History of the English Lop Rabbit
The English Lop Rabbit was one of the first fancy breeds of rabbit in England, in the 19th century. The term ‘English’ comes from the fact that England adopted the breed and domesticated it for a show. It is one of the oldest breeds of domestic rabbits known to man. In 1914, the National Pet Stock (now known as the A.R.B.A., or the American Rabbit Breeders Association) adopted the English Lop as its 15th breed.
Owners must pay particular attention to their ears and make sure they are not hurt, as it can lead to infection. Like most other rabbits, they should also have their mouths checked for overgrown teeth.
Hay is the most important part of your rabbit’s diet. Pellets should only make up a small amount of your rabbit’s diet. They are high calorie and low fiber which leads to obesity and overgrown teeth. Fresh vegetables keep your rabbit’s intestines well hydrated, which helps with overall digestion.
Rabbits have a sweet tooth and would probably love to eat a lot of fruit. However, because of the high sugar content, fruits should be fed only as treats. Without enough water, intestinal contents can become very dry and get stuck. There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
They have a mandolin body shape. There is no doubt that their trademark is their amazing ears, they are what makes the breed so unique.Their ears evolved from their beginnings. An English Lop’s ears usually average from 20″ (51cm) to 22″.
|The Senior Bucks||10 pounds (4.5kg)|
|Intermediate Bucks||10 pounds (4.5kg)|
|The Intermediate Does||11 pounds (4.9kg)|
|Junior Buck and Does||8 pounds (3.6kg)|
Fur / Coat
The coat of the English Lop should be dense, soft and smooth. They don’t need regular grooming (as rabbits tend to groom themselves), however should you find that your rabbit is shedding more than usual.
English Lops make wonderful family companions. They are gentle and loving. Small children should be supervised closely since these rabbits’ ears can easily be injured. They love to be petted and enjoy playing outside or throughout the house.