Dwarf lop eared rabbits (Oryctolagus coniculus) were originally derived from the French lop in Holland during the 1950s. The appearance of the dwarf lop eared rabbit is actually very similar to the closely related mini lop. Both have ears that are long and reach the ground, however the dwarf is slightly larger in size. Coming in a variety of colors and considered very friendly and sociable, the dwarf lop eared rabbit makes a great pet.
Length: 8 to 12 inches
Weight: 2 to 2.5 kg
Average lifespan: up to 5 years
The dwarf lop eared rabbit is compact in size with short fur. Coming in numerous colors such as black, white, sable, and several others, these rabbits may have markings on their shoulders that are darker in color. However, dwarf lop eared rabbits should not have any white markings their sides or back to meet show standard.
Traits and Behavior
Rabbits, including the dwarf lop eared, need to be able to climb, crawl, dig, and chew. These activities give the rabbit an outlet to expend energy and to exercise. From toilet paper tubes to small boxes, regular household items provide a lot of entertainment for rabbits. To help with climbing, ramps can be placed on boxes or equipment from the local pet store can be bought as well. Dwarf lops are more content when able to look out and see what is going on beyond their habitat, these rabbits are fairly easy to keep and care for.
Did You Know?
Rabbits can be trained to learn their name and respond to their owner when called. Also, they are actually more intelligent than guinea pigs and hamsters.
A rabbit can be taught to use the restroom in a specified area. This is very helpful in grooming and care for these animals. It also makes them a great pet for older children and adults.
Although this species is referred to as dwarf, it is actually not the smallest rabbit. Many consider the pygmy rabbit the smallest species of rabbit.
Many owners report lop eared varieties of rabbit to be more docile than their normal eared cousins. Lops are quite often heavier set and of a calmer temperament, this can make them more suitable as pets for younger children as the chance of a painful kick or nip is reduced.
Guinea Pigs and Rabbits have divergent nutritional requirements, never feed a pet rabbit a food mix designed for guinea pigs and similarly guinea pigs should not be fed a food formulated for rabbits.
Source by Jenny Summers