What small and cute that can be cuddle? Yes the answer is Mini Lop! What so great about this breed? Well one thing for sure is that the breed is a selectively crossbred by multiple different breeds of rabbit to create a small, cute, cuddly and most importantly that lop ears. If the appearance do not melt your heart, maybe their personality can. They are consider as one of the most popular rabbit in the United States according to American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).
Mini Lop is another example of rabbit from designer breeds. The breed are originated in Germany. A breeder has crossbreed a German Lop with a small Chinchilla rabbit. These two breeds originally in Agouti and white colors. Thus, creating a wonderful cute Klein Widder or Little hanging ear. Bob Herschbach discovered the Mini Lop at a German National Rabbit Show in Essen, Germany in 1972. Then, he brought three of them to the United States. There he began to mate Mini Lops with a Standard Chinchilla rabbit.
The first baby lops born with solid colors and then second generation came with broken colors. After all of these breeding process, Herschbach finally obtain a high standard Mini Lop. In 1974, Herschbach’s brought Mini Lop rabbit into ARBA convention with the name “Klein Widder” but changed it into Mini Lop to make it more appealing.
In 1978, he made a Mini Lops club with Dyke, Herschbach new sponsor. In 1980, ARBA has recognized the Mini Lops when they brought the breed to the National Rabbit Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
First of all, the name itself is pretty obvious. Mini Lop has a relatively small body. Heavily-muscled and well-rounded body. They only weigh between 1 to 3 kg (3 to 6 pounds). The breed has a medium length and soft rollback coat. They are pretty much low maintenance breed and do not require much grooming. Although, you might want to groom them frequently as twice a week during molting period (shedding season).
Rabbits are known to be a clean animal but sometimes they ingest their own hair and they cannot vomit like a cat. This problem will lead to intestinal blockage and then major health problem that require a vet. There are 7 colors that have been accepted by ARBA and all of them are sight to behold.
Mini Lops are friendly and extremely playful bunch. Given time and patient, they can also be taught a variety of tricks and commands. You can trained them to respond to a clicker. They will know what to do when a clicker is been sound either to come to you or any command you want as long as it does not harm them. Make sure to give them treat. Treat is a reward for them when they successfully done your training.
They can be extremely happy and also extremely angry. The breed will stamping their hind foot when you are not giving them snack on time or there something else bothering them.. Mini lops are best for seniors, singles, couples and family with older children. They also known to be needing much open space to hop around.
Mini lops 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
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