French Lop rabbit came from France, born and bred. The breed are developed through a crossbreed between English Lop and Giant Papillon rabbit. French Lop is one of the giant rabbit breed in the world. These lop eared bunny are not for pet purposes but for meat back then.
French Lop is mostly bred as meat animal in France back in 1850s. They are bred by a Frenchman named Condenier. Do note that there are several other breeders that bred the Lops during this time period, however the credit is given to Condenier as the originator of this breed. The breed rose in fame in other European countries such as Germany, Belgium and Netherlands.
In 1933, ten of this breed been exported to the United Kingdom for exhibition. Then, they become popular in the UK in 1960s. Finally, they made their way to United States around 1970 – 1971. In 1971, the National Lop Rabbit Club of America (NLRCA) is formed and later known as the Lop Rabbit Club of America (LRCA) to popularize, promote and improve the breeding of the Lop rabbits that include French Lop, English Lop, Holland Lop and Mini Lop.
French Lop is a giant breed that resembled the Flemish Giant but weighs more around 5 to 7 kg (10 – 15 lb). They have short, straight front legs and hind legs. A thick body plus a large head with a wide forehead and lop ears that are usually 5 to 8 inches long hanging just below the jaw.
French Lop has short, dense and soft rollback coat. They do not need a frequent grooming, hence only brush them weekly with a bristled brush but they do shed more in particular seasons. Any rabbit breed should not be given bath, as it cause them major stress which some cases can lead to heart problem. Do wipe their dirty coat with damp cloth if needed.
- Weight: 5 to 7 kg
- Coat length: Short, dense and soft
- Color: White, Brown, Blue, Black, Opal, Fawn, Chinchilla, Steel, Siamese
- Pattern: None
The French Lop is a large breed of rabbit that makes for a wonderful pet, due to their calm, docile temperament. Due to their relatively larger size in comparison to other breeds, the French Lop should have free access to your home or entire room within your home. They thrives on human interaction and loves to be picked up and petted. They do well with both adults and older children and sometimes they can be good with smaller children if well socialized. The breed is not suitable for the first timer because they are very large and can be hard to handle. They have very strong back legs, and can cause injury without meaning to.
French Lops do not have a tendency to chew things more than any other rabbit breed, always make sure to keep your rabbit occupied with a few toys that they can gnash their teeth on. With plenty of patience and reward training, rabbits are also litter-trainable.
- Lifespan: 5 to 7 years
- Active: Medium
- Intelligent: Medium
French Lop are no more than a common domestic rabbit. You should considered taking it to the veterinarian. There are no cases of this breed had genetic diseases been reported but they still can suffer from other rabbit symptoms. Rabbit breeders have done more then they could to make this breed healthier and less genetic disease. Some of the illnesses seen in this breed is:
- Dental disease: Overgrown teeth, can change alignment of the mouth
- Parasite: Ear mites and worm
- Intestinal blockage: Ingest hair
- Spinal damage: Damaged from the force been applied by its hind legs or dropped
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