In my opinion, every Holland Lop breeder has the responsibility of breeding only animals that could improve her herd. Breeding long and narrow rabbits will never help your herd or the breed itself. Even the pet buyers are aware of how a Holland lop rabbit should look like.
If you breed Holland lops, you have the responsibility of breeding only animals that could help you improve your herd.
I know it is hard, I've been in this fight for almost 6 years now and I have had my fair share of disappointments. The first step on the road to improvement is to ask yourself:
Why do I want to breed Holland lop rabbits?
I have met people with all sort of reasons, but if you love the Holland lop breed, it is your responsibility to at least
TRY to develop a better rabbit than the one you started with.
Breeding pet quality animals that are narrow and long do not improve our breed. Selling pet quality animals with pedigrees only encourage irresponsible breeding.
Learn to grow your own. You will never improve if you sell all that you produce.
Watch your rabbits develop, learn from your mistake, improve or quit.
Gio's Holland lops of Utah is a small boutique style Holland Lops Rabbitry. We only keep 20-24 rabbits. We are USDA Licensed, therefore we can LEGALLY Ship our Holland lops sight unseen. We have never kept our Holland lops in wire cages.
All our rabbits receives daily playtime on our custom made playground. We serve our rabbits,Timothy hay based pellets and free choice Timothy hay all year around.
We do NOT mass produce pet rabbits . Our buyers are pre-screened and we discourage impulsive buyers by not having many babies for sale. Our buyers must be prepared and willing to wait for the perfect match for their families.
We plant a fresh garden for our rabbits each year.
Our Holland Lops are not farm animals, they are bred and raised to be a clean indoor pet or show companion.
Dare to compare!
If you are interested in adopting a rabbit as a family pet, you have two options:
1- Contact your local shelters. They might have a perfect match for you.
2-Contact a reputable breeder.
How to recognize a reputable breeder
1- A reputable breeder will focus on producing only the best representation for its breed.
2- Observe the place where the rabbits live. Is it clean and odor free? Does it have good ventilation and light? Are the rabbits provided with high-quality food and vet care?
3- A reputable breeder is knowledgeable about her breed and provides instructions to you. Ask her questions about her reasons to breed. Expect a reputable breeder to ask questions about you as well. A reputable breeder will only sell her rabbits to well-qualified buyers, as she will want her rabbits to have a forever home.
4- Your breeder should arrange your first vet visit free of charge. Ask to see littermates and the parents of the rabbit you are trying to buy.
5-Transition food should be given to you, along with daily care and grooming tips, free of charge.
6- Rabbits should be de-wormed and socialized before being sold. Rabbits that aren't handled daily will often be very skittish as they reach sexual maturity.
7- A reputable breeder will not sell a rabbit before they are at least 8 weeks old.
Keep your babies.
The only way to produce good stock is to keep and grow your babies. Sure you will get pet quality ones that must be sold as pets, but grow the ones that you are not sure. Be patient and bred to Standard.
Rabbits change quickly and you could be surprised of how nice they look at 6 months!
Holland lop breeding is not easy but Here are few things you can do to help yourself.
1-Don't buy stock based on pedigree alone. What you see is what you get! Select the type you want to raise.
2-Grow your own.
3- Quit giving away your bunnies as cheap pets. Rabbits are exotic pets. Vet care is expensive.
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