Holland Lop Dwarf Rabbit
The Holland Lop dwarf rabbit has floppy ears. They are known for their adorable look. With a round head, round body and lopped ears, they make great pets and show rabbits. They come in a wide variety of colors and can be found in pet stores, rescues or you can get them from show breeders.
Holland Lops are usually pretty docile rabbits, although every once in awhile you'll find one that is high strung. A high strung Holland Lop dwarf rabbit will pace in its cage, and spend all its time out of the cage running. They can become nippy and aggressive with an inexperienced owner.
Most are cuddly and cute. Hollands in general are known for their outgoing, cuddly nature. This is why so many are used in photographs; this personality comes through. Then there are the few who don't do anything. They sit or lounge in their cage. They sit or lounge when they are out of their cage. They are laid back and rarely do anything. This last type usually does well on the show table because they'll stay posed and calm forever.
The Holland Lop dwarf rabbit originated in the Netherlands by a cross between a French Lop and a Netherland Dwarf. After several generations, the Holland was created. When you go to buy one, you need to know if you are looking for a pet or are you looking for a rabbit you can also show. Any rabbit can make a great pet, but if you also want to show your rabbit, you will need to find one that fits the breed standard closely.
Holland Lops are popular as both pets and show animals. When you decide to buy one for yourself, you need to ask the breeder some questions. How long have they been breeding? Ask them what the weak points and strong points are for that particular rabbit and the line it comes from. Ask for tips to keep the rabbit healthy and fit. If you are planning to show, you should find out what rabbit lines are compatible for breeding. In Holland Lops, some lines just don't breed well with others.
As a dwarf rabbit, Holland litters often produce peanuts. Peanuts are rabbits that have inherited two dwarf genes. They are usually malformed and don't live very long. One way to avoid getting peanuts is to cross a nice Holland with a non-dwarf Holland. You will get more non-dwarfs, but you won't get any peanuts.
The Holland Lop dwarf rabbit, like other dwarf rabbits, need to have their feed monitored. Don't free feed them or they will quickly become overweight. It doesn't take long for rabbits to pack fat in their bodies. This can make them unhealthy as well as cause breeding problems if you want to breed.
If your Hollands are pets only, you may want to consider getting them neutered or spayed. Spaying can prevent uterine cancer in does and neutering can nip any aggressive behavior from bucks in the bud.
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