Does any of this sound familiar?
I have two main goals here at the rabbitry…
Pretty colors are, well… pretty. But that doesn’t cut it on the show table. Making sure my animals are as good as they can possibly be comes before anything else.
#2 Good Temperament
French lops are a massive and strong breed. The occasional “leave me alone” bad day is ok but a consistent bad temperament is not cool and won’t stay long.
Pretty colors are great but that doesn’t cut it on the show table. Yes, my French Lops will make great pets but my goal is to never lose sight of making the breed better.
New To French Lops?
The breed is very laid back and always ready for head rubs. They are the Saint Bernard of the rabbit world. A gentle giant but sometimes opinionated.
The French Lop needs a strong confidant handler who is unafraid to make rules clear and won’t put up with shenanigans. You give in once and you will have behavior issues.
They are a very lazy breed once they mature and that is about 12 – 14 months depending on the lines they come from. They are VERY laid back and because of the size not much scares them so they rarely get stressed out.
Common misconceptions about rabbits.
You don’t have to keep your rabbit indoors – Gasp! Put a muzzle on me and call me a rabbit hater. Rabbits are most sensitive to the heat (especially french lops) not the cold. If you have a shaded area you can out your hutch under they will be completely fine.
This breed has extremely thick fur and aren’t how shall we say…. slender. If they are lying stretched out then you know they are fine and are not quite to the point of needing help to stay warm.
Heat is more harmful to them then cold. Read this post to learn more about keeping them cool outdoors.
Rabbits don’t need a buddy. – I can not tell you how many times I have seen in Facebook groups people on the verge of a breakdown that their “sweet little bunnies” are fighting. Think of it this way rabbits don’t come together in the wild except to mate.
Rabbits are not the same as dogs. They don’t live in packs in the wild so we can’t expect them to here either.
While yes it is true that there are some rabbits who have bonded. Who do you want your rabbit to bond with? You or another rabbit? When you give them a reason to withdraw from you they are going to do it.
Hey I’m Leah
Your rabbit raiser and herd mom. I’ve had a few different breeds over my 18 years as a rabbit raiser but once I found the french lop. Well, I was hooked. French lops are the only rabbit breed I raise here on our micro-farm because I am a firm believer in doing everything with intention.