tinted hue and soft ticking as their fur develops.

Adult Coloring: Adult Seal Martens have a paint pattern that is identical to that of a seal and white, tan pattern markings. Their chest, arms, ears, and lower back are covered in white ticking.

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