A: Holland Lops make very good pets. They are sweet, gentle and small. They are not for everyone, as most do have very high amounts of energy. They prefer to be on the ground and not carried, but if they are trained from birth they can easily adapt to being held. Before buying a Holland Lop, make sure you have time in your day to play and be with them, every day. Holland Lops love the company of people. If you don't have much time to spend with them, consider buying another rabbit to keep each other company.
Q: WHICH MAKES A BETTER PET, BOYS (BUCKS) OR GIRLS (DOES)?
A: Bucks are generally very sweet and loving. Bucks can spray pee when they go through sexual maturity to mark their territory. Does can become very hormonal and angry when they reach 6 months old. Does can also be very sweet and gentle.
At Holly's Hollands Rabbitry, our rabbits (especially the babies) are all very sweet, loving and affectionate. It all depends on your personal preference, as well as what you care to go through when they reach sexual maturity at 6 mos before they get spayed/neutered.
Q: DO RABBITS NEED VACCINATIONS OR IMMUNIZATIONS?
A: In the US currently, there are no recommended immunizations for rabbits.
Q: HOW MUCH SPACE DO HOLLAND LOPS NEED?
A: Being a small rabbit breed (not over 4lbs generally) they don't require very much space. For an outdoor rabbit, the hutch should be at least (for a single rabbit only) 18" by 18", but 24" by 24" is better if you cannot provide playtime outside the hutch weekly. Indoor rabbits can either run around the whole house after they have been properly potty-trained, or they can be confined to one or two rooms, ect.
Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN UP AFTER MY RABBIT?
A: For a single rabbit indoors, the litter pan should be rinsed out monthly. The litter should be changed as often as necessary, usually once a week or so. For a single outdoors rabbit, their poop pan should be dumped anywhere from daily to weekly.
Q: CAN RABBITS BE EASILY LITTER TRAINED?
A: Rabbits litter train very easily. Some say they are tidier than cats.
Q: DO RABBITS MAKE GOOD HOUSE PETS?
A: Holland Lops make especially good house pets because of their high amounts of energy and playfulness. They will never stop making you smile with their funny antics.
Q: SHOULD MY RABBIT BE SPAYED OR NEUTERED?
A: Yes. Spaying or neutering a pet rabbit prolongs their lifespan, promotes better behavior and gives them a happier life.
Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TRIM MY RABBIT'S NAILS?
A: About once a month or as often as needed.
Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GROOM MY RABBIT?
A: Holland Lops do not need to be brushed often. When they are not shedding, just lightly dampening your hands with water and petting your rabbit about weekly should be sufficient. For shedding, or molting, rabbits, they should be brushed a few times a week.
Q: DO HOLLAND LOPS MAKE GOOD PETS FOR KIDS?
A: No rabbit should be just a children's pet. All rabbits should be shared with the family. A young child can help take care of the rabbit, but a child under 10 years old (there are exceptions) should never be the primary caregiver of the rabbit. Rabbits do nip and scratch when they feel insecure. Rabbits do not like to be held all the time and should be treated with respect and gentleness. Rabbits in general are fragile and sensitive to noise and sudden movements, so they don't make very good pets for very young children.
Q: HOW LONG IS A HOLLAND LOP RABBIT'S PREGNANCY?
A: 30 - 31 days, on average.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I FEED MY BABY HOLLAND LOP?
A: Baby rabbits should only eat pellets, hay and a tablespoon of oats on their food once a week.
Q: WHEN CAN MY HOLLAND LOP BABY HAVE FRUITS AND VEGGIES?
A: Once the rabbit is full grown (6 months old), the rabbit can be slowly introduced to fruits and vegetables.
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