Other name(s): Mini-Lop (Britain)
The Holland Lop is a petite rabbit with droopy ears and an endearing face. They’re undeniably cute, and coupled with their affectionate nature, they’ve become one of the most popular rabbit breeds in the United States. They’re intelligent and curious and some say they’re one of the easiest breeds to litter-box train. They were developed by crossing the Netherland Dwarf with the popular French Lop. In Britain, the Holland is called a Mini-Lop, which refers to a different breed in the United States.
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.
Appearance / health:
The Holland Lop is a dwarf breed, weighing only 2 – 4 pounds. They’re the smallest of the dwarf rabbits and have short, compact bodies, thick legs, and a round, apple-shaped head with a flat face. Of course, other than size, the defining characteristic of the Holland Lop are the short, thick ears which droop to either side of the head.
The coat of the Holland Lop is approximately an inch in length, dense, with a somewhat glossy sheen. They come in a variety of colors and patterns. Colors include variations of black, blue, chocolate, lilac, fawn, cream, orange, and several shades of agouti in patterns of self, shaded, agouti, tan patterns, wide bands, pointed white, ticked, and broken.
Like other small mammals, Holland 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 Holland Lop is a gentle and intelligent rabbit. They’re popular pets because of their friendly personality and relative ease of litter-box training. Some Holland Lops are quite affectionate and may even enjoy cuddling.
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.
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 and can easily be injured.
Holland 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.
Holland 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.
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Holland Lops are adorable, and they're really social animals. This makes them a great choice if you want a rabbit that's for companionship and not just show. The only thing that you may find troublesome is their tendency to chew... everything. At first, I thought Lily was nibbling at me to show affection. Then I realized that she just liked to chew. So, find toys and chew sticks and such. This will train your bunny to chew on the appropriate things, not on every little thing they can place in their mouths. .
From xtrrmin8 Mar 21 2019 1:16AM
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 580 days ago
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When I received my Holland Lop from a friend (at 3 months old), it was extremely docile and would even hang out on my bed. Before Buddy hit 4 months old, he started biting. Before 5 months, he was near impossible to pick up and would hide under furniture and pee. As an animal lover, I never hit or "punished" Buddy; I would simply corral him back into his cage. After almost 2 years of basically having a zoo animal in my room (I could never let him out of his cage for fear of him peeing and biting), I finally gave him to someone who had more professional training with rabbits..
From nmichaelf Nov 1 2015 9:52PM