Rabbits are a very successful animal that lives in various locations across the planet. It is thought that they first became domesticated during the Middle Ages where they were farmed for their meat and fur. With selective breeding, new breeds began to be introduced around the 16th century which produced more meat for food. In the 19th century, there was an increase in the keeping of animals and with this the keeping of rabbits as pets also became popular. While they are now still often bred for commercial purposes and for scientific experiments, rabbits are also the third most popular pet around the world.
Rabbits tend to be cute and fluffy animals which makes them appealing to children and adults. They are fairly easy to care for, usually requiring little more than fresh food, water and a clean cage or hutch. They are social animals and do require some attention. Rabbits can be quite playful and it is best to let them out to run around when possible, allowing them to exercise and investigate their surroundings.
With rabbits as popular as they are, it is no wonder that numerous different breeds have arisen to meet various demands. Here’s a look at some of the most popular breeds of rabbit that exist today.
Rabbit Breed #10: Holland Lop
The Holland Lop, which is also known as the dwarf lop, was first bred around 1950 and is perhaps one of the cutest rabbit breeds around. They remain small, generally getting no larger the 4lbs, and they keep their characteristic lop ears throughout their adult lives. Their cute appearance makes them a popular choice for pets and are also common entrants in pet shows. They come in a variety of shades and patterns and because breeding them can be tricky, they tend to be among the more expensive rabbit breeds to purchase.
In addition to their cute looks, they are also known for their personalities. Holland Lops are outgoing, lively rabbits with a friendliness towards people but the females can sometimes become protective. If you do wish to buy a pedigree Holland Lop, you should make sure that you are purchasing from a reputable dealer.