If you’re looking for a pet that’s small, but mighty, look no further than the mini lop rabbit. These pets are good for low-maintenance pet owners looking for something unique.
The mini lop is the perfect pet for someone interested in the care and appreciation of their pet. Like most rabbits, they are not usually affectionate animals, but don’t let that change your mind. Continue reading for more information on the mini lop and to find out if this pet is a good fit for you.
What Is a Mini Lop Rabbit?
Mini lop rabbits were first recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1980. They are known for their small, but thick bodies, large heads and lopped ears.
FUN FACT: The mini lop was originally brought to the U.S. from Germany and was first named the “Klein Widderand,” which translates to “small ram.”
The American Rabbit Breeders Association says that each rabbit has their own personality. This personality depends on both the handler and the animal itself. If adopting a rabbit, make sure to be cautious of their boundaries. When raising a rabbit from an early age, it is important to handle them with the care that matches your needs as an owner.
How Long Do Mini Lop Rabbits Live?
The average lifespan of any domesticated rabbit is between 7–10 years according to the American Rabbit Breeders Association.
It’s important to make sure that your rabbit is given a vet-recommended diet and is kept in clean conditions so that you and your pet can make memories for as long as possible.
How Big Do Mini Lop Rabbits Get?
Mini lop rabbits weigh up to a maximum of 6.5 pounds. If your mini lop weighs more than this, consider looking into alternative methods of play or diet that can help your rabbit achieve a comfortable weight.
FUN FACT: Although 6.5 pounds doesn’t seem like much, this rabbit weighs more than your standard brick. Seems like these rabbits aren’t so mini after all.
Mini Lop Rabbit Colors
The fur on the mini lop should roll back; this means it should slowly return to its normal position when gently pulled. The American Rabbit Breeders Association recognizes two patterns of mini lop fur: solid and broken. Solid pattern colors mean the rabbit is one solid color with no marks. A broken pattern color means any combination of color along with white.
There are six solid rabbit colors: black, blue, chocolate, lilac, ruby eyed white and blue eyed white. There are three broken rabbit patterns: spotted, patched and blanket. To be considered broken, these rabbits must also have facial markings across their nose.
FUN FACT: These facial markings are referred to as the “butterfly” because of the way most markings lay across the rabbit’s face. What do you think? Do these markings look like a butterfly to you? Share this article and let us know.
How To Care for a Mini Lop Rabbit
If you are a low-maintenance person looking for a pet that doesn’t need too much affection, the mini lop rabbit is perfect for you. These animals easily adapt to most environments, but keep in mind that mini lops are naturally timid. They usually will not want to snuggle you after a long day at work.
Although the mini lop is low maintenance, what these rabbits lack in affection they make up for in ease of care. Enclosures should be no less than three square feet for a rabbit the size of a mini lop, with a minimum height of 14 inches; more space ensures more room for your animal to play. Experts suggest that feeders and water dispensers be attached to the sides of the enclosure for space and efficiency.
NOTE: If you choose to keep your mini lop outside, make sure they are protected from all elements. Snow and excessive heat are not your rabbit’s friend.
Your rabbit’s space should be cleaned once every two weeks, with daily attention to food and water. The bedding of these enclosures should hold pine shavings or straw depending on both you and your pets’ needs. For example, if your pet is being kept outside, a densely packed floor of straw will help keep your rabbit warm during cold weather.
Rabbits are naturally anxious, like most of us. Experts recommend a rabbit’s environments include enrichment toys to reduce anxiety levels and improve wellness. Toys that promote foraging, gnawing and interaction are all great options for your rabbit’s home. Check out our recommendations for some unique and fun toys for your fluffy friend.
The mini lop, like other rabbits, is territorial and should be housed alone. For someone interested in having more than one, introduction should be done slowly and carefully. Be warned—experts do not recommend housing more than one rabbit in an enclosure—they will almost certainly get into fights.
What you feed your rabbit is incredibly important. The American Rabbit Breeders Association recommends any commercially made rabbit feed. These range in quality and price, but what matters is that your rabbit is eating a balanced and nutritious diet. The mini lop rabbit should be fed between 3–5 ounces of feed per day. There are many different treats available for your rabbit. Fruits, vegetables and store-bought treats are all great options, but should be limited to encourage good health.
NOTE: The American Rabbit Breeders Association does not recommend leafy greens except for alfalfa hay.
These animals rarely require baths and are typically very clean. Most rabbits groom themselves regularly and it is not recommended to shampoo a rabbit’s entire body. Their fur takes days to dry.
Are Mini Lop Rabbits Good Pets?
If you are looking for a low-maintenance pet that keeps to itself, the mini lop is a great option for your home. It’s important to remember that these animals are timid and prefer low energy environments. Loud noises and fast movements will scare these anxious, little, cotton balls.
For folks with kids and fast-paced lifestyles, there are many other great options. Checkout our Guide for Pet Temperament to help choose what’s right for you.
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