Mini Lop

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Mini Lop

The Mini Lop is a breed of domestic rabbit that is recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. It is different from the Miniature Lop breed that is recognized by the British Rabbit Council . (In the UK, the Miniature Lop is sometimes called—for short—the “Mini Lop”.) The Mini Lop  and the Miniature Lop are different from the Dwarf Lop breed that is recognized by the BRC (but not ARBA). The Mini Lop is similar to several other small rabbit breeds.

History

The Mini Lop originated in Germany when a German Lop was bred with a small Chinchilla rabbit. The newly developed breed became known as the Klein Widder or “Little hanging ear.”

In the early ’70s, a Californian breeder named Bob Herschbach spotted this newly developed breed at a show in Essen, Germany, and consequently brought a trio of them to the United States. He began breeding them and crossing the breed with a Standard Chinchilla rabbit. The first rabbit of this kind was presented to the American Breeder’s Association (ARBA) with the name “Klein Widder,” but the name changed to the Mini Lop in in 1974. The Mini Lop was successfully accepted into the ARBA later in 1980 by a man named Herby Dyke.

Feeding

Mini-lop rabbits are very easy to feed. They should always have access to hay and water to keep their digestion going. A dry food with dandelion flowers is ideal, as these have many vital oils and nutrients for your bunny’s eyes and coats. It is also important to give your rabbit some wood or something to chew on near his food. This encourages him to chew that and not your furniture, as well as keeping his teeth worn down and in check.

It is important not to overfeed your rabbit. Use the guidelines found on the packet of food you choose to buy to determine how much, by weight, you feed your mini-lop. Rabbits will eat a full bowl of food no matter how much you put in it, so it is up to you to make sure they are not over or under eating.

Colors

The Mini Lop is accepted in a range of colors and markings, the list far too long to communicate in this breed description. This breed is accepted as a solid pattern or a broken pattern and is available in colors such as black chinchilla, chocolate chestnut agouti, lilac/fawn tri-color, gold-tipped black steel, sable, seal, smoke pearl and many more.

Personality

Like any animal, Mini Lops come in a variety of personalities but they are generally fairly friendly and extremely playful. Like all rabbits, they may be taught a variety of tricks and commands. They can be trained to respond to a clicker.

A clicker can train them to come when it is clicked and give them a treat. If you give them a treat after every click for 5 minutes, go a meter away from it and click the clicker if it follows it has been clicker trained. Click here to see famous Mini Lops on social media

There is a usual way for Mini lops to show they are angry, that’s stamping their hind foot. This may happens when your do not give food or snacks in time, or when they feel some strangers invade into their region and stamp hind foot to show their power or status.

Facts

  • There is a lot of confusion with this and if purchasing you should check what the breeder/seller is referring to when they say Mini lop/Holland lop/Dwarf lop etc.
  • These rabbits are a very popular choice for house rabbits.
  • Fully grown weight: 3.0 to 4.0 lbs (1.4 to 1.8 kilos)
  • Along with the American Fuzzy Lop, they are the smallest breed.
  • The life span of a mini lop is 5 to 10 years. Some live longer to maybe 12 years with the average age being 6 or 7 years, but the age of any rabbit is dependent on care and, just as importantly, diet.
  • This rabbit has an excellent temperament, with non aggressive behaviour.
  • They make very good house rabbits and companions and are easy to house train.

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