American Fuzzy Lops are direct descendants of the Holland Lop, getting the traditional lop ears from that breed with the extra fuzzy wool gene coming from English Spots. The combination added a broken pattern which was perfected when the French Angora was added in to enhance the look and feel of the fur. The result is the American Fuzzy Lop, a rabbit like no other.
The American Fuzzy Lop is a big ball of fur. They are small and playful rabbits, who can be quite mischievous at times.
They are cute and active bunnies who like to socialize with their owners. They love to play with toys and are great around children, though smaller children will need some adult supervision.
American Fuzzy Lops have a short and thick body. They have broad chests and shoulders, giving them a stout look. They are the furry little dwarves of the rabbit world (though they are not actually dwarf rabbits, they just look like dwarves from fairytales, albeit, covered in fur. You know what I mean). They have ears which hang down the sides of their faces (being Lops), and the ears are as fuzzy as the body.
The coat of an American Fuzzy Lop is actually wool. You can take that wool and actually spin it and make anything you can make from regular wool (you may need a lot of bunnies for that).
American Fuzzy Lops are as soft and fuzzy as they look. The wool is thick and soft, and they love to be petted. These fuzzy lops come in a variety of colors, most of which are a color combined with white. The Agoutis are any combination of white and another color while the Pointed White Group has a pure white body. You will find that most, if not all, have distinctive markings around the nose, eyes, and at the tips of the ears.
Fuzzy Lops need a little more care and attention due to the thick wool coat.
With most bunnies, you can get away with grooming them once a week, but we would recommend grooming the Fuzzy Lop at least twice a week. When you do, you need to pay special care and attention to the area around the tail which is prone to matting.
You may also find that other parts of the coat get matted and you will need to brush through that. If there is an especially thick piece of matting in the coat, then you may need to trim it before brushing it out. You can also take the time to trim the nails while you are doing the coat.
American Fuzzy Lops are a small breed so you do not need too much cage space, and having lop ears means that the cage does not need to be too tall either. Of course, we always recommend getting as big a cage as you can manage. You will need to add some padding to the bottom of the cage to protect their little feet, and soft bedding is a must.
As the Fuzzy Lop has a wool coat, you should make sure to change the bedding and everything else in the cage more than the standard once a week. You do not want anything to contaminate their coats. You should also be spot-cleaning their cages every day.
Fuzzy Lops are a very active breed, so you need to ensure that you have the space for them.
They do not need an enormous cage but will thrive when they can run and hop to their heart’s content. A large pen will give them a lot of space to run around in, but an entire room (or your entire home) is even better. If you are going to let them run around in a room, then make sure that you bunny-proof it first. Remove anything which you do not want to be chewed or anything which could pose a health risk to your bunny. If there are places that your Fuzzy Lop can hide behind or under, they will love to do that. American Fuzzy Lops are a mischievous breed.
Fuzzy Lops also like the sun. You want to make sure that you are not taking them outside on extremely hot weather, but a little sun will have them basking. If you do take them outside, always be with them. A protected run will ensure that no predators can get to them. If you have a fenced in backyard and are able to be with your furry friend while they frolic in the outdoor sun, then they will love you for it.
When it comes to feeding bunnies, it is generally a case of one-size-fits-all. This is mostly true for an American Fuzzy Lop with one small exception. Fuzzy Lops love papaya, and the fruit treat will help to keep their coats in optimum health. You want to make sure that you are not giving them too much due to the high sugar content, so a piece every couple of days is enough, and is a real treat for them.
Fuzzy Lops love papaya, and the fruit treat will help to keep their coats in optimum health.
Other than the papaya, the diet of a Fuzzy Lop is the same as any other rabbit. They need a diet rich in hay, and 70% of everything which they eat should be hay. If they run out, feel free to top them up as they can never have enough. The same goes for water. Check their water dish to make sure that the water is fresh and clean, and top it up whenever it gets low.
You should aim to feed your Fuzzy Lop a 1/2 cup of pellets for every five pounds in weight. Any more than this and they can begin to gain weight, and that is not good for a rabbit. You also want to supplement their diet with fresh vegetables. A cup of leafy greens will be enough on a daily basis, and you can add in some other vegetables too.
There are no real health risks for a Fuzzy Lop, other than the usual. You should always be monitoring the teeth of your bunny. Bunny teeth continue to grow, but a diet rich in hay will help them to naturally file their teeth down and keep them at the correct length. You should also monitor the ears of your bunny and consult your vet if you notice anything unusual.
Having such a thick and dense wool coat, there is the potential for wool block.
Rabbits groom themselves by licking their coat to keep it clean. Cats do this too, and, while cats can regurgitate this fur (which can be fascinating to watch, and slightly disgusting), rabbits cannot. If they consume too much of their own hair, they can feel full when they are not. This can lead them to not eat enough real food and starve. If you talk to your vet, they can advise on how you can avoid this (mainly with the use of enzyme tablets to break down the furballs).
These little balls of fur love to play. They are energetic and well-suited to someone who can give them the time to let them out of their cages and play with them. If you do have the time, then you will create a real bond with this bunny. Even being in their area (the run or the room) will be enough for these little social creatures.
They need a lot of playtime, socializing, and grooming.
These lops love toys. Anything which can be rolled around or moved will spark their interest. Look for balls or rollers, and pay special attention to toys which can be used to hide treats inside of. They are inquisitive and intelligent bunnies and will love to ‘hunt’ for their food.
Being so small, younger children will tend to try and pick them up. They are not the friendliest bunnies when it comes to being lifted, so may not appreciate that kind of attention. They are better suited to being around older kids but will still entertain younger kids (just make sure that there is some adult supervision).
Fuzzy Lops are great as pets as long as you have the time for them. They need a lot of playtime, socializing, and grooming. Give them all three, and they will love you for it.