History of the French Lop Rabbit
Early French Lop Rabbit was smaller than those of today and had the natural coloring of wild rabbits.The French Lop originated in France in the middle of the nineteenth century. It is believed to have been produced by crossing two existing breeds, the English Lop and the Butterfly Rabbit of France. By the end of the nineteenth century, the French lop was one of the most successful utility breeds in Europe and today is one of the most popular rabbits in Europe and the United States.
The French Lop does not have any health issues particular to its breed, however rabbit owners should check their pets for particular problems such as 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
French Lops have a short, thick-set body, rounded haunches and short, powerful legs. They have thick ears that hang down beside the head.
|The Senior Bucks||10.5 pounds (4.7kg)|
|The Senior Does||11 pounds (4.9 kg)|
|Intermediate Bucks||11.5 pounds (5.2kg)|
|The Intermediate Does||12 pounds (5.4kg)|
|Junior Bucks and Does||5.2 pounds(2.3g)|
Fur / Coat
The coat of the French Lop should be dense and soft. During off-season shedding times, one brushing a week with a bristled brush should be sufficient. When springtime rolls around, increase their brushings to twice or three times a week.
They are a wonderful pet, due to their calm, docile temperament, good natured and social. French Lops can be quite playful and will enjoy some simple toys to keep them occupied and they are good with children.