The lop rabbit, a rabbit with big ears and silky hair

 The lop rabbit, a rabbit with big ears and silky hair

The lop rabbit, a rabbit with big ears and silky hair

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Who hasn't already cracked in front of a ram rabbit? This domestic rabbit from the lagomorph family (mammals with 2 pairs of upper incisors), is very cute with its large drooping ears and silky hair. The ram rabbit is an ideal domestic animal: it is intelligent, playful, very sociable and a great seeker of tenderness

Size:                              depending on the species of ram rabbit
Weight:                       from 2 kg to 5 kg
Life expectancy:     8 years
Gestation period:  30 days

Origin and characteristics of the lop rabbit

Originally from Europe and descended from the wild rabbit, the ram rabbit has a massive body and looks like an adorable little ball of fur. His ears are very characteristic of his species because drooping, which gives him a little unhappy but also mischievous air. The ram rabbit is a very intelligent and easy-to-train pet. He loves to play and run. There are several species of lop rabbit:
  • the English lop rabbit with very long ears
  • the French lop rabbit, giant rabbit over 5 kg
  • dwarf lop rabbit
  • the little ram rabbit

How to take care of your ram rabbit?

Despite its massive appearance, the lop rabbit has a fragile frame that must be carefully monitored. The ram rabbit does not like to be alone: ​​he appreciates of course the presence of his masters but also the company of other rabbits, like other animals like a dog or a cat.

The lop rabbit, a rabbit with big ears and silky hair

What habitat for his ram rabbit?

Although they can live outdoors, the best habitat for the lop rabbit in the home is a cage. The latter must be quite spacious because the ram rabbit is very active, in particular thanks to its very powerful hind legs. Above all, his cage must be decorated with floors that the ram rabbit loves to climb and descend and a space where he can hide. His cage should be placed away from sources of noise and drafts. The ideal is a room with a little passage, such as the kitchen, where the ram rabbit can always have an eye on its masters and where it will not feel alone.

What to feed your ram rabbit?

The ram rabbit's digestive system is very sensitive. Fresh foods such as pears, apples, carrots, or celery should not be given to the ram rabbit before the age of 6 months. Hay, his staple food, must be of good quality. Pellets are also very suitable for feeding lop rabbits. They bring him all the vitamins and all the mineral elements he needs. The ram rabbit must always have fresh water available to drink.

The lop rabbit, a rabbit with big ears and silky hair

Lop rabbit health: what you need to know

The ram rabbit must be vaccinated from its 8 weeks to avoid fatal diseases such as myxomatosis, a disease caused by a virus, transmitted by insects such as fleas or mosquitoes. Viral Hemorrhagic Disease (VHD) is a highly contagious fatal disease that can also affect the ram rabbit and cause it to die of internal bleeding.

His ears are to be watched particularly because they are very sensitive to ear mites in particular. The teeth of the ram rabbit also require special attention: they must not grow crooked and must not be malformed. It is important to give enough toys and objects to gnaw with the ram rabbit.

This rabbit does not need to be washed, especially since it is extremely afraid of cold and drafts. It is indeed a very clean pet that grooms itself for a long time and regularly. The lop rabbit is also very sensitive to extreme heat. Above 25 degrees, you should plan to moisten your pet often.

The reproduction of the lop rabbit

The sexual maturation of the lop rabbit occurs approximately at the age of 3 months in the female and 4 months in the male. Mating is possible all year round. In order not to endanger the life of the female, 1 or 2 litter per year are sufficient. A few days before giving birth, the female ram rabbit prepares a nest in her cage, made of hay, straw, and hair. The young (between 2 and 6) are born 30 days after mating.

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