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FAQ

Holland Lops

Velveteen Lops

Bringing Bunny Home

  1. What does my bunny come with?

    Each bunny leaves here with a small bag of transition feed, a small amount of hay, and a toy. Pedigrees are also avaialble. 

    To be sure of what the rabbit comes with please feel free to contact us. 

     

  2. What kind of food should I get for my bunny?

    You should get hay and feed for the bunny. 

    We are currently feeding Producer's Pride Rabbit Feed. You will get a small bag of this feed with the bunny so you can transition him/her to whichever type of feed you decide to feed the bunny. You will also get a small amount of hay. 

    Bunnies should not eat any fruits, vegetables, or any other types of treats until they are six months old. Please also make sure that whatever fruits, vegetables, and plants you allow the bunny to eat are safe for bunnies to eat.

  3. What do I need to get for my rabbit?

    You should have a cage/hutch, water, hay, feed all ready for your rabbit when you bring him/her home. You will also want to have a water bowl or water bottle for your bunny to drink from. You will also want to have some sort of bowl or feeder for your bunny's feed. You may also want to get resting mats, toys, bedding, grooming items, educational materials, hay rack, etc at some point as well. 

  4. Do rabbits chew on things?

    Yes rabbits do chew on things therefore you do need to be careful that your rabbit does not have access to things that it should not chew on. There are a lot of toys made for rabbits so they have something to chew on and play with. Believe it or not bunnies do seem to like to have toys to play with. 

  5. What should I do before I bring my bunny home?

    You should start off by educating yourself on not only rabbits in general, but the breed of rabbit you are getting as care can differ slightly from breed to breed. You can of course educate yourself before and after bringing bunny home, but it does help to start prior to bringing bunny home that way it may help you figure out what to get for bunny and be prepared for bunny when bunny comes home. 


    You will want to make sure you have necessities like a cage or hutch for the bunny to live in. You will want to make sure that you want food and water for the bunny as well as things for the bunny to eat and drink from. 


    Items that are not necessities do not neccesarily have to be there for bunny when bunny gets home but it is nice to have everything ready. 

  6. Should I get toys for the bunny?

    Yes it is a great idea to get toys for bunnies. Bunnies love to play with toys. 

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Breeds

  1. Do you have any Mini Lops, Mini Holland Lops, Dwarf Lops, dwarf mini Lops etc similar names?

    Sorry, but no. We raise purebred Holland Lops (and Velveteen Lops and Lionheads). We do not mix breed an Mini Lops, Netherland Dwarfs, or any other breeds. 

    Holland Lops are just refered to as Holland Lops.

    Sometimes there is some confusion. Holland Lops are a breed that is accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). Mini Lops and Netherland Dwarfs are also ARBA accepted breeds. They are two completely different breeds of rabbits. Although Mini Lops have "mini" in their name, they are actually larger than Holland Lops. Holland Lops are the smallest lop breed. Pictured below are pictures from ARBA's website showing a posed Mini Lop and the maximum show weight as well as a posed Holland Lop and its maximum show weight. It is possible for the rabbits to weight more or less than the breed's maximum weight. Meeting weight requirements is meeting part of the breed's standard. If a rabbit is over the maximum weight it would likely be disqualified when/if shown.   We strive to breed quality rabbits to meet each breed's standard. 


  2. Do you have any mini Lionheads, Dwarf Lionheads, etc similar name

    The Lionheads we have are just called Lionheads. We do not mix any other breeds in. As you can see from this picture from the American Rabbit Breeder's Association's website Lionheads are to be no bigger than 3 3/4 pounds. They are a small breed of rabbit. 


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Other

  1. How will the rabbit be with my other rabbit/pets/children/etc?

    Getting a rabbit is similar to getting a puppy or a kitten. The animal is what you make it. If you do not work with it to get it used to things, pets, people then you cannot expect it to be good with them. 

    All rabbits here are handled on a regular basis. When rabbits are very young (such as eight weeks old when they are able to go to their new homes) it is a very good age to work with them to make them how you want them to be - friendly, used to certain things, etc. 

    How the rabbit is with children will depend on how much you work with the rabbit with children as well as how the children are with the animal. Children should be supervised around the animal to ensure that the rabbit is not getting mistreated. Also when ther are children and rabbit(s) sharing a space it is important to make sure that the children's things are all cleaned up to make sure the bunny does not eat something he/she could get caught in his/her digestive tract as it could lead to the rabbit dying. 

    We can not make any guarantees or predictions on how a rabbit will be with another pet whether it be a rabbit or different type of animal. If you do decide to let the rabbit and your other animal(s) together we do suggest that they be supervised at all times for their safety - that way if any sort of aggression or other undesired behavior occur they can be seperated imediately. 

     

     


  2. Can rabbits be litter trained?

    Yes you can train a bunny to use a litter box. 

  3. Can rabbits be trained?

    Yes you can train rabbits to do things such as litter box training, rabbit agility, rabbit hopping. 

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Health Related Questions

  1. At what age can the rabbit be spayed/neutered?

    We reccomend that you choose a vet who experienced with rabbits to spay/neutered the rabbit as well as provide any other care. 

    What age to spay/neuter a rabbit is really a question for you rabbit experienced vet. Some vets have different age or physical requirements for spaying and neutering. 

  2. My rabbit has ______ (symptom) or my rabbit is doing ______ (abnormal behavior), has ______ ( injury), etc

    If you think your rabbit is sick or injured please contact your rabbit experienced veterinarian. I am not a veterinarian I cannot diagnose or treat your rabbit. 

    It is in the best interested of the rabbit for you to consult a rabbit experienced veterinarian. Guessing what is wrong with the rabbit, guessing treatment (possibly giving unnecessary or improper treatment, wrong dosage, etc which could lead to making the rabbit sick or die) or providing no treatment at all to the sick/injured animal and it getting worse is not in the best interest of the rabbit.

  3. Do rabbits require any vaccinations?

    As far as we know there are no required vaccinations for rabbits at this time. 

    You can contact your rabbit experienced vet to be sure. 

  4. How long do rabbits live?

    Unforetunetly the anwser to the question can vary quite a bit. From my research I have read that rabbits can live into their teens.

    We hope that all of our bunnies go to live in their forever homes. Should you decide you no longer want the bunny you got from us or can no longer keep it please return the bunny to us so we can find it a forever home. 

  5. Is the rabbit I am considering purchasing already spayed or neutered?

    No rabbit is spayed or neutered unless specified. To find out for sure please just feel free to contact us to double check.


    The majority of the rabbits sold are eight week old (or slightly older) babies. Many veteriarians will not spay a rabbit that young. We also sell rabbits that will go onto be shown - and the are not able to be shown if spayed/neutered. 

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Lionheads

  1. How big do Lionheads get?

    Lionheads get to be about 3 3/4 pounds when full grown. 

  2. Do Lionheads need a lot of grooming?

    Lionheads have areas of short hair and long hair. The short haired areas do not need much grooming. The long haired areas do need to be groomed to prevent them from getting matted.

    You may be thinking do I need to comb through the hair every day - not necessarily. Lionheads are not like Angoras that need frequentl grooming, but hey do need some.  If you are handling your rabbit on a regular basis your should be able to feel if its' hair is starting to get matted and easily comb it out. If the hair gets too badly matted it will need to be cut out - which is not good because rabbits skin can be cut very easily which will result in a necessarly vet visit. 

    Lionheads like other breeds will need nail trimming. 

    Exactly how often the rabbit will need to be groomed can vary from rabbit to rabbit so it should be done as needed. 

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Holland Lops

  1. How big do Holland Lops get?

    Holland Lops get to be about four pounds when full grown. 

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Velveteen Lops

  1. How big do Velveteen Lops get?

    Velveteen Lops get to be about 5 to 6 1/2 pounds when full grown.

  2. Are Velveteen Lops showable?

    Yes Velveteen Lops are showable.

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Bunny Care

  1. Do rabbits need to be groomed?

    Yes!

    Rabbits nails will grow and need to be trimmed (maybe every month or every other month). The more often you cut the rabbit's nails the shorter the quick will get. We do reccomend getting kwik stop just in case you cut the bunny's nails too short and they start to bleed. 


    Rabbits like other mammals shed. Brushing helps to get out those lose dead hairs. 

     

    For short haired rabbits hair getting matted isn't much of an issue. For longer haired rabbits it is though. It is very important to make sure your rabbit doesn't get matted. If the hair is just starting to get matted it should be easy to come out. If the hair is very matted right up to the bunny's skin that is bad and harder to get out. Hair should be kept brushed/combed out to prevent matting. If hair gets too badly matted the hair may need to be cut/shaved off which is not good because rabbits can get cut VERY easily and need immediate veterinarian care. 


  2. Can rabbits get baths? How often can I wash the rabbit?

    NO! Please do not wash the rabbit. You should be keeping the rabbit's cage/hutch/enclosure and any other area the rabbit is allowed in clean. If the rabbit's home is kept clean there should be no reason for him/her to need a bath. 


    Why shouldn't a rabbit get a bath? Rabbits can get sick as a result of a bath. Rabbits can also get stressed from getting a bath. 

    If for some reason you feel the rabbit needs a bath keeping the washing to the dirty area is better rather than washing the entire rabbit. Make sure the rabbit is completely dry and kept warm. Rabbit's skin is sensitive so be sure not to burn it if blow drying. 



  3. How often do I need to clean the rabbit's cage/hutch?

    The rabbit's cage/hutch should be cleaned as needed. 

    The less the rabbit's cage/hutch are cleaned the smellier it is. 

    If the rabbit is outside it is more likely to have flies and other pests drawn to a dirty hutch. This includes cleaning up the poop that falls onto the ground under the hutch. The cleaner the rabbit, rabbit's hutch, and surround area is the less likely there are to draw flies. 

  4. How often do I need to feed the bunny?

    How often you will need to feed the bunny will depend on how much your bunny eats as well as the size of the food container it eats from, as well as how many bunnies are housed together.

    Some food bowls are small and will hold about a day's worth of food, other food containers such as feeders for example may feed a bunny for multiple days. 

    Sometimes hay if not eaten may end up with the bunny going potty on it if it is placed down on the cage. If the bunny goes potty on the hay it should be removed.

    Fresh fruits and vegetables will go bad if not eaten as well as draw unwanted pests so it is best to remove uneaten produce before that happens. 

  5. Should I limit the bunny's food?

    As far as rabbit feed goes we do not limit feed for our rabbits. 


    If you or your veterinarian feel that your bunny has become over weight then you may want to limit the bunny's food (rabbit feed, treats).

    Through research you will read different opions on how much treats (whether they be store bought, home made, or fruits, veteables, or plants) that the bunny should or should not consume. We advise doing your research and doing what you feel is best for the rabbit. Please note too many treats could lead to an upset stomach and possibly diarrhea which can dehydrate a bunny. We advise giving small amount of treats one at a time when first introduced to see whether or not the bunny likes it and to see whether or not it agrees with the bunny's stomach. Please also check what treats are and are not okay for the bunny to eat as some can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, and or death. Different treats are also high or low in different nutrients, some treats can be high in sugar which could be like candy for the bunny which is not healthy especially in high quantities. 

    Many places you will read that hay should be given all the time and lots of it - this can be true depending on the bunny and the type of hay. We give the bunnies hay and give more after it has been eaten (rather then giving a ton of hay, and hoping they eat it rather than wasting it). Some hay such as Alfalfa can be too fattening or too high in certain nutrients for certain rabbits. Other types of hay like Timothy may be better for the average rabbit. 

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