Holland Lop breed is one of the most popular rabbit breed in the United States and the United Kingdom. Sometimes Holland Lop is referred to as the Mini Lop, although it is not particularly small. These highly active, lop-eared rabbits are energetic and playful, and love cat toys, which keep them entertained and happy.
Back in 1949, Adrian de Cock decided to breed two of rabbit with difference in sizes, a giant French Lop (4.5 – 6.3 kg) and a Netherland Dwarf (0.5 – 1.13 kg). But the results is unfortunate at first due to using a female Netherland Dwarf. The mother and off springs died during the process. In 1951, He decided to switch the gender of both breed and it turns out, the process is a major success. All the off springs is normal sized and has standard ear positions. In 1963, de Cock announced Holland Lops weighing less than 2 kg and been recognized by Dutch breeders and authorities one year after.
In 1994, British Rabbit Council acknowledge the Holland Lop and within 3 years later American Rabbit Breeders Association also acknowledge this small bunny. Over the years, this breed become more and more popular within US and UK.
Holland Lop has a dense and medium length coat. It does not need a frequent grooming and so it make a perfect low maintenance pet. Simply use a wide toothed comb to keep its coat tangle-free and pretty. Every rabbit is an avid groomer. They tend to clean themselves every now and then. However, all that cleaning might ingest a lot of their own hair. Keep in mind to brush weekly. Holland Lop has it shedding season, you need to brush a few times a day to keep it trimmed and lustrous.
This breed also comes in wide variety of colors and patterns. They have no less than 15 different colors and all of them can make you crazy plus with their wonderful personality.
- Weight: 1.8 kg
- Coat length: Medium
- Color: Fawn, Blue, Chocolate, White (albino), Dark Orange, Cream
- Pattern: Tortoise, Seal, Smoke Pearl, Sable Points, Tricolor
Holland Lops are known for being very calm. They need toys to chew to keep themselves being occupied and also to avoid any important items in the house being chewed on. They are also being considered as a friendly rabbit. Holland Lop can be the best choice as family pet for families with older children. Other than that, they tend to need more exercise and more hopping in the house, which means they need large space to move about.
These rabbits are an intelligent breed and can easily be trained. You should train it to use potty first before any trick so that it does not go around the house and leave a present.
- Lifespan: 7 to 10 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
Holland Lop are no more than a common rabbit. Although they are healthy and simple to care for compared to other rabbits. You should considered taking it to the veterinarian. There are no cases of Holland Lop 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
- Otitis: Ear canal inflamed and itchy.
- Uterine cancer: Cancer of the uterus (common in female rabbit), fertility problems and stillbirths, loss of appetite and blood in the urine.
- Parasites: Cheyletiella mites can cause itching and hair loss, easily treated by vet
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