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French lops and crossbreeding

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Bluess » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:01 pm


I have a French lop doe and was wondering if it could be bred to a rex and the outcome

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Re: French lops and crossbreeding

Post Number:#2  Unread postby SableSteel » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:18 pm


You'd probably get normal furred rabbits with ears that can be anything from lopped to normal, but most likely in between lopped and normal.
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Re: French lops and crossbreeding

Post Number:#3  Unread postby shazza » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:22 pm


you can breed any breed to any breed within reason - they are all the same species. if there's a drastic size difference, you always want your doe to be the largest, however. you will not be able to show crossbreeds, but mixed bunnies often are sold as pets or used as meat. i would imagine that cross would produce a decent meat rabbit, but a french lop may have more bone than is generally desirable since they get so big.

a french lop x rex will be a larger rabbit with a normal fur type and likely a slightly rounded head. the ears may or may not be lopped - i crossed a meat mutt to a mini lop and out of 9 kits only 3 had lopped ears, and only one ear was lopped.

since the rex fur is recessive, the rabbits need two copies of the gene to have a rex coat, so a first generation outcross would have normal fur. if you bred one of the kits back to the father, or to each other, then a percentage of the offspring would have rex coats.
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Re: French lops and crossbreeding

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Bluess » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:05 pm


SableSteel wrote:You'd probably get normal furred rabbits with ears that can be anything from lopped to normal, but most likely in between lopped and normal.


What if I were to breed my doe with a Holland lop buck would it be to small or to a French lop mix

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Re: French lops and crossbreeding

Post Number:#5  Unread postby ozemba » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:01 pm


If you did a Holland x mini lop cross you'd have offspring with lopped ears, smaller than a mini but bigger than a Holland. Hollands have shorter ears than Minis, so that would be a toss up as to how long the offsprings' ears would be. You'd basically get a rounded bigger version of a Holland I'm guessing.

A mini lop x mini lop cross depends on what the mlop x is crossed with, does the cross have lopped ears, regular fur, etc..

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Re: French lops and crossbreeding

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Ozarkansas » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:50 am


Here is our Holland/Mini cross and her baby. They have more Holland than Mini. The mom weighs 4 1/2 lbs. You will basically get a small lop eared rabbit that will be so cute, but do terrible on the show table :bunnyhop:
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