Animal Stories - Holland Lop Rabbits


Animal-World Information about: Holland Lop Rabbits

   The cute Holland Lop is a delightful bunny, with adorable floppy ears!
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mariah - 2011-04-13
How old are babyholland lops when they stop getting bottle fed?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    They usually wean between 6 and 8 weeks. Being bottle fed, given they are on some sort of diet and mash - you could possibly stop then. They need to be eating well on their own before you can stop bottle feeding them.
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mel - 2008-01-01
Hi -

I've had the pleasure of sharing my home with bunnies for the past 20 years and currently have four, one of which is a beautiful light gray, spunky Holland Lop named Samson. Not one bunny has ever once had a hairball (and they certainly shed quite a bit) and they are happy and healthy. The best advice I can offer is to feed these darling creatures an abundance of hay as long as it's Timothy as it's low in protein (Oxbow is the best company out there to order hay from...it's incredibly high quality and smells unbelievably fresh...once you've tried it it's hard to go back to the usual store bought brands). The rabbits appreciate it tremendously and it is now considered very good practice by many rabbit savvy vets and rescuers to give rabbits unlimited hay daily, again as long as it's Timothy. Supplementing alfalfa or other hays in every now and then is fine but Alfalfa is too high in protein. Also check out rabbitcare.org.

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Andrew - 2011-02-24
Our 4 1/2 year old holland lop, Whiskers, had not been eating or drinking very much in the last few days. She was also not as active as normal. We brought her to the vet last night and he said she had a 104 temp and had developed pneumonia. The vet gave her a needle shot of antibiotics and gave us some medicine to give her on the hour. When we got home and tried to give her the first dosage of medicine by syringe, the rabbit took the first one but to complete the total dosage, we had to give her another syringe. My son was holding the rabbit in his chest and I was holding her head still while my wife put the syringe in the rabbit's mouth. The rabbit began to squirl around a lot in my son's arms to the point we could not administer the medicine. We quickly put the rabbit down on the floor and she rolled over rapidly about 3 or 4 times as if having a seizure, then died on the spot. We were all very attached to the rabbit and are very upset. We feel like we killed the rabbit by not giving her the medicine properly. We always kept her cage super clean and fed her mostly pellets. Can you please help us? Did we do something wrong to cause the rabbit to die. Thanks.

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-02-24
    I wouldn't assume that you killed your rabbit. It sounds like your rabbit was quite sick and may not have reacted to the antibiotics the way the vet was hoping. Rabbits can sometimes be quite sensitive to environmental conditions that we are not expecting. I am so sorry for the loss of your rabbit.
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catamount56 - 2008-08-07
I am going to get a holland lop and I'm so excited. This website helped me discover the breed. They are so CUTE.
I don't know what I'm going to name it. Maybe Nelie or Buddy, but I know for sure. I am going to enjoy it. I had a bunny when I was about 4 and my mom sent away to live on a farm (it wasn't a holland lop). Thank you Animal-World.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-17
    We have had a Holland Lop ear for almost 9 yrs., he was 4 when we bought him. So nice and so cute! His name is Mr. Oates, does anyone know how long these rabbits live? I hope for a long, long time..
  • lefty - 2011-02-22
    I love holland lops. I have 4. And two of them are pregnant! They only have up to 4 kids. I think (pretty sure) they are fun and have wonderful personalities!
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briana - 2011-02-15
Cute really but I'm doing a report for a class and I need more colors but good site I like it oh also need more breeds of rabbits.

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bef - 2011-02-01
I have a holland lop and his name is Ollie and wuv him very much!

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Ann - 2011-01-09
I got a holland lop two years ago and her name is Chasta. She is so funny and cute.

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  • Ayline - 2011-01-27
    Can I know where did you guyz get such a cutie holland lop? email me @ roguebishopsg@yahoo.com.sg
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Samantha - 2010-12-18
Just got mine today:) It's the cutest little thing and will let me hold him forever. He doesn't like to be lifted out of the cage but most rabbits don't:)

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-07
    When you lift him, put one hand under his hind quarters right away. That gives him a sense of security.
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Camila Vega - 2011-01-05
I'm researching on Holland Lops, I have been in love with them since my school got one and I am determined to learn all about them before I get myself one. I want to make sure it is the happiest it can be if I do get one. Camii <3

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  • Camila Vega - 2011-01-05
    I've got a some questions, are Holland Lops known to have a good temper, or a bad temper?
    And also how much in quantities should one feed a holland lop? Or how many times daily?
    Camii <33
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Jeany - 2010-06-16
*ANYONE W/ EXPERIENCE ON HANDLING / BREEDING HOLL. LOPS,
YOUR SUGGESTIONS / ADVICE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED*.

I'm looking for ANY help / tips re: 2 questions I have:

I recently brought an 11 week old Holland Lop bunny. Her name is Almond Joy. (Almond- b'cus she's got almond-coloured spots, and Joy- well,..b'cus she is a joy.) ...despite my 2 little problems, of course... =P

1st Q:

I've personally had her for about 3 wks. now, and she's doing great. However, the problem is that she is very skittish and afraid of people. She gets very scared if I or anyone picks her up (it's just me, my boyfriend, & sister) and a lot of the times, she urinates/ defecates when I do so. Please note that when we DO attempt to pick her up, we are very gentle in doing so. She seems very happy when she is playing by herself, but she doesn't like to be petted or played with for longer than a few seconds at a time. Is this a common situation, and if so, will she grow out of it?

(reason I ask, is because I've read several blogs about how they're playful, warm-natured and how they have pretty good temperaments...this breed, particularly). I just feel like my lop is very timid, and likes to isolate herself when I let her out of the cage. you can't pick her up otherwise, she starts kicking her feet all over the place. I'm lucky to even PET her. =(

2nd Q:

She defecates SO FREQUENTLY to the point where I would clean out her cage... and within 2-3 hours, (more or less) her bedding is FILLED with stool again. I have been having MAJOR difficulty litter training her (she goes both in and out of her cage). I have a litter box INSIDE her cage and sure, she does some of her business in there as well,...but not NEARLY as much as she goes inside the cage (on top of the bedding inside the cage) needless to say, the TRAILS she leaves when I let her run -n- play OUT of the cage. I mean it's EVERYWHERE! Every time! When I let her sit on my bed, you can expect her "marking her territory" within the first few minutes she's on it! All an all,...

Is this normal "bathroom" behavior for a baby Lop?
If so, what are the best methods in training?

FYI- When I bought her from her breeder,(3 wks. ago) I was informed she was a healthy 8 wk. old. I was informed that she has a pedigree and is in good health. She told me what her diet should consist of. She is currently eating:
ZuPreem brand "Nature's Promise" pellets made w/ Timothy hay,
and is also eating Timothy hay aside. w/ fresh water daily. and occasional snacks i.e., fresh bananas, apples, and some dried fruits as well.

So if ANYONE has advice or some knowledge in reference to my situation, please share some feedback! It would be appreciated. Thanks a Many Many Much!!

Oh... and Almond-Joy thanks you too!! =D





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  • Devon L. - 2010-07-17
    I have 3 grown holland lops and 4 6 week old holland lops and how I have gotten mine nice is by putting 1 at a time in a room with me and closing the door. Then I lay on the floor with a treat in my hand and ignore the rabbit. Eventually they will get bored and start coming up to you and once they do start to pet him do this every day till he is friendly.
  • tricia - 2010-08-14
    Bunnys usually hate picking up. When I picked my bunny up, he would always scratch me. Neutering or spaying bunnys help with both problems.
  • shane - 2010-08-31
    Rabbits are a prey animal and HATE being picked up. Their only defense is running, and when they are up in the air they panic (it might be a bird of prey). When they struggle they can scratch and twist and cause you to drop them. They can get badly injured this way as their muscles are way stronger than their bones. You have to use both hands, support them from the bottom and get them into a secure football hold right away. They will never "get used to it" to the point where they enjoy it but once on your lap they can sit quietly and like to be petted. Rabbits are just not as cuddly as they look! Gentle is not the key, FIRM is.
  • Sarah - 2010-12-29
    Okay, to question #2, you have to see where she goes to the bathroom. Like if she goes in a corner, put the litter box in THAT corner. Then she'll start going there.
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