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Weight: 5 - 6 1/2 pounds.

Life Span: 7-10 years.

Temperament
Mini Lops are very friendly and intelligent rabbits. They make for wonderful pets and are a popular choice as a first time rabbit. Some may be really hyper and spastic while others may prefer to lounge on the couch with you for head rubs. Each rabbit has his/her own personality.

Housing
Due to the Mini Lops' size, they should have a minimum of 24" x 24" cage. There are all kinds of shapes, sizes and styles of cages out there. There really isn't any right or wrong style. I personally prefer having my rabbits on wire, specifically designed for rabbits, so that they do not sit in their filth. This helps prevent spread of disease and keeps them clean. Mini Lops are not prone to sore hocks but if you want to provide a wire bottom you can place in a piece of wood they can lay on.

It is important to know that any rabbit purchased from Painted Bunnies is used to controlled temperatures. I do not recommend that my rabbits be kept outdoors - Especially in Vermont as our winters are very harsh. Rabbits in general will not do well in 80 degrees or above. They are prone to heat strokes.

Diet
All rabbits LOVE to snack on all kinds of foods so you may have a strong impulse to provide a pelleted food with dried vegetables, cereals and seeds. This is not an ideal diet as most rabbits will start picking out the tasty bits and leaving the pellets. That type of diet may also pack on extra pounds on your rabbit which isn't healthy. You should consider using a strict pellet only diet for your rabbit with at least 16% protein. I feed my adult rabbits 1/2 a cup daily of Manna Pro; premium rabbit food. Rabbits under 4 months of age can get unlimited pellets.

It is also extremely important that you provide daily hay to your rabbit. Rabbits clean themselves by licking their coat and that fur will stick to their intestines. Hay not only helps with their teeth but it will keep their intestines cleaned and healthy.

Vegetables should be used more as a treat and not a main ingredient to their diet. Too many vegetables may cause diarrhea which can be very dangerous to a rabbit - Please slowly introduce vegetables into your rabbit's diet to allow transition. It is absolutely important that you do NOT provide vegetables to younger rabbits (Under 4 months old). They need time to mature and vegetables will most likely bring on diarrhea.

Spay and Neutering
Spaying and Neutering is something that you should put a lot of thought into. Rabbits are very delicate animals and surgery can be very stressful to them and their bodies. Make sure you find a good and experienced vet that knows RABBITS. Discuss the pros and cons to "fixing" your rabbit.

Some unneutered bucks may spray their cage and unspayed does may get grumpy or territorial. This is not to say it isn't possible to have a friendly unspayed/unneutered rabbit. Not all rabbits experience drastic changes when they sexually mature.

More Than One Bunny
Contrary to popular belief among rabbit pet enthusiasts, rabbits do NOT require the companionship of another rabbit. With proper introduction and housing it is possible to successfully bond them so that they become best friends but this must be done with great understanding of rabbit behavior. Rabbits typically do not like other rabbits in their space which is why it is so important that no matter how many rabbits you have they should have their own cage. Rabbits do bond nicely to their human family and will be just as happy and content being your only bunny. Having more than one bunny is not for everyone.

Litterbox Training/Bunny Proofing
Like cats, rabbits can be trained to use a litterbox. Rabbits are very clean animals and will typically go to the bathroom in one corner of their cage. You would place the litterbox over this corner and place a few pieces of their poop into the box. The rabbit should notice that and continue to use the box. It may take a few days for them to take to the box and probably a little while to perfect it. So when you let them loose into your home, do it slowly so they can become used to returning to their cage to go to the bathroom. Even after being litterbox trained, a rabbit may still drop poop here and there.

It should also be noted that rabbits LOVE to chew on anything. So before letting your bunny lose in your home you need to bunny proof. This means picking up anything you dont want to get chewed on; clothes, wires, shoes, etc. Rabbits also enjoy digging so dont be surprised if you find your rabbit digging into the carpet. You can pick up, or make, some bunny toys to hopefully distract your bunny from becoming destructive. When you're not able to keep an eye on your bunny you should place him/her back into their cage. This isnt just to protect your home but also your bunny. Especially if there are other dangers in the house like larger animals.