Other name(s): King Of The Fancy
Cute and cuddly, the French Lop has a sweet face and endearing personality. They’re popular in the show ring and as pets, though as the largest of the Lops, this breed will need plenty of space. They’re a very social breed and thrive on attention.
Rabbits have unique and dynamic personalities and can form close, loving bonds with their owners. Many can be trained to use a litterbox, will come when you call their name, and may even enjoy learning a couple of tricks. Coupled with the fact that they’re quiet, require relatively little space, and are very low odor, it’s not hard to see why rabbits have become the third most popular pet in the United States and Great Britain.
There are a few important things to consider before choosing a rabbit as a pet. Rabbits will require your time and attention. They’re very social, curious, and playful animals and will live a sad life if kept confined to a cage with little interaction. They will need space and opportunity to exercise and explore, and you’ll need to make sure the space has been rabbit-proofed against nibbling and gnawing. A rabbit is a long-term commitment with many living more than 10 years – sadly, with their popularity on the rise, the number of rabbits abandoned to shelters and rescues has also risen. They’ll require occasional veterinary care, and in some countries it’s required that they be vaccinated.
Rabbits are a poor choice as a pet for young children. They may be soft and cute, but rabbits are easily stressed and frightened around loud noises and activity. Many rabbits do not enjoy being held or cuddled and may bite or kick to get away, and rabbits can easily be seriously injured in such a struggle.
Appearance / health:
The French Lop is the largest of the Lops, weighing in at around 10 to 15 pounds. They have a thickset, compact build with a short neck and a large head. Like other Lops, the French Lop has ears which droop to either side of the face – about 5 to 8 inches in length. The ears are thick, broad, and furry.
The French Lop has a short, dense coat with a very soft texture. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns including black, white, blue, chinchilla, sable, fawn and agouti in solid, shaded, and broken patterns.
Like other small mammals, French Lop Rabbit can be susceptible to colds and viral infections. Exposure to draft, sudden changes in temperature and stress can lower the rabbit’s resistance to sickness. Rabbits are also vulnerable to conjunctivitis (a bacterial infection of the eyelids caused by smoke, dust, and fumes) and ear mites. Intestinal ailments like coccidiosis (parasites propagated by unsanitary conditions), bloat, and hairball obstructions are also common in rabbits.
Behavior / temperament:
The French Lop is a friendly and social rabbit. They enjoy the companionship of people and other rabbits, and will thrive in an environment where they can receive a lot of affection. They are generally good-tempered and, except for size, easy to handle.
Rabbits are social animals, and are happiest when kept in pairs or trios. Rabbits may bond very closely to one another, forming a near-inseparable “bonded pair”. Non-bonded rabbits should have their own cage and should be carefully supervised until they get to know one another. A rabbit kept singly will need lots of time and attention from their human caretaker, though human companionship can never fully substitute for the interaction they have with each other. Ideally a single rabbit will be allowed plenty of free access to its owner, whether that’s cuddling on the couch or following them around the kitchen.
Rabbits are generally playful and curious and you may find that a free-roaming bunny will greet your guests at the door. They tend to get along well with other household pets, though some cats and dogs have a high prey instinct and may act aggressively towards the rabbit. Some rabbits are quite intelligent and enjoy learning tricks, and many rabbits can be trained to use a litter box. Rabbits also love to chew and dig, and it’s especially important for their dental health that they have something appropriate to gnaw on. It’s also important that anything they shouldn’t gnaw on be kept from their reach!
Rabbits may spray to mark their territory, though this behavior can be significantly reduced or eliminated by spaying or neutering. Spaying or neutering can also result in a calmer temperament and fewer behavioral issues.
They are most active at sunset and at daybreak. In general, rabbits are physically fragile and easily stressed, and not recommended as pets for young children.
French Lop Rabbits are best kept indoors to protect them from extreme temperatures, predators, and other outdoor dangers. They should be allowed to roam and exercise, preferably where they can get sunlight and fresh air. Extension hutches, exercise pens or lawn enclosures are recommended for safe outdoor exposure.
If kept in a cage, the enclosure should be at least five times the size of the rabbit with plenty of room to stretch and stand upright. Wire mesh flooring should be avoided because it can cause pain and injury to a rabbit’s feet. A hide-away box or sleeping quarters should be provided as a quiet place for a rabbit to retreat to feel safe and for sleep. Baby toys and interesting items should also be available for entertainment. Another option is housing your rabbit in a play-pen or puppy-pen.
Many rabbits can be trained to use a litter box. The best litters are non-toxic (rabbits may try to nibble on their litter) and dust free. Recycled paper litters or pellets, citrus-based litters, compressed wood pellets, aspen shavings, newspaper (ensure the ink is non-toxic), and hay are all appropriate. Avoid clumping litters as they can clump inside the digestive tract if eaten, and never use wood shavings from pine or cedar.
Rabbits may also be allowed to roam inside the house as long as the areas where they are free to explore are “rabbit-proofed” for safety. Rabbits allowed to roam at all times should still have a hutch to which they can return for sleeping and a feeling of safety.
French Lop Rabbits are herbivorous and their diet will mainly consist of hay, pellets, and vegetables. Hay is very important for both digestive health and dental health. Grass hays such as timothy, orchard, and oat hay can be fed in unlimited quantities, but alfalfa is high in calories and should only be provided occasionally. Fresh pellets should also be made available daily – choose a pellet high in fiber and avoid mixes that include other foods like corn, seeds, or dried fruit.
Fresh foods are also an important part of your rabbit’s diet. Dark, leafy greens like kale, romaine lettuce, spring greens, and some spinach should make up approximately 75% of the fresh food given to your rabbit daily, with vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, and summer squash making up the other 25%. Fruits and starchy vegetables should be limited in the diet, but make great treats! Make sure that all fresh foods are washed thoroughly, and uneaten fresh foods should be removed at the end of the day.
Fresh water should always be available, either from a sipper bottle or in a stable water bowl.
Great mothers, mellow fellow, affectionate, stunning features, sweet personality, silky soft coat
huge adult size, ear infections, unneutered male, parasite problem, upper respiratory problems
floppy ears, huge ears, larger cage, Winter coat, strong bones
Elizabeth, my French Lop, was a great pet to have for the years we owned her. She was cuddly and lovable and came when called. She was very well litter trained and rarely had accidents in the house.
She was easy to care for and loved her people, and even got along well with the cats and the small dog in the house (though they were never left unsupervised in the same room- as a safety precaution).
The only thing that ever drove any of us in the house crazy is that sometimes in the middle of the night when she was in her cage she would "thump" loudly and it would rattle the cage and sound like lightening.
Near the end of her life she became cranky and did not want to be handled, but this was largely attributed to the fact that she developed a tumor on her liver and was in pain. She was euthanized shortly after diagnoses because of the amount of pain she was in. I have heard though this is a fairly uncommon ailment in rabbits..
From Gingerbreadgirl Aug 22 2015 3:32PM
Keeping the living enclosures of your rabbit clean and hygienic helps prevent worms. Most diseases that affect them develop in crowded, filthy enclosures and under stressful conditions. The most important hygienic measures are: - Cleaning and disinfecting the cages frequently. - Avoiding moisture and accumulation of urine and feces. - Avoiding contact of the rabbit with excrement. It's normal for rabbits to eat some of their own droppings, for which they can reinfect themselves after an initial deworming. So a regular deworming schedule may be necessary. - Keeping the bed dry and clean. - Cleaning feeders and water bottles daily or every other day. - Keeping the food in a cool and dry place to avoid contamination. To sum up: procure optimal environmental conditions around your rabbit. Additionally, rabbits fed a healthy diet are less vulnerable to disease. As your pet loves grass, vegetables, and fruits, wash the latter thoroughly before feeding..
From L Perez 507 days ago
Make sure you know the sex of your rabbits!
Cinnamon was a female, and the white rabbit we put in with her was also a female... or so we thought. We were novices at owning rabbits at the time so we didn't know how to properly sex them, and assumed that the rabbit we already owned was also a girl. Cin wasn't even a year old yet, perhaps six months or a little older. Just old enough to get pregnant but not at the preferable and safe age for breeding. As a result, Bugs--the white rabbit in the hutch that we'd thought was a girl--knocked her up within a week.
Cinnamon gave birth to a litter of about six or seven bunnies. We weren't sure about the exact number, however, since no one had told us that male rabbits will kill and eat the babies if left in the hutch with them. So when we found that Cin had given birth, we only found three of them alive amongst the mutilated remains of their brothers and sisters. Needless to say, it was a pretty damned traumatizing scene for two little girls aged 10 and 12 (my sister and myself).
Even worse, Cin was too young for her maternal instincts to kick in, so she refused to feed her remaining young. Those three bunnies wound up starving to death because again, we were complete novices when it came to raising rabbits, and my parents both worked and we were in school, so we didn't have the time to bottle feed the bunnies every hour or two.
When we moved to NC in '94, we gave the rabbits to a friend of ours and they both died a year later. We learned a lot of about caring for them, though, and we definitely learned how to sex a rabbit and to separate a pregnant female from the rest of them..
From Megakat Mar 28 2016 5:09PM