Welcome to our website, please feel free to take a look throughout our website. You will see pictures and information on our rabbits, our rabbits that are for sale, information on rabbits in general as well as breed specific information (for breeds we have), care tips, how to be prepared for bringing bunny home, testimonials from our customers, etc. There are also a lot of great resources in other places, if you have any questions just let me know and I may be able to answer them or direct you to some great resources that may help you and your rabbit(s). If you have any questions feel free to contact me
Kim's Hopping Lops is an American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) registered rabbitry located in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. I have Holland Lops and Velveteen Lops.
I am a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) and the National Velveteen Lop Club (NVLC). Over the years I have been a member of multiple rabbit clubs such as the Holland Lop Rabbit Specialty Club (HLRSC), the Velveteen Lop Rabbit Club of American (VLRCA), and the North American Lionhead Rabbit Club (NALRC). Former member and current leader of Berks County 4-H Rabbitry and Cavy Club.
All of our bunnies are handled regularly. They are socialized by both children and adults.
Holland Lops a very popular breed both to have as pets as well as show. Holland Lops make great pets. They are very mellow and they are the smallest breed of lop-eared rabbit. Don't be confused by the name Mini Lops - Mini Lops are actually a larger lop breed than Holland Lops as well as there is more than just size that is different in that breed. Holland Lops don't need a ton of space and they eat less food than bigger rabbits. They were named after Holland and the breed was created in the 1960's. Their ears should hang down an inch below their jawbone and sit next on their cheeks. The head should be high on their shoulders. The ideal weight is 3 pounds, but they should be about 2-4 pounds. The HLRSC also has a great guidebook full of lots of information and pictures (both color and black and white pictures).
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Velveteen Lops are a newer breed. The breed began in 1990 in the United States. For a Velveteen Lop to be shown its ears are to be a minimum of 15 inches long (from the tip of one ear to the tip of the other ear). Ear length should be in proportion to the body. Head should be wedge shaped, and body should be mandolin shaped. To be shown, Velveteen Lops under the age of six months of must weight a minimum of three and a half pounds up to the maximum of five pounds; and a minimum of five to maximum of six and half pounds to be shown in the senior class. Velveteen Lops get to be about five to six and a half pounds. Velveteen Lops look similar to English Lops, but they are smaller, and the have fur like a Rex or Mini Rex. Velveteen Lops come in several different broken and solid colors - Velveteen Lops follow the Lop color guide. For more information please feel free to contact me or check out the VLRCA's website - the VLRCA also sends out a guidebook to its members - that guidebook has tons of great information in it. Unfortunately the Velveteen Lop Rabbit Club of American (VLRCA) dissolved as of 8/15/17 - the website is still up for the time being.
We have both Holland Lops and Velveteen Lops as our own personal pets. We feel that both Holland Lops and Velveteen Lops can make very nice pets for the whole family - children and adults.
Holland Lops are the smallest lop breed. They get to be about four pounds when full grown. They have short hair. With this type of hair you do not have to worry about frequent grooming to prevent matting etc. It is still nice to groom them on a regular basis to help get out lose dead hairs as well as keep them used to being groomed. It is helpful to brush them when they are molting/shedding a lot. Like other breeds the do need their nails trimmed as needed. Holland Lops have shorter ears that should be around their head.
Holland Lops and Velveteen Lops do have a different body structure and overall appearance. The following picture is a posed picture of a Holland Lop from the ARBA's website and VLRCA's picture of a Velveteen Lop posed. By taking a look at the pictures provided here and on our website and Facebook page you will see bunnies that pose naturally or we attempt to pose, as well as the bunnies moving and sitting however they do naturally. By looking through those photos it will help to give you an idea of what these breeds of rabbits look like.
Velveteen Lops are slightly larger than Holland Lops but there is not a huge size difference as you will see in the photo below. An adult Velveteen Lop should be about 6-6 1/2 pounds. The photo below is a picture of a male Velveteen Lop (solid orange) and a full grown adult Holland Lop male (solid blue). Both the Velveteen Lop and Holland Lop are within their weight requirements for their breed. For a Velveteen Lop an ear length shorter than 15 inches (from the tip of one ear to the tip of the other ear) could be disqualified when shown, but no matter the ear length they can still make wonderful pets. The fur on Velveteen Lops is shorter and softer than Holland Lop fur. Velveteen Lop fur is short and soft like the fur of Rex and Mini Rex breed rabbits. Velveteen Lops do not shed like Holland Lops do - there is less hair all over. Like other breeds Velveteen Lops will need their nails trimmed as needed.
We handle all bunnies on a regular basis.
It is important to continue handling your bunny (just like with other pets, kittens and puppies for example) - picking up, holding, petting, grooming, etc etc after you get your bunny and throughout its life. Doing this will help your bunny get used to those things if he/she is not already used to and make it easier for you to do those things when you want or need to.
It is also good to do research about rabbits - rabbits in general, the breed, care, training tips, etc. Education yourself and your family about rabbits, their care, etc can be done anytime. There is a lot of information out there. There are books, magazines, dvds, youtube videos, as well as other free information on the internet.
Bunnies can do well living inside and or outside. If you chose for your bunny to live outside all year long we do recommend doing things to help bunny stay cool in the heat and stay warm in the winter. Make sure you figure out where the bunny is used to living and where you will have the bunny live before you get the bunny settled in. A drastic change in temperature can actually be very harmful to a bunny and cause it to go into shock.
When in comes to letting the bunny out to play in the house make sure that everything is picked up off the floor - children's toys, crumbs from foods bunny should not eat, small pieces, wire/cords are not easily accessible, etc - to make sure it is safe for the bunny.
When it comes to leaving the bunny out outside to play and exercise be careful to first examine the area in which the bunny will be in and potentially eat plants from. You will want to make sure there are not any toxins/poisons such as weed killers. You will want to make sure you can identify the plants growing in that area and whether or not they are okay for the bunny to eat.
A rabbits diet. When you do your research you may find mixed information on what a rabbits diet should be, and or when certain foods should be added to their diet.
Like many other animals bunnies do like treats, but do not forget to check what treats are okay for the bunny to eat before giving them to the bunny. Some treats can cause an upset stomach or lead to death so be careful in choosing the bunny's treats.
Its recommended to wait until the rabbit is 6 months old or older to start adding treats to his/her diet (fruits, vegetables, etc treats).
Not only do our bunnies from time to time go to things like Rabbit club 4-h meetings, rabbit shows, fairs, etc our bunnies have had some pretty neat opportunities different from most bunnies. We have also shared our rabbits and rabbit knowledge at Pet expos and the Lehigh Valley Flower and Garden show.
One of our ruby eyed white Velveteen Lop babies got to go to Eagles Stadium Philadelphia, PA to be part of Men's Journal's photo shoot with Philadelphia Eagles and magician, Jon Dorenbos. The photo with our Velveteen Lop was used in an article about Jon Dorenobos in Men's Journal. The photo was also shown on tv on America's Got Talent show when AGT finialist macigican Jorenbox was on the show.
In 2017, our solid orange male Velveteen Lop baby went to join the Philadelphia Zoo. They named him Wesley. Things have gone so well with Wesley, they decide to add their second Velveteen Lop, which they got from me in 2018.
Also in 2018 the Elmwood Park Zoo decide they would like to get 1-2 Velveteen Lops from me as well. This summer our solid chestnut and solid opal male Velveteen Lop babies (brothers) joined the Elmwood Park Zoo for their educational programs.
These bunnies have gotten great oppurinties. It is great to see the Velveteen Lop breed getting out in the public eye. I hope everyone learns about rabbits, their care, the Velveteen Lop breed, etc.