American Fuzzy Lop
The American Fuzzy Lop is a rabbit breed recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). It is similar in appearance to a Holland Lop. However, the American Fuzzy Lop is a wool breed and will have wool similar to the Angora breeds although the wool will be shorter than that of a commercial Angora. The American fuzzy lop has to weigh under 4 pounds in order to be shown.
The background of the American Fuzzy is interwoven with the history of the Holland Lop. At first the Holland Lop rabbit was only available in solid colors and some breeders wanted to add the broken pattern to the Holland Lop gene pool. So they bred their Holland Lops to English Spots. They achieved the goal of producing broken pattern rabbits but they failed to keep the rollback fur the Holland must have. The offspring instead had the flyback fur of the English Spot.
The breeders then bred Holland Lops to French Angoras, a breed that has a very gentle rollback coat. The result of these manipulations was that the wool gene was also introduced into the Holland Lop gene pool and a Holland with long wool was occasionally found in Holland Lop litters. These were generally sold to people who were enchanted with a small woolly lop-eared rabbit.
- Breed Name: American Fuzzy Lop
- Other Name: Fuzzy Lop, AFL
- Breed Purpose: Mainly kept as a show animal and good as pets.
- Breed Size: Small
- Weight: Average body weight is between 1.4 and 1.8kg
- Suitable for Commercial Production: No
- Good as Pets: Yes
- Climate Tolerance: All Climates
- Color Varieties: All
- Rarity: Common
- Senior 4 pounds
- Junior 3 1/2 pounds
Juniors may not be shown in a senior class until the age of six months. The ideal mature Fuzzy Lop weight is 3 1/2 pounds. Fuzzies are judged in either the solid or broken class. ‘Broken’ means any acceptable color in combination with white.
The American Fuzzy is about the same size as a Holland Lop and is classed as a small breed.
It is a dwarf breed, carrying the dwarf gene which contributes to both the small size and the short, wide heads and bodies that fanciers so desire.
Most breeds accept that a senior rabbit is 8 months and above, the intermediate is between 6 and 8 months and the junior under 6 months.
The show standards for the American Fuzzy is different. A senior buck/doe are recognised from 6 months and older, and a junior buck/doe are accepted from under 6 months, thus eliminating the intermediate range.
The temperament of American Fuzzy Lops tends to vary a lot. Each has its own unique personality. Some are very calm and friendly, while others are quite hyper and skittish. Males tend to be calmer and more mellow, whereas females tend to be more shy. Spayed or neutered, both sexes are very amicable. Aside from a proper diet, grooming, and cage cleaning, Fuzzies require a lot of love and attention, which they will surely return.
Don’t forget about this if you don’t have many free hours during the day to devote to your little bundle of fur. Fuzzies are very intelligent and can be trained to use a litter box. Some Fuzzies even go further and learn their names and a few commands. Properly socialized Fuzzies will often chase along after you through the house, or learn how to play fetch with you.
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