Lop Eared Rabbits and Their Care

Lop-eared rabbit

The wide, floppy ears of lop-eared rabbits make them clearly identifiable. Five kinds are accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, and new lop-eared rabbit breeds are being developed all the time. House rabbit owners like lop-eared bunnies, but their distinctive ears occasionally require extra maintenance. Make sure your lop's ears are clean on both the inside and outside, since dirt can accumulate in these ears.

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    French Lops

    English lop rabbit sitting against yellow wallpaper

    The French lop, one of the biggest lop-eared rabbit breeds, was established in France by crossing two existing lop varieties. The ears of a French lop are almost a foot long and droop below the chin. They weigh roughly 10 pounds. They should be kept in a big outdoor enclosure with a companion rabbit or in an indoor cage with lots of exercise area. These aren't the most popular sort of pet lop, but if you ever get the chance to meet one, you'll be impressed by their ears.

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    The Mini Lop

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    The mini lop is the second smallest lop-eared type in the United States, not to be confused with the dwarf lop or miniature lop of the United Kingdom. The mini lop is a popular rabbit in rabbit shows, weighing up to 6 pounds (larger than many people imagine a mini lop to get). According to the Mini Lop Rabbit Club of America, housing needs are less stringent than those of bigger lop types. House rabbits are fairly frequent with these lops.

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    The Original Lops

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    The original lops are English Lops, one of two pre-existing lop-eared rabbit breeds utilized to make French Lops. Obesity is a serious issue with the breed because they are known to be highly sedentary. Because of their size, a huge hutch is necessary. Their ears are the longest of any rabbit breed, averaging 20 inches in length, and at 4 weeks of age, their ears are practically larger than their bodies!

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    The American Fuzzy

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    The American fuzzy lop is distinguished from the comparable Holland lop by its distinctively short and fluffy wool. This lop-eared rabbit breed, which grows to be 4 pounds in adulthood, is quite compact and resembles the Holland lop except for the wool coat, which is remarkably similar to that of the Angora rabbit. They are lively, have a lot of personality, and like being around people and other rabbits. It might be challenging to keep their wool clean and tidy.

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    A True Dwarf

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    With an average weight of 3.5 pounds, these lops make excellent home pets. They are non-aggressive and differ from American fuzzy lops in that they have fur rather than wool and are real dwarfs. They are little and make excellent inside pets. Because of their diminutive stature, these bunnies are quite popular among children.

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    Caring for Lop-Eared Rabbits

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    All lop-eared rabbits require specific attention to their ears in addition to standard rabbit care. Ear injuries and infections are prevalent due to their tiny, folding position, and fragile nature, but they may be avoided with adequate care.

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    How to Buy

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    Lops are available for purchase from private breeders, pet stores, county fairs, and 4-H groups, or they can be adopted through a rabbit rescue organization. Rabbits are relatively affordable, costing around $20 at the pet store, county fair, and 4-H. Private breeders charge around $40 per rabbit, although show-quality bunnies might cost considerably more. Prices will undoubtedly vary based on the breed and the rabbit's history, and if you don't have a strong preference, rescue rabbits are readily available.

FAQ
  • What do you feed lop bunnies?

    Lop bunnies should be fed about 80% hay, some grain-free pellets, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

  • Are lop bunnies good pets?

    Yes! They're friendly, not aggressive, and get along with adults and children alike.

  • How long do lop bunnies live?

    Lop bunnies live from six to eight years old.

  • How big do lop bunnies get?

    These large bunnies can grow to be about ten pounds, but usually, they're about 3 1/2 pounds.

CITATION

"Johnson, Jade C, and Charlotte C Burn. Lop-Eared Rabbits Have More Aural And Dental Problems Than Erect-Eared Rabbits: A Rescue Population Study. Veterinary Record, 2019, pp. 758-758. doi:10.1136/vr.105163" ;

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