Facts about Mini Lop Rabbits. The Mini Lop Rabbit breed originated in Germany in the 1960s or 1970s. The name was changed to Mini Lop to make it more appealing to the public. The Mini Lop Rabbit was recognized by the American Rabbit Breeding Association in 1980; the Mini Lop Club of America was founded shortly thereafter, a requirement per the ARBA.
Appearance of Mini Lop Rabbit
The Mini Lop Rabbit has floppy ears, in contrast to the upright ears that are standard for wild rabbits. Mini lop Rabbits are a dwarf rabbit breed, retaining the lop rabbit’s ears but in a much smaller, more compact form.
Physical Characteristics of Mini Lop Rabbit
The Mini Lop Rabbit is actually, only the third smallest lop breed; the Holland Lop and American fuzzy Lop are smaller. The American Mini Lop or Miniature Lop is five to six pounds (2.2 to 2.7 kg). The British standard is around three to four pounds (1.3 to 1.8 kg). The American Mini Lop Rabbit looks like a smaller version of the French Lop Rabbit.
The Mini Lop Rabbit breed originally came in white and agouti (alternating light and dark pigmentation). Modern colors include chinchilla, steel gray, opal and chestnut. They have a long soft coat. The Mini Lop Rabbit have more loose skin than other rabbits.
Behavior of Mini Lop Rabbit
Mini Lop Rabbits are very affectionate. Mini Lop Rabbits like to be brushed and petted. Most Mini Lop Rabbits only need to be brushed once a week.
Mini Lop Rabbits are social animals. You should keep two or more rabbits together. Either have two of the same gender or a male that was neutered by five months of age. Mini Lop Rabbits become sexually active at six months of age.
Care and Up keep of Mini Lop Rabbit
Remember that the Mini Lop Rabbit is a small rabbit and only needs a fraction of a cup of dried mixed food or rabbit pellets. Supplement this with wet food like dandelions, grass clippings, and alfalfa hay as long as those items were never treated with chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer. Give the Mini Lop Rabbit enough hay to get enough fiber to avoid digestive tract blockages. Don’t give them lettuce, potato tops, or tomato leaves.
Mini Lop Rabbits need roughage like spinach and collards or rabbit-safe chew toys to chew on; their teeth grow constantly. If you don’t, Mini Lop Rabbits will chew on wood furniture if it is available. You can give Mini op Rabbits a few cut up apples or strawberries and the occasional carrot, but do not give them cooked food or any fruit with a lot of sugar. Change out the rabbit’s water once a day.
Mini Lop Rabbits like to pee and poop in the same corner of the cage. You can turn that corner into a litter box to simplify cleanup, though they will not always use that spot. You can encourage new Mini Lop Rabbits to use the litter box by putting a few urine soaked pellets in the litter box; it takes four weeks or more for them to pick up the habit themselves of using that location, so you’ll need to constantly find and place the wet pellets in the litter box to condition them to use it. Be careful to only use wood shavings or hay appropriate for pet cages; just dumping in wood shavings from a construction site can expose the critter to toxic chemicals. Do not give the Mini Lop Rabbit cedar shavings; the rich odor of cedar is caused by chemicals that are actually toxic to rabbits.
Trim the Mini Lop Rabbit's nails about once a week.
Trivia about Mini Lop Rabbit
The British Mini Lop Rabbit is closer to the Holland lop Rabbit than the American Mini Lop Rabbit.
The Mini Lop is called Klein Widder in Germany. That name translates into little hanging ear.
Mini Lop Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Mini Lop Rabbits are born with without fur and its eyes closed. Half of the rabbits in the world live in North America. Rabbits are comfortable living in groups. European rabbits like to live in burrows underground. Warren is known as a group of burrows. Cottontail Rabbits are the only rabbit that does not live under ground.
Mini Lop Rabbits have an outstanding sense of vision, smell and hearing. Having eyes on the side of the Mini Lop Rabbit head and being so big, gives them nearly 360 degrees vision, allowing them to see predators from all directions. The Mini Lop Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Mini Lop Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Mini Lop Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Mini Lop Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Mini Lop Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Mini Lop Rabbits as pets enjoy wet food like carrots, hay or lettuce every day. Avoid giving them yard clippings, since grass is often sprayed with fertilizer, insecticides, pesticides, and other chemicals rabbits should not be eating. Their diet should consist of 70% Hay and make sure they have fresh water every day. Alfalfa provides the high caloric content necessary for baby bunnies development. Once rabbits reach seven months of age, gradually switch them over to timothy hay, oat hay, or orchard grass.
For bedding, give Mini Lop Rabbits wood pellets or aspen. You can use pelleted horse bedding. Do not give them pine or cedar.
Mini Lop Rabbit. "Scientific name for Mini Lop Rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus". "Fear of Rabbits Leporiphobia". All rabbit breeds are "lagomorphs" various plant-eating mammal of the order Lagomorpha ; a hare, rabbit, or pika.
The male rabbit Mini Lop Rabbit is called a buck and a female rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
The average lifespan of a Mini Lop Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Mini Lop Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a rabbit’s teeth never stop growing throughout its life.