Stafford, Virginia, United States
Posted Jan 12, 2017
The Holland Lop is an excellent first pet for any child as they are docile, gentle, and sweet animals that rarely, if ever, bite. Snowball, our Holland Lop, was an amazing pet for my sister and me as he loved interacting with us and was friendly toward other children and adults. We were even able to take him on regular walks with a fitted harness and leash. This was a treat he thoroughly enjoyed, as he was able to receive moderate activity to maintain his overall health. During the time we owned Snowball, he never once bit us or anyone else he encountered. He was even a regular pet in the classroom as he enjoyed playing with other children and having his fur stroked.
Rabbits must be groomed more so than other small animals, especially if they have longer, thicker fur like Snowball. Bedding easily becomes matted in their fur and must be removed. Rabbits must be kept in a fairly large hutch either inside or outside (with a heat lamp if left outside in colder temperatures). They must be fed twice daily, have regular water changes, and have weekly bedding changes. While the Holland Lop is supposed to have a long lifespan of seven to twelve years, sadly our rabbit only lived for three and was in poor health because of a rare bowel condition. He was messy to upkeep because of this condition and required more vet visits than the average rabbit. Overall, this pet is wonderful if you are seeking a small animal that is fairly easy to maintain and has a calm, lovable disposition.