Meissner lop

Oryctolagus cuniculus dom.

A Meissner ram sits in the middle of his food pile and chews on a blade of grass. IUCN Red List endangerment category: Critically endangered
  • Family
    Rabbits and hares (Leporidae)
  • Weight
    3,5 – 5,5 kg

Highly prized fur

At the end of the 19th century, two merchants from the town of Meissen in eastern Germany decided to start breeding a large rabbit, which was already popular due to the then-high demand for its silver-grey fur. The breed now bears the name of its place of origin.

The picture shows a Meissen lob. The rabbit looks to the right side of the picture.

Sheep with big ears

The ears of a Meissner lop can measure up to 42 cm long. Its head features a slight arch, known as the crown, which when viewed in profi le is reminiscent of the head of a male sheep or ram. From this comes the German term “Widder” for lop rabbit, meaning ram.

Lop rabbits are born with erect ears. Their ears only begin to tilt after about four to six weeks and become lop ears.


Distribution map meissner ram