The American Fuzzy Lop rabbit is one of the most popular rabbit pet breed in the medium-sized category of rabbits. This rabbit is known to have a short body and shoulders, broad chest and hindquarters that are packed with strong muscles. Their ears are as fuzzy as their body and they flop down to the sides of their head.
This rabbit breed is energetic and well-mannered that is why they are commonly presented in rabbit shows to display their fur and functions as pet. They have a wooly textured coat that is coarse similar to the Angora rabbit breed. This coarse texture prevents them from tangling and matting, however, the fur in their tail area is prone to tangling and matting due to frequent sitting. They come in variety of colors and combination color with white in it. The American Fuzzy Lop has some distinct markings on their nose, ears, and they also have eye circles.
Behavior and Temperament
This rabbit breed is very active and playful. Their energy level makes them a good house pet for families with children. Compared to other rabbits, their mild and sweet demeanor helps them to become acquainted with kids. Their playful behavior is best showcased outdoors or in an area where they can freely roam around.
When indoors, these rabbits love to hang out with their humans and be cuddled with. They like attention from human and will sometimes ask for a stroke on the back. These rabbits love different toys like balls and rattles. They are curious creatures that are ideal for big or small families, single and even seniors who are looking for gentle companion pets as long these rabbits are given enough attention, love and care.
Health and Care
These rabbits are happier when in pair and having a companion rabbit allows them to live longer and will not cling much for human attention. Housing a pair of rabbit indoors requires a larger cage area for them to become comfortable. If you plan to house your rabbits outside make sure to secure the cage enclosures to avoid predators from attacking them as well as from escaping from the cage and getting lost in the neighborhood or in the wild where they cannot survive. Consider the outside temperature especially during the cold season and assess whether your rabbits will be better if staying indoors. Rabbits need enough time to roam outside the cage area for enrichment activities.
Rabbits are clean animals and they groom themselves from time to time. They don’t require much grooming from human, adequate food and water supply and plenty of love and affection are more than enough. Clean their cage as often as needed and provide them with proper litter box. When they are shedding, just comb them using a fine bristled brush to brush away the loose fur. Their diet must be composed of fresh grass hay and provide them with fruits and veggies occasionally to complete other nutritional requirements. A healthy rabbit check may be needed from time to time to make sure they are in tiptop shape.
History and Background of American Fuzzy Lop Rabbit
The American Fuzzy Lop rabbit has been originated from the Holland Lop rabbit breed. Holland Lops are normally bred in plain solid colors but rabbit breeders want to make them available in multi-colored and broken patterns so they bred the Holland Lops with English Spots. The breeders were successful in acquiring the combination color and broken patterns, but they were unable to acquire the Holland Lops’s rollback fur.
They tested breeding the Holland Lop and English Spots offspring to French Angoras which are known to have rollback coats. The offspring successfully resulted to have wool coats that are longer like the French Angoras while at the same time being small and have lop ears too acquired from the Holland Lop.
The breeders of the American Fuzzy Lop realized the market value of these fuzzy rabbits and started breeding two of the offspring carrying the genes to develop a new breed which they named American Fuzzy Lop. In 1985, they introduced the breed to rabbit breeder associations and from then on, further enhancements and standardization were made after that to develop the breed and create uniformity for this new type of rabbit.