The Cashmere Lop rabbit is a domestic breed that is known for its smaller, compact body. These rabbits are very muscular despite their small size. They are some of the sturdiest domestic rabbits available, making them suitable pets for first-time owners.
They have lop ears, as their name suggests, which means their ears hang down. They are adorable, fluffy rabbits, which is one of the reasons they are fairly popular.
Quick Facts About the Cashmere Lop Rabbit
|Species Name:||Cashmere Lop|
|Diet:||Hay, veggies, fruits, and pellets|
|Minimum Cage Size:||12’ x 12|
|Cage Set-Up:||Food bowl, hay rack, water, litter box|
|Compatibility:||Other rabbits, non-predator animals|
Cashmere Lop Rabbit Overview
This domestic bunny is a newer breed that was first developed by Miss Turner in Wales. She discovered this new breed of rabbit in the nest of a Dwarf Lop. The kits had longer, thicker coats than the others. She collected some of these kits in 1980 and began a breeding program, which eventually led to the Cashmere Lop rabbit that we have today.
After six years, the Cashmere Lop rabbit began to gain in popularity. It became part of shows in the mid-1990s and the breed became more standardized. The National Cashmere Lop Club was then founded, which led to further standardization. Ten years later, the Cashmere Miniature was bred and was standardized as well.
How Much Do Cashmere Lop Rabbits Cost?
Like most rabbits, Cashmere Lops are not particularly expensive. Most private breeders will charge around $40. These breeders are often the best source for rabbits, as they provide appropriate health care and monitoring of all the kits. Often, this produces healthier rabbits that make better family pets.
If the breeder breeds show rabbits, they may be more standardized as well, which means they’ll more closely match all the topics we discuss in this article.
Pet stores, county fairs, and 4-H rabbits are often cheaper, averaging at only $20. However, it is difficult to know how much care these rabbits have received, which may mean that they are unhealthy or not used to being handled.
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Typical Behavior & Temperament
These rabbits were bred to be family pets over many years. They have been domesticated for a long time, and are therefore suitable family pets. They get along with adults and older children, though they may be a bit too skittish for small children. It is also not uncommon for smaller children to accidentally injure them, despite the fact that they are pretty hardy rabbits.
Cashmere Lop rabbits are fairly engaging and smart. They are very friendly and enjoy playing and spending time with their people. They are responsive to care and attention, which is why they are often considered one of the better family rabbits. They will recognize people and greet humans.
These rabbits can even learn a few tricks and recognize their own name. It isn’t a matter of whether they’re smart enough to do something in most cases, but whether you can motivate them enough to do it. Unlike dogs, most rabbits aren’t particularly food-motivated, which can make most sorts of training difficult.
Appearance and Varieties
Cashmere Lop rabbits are known for their compact, thick bodies. They are muscular little rabbits. Their chest is broad, and their rump is muscular. Their lop ears are quite furry and thick. They’re stronger and more muscular than you might expect.
Their coat is thick and silky. Their fur can measure up to a couple of inches long, but it is not wooly by any means. They have an undercoat and a topcoat. They do not need much grooming, unlike other breeds that have longer fur. When they reach puberty, some rabbits may begin to develop mats, and will need to be groomed similarly to dogs.
Cashmere Lops do not come in any specific varieties. However, they do come in many different colors. In fact, these bunnies can come in practically any color a rabbit can come in.
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How to Take Care of Cashmere Lop Rabbits
Habitat, Tank Conditions & Setup
Your rabbit will need a secure cage where it can spend most of its time. While these rabbits do love hanging out with their friends and family, they should not be allowed to roam the house without supervision. You can use either an indoor enclosure or an outdoor hutch.
If you opt for an outdoor hutch, you should ensure that it is waterproof and able to withstand the weather. It should be placed in an area that is not in direct sunlight or wind. For indoor hutches, you can train your rabbit to use a litter tray. The hutch should be made of wood, as wire can harm your rabbit’s feet and cause serious infections.
Your rabbit’s hutch should be kept clean and be stocked with fresh water at all times.
Do Cashmere Lop Rabbits Get Along with Other Pets?
As prey animals, these rabbits usually leave everyone else alone. They do perfectly fine with most species. However, it is more of an issue of the rabbit becoming injured by other animals that see them as prey. They shouldn’t be allowed around dogs or anything of that sort.
Furthermore, rabbits can be a bit territorial. This is more of a personality thing. Some rabbits are perfectly fine hanging around other rabbits, while others would prefer not to. Usually, the rabbits that get along the best are those that are kept together from a very young age. Therefore, if you want to keep multiple rabbits, we recommend adopting two kits together.
What to Feed Your Cashmere Lop Rabbit
Cashmere Lops have similar dietary requirements to most other rabbits. They should eat mostly high-quality hay, which should be made available often. Hay helps reduce blockages and hairballs, which can occasionally be deadly. Lucerne hay should not be provided, as it is rich and can cause digestive problems. However, most other types of hay are perfectly suitable.
On top of a regular diet of hay, your rabbit should also eat rabbit-specific pellets. These are full of all the vitamins and nutrients your rabbit needs. It is important to purchase pellets that are made for rabbits specifically, as the seeds, dried fruit, corn, and nuts found in some mixes can be fattening and are absolutely unnecessary. Choose a well-formulated pellet brand instead.
You should also feed your rabbit a variety of healthy veggies and fruits. Many different sorts of vegetables and fruits are suitable for rabbits. Be sure to feed them a large variety so that they eat many different vitamins and minerals. Rabbits have a sweet tooth, but they should be fed berries and similar fruits only occasionally.
Keeping Your Cashmere Lop Rabbit Healthy
Cashmere Lop rabbits are pretty hardy. Like most other breeds, their teeth grow continuously. For this reason, they should be given plenty of hay and fibrous green veggies to help wear their teeth down – just like they would be naturally in the wild. Overgrown teeth can be uncomfortable and will lead to other health problems, some of which can be deadly.
Your rabbit should be kept at a healthy weight. Overweight rabbits can develop all sorts of problems, many of which are deadly. For example, if the rabbit cannot groom themselves appropriately, they can develop infections. Overweight rabbits also put unnecessary pressure on their feet, which can cause joint and feet problems.
Improper feeding can cause digestive problems, like diarrhea. Diarrhea can be very dangerous in rabbits due to the high amount of water loss. In these situations, it is important to ensure that your rabbit is properly rehydrating.
Breeding rabbits is a big responsibility and may take more work than you’d like. Generally speaking, you will need to wait for the rabbits to become mature. Lop rabbits may reach maturity at an early age, but they should not be bred until they are at least 6 months old. Younger rabbits do not make great mothers and may be negatively impacted by giving birth earlier.
However, later is not always better. Rabbits that are not bred by the time they are one-year-old may be at a higher risk for complications. There is a sweet spot in between.
Generally, it is recommended to only breed pedigreed rabbits to decrease the chance of birth defects. These rabbits have a registered ancestry and characteristics, helping ensure that the kits produced are also healthy.
Unlike their reputation, rabbits are not ready to breed all the time. Even with the perfect pair and the perfect age, the doe may simply not be “in the mood” all the time. You should plan on introducing the rabbits to each other multiple times before breeding actually takes place. Proper breeding rarely happens on the first introduction. Rabbits do not have heat cycles. They ovulate after breeding. Therefore, they can technically be bred whenever – but the doe does need to be in the mood.
Figuring out whether or not the doe is pregnant is a matter of waiting – just like with people. You will need to wait for about two weeks, which is around the time babies can be felt through palpitating. This takes a bit of patience and practice, though. Otherwise, you will need to wait until there is weight gain, which is a decent sign that there are babies on the way.
Rabbits are usually pregnant for 28-34 days, though they almost always give birth on the 31st day. A nesting box should be provided around day 26 so that the doe has time to get comfortable. There are many nesting boxes out there, including metal ones and DIY wooden options. You should choose one that is just big enough for the doe to turn around in. It is a cozy den, not a place where the doe should spend much time.
Fill the box with hay and wood shavings. The doe will instinctively pull out some of her fur to keep the babies warm. This doesn’t hurt, as her hormones make the fur very loose. The area around the rabbit’s hutch should be quiet and calm.
Are Cashmere Lop Rabbits Suitable for You?
These rabbits are all-around great family pets. They are affectionate and easy to handle. Their sturdiness also makes them generally easier to take care of than other breeds. Plus, their ears are adorable.
They do best in homes with older children that do not have any predatory pets, like cats or dogs. They can be easily startled or hurt by young children.
Before adopting, be aware that rabbits aren’t particularly easier than dogs or cats. They are not a pet you can simply forget about for most of the day. They require attention, regular grooming, and a time-consuming diet.
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