Mini Lop Rabbits
Mini Lop rabbits are a favorite for pets and for showing. Derived from a German breed known as Kleine Widder the Mini Lop has changed a bit. Since then, many other breeds have contributed to the Mini Lop we know today.
The American Rabbit Breeders Association recognized the Mini Lop in 1982. Don't confuse the Mini Lop with the Holland Lop. Hollands are smaller and sit in an upright position, while Mini Lops sit in a more relaxed position and weigh a few pounds heavier. In the UK, they have a breed called the Miniature Lop that is similar to our Holland Lop here in the States.
Mini Lop rabbits have a round, compact body and round heads with short, lopped ears. They are muscular and should appear short and thick. They mature between 5-1/2 and 6-1/2 pounds. They come in almost every rabbit color known, though the breed standard divides the colors into six groups:
- agouti, which includes chestnut, opal and chinchilla;
- broken, which is a white rabbit with colored patches;
- ticked, which is black, blue, chocolate or lilac with hairs tipped in gold or silver;
- self and pointed, which includes black, chocolate, blue and lilac as well as white rabbits with dark ears, nose, feet and tail;
- shaded, which includes seal, sable, sable point, smoke pearl, frosted pearl and tortoise;
- wide band, which includes fawn, orange, red and cream.
When showing, Mini Lop colors are divided into solid and broken.
Mini Lop rabbits are usually calm and laid back. They have nice personalities in general and can be very playful. Mini Lops enjoy running loose in a room for exercise and snuggling at your feet when they're done. They also enjoy playing with hard plastic balls or empty tuna cans.
Mini Lops should be fed rabbit pellets ranging between 15 and 17% protein. Hay provides fiber. A weekly brushing will keep your pet's shedding under control. A slicker brush works well to remove loose hairs. When Mini Lops shed, you will see fur everywhere. They may look funny for awhile as large patches of fur fall off and the new hair is shorter. Eventually, the fur all evens out and your pet will look great again.
Brushing is important to remove this excess hair so your pet doesn't ingest it when they groom themselves. Rabbits can develop hairballs like cats do, but they cannot spit them up. It is best to prevent them with proper grooming. Mini Lops will also need their nails trimmed occasionally. Check their teeth occasionally. They need materials to chew to keep their teeth trimmed to the proper length. If the teeth grow too long or get out of alignment, you may need to take your pet to the vet.
Some Mini Lop rabbits have a reputation for being aggressive. This can occur if the rabbit has been mistreated, has not been socialized or if they are feeling hormonal. Aggressive rabbits may bite or kick. Spaying and neutering can calm your rabbit down. This is a good choice if your rabbit is a pet. If you show the rabbit, it must remain intact.
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