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The cute Holland Lop is a delightful bunny, with adorable floppy ears!
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*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
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. =(
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. -
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.
Bunnys usually hate picking up. When I picked my bunny up, he would always scratch me. Neutering or spaying bunnys help with both problems.
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.
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.
My Holland is 1 yr. and a Tortie Boy...the most lovable little boy ever!!
I'm getting one tomorrow and I ca'nt wait, they're so cute and they look and seem really sweet.
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I have one now and he's soo cute and the sweetest thing ever!
I have a broken smoke pearl holland lop, he's the sweetest little guy. He's only bitten once and that's because someone pulled on his ears. He's a year old and I just love him. If you're thinking about getting a rabbit I suggest a holland lop.
I have a Blue holland lop! xD
I can't stop thinking about this weekend I'm getting a Holland lop I already have a betta goldfish and hamster.
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I am so excited my cousin has a holland lop bunny and so I am gathering information for her for a school project.
Our family bought two beautiful Mini Holland Lops. The two were female litter mates and actually kissed us on the way home the day we bought them. We have a large aviary in our backyard as well as a hutch (that we never put them in) and a pen inside. We brought them in every night and during the hottest times of the day. We built them a pink three story condo that we kept in the aviary with a pvc tube that they loved to play in. Two weeks ago, we let the bunnies stay outside because it was cool weather and they loved it so much. We awakened to a half eaten bunny (Olivia) and another that was in shock. They apparently dug under the aviary during the night and a wild animal must have gotten Olivia. Aussie has survived but ended up having her eye removed. We watched her grieve and now she is doing well. I don't know the words to express how much I love Aussie and miss Olivia, only this forum would understand.
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Oh, linda. . . . I am so sorry to hear about your sweet olivia! How horrible! I have a holland lop we have had for 2 1/2 years. We love her dearly but she sheds a lot all the time! Do you know why and have you heard of this? Any help would be great. Also, if there is anyone who is interested in her who could offer her a really really good home we would consider it. She is a beautiful sable point and has been neutered. It's awful to lose an animal linda and you are in my thoughts and prayers!
We had the most amazing bunny, we loved him so much. He was a beautiful white Holland Lop and his name was Butterscotch because he had butterscotch colored spots. Unfortunately he died last Friday and we are heart broke. I am trying to decide if I want to open my heart again for another one at some point in the future. But he was the best and sweetest stress reliever I ever had, so trusting, warm and loving. They make wonderful pets, hope you all enjoy yours as much as we did.
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Alicia Moncur -
I too lost my lop just last Saturday. She was only one and it was completely unexpected. I am devastated as well. At first I insisted that I would not get another rabbit. I now know for certain that I will open my home to another bunny. We can provide a good home for another rabbit, and the bunny can fill our hearts!…
Aww I'm so sorry I just got a mini holland lop because we found four baby wild rabbits the mother left them. We waited to see if she ever came back and she didn't so I caught two of them they were so sweet but my dog got a hold of them and killed them I was so sad and then a day later I caught the third one I promised I would protect it from the dog I named it thumper I had him for two days and in the middle of the night it escaped from his cage and the dog killed him. I got too close to him I cried and cried but its not the dogs fault its his instinct but I'm still mad him but I love on him play feed and water and I just gave him a bath and my new rabbits name is honey he is a holland lop he is a caramel and white rabbit but nobody could replace thumper even if he was wild but he was not scared of me I feed him milk played with him and he never tried to run away I miss him a lot.
I am sorry for your loss. I too had a Holland Lop, his name of Moochie. He died a little over two years ago and to this moment I miss him so much. He was so sweet and lovable. I haven't gotten another one yet but will some day. I think you should get another one as somewhere there is another sweet bunny sitting in a cage waiting to give someone love.
I feel for you. I just lost my mini rex 7-17-10. Had him for 9 years. He was adorable and I miss him terribly. Also am thinking of getting another one. They sure do make wonderful pets, don't they? I hope you do get another one. I've had rabbits for 21 years and it just doesn't seem right to not always have one. Good luck to you. Les
Amy West -
I have a Holland lop female and I am in a spot. We went back to the pet store a few days ago and my mom saw where Honey came from (or lop) and we were told she was male but it turned out she is female there was all males in that cage and she was female and was in for a week is she pregnant?
I had an adorable brown lop, her name was Dizzy. She was always special to us because she was our baby. She passed away a few months ago and we were both devastated. But my husband's aunt is a breeder and knew what we had gone through. Her and my husband surprised me with a new baby lop a few days after our loss. She was just too cute to not love, and though she isn't our Dizzy, she is named Hope and she is helping fill the hole in our hearts!
How old was the bunny when he or she died? l am sorry for your loss. My bunny was half rex and half dwarf she died yesterday at the age 2 years and 10 months how long do holland lops live for? Thanks.
I have a holland lop named coco, she was named after coco shinel. She is a broken black doe who is probably a month or 2 months old now. The holland lops are very social and easy-to-love rabbits ^^ most will allow you to handle them but you'll need to handle them when they are young and continually hold them in order for them to be great handling rabbits. They are fuzzy, cute, and good tempered rabbits. But they may need brushing every 2-3weeks, or the fur will knot or clump with dirt.Due to the fuzzy fur, they may not due well in the summer, but winter they can handle with the right conditions. They can be outdoor rabbits and indoor, easy to litter box train but sometimes leave "cocopuffs" around the box or house, but they are just marking territory as I've red. All together holland lops are a great childs rabbit and come in many colors and patterns :)
I had the most wonderful and cutest holland lop named jeremiah. He had a white tummy and black everywhere else except a black vest, half of one ear was gone, and the other ear had barely any hair because his mom chewed off his ear when he was a baby. He died on sunday, and I still can't get over it.
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I am absolutely so sorry, people don't understand how much of an attachment you can make to an animal. If you don't mind me asking, why did his mother do that?
You are so nice to keep him. Most people would be horrified. It's so sad he died.