I made this page back in my Holland days, but it still holds true and is applicable to other breeds as well. This page is to give an idea of the wide array of colors along with a photo as accurately possible taking into account the limits of photography. If you have a photo of a Holland in a color I do not have, please email a quality photo (no pixilation) and I will give you credit. Colour descriptions are based on the SOP as published by the ARBA in the Holland Lop standard, although I hope to expand this page to include all colours and other breeds.

AGOUTI

All agoutis have distinct markings - white around the nostril, inside the ear, and surface belly color.

Chestnut Agouti

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Surface color is to be rich chestnut brown ticked with jet black tipped guard hairs. Intermediate band is well defined orange over a dark slate-blue undercolor. The chest is to be light brown over a dark slate-blue undercolor. Nape of the neck is to be orange with ears laced in black. Eyes are brown. The belly should have a slate blue undercolor as well.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Opal

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Surface color is to be blue mingled with fawn. There is a blue band on top of the fawn Intermediate band over a slate-blue undercolor. The chest is to be fawn over a medium slate-blue undercolor. Nape of the neck is to be fawn. Eyes are blue. The belly should have a slate blue undercolor as well. It is a dilute chestnut agouti.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Chocolate Agouti

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Surface color is to be rich chestnut brown ticked with jet chocolate tipped guard hairs. Intermediate band is tan over a dove-gray undercolor. The chest is to be light brown over a dark dove-gray undercolor. Nape of the neck is to be tan with ears laced in chocolate. Eyes are brown. The belly should have undercolor as well.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Lynx

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Also known as a lilac agouti, its surface color is to be lilac mingled with fawn. The top band is lilac over a fawn Intermediate band over a off-white undercolor. The chest is to be fawn over an off-white undercolor. Nape of the neck is to be fawn. Eyes are blue-gray. The belly should have lilac undercolor.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Chinchilla

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Surface color is to be pearl white ticked with jet black. There is a black band on top of a pearl white intermediary band over a dark slate-blue undercolor. Chest is pearl white over a dark slate-blue undercolor. Eyes are brown.

Photo courtesy of Christina Topf

Squirrel

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Also known as a blue chinchilla, its surface color is to be blue mingled with white. There is a blue band on top of a white intermediary band over a medium slate-blue undercolor. Chest is light pearl white over a medium slate-blue undercolor. Eyes are blue-gray.

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Chocolate Chinchilla

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Surface color is to be pearl white ticked with dark chocolate. There is a chocolate band on top of a pearl white intermediary band over a dove-gray undercolor. Chest is pearl white over a dove-gray undercolor. Eyes are brown. Ears laced in chocolate.

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Broken

Brokens are any recognized color in combination with white. It must have at least 10% color to be showable. Tricolors fall under the broken pattern group. Toenails are preferred white on brokens and the eye color is to correspond with the respective color's eye color. Preference is given to balanced nose markings and even balanced pattern.

Black Tri-Color

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Dense black in conjunction with golden orange, eyes are to be black. Also called black tri for short. The two colors are to be evenly distributed.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Blue Tri-Color

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Blue in conjunction with golden fawn, eyes are to be blue-gray. Also called blue tri for short. The two colors are to be evenly distributed.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Chocolate Tri-Color

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Chocolate in conjunction with golden orange, eyes are to be brown. Also called chocolate tri for short. The two colors are to be evenly distributed. This one is a lightly marked chocolate tri, the easiest spot to see is above the eye.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Lilac Tri-Color

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Lilac in conjunction with golden fawn, eyes are to be blue-gray. Also called lilac tri for short. The two colors are to be evenly distributed. This one is the opposite of above - she is very heavily marked with lilac and the easiest fawn to see is around her right (from this view, the left) eye.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Pointed White

The only color is on the ears, nose, feet/legs, and tail. The rest of the body is always white. While only one pointed white gene is needed to make a pointed white, if a rabbit has two, the point color is better.

Black Pointed White

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The body color is to be white to the skin except on the points. The points are to be black, the color deep and even. The markings are to be carried well up the forelegs and above the hock joint on the hind legs. Ears are to be well colored and clean at the base. Eyes are to have a ruby red pupil with a lighter pink on the iris.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Gosno

Blue Pointed White

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The body color is to be white to the skin except on the points. The points are to be blue, the color deep and even. The markings are to be carried well up the forelegs and above the hock joint on the hind legs. Ears are to be well colored and clean at the base. Eyes are to have a ruby red pupil with a lighter pink on the iris.

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Chocolate Pointed White

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The body color is to be white to the skin except on the points. The points are to be chocolate, the color deep and even. The markings are to be carried well up the forelegs and above the hock joint on the hind legs. Ears are to be well colored and clean at the base. Eyes are to have a ruby red pupil with a lighter pink on the iris.

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Lilac Pointed White

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The body color is to be white to the skin except on the points. The points are to be lilac, the color deep and even. The markings are to be carried well up the forelegs and above the hock joint on the hind legs. Ears are to be well colored and clean at the base. Eyes are to have a ruby red pupil with a lighter pink on the iris.

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SELF

Selfs are one uniform color, and the color should be carried down well to the base with no scattered white hairs or off colored patches.

Black

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Surface color is to be rich jet black, extending well down the hair shaft. Undercolor is to be a dark slate-blue. Brown eyes.

Photo courtesy of Christina Topf

Blue

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Surface color is to be rich dark blue, extending well down the hair shaft. Undercolor is to be a medium blue. Blue-gray eyes.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Gosno

Chocolate

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Surface color is to be rich chocolate, extending well down the hair shaft. Undercolor is to be a dove-gray. Brown eyes.

Photo courtesy of Christina Topf

Lilac

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Surface color is to be dove-gray with pinkish tint, extending well down the hair shaft. Undercolor is to be a pale dove-gray. Blue-gray eyes.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Blue Eyed White (BEW)

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Surface and undercolor is to be a pure white. The eyes are a brilliant blue.

Photo courtesy of Sarah

Ruby Eyed White (REW)

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Surface and undercolor is to be pure white, and the eyes are to have a ruby red pupil with lighter pink colored iris.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

SHADED

Not all colors in this group have the so-called "shaded" gene (which is really the light chinchilla gene), however all colors darken on the areas of and around the nose, ears, eyes, lower sides of the body, and tail.

Black Tort

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Color is to be clean bright orange blending to darker color over lower rump and haunches. Top color is to carry down and blend to a dark cream undercolor next to the skin. Underside of the tail is to match shadings as close as possible. Shading on the head is darkest along the jaw line, darkening again around the ear base blending the ears to match body color. Brown eyes.

Photo courtesy of Kristina Hartsuck

Blue Tort

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Color is to be clean bright orange blending to darker color over lower rump and haunches. Top color is to carry down and blend to a dark cream undercolor next to the skin. Underside of the tail is to match shadings as close as possible. Shading on the head is darkest along the jaw line, darkening again around the ear base blending the ears to match body color. Blue-gray eyes.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Chocolate Tort

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Color is to be clean bright orange blending to darker color over lower rump and haunches. Top color is to carry down and blend to a dark cream undercolor next to the skin. Underside of the tail is to match shadings as close as possible. Shading on the head is darkest along the jaw line, darkening again around the ear base blending the ears to match body color. Brown eyes.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Lilac Tort

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Color is to be clean bright orange blending to darker color over lower rump and haunches. Top color is to carry down and blend to a dark cream undercolor next to the skin. Underside of the tail is to match shadings as close as possible. Shading on the head is darkest along the jaw line, darkening again around the ear base blending the ears to match body color. Blue-gray eyes.

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Sable Point

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Color is to be a rich sepia brown on the nose, ears, feet, legs, and tail. Marking color is to shade rapidly to a rich cream body color. The entire body is to be creamy color, with white undercolor. Eyes are to be brown. Note how clean this sable point is, this is how they *should* look.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Siamese Sable

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Color is to be a rich sepia brown on the nose, ears, feet, legs, and tail. Surface color is to fade to lighter sepia on the sides, chest, belly, legs, and underside of tail. Undercolor will be slightly lighter than surface color. Marking color is to shade gradually. Eyes are to be brown.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Smoke Pearl

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Color is to be a rich smoke gray on the nose, ears, feet, legs, and tail. Surface color is to fade to pearl gray on the sides, chest, belly, legs, and underside of tail. Undercolor will be slightly lighter than surface color. Marking color is to shade gradually and be free from blotches. Eyes are to be blue-gray.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Seal

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Color is to be a rich dark sepia (almost black) shading to slightly paler flanks, chest, and belly. Color is to go well down the hairshaft and undercolor matches shading throughout. Eyes are to be brown.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Gosno

Tan Pattern

Black Otter

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Surface color of the head, outside of ears, front fore feet, outside of hind feet, and the top and sides of the body are to be the surface color and the undercolor described in the black self variety. There will be orange markings and ticking. The belly, nostrils, eye circles, jowls, underside of tail, inside of ears, back of fore feet and inside of hind feet are to be creamy white. Triangle and collar are to be orange. Eye color is brown.

Photo courtesy of Keith Becki

Blue Otter

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Surface color of the head, outside of ears, front fore feet, outside of hind feet, and the top and sides of the body are to be the surface color and the undercolor described in the blue self variety. There will be fawn markings and ticking. The belly, nostrils, eye circles, jowls, underside of tail, inside of ears, back of fore feet and inside of hind feet are to be creamy white. Triangle and collar are to be fawn. Eye color is blue-gray.

Photo courtesy of Christina Topf

Chocolate Otter

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Surface color of the head, outside of ears, front fore feet, outside of hind feet, and the top and sides of the body are to be the surface color and the undercolor described in the chocolate self variety. There will be orange markings and ticking. The belly, nostrils, eye circles, jowls, underside of tail, inside of ears, back of fore feet and inside of hind feet are to be creamy white. Triangle and collar are to be orange. Eye color is brown.

Photo courtesy of Christina Topf

Lilac Otter

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Surface color of the head, outside of ears, front fore feet, outside of hind feet, and the top and sides of the body are to be the surface color and the undercolor described in the blue self variety. There will be fawn markings and ticking. The belly, nostrils, eye circles, jowls, underside of tail, inside of ears, back of fore feet and inside of hind feet are to be creamy white. Triangle and collar are to be fawn. Eye color is blue-gray.

Photo courtesy of Christina Topf

TICKED

Black Gold Tipped Steel

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The surface color of the body is to be black, running as deep as possible. Coat is to be interspersed with an even ticking of gold over the entire body and head. Eye color is brown.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Yanke

Blue Gold Tipped Steel

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The surface color of the body is to be blue, running as deep as possible. Coat is to be interspersed with an even ticking of gold over the entire body and head. Eye color is blue-gray.

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Chocolate Gold Tipped Steel

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The surface color of the body is to be chocolate, running as deep as possible. Coat is to be interspersed with an even ticking of gold over the entire body and head. Eye color is brown.

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Lilac Gold Tipped Steel

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The surface color of the body is to be lilac, running as deep as possible. Coat is to be interspersed with an even ticking of gold over the entire body and head. Eye color is blue-gray.

Please submit a photo!

Black Silver Tipped Steel

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The surface color of the body is to be black, running as deep as possible. Coat is to be interspersed with an even ticking of silver over the entire body and head. Eye color is brown.

Please submit a photo!

Blue Silver Tipped Steel

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The surface color of the body is to be blue, running as deep as possible. Coat is to be interspersed with an even ticking of silver over the entire body and head. Eye color is blue-gray.

Photo courtesy of Christina Topf

Chocolate Silver Tipped Steel

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The surface color of the body is to be chocolate, running as deep as possible. Coat is to be interspersed with an even ticking of silver over the entire body and head. Eye color is brown.

Please submit a photo!

Lilac Silver Tipped Steel

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The surface color of the body is to be lilac, running as deep as possible. Coat is to be interspersed with an even ticking of silver over the entire body and head. Eye color is blue-gray.

Please submit a photo!

WIDEBAND

While the group name implies that all of these colors have the wideband gene, this is not the case. In reality, only red is a true genetic wideband and the rest (including red) are all nonextension (ee). In Holland Lops, the cream color is the dilute of orange. In Hollands, fawn is a orange that has no rufous and hence it has a separate color so it can still show. It is still a dense color. If you have any breed other than Hollands, think of cream as your fawn. Hopefully this is something that the HRLSC will change to standardize with the rest of the breeds in the next SOP. All of these colors are agouti, and will have the standard agouti markings.

Red

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Color is to be bright reddish sorrel, but not so dark as to reach mahogany red. Color shall carry as deep down the hair shaft as possible. The belly color may be somewhat lighter in shade, approaching a deep creamy cast. White underside of tail is permitted.. Brown eyes.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Orange

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Surface color of the body is to be bright orange on the head, outside of ears, back, and top of tail. Color will fade to lighter orange on the sides and chest. Color is to extend well down the hair shaft to an off-white undercolor. Belly is to be white with off-white undercolor. Inside of ears and nostrils are to be creamy white. Brown eyes. Note how clean and bright this orange is; this is how they should idealy look.

Photo courtesy of Christina Topf

Fawn

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Fawn is to be rich golden color on the on saddle, running down the flanks. Color is to run down the hair shaft to a near white undercolor. Eye circles, inside of ears, underside of jowls, underside of tail, and belly are to be white. Brown eyes.

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Cream

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Color on the body, head, ears, feet and top of tail is to be creamy beige, carried well down towards the skin. Eye circles, inside of ears, underside of jowls, underside of tail, and belly are to be white. Eyes are blue-gray. Note how clean and free of blueish colored smutt this cream is - this is the ideal.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)

Frosty

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Color is to be a light pearl, as even as possible. When blowing into the coat, a slight ring may appear at the tip of the hair shaft. Slightly darker tint on nose, ears, legs, and fee is permissible. Belly color and undercolor is to be light pearl to white. White underside of tail is permitted. Eyes can be brown or blue-gray.

Photo courtesy of Amy Hinkle (me)