Lop-eared rabbits are the most popular pet rabbit breeds today. Unlike other rabbits, lop-eared rabbits have ears that hang down, and the body is not very big. Human life is very harmonious, the shortcoming is that the life span is very short, the general life span is 7-8 years.
Lop-eared rabbits were discovered in the 1970s, and they were only recognized as new breeds at the 1980 American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) exhibition. This type of rabbit has ears drooping. From the appearance, it has short hair, medium hair, and long hair. The face shape is also different.
Adult weight is 2.5kg and body length is about 40cm. The individual’s size, coat color, body length, etc. are different from other rabbits.
There are many kinds of lop-eared rabbits in Europe, and “lop-eared rabbits” are their common name.
Scientific Name: Lop-eared rabbit
Nickname: Penny rabbit, small lop-eared rabbit, dwarf lop-eared rabbit
Characteristics: Timid and scared, like quiet, cold-resistant and heat-resistant
Breeding Methods: Viviparous
Price: The price of lop-eared rabbits is not expensive, usually around 150 dollar.
We can often hear two varieties of Dutch lop-eared rabbits and mini lop-eared rabbits, but what is the difference between these two lop-eared rabbits? In fact, the shape of lop ears appears in these two rabbits, the main difference is still in size. The Dutch lop-eared rabbit is said to have been developed by Mr. Adrian De Cock of the Netherlands.
In 1949, he used the offspring of mini rabbits (pygmy rabbits) and British lop-eared rabbits to mate with French lop-eared rabbits, and tried to produce a smaller version of French lop-eared rabbits. Rabbits, English lop-eared rabbits are much later. The Dutch lop-eared rabbit is often confused with the mini-lop-eared rabbit.
In fact, it is smaller than the mini lop-eared rabbit. The Dutch lop-eared rabbit weighs about 2 to 2.5 kg, and the most appropriate weight is about 1.4 kg. The weight of the mini lop-eared rabbit reaches 2.3 to 3 kg. Due to the natural temperament and the cute ultra-small size, the Dutch lop-eared rabbit is a pet suitable for children.
The Dutch lop-eared rabbits have the most abundant colors. Through human continuous cultivation and research, more than a dozen species have been reached, which are beyond the reach of the other four lop-eared rabbits.
Lop-eared rabbits raised at home are generally not ill, but if the feeding conditions are poor or not the environment that the lop-eared rabbits like, it is easy to cause the lop-eared rabbits to die, so the owner is at Usually pay attention to the maintenance methods of lop-eared rabbits.
1. Regarding bathing of lop-eared rabbits, do not bathe young rabbits. Rabbits love to clean. They lick their hair every day. It is not recommended to bathe them. However, if you have to take a bath, choose the weather. When you wash in the sun, you should also avoid water entering its ears. If you don’t pay attention, it will cause otitis media.
2. Combing hair for lop-eared rabbits Most of the lop-eared rabbits are types with a lot of hair, so usually when the season is changed, they must lose more hair than short-haired rabbits. If you can’t comb for them often, It is easy to make the hair coat knotted, and over time, the skin of the rabbit will be red and swollen due to the hair coat problem. Experts generally recommend that lop-eared rabbits should be rearranged in the way of long-haired rabbits.
3. The lop-eared rabbit is afraid of heat. The lop-eared rabbit’s hair is very thick and can resist the severe cold. But it is very afraid of heat, because the sweat glands are not well developed, and the body temperature cannot be regulated in the form of sweating. The suitable temperature for adult rabbits is 15~25℃, and for young rabbits is 30~32℃.
4. Lop-eared rabbits are night owls. Lop-eared rabbits like to rest or sleep in cages during the day, but during the night, they are very active and eat frequently. According to experiments, lop-eared rabbits consume about 75% of the total diet at night, so rabbits must keep feeding night grass.
5. Lop-eared rabbits like dry and clean environment. Lop-eared rabbits are afraid of moisture, like cleaning, and hate dirt. Therefore, in feeding and management, a dry and clean living environment must be created. The rabbit cage must be kept dry frequently, and the rabbit cage should be brushed every week. Feed water, feeding equipment, etc. must be kept clean at all times. Darkness, humidity, and dirty air are the main causes of infection in lop-eared rabbits.
Lop-eared rabbits have a strong adaptability to the environment. Lop-eared rabbits living in cages every day should provide them with a comfortable pad. If they are free-range lop-eared rabbits, they must train themselves. The ability to use the toilet, so as to maintain the sanitation of the environment.
1. The living environment of rabbits should be hygienic, dry and ventilated. If the environment is humid and unhygienic, it is easy to breed bacteria and cause skin diseases in rabbits.
2. If the cage in which young rabbits live is a dog cage, a wooden board should be added to the cage Give it a foot pad. If you don’t pad your feet for a long time, you will get foot dermatitis. It is difficult to cure foot dermatitis.
3. Cage rabbits should maintain more than 1 hour of activity time per day.
4. Its urine and feces must be cleaned every day. If it is not cleaned, it will generate nitrogen gas if accumulated for a long time.
5. Do not bathe the young rabbits. Rabbits love to clean. They lick their hair every day. It is not recommended to bathe them. However, if you have to take a bath, you should choose to wash it when the weather is good and the sun. You should also avoid water entering its ears. If you don’t pay attention, it will get otitis media, and you can’t use it for human use. Shower gel, soap and the like should be dried immediately after taking a shower, otherwise you will catch a cold.
The main food of lop-eared rabbits is hay, which can ensure their health and help them grind their teeth. It is a two-way method. As for vegetables and fruits, they can only be provided as snacks. Rabbits who eat too much vegetables will become smelly.
1. It is recommended that once the young rabbit is bought, don’t rush to give it a name, but feed it with coccidiosis to prevent coccidiosis. Coccidiosis occurs in acute, many young rabbits die from coccidiosis, followed by diarrhea.
2. If the rabbit eats vegetables and causes diarrhea, it should be given 4 pieces of lactase in time. If there is no lactase in the house, you can also feed lactic acid bacteria tablets and probiotics.
3. The teeth of the rabbit are infinitely growing, and you must prepare it for grinding. Great, some rabbits like to bite wires and so on. Be careful.
4. Rabbits have no satiety. Control their food intake so as not to die.
5. Rabbits should not eat too much starch, starch is very bad for rabbits.
6. Do not grab the rabbit’s ears when catching the rabbit. The ear is an important organ of the rabbit. The rabbit does not have sweat glands. It must use the ear to dissipate heat. The rabbit’s ears are not long to be scratched. If scratching the rabbit’s ear causes nerve damage, it will The ears of the rabbit cannot be straightened and cannot be turned.
The correct method of grasping the rabbit should be: drag the back of the rabbit with one hand, and lift the buttocks of the rabbit with the other hand, so that the legs and stomach of the rabbit are both Facing forward.