Dwarf Lop Rabbit

The Dwarf Lop Rabbit is one of the miniature rabbits that is sought-after and prized by rabbit enthusiasts because of its cute appearance.  Because it only weighs as much as 2 to 2.5 kg., it can be carried and cuddled even by small children.  It has a short thick body with short strong legs, broad, rounded face and flat looped ears which hang down.  Many enthusiasts compare it to the Mini Lop rabbit in terms of appearance, but the Dwarf Lop is significantly bigger than the Mini Lop as the latter weighs only about 1.6 kg.

The Dwarf Lop has a dense and soft fur which should be groomed twice or three times a week.  This species comes in about 40 different colors such as black sable, blue agouti, fawn, orange, white and many more.  It also comes in a lot of varied patterns.  It is primarily a companion animal which means that it can be cuddled, house trained, and brushed.  It is clean and is relatively inexpensive to feed and maintain.

Dwarf Lop Rabbit

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Behavior and Temperament

The Dwarf Lop Rabbit is docile, very good-natured, affectionate, and can make a very good pet.  It can get along well with other pets and even with the small children.  This pet is very intelligent and can be taught to recognize and listen to its own name.  It can also be trained to use the toilet and to put its litter in one specific area.

The Dwarf Lop Rabbit is very active in the morning and at night time.  If properly taken care of, this pet can live up to 8 to 10 years.

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Health and Care

The Dwarf Lop is a delight for everyone and taking care of it is very crucial.  Never lift it by its ears, but rather place one hand under its front legs and another hand under its hind legs to support it firmly.  Take care not to drop your pet as it has very fragile bones.

Two of the common problems that are encountered by this breed are inadequate diet and ear mites.  It is wise to have your pet rabbit vaccinated first before bringing it home so that it can reach its full potential in terms of health and growth.

Its main diet should consist of unlimited supply of fresh hays, fruits and vegetables, dry rabbit mix and unlimited source of fresh clean water.  Rabbit pellets can be bought from any local pet shops.  Only half cup of pellets should be given to your pet once a day to avoid the problem of obesity.  It is very important that it is provided with fresh water regularly.  Always take note that rabbits are prone to intestinal diseases due to their delicate digestive system, so just a small amount of foods should be offered.

If you decide to put your pet inside the house, a nice roomy cage provided with comfortable bedding will be a very good option.  You may allow your pet to play outside its cage especially during daytime.

If your pet is placed outside the house, its ideal home should be a wooden hutch which is durable and water proofed.  Make sure also that the pet is not exposed to direct sunlight.  Put the hutch in a cool shady place to make your pet comfortable.  It is also necessary that you provide it with comfortable bedding material.  The hutch should be roomy to give your pet enough space to exercise.  You may also let the rabbit run in your garden for an hour or two in the morning when it is usually active.  During the rest of the day, you may notice that the rabbit spends most of its time sleeping.

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History and Background of Dwarf Lop Rabbit

The Dwarf Lop is a relatively new breed and has been available only in Australia since 1998.   It originated from America and England, but rabbit enthusiasts brought it to New Zealand.  This breed is from the Lop which is one of the oldest varieties of rabbits.   It became very popular in the 1980s and 1990s in Great Britain when it was recognized in 1977 by the British Rabbit Council.

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