Facts about Holland Lop Rabbits. The Holland Lop Rabbit breed originated in Holland (Netherlands). The Holland Lop Rabbit is known as the Dwarf Lop Rabbit. It was developed by crossing the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit and French Lop Rabbit.
The Holland Lop Rabbits are active and need space to run around, though their small size means they need little space. The male Holland Lop Rabbit is called a buck and a female Holland Lop Rabbit is called a doe. A young Holland Lop Rabbit is called a kit "kitten". Holland Lop Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 3 in" (7.6 cm). Holland Lop Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
"Scientific name for Holland 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 Holland Lop Rabbit breed was developed after World War 2 and formalized in the 1960s. the Holland Lop Rabbit arrived in the United States in 1976.
Appearance of Holland Lop Rabbit
These small Holland Lop Rabbits have a thick and medium length fur that is very soft. The Holland Lop Rabbit may have solid colors or a broken color pattern. The Holland Lop Rabbit breed has been cross-bred with many others so you can find blue, black, chocolate, lilac, orange, and other colors of Holland Lop Rabbit. Some Holland Lop Rabbits are shaded or two colored while some are tri-colored. The “Broken” rabbits are overwhelmingly white with spots and markings of another color.
Physical Characteristics of Holland Lop Rabbit
The Holland Lop is a small rabbit with a compact body. The Holland Lop Rabbit have a short and thick set body. The Holland Lop Rabbit have rounded haunches and short legs and the head has a curved profile. The Holland Lop Rabbit are lop-eared rabbits and they have thick droopy ears that hang down. The Holland Lop Rabbit weigh less than five pounds (2.3 kg). The ideal weight for the Holland Lop Rabbit breed is around three pounds or one and a half kilograms and have a fine bone structure.
The Holland Lop Rabbits can live up to 10 years but the average is 6 to 8 years.
Behavior of Holland Lop Rabbits
The Holland Lop Rabbit breed is non-aggressive and they have a good temperament but can be tenacious. The Holland Lop Rabbits chew quite a bit; you can give them chew toys, hay, or pine cones to chew on. The Holland Lop Rabbits will hide from you and be nervous around you until they get used to you. Simply picking them up periodically will not get them used to you. Never pick up the rabbit by the ears. You should pet you Holland Lop Rabbit regularly even if they have not gotten used to you.
Care and Up keep of Holland Lop Rabbit
The Holland Lop Rabbits need to be brushed weekly. The Holland Lop Rabbit should be fed daily but require less food and space than larger rabbits. The Holland Lop Rabbit love to chew on things; they will chew on wood furniture or wiring if it is available. Give the Holland Lop Rabbit chew toys and hay in addition to their pellets or grass that hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides and herbicide. Young Holland Lop Rabbits need alfalfa hay to give them enough calcium for their growing bones. Older Holland Lop Rabbits can get legume hay. This means you need to be careful about just giving the rabbit yard clippings.
Holland Lop Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Holland Lop Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Holland Lop Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Keep the Holland Lop Rabbit in a confined wooden hutch or cage with a solid floor if you are not handling the animal. Keep the Holland Lop Rabbit out of direct sun, the cold,and drafts. The Holland Lop Rabbit small size makes them particularly at risk to the cold.
Holland Lop Rabbits are born without fur and its eyes are closed. Holland Lop Rabbits are comfortable living in groups. European rabbits like to live in burrows underground. Warren is known as a group of burrows.
Holland Lop Rabbits have an outstanding sense of vision, smell and hearing. Having eyes on the side of the Holland Lop Rabbit head and being so big, gives them nearly 360 degrees vision, allowing them to see predators from all directions. The Holland Lop Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Holland Lop Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a Holland Lop Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female Holland Lop Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Holland Lop Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 25 to 35 mph. Holland Lop Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a rabbit’s teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Holland Lop Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Holland Lop Rabbits as pets enjoy wet food, carrots, hay or lettuce, dark leaf lettuce is a good one. (Iceberg lettuce contains too much water and too little fiber to be suitable.) Limit giving them fruit with sugar in it. Alfalfa provides the high caloric content necessary for baby bunnies development. Once Holland Lop Rabbits reach seven months of age, gradually switch them over to timothy hay, oat hay, or orchard grass. 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% of Hay and make sure they have fresh water every day.
For bedding, give Holland Lop Rabbits wood pellets or aspen. You can use pelleted horse bedding. Do not give them pine or cedar. Clean the cage with either white vinegar or a cage safe cleaner; don’t use bathroom cleaner or other things that are toxic for the pet cage.
De-worming is a major concern and should be done in the spring and fall. A pea sized amount of de-worming paste in the Holland Lop Rabbit’s mouth is sufficient for the Holland Lop Rabbit.