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Color Guide

Holland lops come in so many colors, it can be confusing trying to figure them out. Since we have had some pretty weird ones, we decided offer a guide to help you identify and learn about rabbit colors. It's not an exhaustive list, so feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have questions or would like to add your bunny's picture to our guide.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a list of colors we don’t have pictures for.



The classic wild rabbit color, chestnuts are the most common of all the agouti colors.

Eye color: Brown

Kit Coloring: Newborns are often entirely black with the exception of their agouti or broken markings. As they age, they lighten into a medium brown.

Adult Coloring: Adult chestnuts can range in shades of brown with dark ticking across their coat. An orange intermediate band of color is present on each hair, and can be seen on mid length fur near the nape and muzzle. They have a gray undercoat that may be visible on their sides, ears, and face where the fur is shorter.



Opal rabbits have rich blue coats with agouti markings.

Eye color: Blue/gray

Kit Coloring: Newborns are blue with the exception of their agouti or broken markings. As they age, they grow out their ticked blue fur and fawn markings.

Adult Coloring: Adult opals have thickly ticked blue fur. A cream intermediate band of color is present on each hair, and can be seen on mid length fur near the nape and muzzle. They have a gray undercoat that may be visible on their sides, ears, and face where the fur is shorter.



Chinchillas, named after the South American rodent with a similar coloring, are often described as a gray version of chestnuts.

Eye Color: Brown

Kit Coloring: As newborns, chinchillas are dark gray with agouti markings. As their coat grows in, black tipping and white becomes apparent.

Adult Coloring: Adult chinchillas are primarily gray with black ticking across their coat and agouti markings. Two white intermediate bands of color are present on each hair, separated by a short black band. They have a dark gray undercoat that is visible on their sides, ears, and face where the fur is shorter.



Also known as blue chinchilla, squirrel is one of the rarer colors in holland lops.

Eye Color: Blue/Gray

Kit Coloring: As newborns, squirrels are light gray sometimes verging on pink. When their fur begins to grow in, they are a shimmery blue gray color.

Adult Coloring: Adult squirrels are a blue/gray color with agouti markings. Their darker gray undercoat is visible on their ears and face. Where fur is medium in length, on their chest, sides, and nape, their white intermediate band can be seen. Full length hair shows the white and gray tips to create a distinct look.

Sable Chinchilla:


Sable chinchillas, also known as sable agoutis, combine the shaded genes with the agouti pattern to create a unique look.

Eye Color: Brown

Kit Coloring: As newborns, sable chinchillas are light gray to pink, and easily confused with squirrels. Once their fur begins to grow in, shading becomes visible. They usually develop their adult coloring by six months.

Adult Coloring: Sable chinchillas have a shaded coat with agouti markings. Their dark gray shading visible on their ears, face, and legs. Their coat is tipped with brown that mixes with their white intermediate band. Where fur is medium in length, on their sides, nape and chest, the white is more apparent.



The most popular Wideband color, orange is a classic bright and cheery color.

Eye Color: Brown

Kit Coloring: Newborns are often entirely pink, but a smutty orange may have tort-like shading. As their coat grows in, any shading will become more apparent and their bright color develops.

Adult Coloring: Oranges have a - you guessed it - orange coat with agouti markings. They should have a light orange to off-white undercoat, and a bright orange band that colors the coat. Smutty oranges often have a gray undercoat, causing shorter hair to look darker.



A dilute version of orange, creams are, in my opinion, one of the prettiest wideband colors

Eye Color: Blue/Gray

Kit Coloring: Newborns are usually pink, possibly with minimal shading. As they mature, they develop a the creamy tan color that gives them their name.

Adult Coloring: Creams are a beige color with agouti markings. Similar to oranges, they have a light tan undercoat with a darker outercoat. Smuttier creams may have a blue gray undercoat that can be seen where fur is shorter on their ears, face, and paws.



Also known as frosted pearls, frosty is the lightest color in the wideband group.

Eye Color: Brown

Kit Coloring: Newborns are entirely pink. As they mature, their points will appear light gray, and there may be minimal gray throughout the coat.

Adult Coloring: Adult frosties have a white undercoat with a darker gray tip on their nose, ears, tail, and feet. They may have light gray bands on the tips of their fur where it is longest, on their back.

Sable Frosty:


Because of their similarity to black frosties, sable frosties are often not recognized as a different color.

Eye Color: Brown

Kit Coloring: Newborns are entirely pink. Within the first week they may develop darker points.

Adult Coloring: Sable frosties have dark gray points and a white/gray ticked coloring across their body. Some may have a brown cast to their shading, allowing them to be distinguished from black based frosties.



The most basic of the self category, blacks are a classic color.

Eye Color: Brown

Kit Coloring: Newborn kits are entirely black with no markings. As they mature, their color intensifies.

Adult Coloring: Blacks have a dark slate undercoat and that extends into its jet black coloring. There are no markings.



The dilute version of black, blues capture the essence of dilute colors in an adorable way.

Eye Color: Blue/Gray

Kit Coloring: Newborn coats are entirely blue/gray with no markings.

Adult Coloring: Adult blues range in intensity. Some may express as dark slate gray, while others are lighter and almost silvery. Their undercoat is usually a lighter blue.



Chocolates are just and rich and beautiful as the candy they are named after

Eye Color: Brown

Kit Coloring: As newborns, they have a chocolate coloring that deepens within the first few weeks of development.

Adult Coloring: Adult chocolates have a rich brown surface color with no markings. Their undercoat is a medium gray.

Pictures courtesy of Hot Cross Buns Rabbitry



Lilacs are a beautiful dusty color and one of the rarer self colors.

Eye Color: Blue/gray

Kit Coloring: Newborns are a light gray color that grows into a lilac shade as the kit matures.

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

Black Tort:


The most common color in holland lops, Black torts are well developed and easy to find in good form. Though they may appear to be shaded, they do not possess any shaded genes.

Eye Color: Brown

Kit Coloring: Newborns range from pink to light brown with darker shading on their sides. As they mature, their coat darkens.

Adult Coloring: Adult black torts have a rusty brown surface color and a light slate blue undercoat. Their undercoat is visible where fur is shorter, on their sides and face. They have dark brown shading on their ears, muzzle, paws, and tail.

Blue Tort


Blue torts have a color similar to cream in its soft tan coloring.

Eye Color: Blue/gray

Kit Coloring: Newborn kits are usually pink with blue shading. As they mature, they quickly develop their adult coloring.

Adult Coloring: Blue torts have a creamy beige surface color and a blue/gray undercoat. Their points are shaded with a deeper blue color.

REW (Ruby Eyed White):


Ruby eyed whites are what’s known as albino in other species. Their homogenous “cc” genes are able to mask all other genes to create an entirely white coats.

Eye Color: Red pupil with a pink iris

Kit Coloring: Newborn REW kits are entirely pink. After a week or two, their white fur grows in and red eyes open and allow for easy identification.

Adult Coloring: Adult REWs are pure white. Shorter fur on their ears and nose may cause their skin to show through and appear pink.

BEW (Blue Eyed White):


Pure white with striking blue eyes, BEWs are a rare and unique color. Two Vienna (v) genes mask the rest of their genotype, similar to the albino gene.

Eye Color: Blue

Kit Coloring: Newborn BEW kits are entirely pink. After a week or two, their white fur grows in and red eyes open and allow for easy identification.

Adult Coloring: Adult BEWs have pure white fur with no markings.




Sours: https://hickoryridgehollands.com/holland-lop-color-guide

Fun topic today! How to produce a tri color Holland Lop 🙂 Do you wonder how you can start with tris even if you don’t have a pair of tris or harlequins?

We’re not going to get into the nitty gritty too much this time ’round, but going to stick with the basics. So don’t worry, I’m aiming to keep the gene talk to a dull roar!

Because I know how hard it is to wrap your head around those details…it’s taken me years to get a grasp on them and I still don’t have it down pat! So, don’t feel bad if you have trouble ‘getting it’ and remembering all the gene names.

It’s like math…either you’re really good at it or it’s a lot of work.

I’m in the later category. I don’t like math or numbers. So not sure why I like genetics so much….


THAT’S waaay of topic 😀

How to Create a Tri Color Holland Lop

While it’s easiest to start with two rabbits with the tri color gene (ej), that’s not always possible.

Nor is it always possible to get two tris or harlequins with GOOD type.

So, how can you get around this dilemma?

Stock to start with

It is best to start with at least one rabbit who is a ej. Either a tri or a harlequin. Either a buck or doe is fine. Otherwise…no tris or harlequins 🙂

Colors you can breed that rabbit to in order to get more ej rabbits or at least ej carriers, from best to worst:

  • any other tri or harlequin (pay attention though if you’re breeding dominant colors (ie. black) to dilutes (ie. blue) because that could be an issue down the road if you’re wanting to stick with JUST black/orange tris or blue/fawn tris, etc)
  • orange
  • fawn
  • cream
  • tort
  • agouti
  • otters

Click here to see the color breeding chart related to this.

Click here to see the color breeding chart with notes on breeding tris to agoutis.

Tri x Tort

While it is frowned on to use torts in a tri program, sometimes it’s the only way to improve type.

(It’s frowned upon because torted tris are not showable. On that same note, Harlequins are not showable in ARBA shows. DRCBA seems to allow it.)

But, if your only options are a GOOD tort buck over a not so hot tri doe, go for it!

Hopefully you’ve gotten a nice sized litter from your tri doe. Watch those babies closely! There should be a tri or two, depending on litter size. What you want to look for is any little black spot. It doesn’t matter if there’s only one or two spots at this point.

The other thing you’re watching for, so you can learn to recognize it, is signs of torting. This is those dark smudges Torts have round their eyes, nose, ears, hip, etc. A tri who is torted will show them in the same areas. A non torted tri will have light insides of their eyes, light fur around their eyes, nose, etc.

how to produce a tri color holland lop

This is Bo Peep. She is a non torted tri. See how there is no dark smudging around her eye or hip area?

Here’s what a non torted Tri looks like from the front.

torted tri

These pictures show a torted tri. See the dark ears, nose, and eye circle?

tri color holland lop buck

This is a torted harlequin. See the grey color of his ears and how his underbelly is a dull grey?

harlequin holland lop bucks

This is a non torted harlequin. See how his ears are light along with his hip line and underside of his tail? Also note that there is no smudging around his eye.

Keep any tri baby back. Hopefully one is a buck! Breed him back to his dam and any other doe who is of a okay-to-breed-to color. Now you have a bunch of litters to pick tris out of, cross breed, and continue on your tri journey!

Hopefully you have done a LOT more research of tri genetics in the meantime 🙂

Tri x Orange (fawn or cream)

When doing these crosses, it’s best to pick what color of harlequin and tri you want to pursue.

Black/Orange, Blue/Cream, etc.

To keep colors bright and so you don’t have odd mixes popping up, it’s best to stick with breeding blue/cream to creams, black/orange to orange, etc.

Follow the same principles as breeding torts to tris.

The Others…

Tris x torts is the pairing I have the most experience with. I personally have not played with agoutis x tris – this cross is a lot harder to do, as chestnuts in particular hide the ej gene, and you’ll have to watch for harlequinized chestnuts. Torts at least do not hide the ej like chestnutes do. BUT, chestnuts have the correct A gene needed for proper coloring on tris.

But, we’re not getting into all that today 🙂 If you’d like to learn more about such things, check out these websites:

That’s a VERY, VERY, basic overview!

Of how to produce a tri color Holland Lop. 🙂

It can be overwhelming when starting a color project and I want to give you the confidence to start and the tools to keep learning and improving.

This post is the confidence to start. The links are the tools to keep learning and improving 🙂

Remember: learning genetics can take years! Do not get discouraged if you don’t pick it up just like that.

I didn’t pick them up ‘just like that’…genetics are like math to me 🙂

What’s holding you back from starting a color project?



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“The difference you will notice from Harlequins to Magpies is what is going on with the C Locus. ‘cchd’ or ‘the (dark) chin gene’ strips away the orange coloring and replaces it with white. C is full expression of black and yellow pigmentation.” Harlequins are the solid version of tricolored Holland Lops. A “perfectly” marked Harlequin will have a split of the two colors alternating on the head, ears, feet and body.”

Blue/ Cream Harlequin.
(From left to right: Low rufus black & orange harlequin, black & orange harlequin, black & orange harlequin and a black & orange harlequinized tri color).
Blue & cream/fawn tri color. Tri color is the broken version of harlequin.

Harlequins come in 4 tones. Black & Orange, Chocolate & Orange, Blue/ Cream & Fawn and Lilac/ Cream & Fawn.

Dense: High Rufus+ (Black & Chocolate)

Dilute: Low Rufus (Blue & Lilac)

Rufus is latin for red. The Rufus Gene controls how dark, light and vibrant the red coloring is. The higher the Rufus+++ the more red the rabbit looks. 

Chocolate & orange harlequin.
Black & orange tri color. Tri color is the broken version of harlequin.
Sours: https://www.seattlehollandlops.com/harlequins

Harlequin & Tri-colors. Harlequin's are NOT showable. Tri-Colors are shown as Brokens, but I put them here since they are sort of unique.

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Similarly, it is asked, what is a Harlequin Holland Lop?

Harlequin as a color in rabbits, including Mini Lops is an alternating pattern of either black and orange or white and black. It is similar to tortoiseshell coloring in cats, but with an obvious pattern of patches. A harlequin Mini Lop has either Japanese or Magpie harlequin coloring.

Secondly, do Holland Lops change color? Molting in rabbits occurs regularly at several stages in its life. When your rabbit is a baby of 4 – 5 months age it will shed its baby fur coat and grow an immediate coat. Then it will grow an adult fur coat and after that you can actually notice the change in color whenever they molt.

Hereof, what colors are Holland lops?

Self. Self-colored rabbits have one solid color on their bodies. Includes black, blue, chocolate, lilac, ruby-eyed white (REW), blue-eyed white (BEW). Whites are actually tricky to work with for several reasons.

Why do Holland Lops ears drop?

The Rabbit May Have "Lop" GenesRabbits whose ears flop over are referred to as 'lops'. If a rabbit with any lop genes in its genotype was bred into the lines of your rabbits, that could explain a floppy ear. If the rabbits are very young, you may find that more bunnies develop floppy ears as they grow older.

Sours: https://findanyanswer.com/are-harlequin-holland-lops-showable

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