I thought it was necessary to introduce myself, my Rabbitry, and explain how baby bunnies are raised here at Whisper Lops Rabbitry!
I'm Zoe, and me and my mom own and operate Whisper Lops Rabbitry. Although I'm most likely the person your talking to when contacting me, the one who manages all social media/postings, arranges sales, the one who has made the website, and the one who does all of the bunny care, my mom supervises me and drives me places (thanks, mom)!
Now to how our bunnies are raised- each bunny is born indoors in our "Bunny Room." Each baby is handled from birth, every single day. I don't just mean picking them up to check on them and then putting them back. I mean holding them, snuggling them, etc for hours each day at just days old. There is a common myth about rabbits eating their newborn babies when people touch them. Although that commonly happens in the wild, all of our does are very tamed pets and trust us completely. I would never put a baby at risk! And this age, newborn, is a very crucial age to handle and snuggle babies, to maker them perfect pets! They will learn and know human touch and trust and remember you when their eyes are open and their fur is in!
At a week old, the babies fur is coming in, but their eyes aren't yet opened. We just do the same thing- hold, snuggle, etc.
At two weeks, their fur is really coming in, and sometimes their eyes are open. The babies may be venturing out of the box at this age. Same thing, hold and snuggle.
Three weeks is when the babies really start being responsive to their responses, and sometimes their ears have lopped at this age, which is the cutest thing on planet earth. Anyways, this is when we start to noise desensitize with yelling, vacuums, etc. We start to introduce them to dogs and let them hop around the "Bunny Room." Because we have already handled them from birth, babies at this age will come running to your hand and rarely even squirm when held (correctly held, of course).
Four weeks-eight weeks is when the babies are just super sweet. They have been introduced to a litter box at four-five weeks and are learning potty training! We have a great success rate of babies being fully litter trained in their new homes! Babies get to go home at 8 weeks, and you will be confident with your new very well socialized, loving, pet/companion. We also offer lifetime support to any new owners, so never hesitate to contact us! We offer affordable, indoor boarding for your bunnies as well, so don't worry about vacations! We are open 365 days a year, unless I am away which I will note. I am rarely away, however.
And that's how our bunnies are raised! Our adults also are housed in solid floor, spacious cages, fed an organic diet (Modesto Millings corn-soy free pellets, local fresh hay) and are let out to have free roam of their "Bunny Room," daily. I let bunnies on the couch with me all the time for late night cuddles!
People say I should charge less for my babies, but I think its worth it for what you are getting out of a new pet, unlike a cheap one who was raised outdoors in a wire hutch and rarely handled, not litter trained, etc.
Today I am here to talk about pet Holland Lops as Christmas presents.
Christmas is an exciting time of year, with family, good food, and most importantly, PRESENTS! Just kidding. Presents make any child giddy. I mean, who doesn't want a good gift?
Some people think that animals make good gifts, and they aren't necessarily wrong. However, animals are a BIG commitment, and they take a lot of work, time, and effort. Rabbits in particular aren't the most difficult to take care of, but they MOST CERTAINLY are not a "walk in the park." Here is what every rabbit needs daily, and you can look at it and decide if you are ready and committed to another animal.
-1/4 cup high quality pellets (for a 2.5-4 lb Lop)
-A pile of Timothy, Meadow, or Orchard grass hay about the size of your bunny
-A cup of fresh veggies (go to our "Rabbit Care" page to learn about safe/unsafe veggies)!
-1/2 hour PLUS of outdoor/free roam time (in a playpen is also OK).
-Love and attention!
-Unlimited fresh water
If you were able to read the following list and say, "Yeah, I can do all of that every day!," then you are ready for a pet Lop rabbit! Check out our "Adoptable Bunnies" page to see our Christmas litter! (Or just click the button below)!
Holland Lops come in many different colors. The ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) decides which colors are and are not showable in ARBA shows. Some colors/markings are NOT recognized as a breed color by the ARBA. For example, Harlequin is not a recognized color by the ARBA in Holland Lops, but, Sable Point is. One thing a lot of people breed for is the rare (and beautiful) Vienna gene. The Vienna gene can either be carried (in which the rabbit carries the gene, but the Vienna is not visible on them, like a mark). OR rabbits can be affected by the Vienna gene, in which they will have a white mark(s) on their face, body, legs, feet, and even a collar around their neck that can span down their stomach and back. Most of the time, when a rabbit has a Vienna mark, they will have either blue or marbled blue/brown eyes. BUT, when there is a very small Vienna mark on the rabbit, they may not have blue eyes. Heavily Vienna marked rabbits have blue eyes 99% of the time. If there are separate white patches on the back then that is called BROKEN. BROKEN and Vienna are not to be confused. Below are a picture of a Vienna marked rabbit, a heavy Vienna marked rabbit, and a broken and Vienna Marked rabbit. There is also just a picture of a normal, showable ARBA color. A rabbit can be broken and Vienna marked.
Vienna marked rabbits came from BEW (blue eyed white) rabbits. When people were breeding for BEW, they suddenly noticed these white marks appearing on their bred rabbits. They often culled these rabbits or sold them for pets, because they were unshowable, and, according to the ARBA, "undesirable." Now they make great pets or breeding rabbits for designer blue-eyed and Vienna marked rabbits. The Vienna gene is neither dominant or recessive, making it tricky to breed BEWs (which ARE showable/recognized by ARBA) without Vienna popping up. Vienna is NOT showable or recognized by the ARBA.
List of recognized Holland Lop colors (courtesy of the ARBA)
Chestnut Agouti, Chocolate Agouti, Chinchilla, Chocolate Chinchilla, Lynx, Opal, Squirrel, Black/Orange Tri-color, Blue/Fawn Tri-color, Chocolate/Orange Tri-color, Lilac/Fawn Tri-color, Black Pointed White, Blue Pointed White, Chocolate Pointed White, Lilac Pointed White, Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Blue Eyed White, Ruby Eyed White, Sable Point, Siamese Sable, Seal, Smoke Pearl, Black Tortoise, Blue Tortoise, Chocolate Tortoise, Lilac Tortoise, Black Otter, Blue Otter, Chocolate Otter, Lilac Otter, Gold Tipped Black Steel,
Gold Tipped Blue Steel, Gold Tipped Chocolate Steel,
Gold Tipped Lilac Steel, Silver Tipped Black Steel, Sil-
ver Tipped Blue Steel, Silver Tipped Chocolate Steel,
Silver Tipped Lilac Steel, Cream, Fawn, Frosty, Orange, Red, Non Tri-colored brokens are to be listed as "Broken" followed by the color comprising the broken
(i.e. Broken Black, Broken Chestnut Agouti, etc.)
Whisper Lops Rabbitry Bunny Blog
Welcome to our bunny blog! Here you can find posts about behavior, care, health, colors, genetics, breeding, and more! We add new blog posts every month or two.