Raising, breeding, showing, teaching people about the care and handling of English Lop rabbits. This is my goal. I find these creatures fascinating and the people they attract wonderful. English Lops are appropriately named the
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King of the Fancy. If you have never heard this phrase, let me explain. The English Lop is the oldest breed of rabbit known to man. Heiroglyphics in tombs dating as far back as the time of Cleopatra have been discovered with animals that look amazingly like English Lops. They are called English Lops because the English are credited for developing the breed as it is known today.
Most breeds of rabbits make excellent pets. Most are curious and forgiving, affectionate and sweet. English Lops carry these traits just a little further, in my opinion. It has been said of English Lops that God took all the leftover parts of all the other breeds of rabbits and put them together, then called them English Lops. It has the curved spine of the Flemish Giant, and everything else on the breed seems to be long. It's shoulders are long compared to many other breeds, it's head is long, even it's tail is long. But the most obvious endearing characteristic of this wonderful creature has to be it's ears. The ears make our breed unique. A good English Lop is not just long though. He has to have the proper width to balance the length with all the other features. If you are interested in seeing how the perfect English Lop is put together, please check the Standard of Perfection published by the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association). I may interject at this point that I am a member of the ARBA and the Lop Rabbit Club of America, (LRCA) which not only has as members, English Lop breeders, but also has French Lop breeders. I know little of English Lops in Great Britain although I am very willing to learn. I suspect EL's in Great Britain and the U. S. and Canada strive for very similiar goals. But I digress. I have long suspected that English Lops have a sense of humor. They have to. They look silly and do silly things. How can any being with it's ears dragging on the ground be taken totally seriously? This characteristic is what attracted me to the breed many years ago. I have been in love with them since.
If you have never owned a rabbit as a pet, please understand that rabbits are a high stress animal. Some bear the stress better than others, and others become ill and/ or scare very easily. Precautions have to be taken to keep them healthy and happy, but once you understand how rabbits think, they are absolutely charming to live with and each one has it's own personality, likes and dislikes just as each person, dog and cat has.
Most animals get along together as long as they know what is expected of them. Cats with strong hunting drives may be tempted to test their skills on small lops, but most will be able to fend off attacks especially if the cat is fed and not hunting out of necessity. Dogs bred for strong hunting instincts may be another story. I have had German Shepherds since before I have had rabbits, and I have never had any problems. I have also had an American Eskimo, an English Pointer, and currantly have a Bichon Friese. None of these have caused problems with the rabbits. Neighborhood dogs who don't realize that rabbits are pets are a greater cause for alarm or dogs that have become wild and look for easy prey may be more of a problem.
This page was last updated on: January 26, 2012
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