Get To Know Your Crowns Part 2

get to know your crowns

I hope you had a chance to read Part 1 because this week we’re going hands-on.

Ever wonder what to actually look for on crowns? Maybe you have trouble visualizing what exactly the SOP (Standard of Perfection) means, and can’t see it without a picture of a crown.

I have something for you.

All sorts of pictures to show good and bad crowns, so you get a good idea of what the ‘ideal crown’ is.

Let’s dive in:

Holland Lop Doe Crowns

get to knwo your crowns part 2

This lovely doe showcases:

  • a slipped crown – see the distance between her eye and ear?
  • long ears – pretty obvious 🙂
  • poorly shaped ears – lacking that teaspoon shape. Being too long as made them poorly shaped as well.
  • an ear that is folded under in front – see the rolled edge (for lack of a better term) on the front of her ear?
  • and, not really related to crowns 😉 but she is also lacking curvature in her head

But, to redeem herself she does have a nice crown definition – a fluffy crown – and a superb personality.

get to know your crowns

Here’s another example of a slipped crown.

This time she’s:

  • lacking crown definition – no fluff there!
  • poor ear shape – they’re narrow and pointy

But, she does have:

  • a nicely shaped head
  • and her ears are a nice length

about holland lop crowns

A super cute doe with a super cute head!

This girl has a very nicely shaped head – good curvature to her skull. While hard to see, her ears had a nice shape to them as well.

She has what is called either a tight crown or ear control.; making her ears point any which way but down. But, they are the perfect length for her.

Her crown could use more definition but isn’t terrible.

crown placement holland lops

This girl has a couple of things going on, each balancing each other out so none look too bad.

She has a bit of a tight crown, noticeable by the way her ears sit. The ears are pointy but nice and short.

Her crown could use more definition but is not slipped; making her ears sit close to her eyes.

On a side note, she has a nice wide face. All in all, she has a very balanced look. Nothing is too out of proportion, even though there are faults.

does my holland lop have a good crown?

This girl is a lovely combination of pretty and feminine. While certainly, not the best thing going, she’s a good ‘parts’ doe.

She has a really good curvature for a doe, a very pretty head. Her crown could use more definition but has a nice look to it. Her ears are a very nice shape, they have that teaspoon shape to them.

Her crown is a bit slipped but not horrible (look back at that first doe!). Her ears are a tad too long, but again, not horrible.

If I could improve her, I would shorten her ears a bit, ‘un-slip’ her crown, and add more definition to her crown.

what does a good holland lop crown look like?

This is a young doe who but shows promise already. (I think she’s 3 months here)

She has a nice head coming, the promise of a nice curve there. Her ears are beautifully shaped, although a bit too narrow at the top.

Her crown obviously needs more definition.

And I love her eyes. They’re bright and bold!



Holland Lop Buck Crowns

If you’re wondering why I separated these into doe and buck crowns, here’s why:

Does tend to have smaller, less impressive heads/ crowns than bucks. They’re more petite and often lack that massive look. That’s why if a doe has an amazing head, people will say she had a ‘buck’ head.

Bucks are the ones who have that massive, impressive, WOW head!

how to select for a good holland lop head

And this boy shows exactly what I mean!

He’s wide, massive, short, and bold. Just gorgeous 🙂

His crown has good definition, ears are short, very well shaped and short. The head is wide, has a great curve, and is just overall a really nice head.

This boy is a young junior, probably around 6-8 weeks old.

 Side note: this is why it’s important to know your lines and how they mature! I knew this buck would go super ugly at about 3 months but would mature into a gorgeous buck at about 6 months of age

Back to crowns: this boy has the promise of a really nice crown – wide and with good definition. His ears are short; they are a bit too pointy at the ends of having a nice width through the middle. His head is wide with a nice curve to it.

This is why it’s important to get both the front and side pictures of a Holland Lop. He looks absolutely amazing from the front, right? Side pictures show a slightly different story.

This boy – I absolutely love the width in his head and crown. So beautiful. His crown does have a good definition, could use a bit more. His head has a beautiful curve to it, and his cheeks are nice and full.

His crown is slipped, but not horribly so. His ears are too long and could use a bit nicer of a shape. Again, lack of shape is from them being too long.

This was one of my favourite tri bucks that I bred. He’s what people would call a ‘parts’ buck. He will add width and mass to a herd, while the doe could supply a better crown and ear length.

This buck was probably one of my all-time favourites. He is one of the major turning points in my rabbitry. What a difference he made. And to think I ‘almost’ didn’t get him.

Do any resemblance between him and the last Harlequin doe up there? Twono is that gal’s sire. He definitely passed his head on!

This boy has a pretty near-perfect head/ear/crown ratio. His head is great curvature. His ears are short and very well shaped. His crown has a good definition. His head was wide, massive, his cheeks full. And his face was the cutest thing out there.

Another young buck with promise.

He already has a beautiful head, ear length & shape and crown. This is one I would grow out of…if I was doing torts. I would like to see more crown definition, but that will come with age.

Here’s a 2-1/2-month-old buck, not quite in the uglies but you can tell they’re coming has his ears have started to grow faster than him.

This boy was a gorgeous young buck, but simply put too much weight on…

Back to his crown/head/ears – also known as H/C/E.

A nice head coming on him which has a good curve to it. His ears are nicely shaped, could use more of a teaspoon shape though. His crown is nice and close to his eyes, and as he grew, the crown definition came.


Just hit you with a LOT of info, I know. So be sure to bookmark, save, and refer to it often when you’re looking at your rabbits’ crowns and heads.

And don’t forget to share with your Holland Lop friends.

And yes, if you’re wondering…there are Holland Lops out there with even better heads and crowns. To reach higher than the heads and crowns you see here.

Til next time,


Get To Know Your Crowns Part 2

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