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Kathy - 2012-05-03
I'm getting a little 6 week old blue holland dwarf lop tomorrow. How to get a heads up on the litter training. I hope to train him to be a service bunny. Any helpful suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Wish me luck.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-04
    I believe the easest way to litter train a bunny is to place the bunny in a small room (ie laundry room)where you will most likely set up the litter. Spread papers around and when he goes take the paper and crinkle it up and put the litter where the bunny just went with the crinkled up paper inside thelitter (along with the litter). You can then gradually move the litter to where you want it - but just like 6 inches at a time.
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hannah - 2012-06-18
Any holland lop breeders in chicago or the south suburbs? They are just the apple of my eye!:)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    Easiest way to look is to go to Bing.com or Google.com and enter Holland Lop Breeders + Chicago.  You can also try Holland Lop Breeders Society and they usually have a list of breeders.
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Bethany - 2004-04-10
I have a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit for about a week now and I think that they are better a better pet then a dog! They are so lovable and cute! They will just sit in your lap and go to sleep! I love my Netherland Rabbit!

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Abby - 2012-08-23
I just bought a rabbit yesterday (my first one, I'm loving it) her name is Lilly and she is a sweetheart. I was told she was a new Zealand, but she is the color of a wild rabbit, like a cottontail rabbit. Any thoughts on that?

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  • kenny - 2012-08-28
    I like have this New Zealand
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-24
    New Zealands come in just about every color that there is.  Here are some photos of New Zealand Rabbits where you can see many of their colors.
  • Erin - 2012-09-24
    I am not familiar with New Zealand's but if you talk to a breeder or do an internet search on the colors of New Zealand rabbits you will get more information. Sorry, I'm not more helpful!
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Stacy - 2008-08-30
I was wondering how someone would be able to buy a Creme D'Argent. They ae a lovley breed and I live in a small mountain area in AZ and they have nothing like that here. Ty for any info. sgtmouse4875@yahoo.com

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Erin - 2004-02-18
When your bunny has gotten "frisky" and rough with you it is probably because s/he has not been spayed/neutered.

Unless you plan to breed your bunny, have it fixed and you will most likely see these behaviors disappear... Your sweet, mild-mannered bunny will return!

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Elisa - 2009-05-09
I have a white Britannia and his name is Dido. He is my first bunny and at the beginning he was shy and hated being handled (he still hates being picked anyway). When I bought him I thought I made a mistake as he used to be very agressive when I tried to pick him up, and as it is my first bunny I was hoping to have those cute ones that you can handle and pet for hours.
However, 3 months have passed and I regret my thoughts as I am the happiest bunny owner in the world. Dido is such a character, he loves to do his "marathons" around the house running like crazy and jumping to the sofa, then carry on running and ending on my bed! He also loves to sleep and relax on my bed or under the table, jump in the air and plays with me a lot! He learned so easily the things that he is not allowed to chew and is very well litter trained!
I would like to recommend this breed to those who want to have lots of fun! The best breed! Now I think that a breed which is very tame may be a bit boring for me compared to my funny Dido.

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Susan - 2011-08-21
Got a question, got a baby lop-eared yesterday, want to litterbox train him. Put a small blanket in also. Well he's pooping on the blanket so we took it out and SLEEPING and pooping in the litterbox.. We praise him for pooping but take him off the litterbox when he goes to sleep and he goes right back. HELP? What do we do to train him so that we can take him out to run around and play?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-22
    They do this for awhile - the litter box is their hidey hole also. If you have ever brought a kitten home or moved your cat, they hide under the bed, in the closet wherever they can hide for over a week at times. They gradually venture out - maybe a foot then two feet and then finally cover a room - returning to the litter box to sleep by it or in a bunnies case to sleep in it. Slowly but surely your bunny will learn the home and the ins and outs and will not just stay in the box. Don't move the box (as this is where he is going which is 1000% of the battle and training) and if you pick him up and play with him - then return him sitting beside the box or at least in the same room. Gradually add some times and his food and water - close to the box and you should be going great. Bunny needs to find his own way around and the ins and outs of the home.
  • Susan - 2011-08-22
    First of all, thank you for your reply. Few more questions if you don't mind. We have a 6 year old boy bunny in a cage outside. He was very very small when my husband got him and he had to bottle feed etc.. now he( thumper) is great outside. Plays in the yard with other animals- is awesome) But this new baby(Charlie) may likely be a dwarf and need to stay in. Soo, the thing is, he's in a large cage inside, lots of room- small litter box on one side, food and water opposite side- Do we need to only put food in ever so often or leave it in,? and as i said, he poops everywhere- food bowl, litter box, all over- Will he instinctively eventually go on his own to the litter box or do we have to do specific things for him to learn??? And the books say they tend to use the bathroom in one area of their cage, he doesn't.. Sorry for all the questions, we are just at a loss on what is best for him and we want to train him so that he can spend most of his time indoors.. Thank you again..
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-22
    Couple things. Little bunnies are like little kids - by the time they realize they have to go - sometimes they already did it. They will learn better control. Second, the cage might be too small to house all this and the bunny thinks the whole cage is the litter. If the bunny is in the laundry room or pen - relatively safe place - you can put newspapers down under the litterbox. Food water several feet seaparate from box. Bunny goes on paper and just rip paper up and place in litter. That way the bunny isn't going everywhere and learns to go in litter box - just for the one purpose. If in a small hutch - they don't really learn - the small hutch is a safe place to go. His sleepy hidey place with blanket away from the litter. Cut out card board box is fine with his blanket but away from litter. Close enough that it takes a few hops but not so close as to confuse the bunny. Second anything that the bunny has gone potty on is a safe litter spot. Remove the scent - vinegar is good for this. Next - I had 7 muntjack deer and all used a litter box - 1000% accurate all the time - little different but similar. My daughter had 6 then 8 then 11 bunnies - they mutiplied and they all use the litter box. Most are indorr around the house bunnies also. She has them (except for 1) all indoor/outdoor. She put bunch of hutches, tubes, houses and dog houses etc together and enclosed all with fence. Looks like a kids puzzle box - but the bunnies seem to know it. They play around in about 1/2 acre/ plenty of warm places for winter and hutch with open door leading into doggy door onto the porch. Litter on the enclosed porch. Several freely roam the home and use the litter and when they feel like it go outside. She also has 13 birds, 2 dogs, 2 cats +++++ Home is spotless so it must work. With the deer, I had initially just litter in the laundry room and they slept for some reason in the master closet - all of them. I thought they should run around more so built a doggy door in laundry room and taught them to go in and out - yes I did go out the doogy door. They would initially all run in to use the litter.
    Food - hays / grasses should be avaiable at all times. Vegetables - they pretty much eat right away but those should be removed after a few hours as bacteria sets in. So food (grasses and hays and water should be avaiaible at all times). I think setting up a separate sleepy safe place for bunny will help, also. Cardboard box cut down - it doesn't have to be fancy. Small hutch with wire bottom - that is difficult to work with cuz scent is all over and only sleepy place is the litter.
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emily - 2011-06-20
I noticed something new that my dwarf bunny does, and I have to say it worries me. My bunny was sitting in its cage and started vibrating/shaking and then fell over on its side in a laying down position. I want to know why my bunny started vibrating/shaking like that. Is my bunny sick or is that a way for it to cool itself if to hot? Please help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-06-20
    Does he get back up and act normally afterwards, or does he stay down? Sometimes rabbits will shake to help cool themselves off - so definitely make sure he is not in an area that has extreme temperatures during any part of the day (either too hot or too cold). If he doesn't get back, there's a possibility it is more than just the temperature and he may be sick. I would take him to the vet if this continues to happen and other signs show up - such as him not eating, etc.
  • emily - 2011-06-20
    Yes, he did get back up afterwards, he laid there for a few seconds and his nose was still twitching so tha'ts how I knew he was okay. Could it be a seziure? I don't want to wake up one day and find my rabbit dead:( I tried looking it up on the web but nothing seemed to give me an answer. It just seemed like he was violently shaking...I dont know how else to explain it. He has already done this twice now.
  • Ron W - 2011-07-01
    We had a Dutch that would occasionally have what appeared to be seizures, but generally when we had a Christmas tree in the house. He would go into some sort of a trance and roll over on his side or back. Whenever I saw this happening I would right him, and after a short time he seemed to be normal again. This happened when he was younger and not when he got older. We lost him around 10 years, after he developed bone cancer around 9 and 1/2. Never had this issue with our ND, who we had for 15 years after the Dutch.
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carla - 2011-09-28
Hi, me and my Daughter have just got a mini lop, my she is very lively!! bless her.. We are trying to find a name for her. any ideas welcome :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-28
    Try a whole bunch of names Timmy, Floppy, Sadie, Alex etc etc and see the one your furry floppy likes. They have a way of liking certain sounds - so just rattle off a bunch of names and pick the one your little one perks up the ears to or looks at you for. Then give her that name. Just an idea as worked for me.
  • Diana - 2011-10-09
    I just got one as well...I named mine I-Hop....

    Some other names thought of were... spaz for spastic or taz for tazmanian devil

    Enjoy the new bunny...I know I am!
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