Animal Stories - Mini Lop Rabbits


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   The Mini Lop Rabbit has adorable droopy ears, making it look sweet and even a bit comical!
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Jane Van Valzah - 2012-08-26
I have a Holland Lop Mini Bunny. He has be shedding gobs of fur. I can pull handfulls of fur off of him. Is this normal? He is eating and drinking and does not have diarrhea. What is causing this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-26
    Yes, it is normal.  They have a very heavy furry soft coat and the fur will just sorta pull out as you say.   It would be much better for you to brush him 2 - 3 times a week.  I like a regular wire womans hair brush with the tips coated.  He could get hair balls as he will wash himself and without brushing he could be ingesting a lot of fur.  That is dangerous for your little guy.  So brush him - OK?
  • Jane Van Valzah - 2012-08-27
    Thank you so much for your reply. I have been trying to brush him and just pull the hair out by hand. It is so much! I've had rabbits all my life but have never had one like this. I was scared that he might be dying. I'm so relieved that this is normal. Thanks again!
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Danielle - 2010-09-04
I'm thinking about getting a holland lop bunny. Any suggestions? On gender and such. I've never had a bunny before but have always wanted one, and now that I live with in my own house I really want one.

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  • Sarah - 2011-10-05
    My mom had a rabbit when she was young make sure that the rabbit you want will be part of the family
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-05
    The lops are just about as great and gentle a pet as you can have. If it is going to be a pet, please spay or neutered as that way the male won't spray and the female won't be territorial. Just better pets.
  • hannah - 2012-06-18
    Omg same with me! I just don't live on my own. I need to find one in IL
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Patricia Buchanan - 2011-11-07
I have a minilop and she is probably 4/5 years old. She was a rescue and I have a question about her..... she snores all day long when she sleeps and I wonder if this is common with minilops due to the shape of their face and nose? Any answers???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-08
    I don't know about snoring and a mini lop but I had a persian and she snored. I had Shar Peis and they all snored big time. I think possibly the pushed in nose and the position causing the snoring. Persians and sharpeis have similar noses/and scrunched look.
  • MiniLopGuy - 2012-01-26
    I know mine snores and I just figured out what the sound was the other day. At first I thought he was having some sort of breathing trouble but after monitoring him while sleeping for a few minutes he didn't look to be in any distress. As for the actual noise they make, sometimes they might snore a traditional snore (what you would think of as a snore) or they might sound like they are 'wheezing' when in fact it is because they are snoring.
  • Tricia - 2012-05-26
    Does your mini lop sleep all day? Was it Christmas by that time? Do you live in places that can snow? If it is, your bunny must be in hibernation because of the cold in your place... do not force your bunny to wake up or else it will stop on getting used to its instincts...
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Erica - 2012-02-01
I have a mini lop that is about 2 months old. I've had him for about a month now and love him to death! I carry him with me everywhere and give him lots of affection. He's so loving and so far doesn't mind being held. Here in the past week or two he's started this thing where he will nibble on the carpet and other things around the house. I live in a apartment so he really doesn't go outside much. Because of this I let him run around a lot for exercise. I've tried buying him a few toys but he doesn't seem interested in them. Anyone have some ideas? I want to keep letting him run around but I can't do that if he's chewing on the furniture etc.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-02
    I don't believe you can stop a bunny from chewing - they need a safe area for when you can't supervise.
  • Erin - 2012-02-12
    Our bunnies like toilet paper tubes and boxes. We have one that loves cereal boxes. I have heard of people making a whole play area for them out of things that are ok for them to chew on and are sturdy enough to play on. Their teeth are always growing and need to be able to keep them worn down. Timothy hay is also good. They love to chew on it and it keeps their teeth down. It also provides many benefits to their diet and digestion.
  • Kristin Peterson - 2012-04-27
    A woodblock is a great thing to have for them to chew on! I give my rabbits special toys that are made for rabbits that are big balls with bells in them.
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Jayna - 2012-03-09
I saw a mini lop at the pet store and just fell in love with it. The thing is I have two cats one of them could hurt it and a I'm not sure about it living outside with other wild animals and it gets cold in the winter any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-09
    don't have any idea if your cats are 'hunters' but most cats get along fine with domestic rabbits. You have a hutch for your rabbit and you wanth the cats with the rabbit too make sure all get along but no reason cats and domestic rabit shouldn't get along. Just introduce on neutral territory and set up hutch and litt3er for rabbit separate from the kittens. If your cats are 'hunters and will catch birds or bunnies or mice than no - I wouldn't try a rabbit.
  • Sharon - 2012-04-26
    Do not leave the bunny alone with the cat- my girlfriends cat ate my bunny. My girlfriend forgot to put my bunny in its cage-it was so so sad.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-26
    Bunnies get cold living outside - too cold for them in the winter. However, many cats/bunnies get along quite well. If you know your kittens are hunters - this just won't work. But if you cats are indoor cats and not after birds etc - then introduce the bunny to the cats and watch them. Watch them. To be on the safe side, always put your bunny in his safe house when you can't watch them.
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Jessica L Murray - 2011-07-12
Hello everyone. Me and my boyfriends little sister just rescued a mini lop. I've had him for about 2 months and my groomer says he is 7 months old. He looks like the spoted black one on the page but recently he started bitting me. I take my hand out of his cage and he bites me me. I'll pet him on the outside of the cage an he bites. How come???? I asked a vet and they say its normaly for a male bunny to be a butt but I've own bunnys for a long time and never had any of them bite me. And he is very pushy with my other male bunnie. He likes to hump him an this is a dutch and he 6months old. I bought him at tractor supply when he was just 5weeks old.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-12
    He is in puberty and having hormonal issues. Youmight want to get him neutered. If you don't want to breed him, defintely get him neutered. He will start spraying to mark his territory. He will also get more agressive with the other male. Is the other male neutered?
  • MiniLopGuy - 2012-01-26
    I would definitely separate the two males from each other. Like the other poster said, he is more than likely going through puberty. As for the biting, sometimes mini-lops (or almost any rabbit) will use their mouth to 'feel' things. Also sometimes they might do it out of play (I know my mini-lop does). However if he is biting hard enough to break the skin it would seem he's starting to have temperament issues. Those should clear up shortly after he's fixed.
  • Erin - 2012-02-12
    I agree with the other two posters. He is in puberty. You may however need to make sure he is not bored. Make sure he has toys and things to chew on. But you do need to seperate him from the others and get him fixed if you are not breeding him. He may also be doing it because you have a female in heat and he wants to breed.
  • Kelsey M. - 2012-03-01
    Getting him neutered should definately fix his agression problem.
  • Amber - 2012-03-01
    He's probably being aggressive over his cage.We just recently had the same problem with our female lop and just showed her that we weren't trying take over her cage that all we wanted was her. So I would just start reaching in and didn't hesitate. I just did it, 3-5 times a day, then pet her on her head and body inside the cage,now there are NO prob. A younger male, are you sure it's a male? I'm asking because rabbits do change sex up till the age of 6mo....you might want to check.

















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debashis barick - 2011-10-21
how to detect gender of a rabbit ???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-21
    It is very difficult to detect a male vs a female until they reach puberty. When the male reaches puberty, his testicles will drop and then you will know. That's about 6 months.
  • lisa - 2011-10-31
    Press down on the rabbits genital area and blow if they are a male they will have a long and pointy tip if they are a female it will be rounded.
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Sam - 2011-03-16
I really can recommend lop rabbits as pets! We have had Kosmo for about 3 months now and he really is a part of the family, when he isn't inside now we always feel like something is missing!

Go and get yourself a lop!

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  • Ben - 2011-08-04
    My sister and I just got 2 mini lop rabbits. Mine is ok but my sisters won't stop shaking does anyone know what to do??
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Kas - 2011-07-05
My nephew has a mini lop and decided to stick a plastic toy in his eye...the pupil is still dialating but it is bleeding...what do i do to help it out.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-05
    You need to take the bunny to the vet. I don't know if his eye will be OK or not but you are running the risk of the bunny getting a serious eye infection if not treated. The bunny could lose his sght out of the eye but right now I would be more concerned about a major infection.
  • Kas - 2011-07-05
    The eye is still in place not bleeding that bad and he can still see out of it...will he die or be ok..
  • Alicia - 2011-07-11
    Are you serious? TAKE IT TO A VET.

    And supervise the kid. Who was watching him when this happened? *shakes head*
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lucy - 2011-01-16
How do you pick up rabbit I am going to get a rabbit tomorrow? And what can't rabbits eat?

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  • MRA - 2011-01-17
    You pick up a rabbit by one hand under its chest, and the other supporting/cradling its bottom. To begin with best its facing away from you. So its legs have nothing to push against. If its facing you, its legs will push against your chest and it will jump off, hurting itself as it lands.
    You need to buy a good book about rabbits as they are more difficult to look after than cats. There are a lot of things that poison a rabbit. Do not feed lettuce, but a dark green cabbage is ok.
  • Courtney - 2011-03-04
    Regarding the answer above:I have had my rabbit nearly 3 years and have fed him lettuce everyday. I also feed him carrots, broccoli, cabbage, apples, rabbit pellets and other veggies.
  • deme marical - 2011-05-12
    No. You never pick it up that way. You have to grab it by the scruff which is behind the ears and it helps to have it face you. Hold its bottom to support it (they can break their back very easily). They can't eat any thing with seed like: cantolope tomatoes ect. Trust me I have been in 4h for 7 years.
  • steffi - 2011-06-27
    Actually you can in fact pick them up like that. I even read it on this rabbit website. Whenever I try picking mine up with my hands under her belly, she squirms. Whenever I scoop her up and have my hand on her bottom, she's a lot calmer
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