Mini Lop Rabbit
History of the Mini Lop Rabbit
Bob Herschbach discovered the Mini Lop Rabbit breed at a German National Rabbit Show in Essen, Germany in 1972, where it was known as a Klein Widder. These first Mini Lops were originated from the German Big Lop and the small Chinchilla. These two breeds came originally in Agouti and white colors. A Mini Lop looks like a smaller version of the French Lop.
Always be sure to check your rabbit’s teeth, as they continuously grow throughout their entire lives and are usually worn down by a high hay diet. If their teeth are overgrown, they may pierce their jaw and/or faces, which also causes a lot of pain and limits your rabbit’s ability to eat.
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 heavily muscled body. Mini Lop rabbit is classified as a medium-sized rabbit. The head is to be set closely on the shoulders, with the neck as short as possible. The ears should lie close to the cheeks. The ear length should he about 0.75-1 inch (2-3 cm)
|The Senior Bucks||4.5-6.5 pounds (2-3 kg)|
|The Senior Does||3-6 pounds (1.4-2.7 kg)|
|Junior Bucks and Does||3-6 pounds (1.4-2.7 kg)|
Fur / Coat
The coat of the Mini Lop should be dense and soft and of a good length. They do not require much care in the grooming department compared to wooly breeds. Weekly brushings for the most part to keep their coat soft will be enough.
Mini Lops are friendly and extremely playful. These pet rabbits should not be kept outside. Mini Lop rabbit loves attention, being picked up, cuddled and handled.