Kim's Hopping Lops

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Bunnies for the whole family and information on the bunnies and more

Pictured above is a child with a blue eyed white Holland Lop baby.  


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. 



Bunnies can be great companions for the whole family. Of course when it comes to children and animals there is educating and supervising that should be done. It is important to watch children around bunnies to make sure that they are not doing anything to negatively effect them. For the best interest of the bunny we do recommend that everyone be educated on the bunny and how he/she should be cared for as well as things that should not be done.  We do recommend that the educating be done prior to committing to the bunny and getting the bunny that way you are prepared for the bunny when it comes home. We want our bunnies all to go to good homes and be well cared for so f you have any questions whether it is regarding a specific rabbit, the rabbit's breed in general, or rabbits in general just feel free to ask us.

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).  



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