Picking Your New Mini Lop

              Picking a new rabbit can be rather daunting. So today I’m going to write about my favorite breed: Mini Lops. I’ve always found them to be great pets, and I’d just like to share my information with people trying to pick their breed. This post will be about the ups and downs of Mini Lops and a touch about the Lop family. Hope you enjoy!

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My rabbit Michelle, sleepy after a rabbit show.

              When one is looking into rabbits, they have to take many, many things into consideration. The first, of course, being breed. Contrary to popular belief, each breed is extremely different not only in look but in temperament too. From my own personal experiences I’ve found that the smaller the breed is, the prissier they are. Of course, this isn’t a solid rule but only a suggestion. My personal favorite breed, one of two that I own, are Mini Lops. While they’re not an entirely popular breed (which actually surprises me, since they’re the classic ‘stuffed rabbit’ style, long body and lop ears), I’ve found them to be probably the most agreeable breed I’ve encountered.

              Mini Lops are, as the name suggests, in the Lop family. They sit beside one of the most common breeds in my area, Holland Lops, and less popular breeds such as: English Lops, French Lops, and the newer American Fuzzy Lop. ‘Lop’ refers to lopped, or ‘drooping’ ears. They hang by the cheeks and in their youth sometimes stick out horizontally. I’ve always found the Lop family to be docile and friendly but, like most rabbits, need a bit of training to get them into a particular rhythm. My rabbit, Michelle, was very easy to train and probably my only problems with her is how protective of her space she is. This is normal with rabbits and personally I think that makes sense. Imagine someone going into your house and moving everything around? Frankly, I’d be rather upset about it too.

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Michelle lounging in her cage.

              Now, the less fun part is the technicalities. If you choose a mini lop as your breed, you need to know a few things. Their ideal weight is around 6 pounds, but they can definitely gain weight quickly. My little girl is overweight, but so far it hasn’t created any problems outside of the rabbit showing world. There are tons of rabbit diet methods (that sounds kind of funny, doesn’t it?) out there, but I’ve always find that exercise goes far enough. Which brings me to the next thing to keep in mind: space. While Mini Lops can stay in their cages for most of the day, it’s always great to let them out and run.

              So there you have it: the bare-bones basics of Mini Lops. It’s definitely not everything you need to know, but it’s definitely enough to get you on the way. My own personal suggestion, no matter what breed you choose, is to do as much research as possible and then finally decide what suits your life best. To summarize Mini Lops: Calm, not difficult to train but can occasionally take some hard work, and lots of running space. I hope this helped teach you a thing or two about my favorite breed!

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Photo being used courtesy of Elemental Ranch, click photo to visit her facebook!
[ NOTE: Rabbit featured here has a poor coat due to recent kindling/birthing. ]

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