Q: Do you recommend Holland Lop for kids? A: Yes. As a Mother and a breeder I highly recommend Holland Lops as family pets. I feel that they can become an essential and therapeutic part a families life. It is essential you address as a family the commitment each family member will have in cleaning, maintaining and entertaining. Not only for the first few weeks or months but for the commitment of the life of the rabbit. Please take into consideration the lifespan of rabbits which are typically 6-10 years. Young children should hold the rabbit while sitting down and not picking them up high off the floor, as they sometimes feel insecure and could jump and hurting themselves and the child. The proper holding and handling of a rabbit needs to be learned and reinforced by not only the children but everyone who holds and interacts with the rabbit.
Q: Who makes better pets, boys or girls?
A: Unlike female dogs, bunnies do not have cycles and they are induced ovulators, which means they do not "GO IN HEAT." However, just like everything in life, studies have show that girls tend to become territorial around 6 months old. Which is a senior/full grown age of a Holland Lop. Boys are known to be less hormonal just like us humans, but in reality is starts with genetics and how much you interact with your bunny. Building your bunnies TRUST is essential.
Q: How much space do they need?
A Holland Lop cage should have no less than 2 sq. ft. of space. 24" x 24" is a good starter size. A cage with a wire floor will keep your rabbit the healthiest and is the easiest to keep clean. Contrary to popular belief, a wire cage alone does NOT cause sore hocks in Hollands. Most Holland Lops have very thick, fluffy foot pads and don't feel the wire. I suggest you also purchase a plastic resting mat that snaps on the wire and still has slots for droppings. I have at least one of these in all my cages. sometimes I have up to three, in my larger cages for the moms and babies. Wire allows droppings and urine to fall through and keeps the rabbit from sitting in its waste. It is also easy to sanitize with wipes and easy to hose down and dry off. Solid-bottomed cages should only be used if your rabbit is trained to use a litter box, or if there is a section of the cage with a wire bottom where the rabbit can eliminate. I highly suggest a cage that has a pull out tray. The dura plastic trays tend to last longer and are easier to clean, rather than the metal. But either one in my opinion is a necessity.
Q: Will potty training stop me from cleaning the Hutch?
A: NO! Cleanliness is the key essential to maintaining a healthy and happy holland lop. Cleanliness is the most important thing you can do to prevent your rabbit from possibles juries and illnesses. Rabbits are naturally clean, neat, and orderly animals. However, if a rabbit is sitting in his own waste (urine or pooh) on a solid surface, his hocks will become dirty and damp, which CAN cause sores. But potty trained or not ,you will still have to clean up after your bunny. By purchasing a bunny that's in training can ease your success of potty training.
Q: How strong of an odor is expected when getting a Holland lop?
A: It all depends on how often you clean the cage and what type of supplies you use. If you use newspaper you will get a much strong odor than if you were to use a Deodorizer such as Sweet PDZ with either wood shavings or pellitized bedding. If you neglect your bunnies hygiene and physical needs it will smell! Keeping their private area trimmed and free of any pooh or saturated urine will minimize the odor and health issues that can occur when neglected.
Q:Are my Holland Lop babies available completely potty trained?
A: No, they are in the process of learning. In the first two weeks of being re-homed to their new responsible owners accidents are likely to occur. Learning to adapt to the new environment and habitat takes time and adds stress. Therefore, when accidents do occur I suggest you take the pooh droppings and place them in the litter box area. If urine occurs outside wipe it up with a paper towel/napkin and place it in the litter box you re using to train your holland lop.
Q: Do rabbits need to see the vet regularly, or get any vaccinations?
A: No, not in the USA. Your rabbit only needs to visit the vet if he is sick.
Q: Do you recommend Spaying and Neutering?
A: YES better safe than sorry. Studies show that is is healthier for both bucks and does. Keep in mind many people feel that experiencing their rabbit have a litter is something they desire as well as they think they might make money at it. It's not that easy unlike other rabbit breeds holland lops are not easy to breed and succeed. But most importantly once you breed your pet it's behavior will change!
Q: How often do you trim their Nails?
A: Every month or as needed, each rabbit haves different needs. Holland lops have 5 front nails and 4 back nails on each foot. The fronts can be naturally filed down from concrete. I highly suggest you follow a grooming routine, I believe by doing so it will not only benefit your rabbits health and safety, but will strengthen and reinforce the bond you will and have created with your rabbit. It can also help catch or prevent any injuries or illnesses before they become serious or life threatening. Q: Other than trimming a rabbits nails do they need to be groomed?
A: Some breeds will need to be brushed - Holland Lops don't have particularly long fur, but should be brushed every once and awhile. They do shed 2-3 times a year, and frequent brushing will help eliminate heavy molting. Never submerge your rabbit in a bath! You can use baby wipes, urine wipes, damp towels, or a waterless shampoo to bath them.
Q: How do I pick up a rabbit?
Handling a rabbit is not that hard! The key is to be gentle, but firm. Rabbits hate feeling like they're dangling in the air, and feel much more comfortable with their feet planted on something firm. To pick up a rabbit, have it facing you. Rabbits like Horses can not see straight in front of them. Place one hand under its rump and the other under its stomach, just behind the front legs in the L shape with your pointer and thumb. Bring the rabbit towards yourself. There are two ways to carry a rabbit once you have picked it up. The first is to hold it upright to your chest, with one hand firmly supporting its rump and the other on its back. The second (and safest) way is similar to the way you would hold a football. With the rabbit's head under your arm, hold it against your body and wrap your hand around to its rump, supporting its feet. Place your other hand on its back.
Q:Do rabbits like Toys?
A: Yes, they live Toys. Pet stores offer a wide variety of toys to choose from, but your rabbit will enjoy playing with homemade toys or household objects just as much. You can take a empty plastic water bottle and add some pellets inside. make sure to close the lid tightly and remove the label, and you instantly have a recycled Eco friendly rabbit toy. Most rabbits enjoy having an item they can toss around. Hard plastic baby keys, hanging links from the top of the cage, and balls with holes or bells in them. A cat ball that has a bell in it makes music to their ears. Non-dyed cardboard is also safe and healthy for rabbits to chew on. You can take a empty toilet paper or paper towel roll and cup them into about 1 inch sections and stuff them with hay. This will act as a healthy essential and toy treat in one! Keep it simple and safe.
Q:When Can I feed Veggies to my Holland lop baby?
A: This is a highly debated topic. I suggest introducing your rabbit to one new veggie or treat at a time. While in the transition of adapting to its new living environment I do not suggest nor recommend introducing them to anything new. I do feed all my bunnies veggies as they start nibbling. They have sensitive intestines and should be given only what I have introduced to them, any sudden changes in their diet can and will be harmful to their digestive system.
Q: What is a good way to feed a Holland Lop?
A: I believe in a high quality feed. I feed my herd KINGS feed. I believe with a superior pellet they can receive the proper nutrients that are needed in their diets. Always having access to wood or hay to chew on is highly suggested. This will help with boredom and keep their teeth from being overgrown. Rabbits teeth never stops growing!
Q: Can a rabbit transmit diseases to my family?
A: All pets are potential disease carriers. We call diseases that are transmissible from humans to animals (and vice versa) a zoonotic disease. There are several noteworthy conditions you should be aware of in rabbits. Allergies (skin and urine), Bordatella, rabbit fever (wild rabbits primarily),Pasteurella, E. cuniculi (in extremely immunocompromised patients), fur mites. Please visit Central Disease and Prevention link below for more information.