Any show quality rabbit can be pets, but a pet cannot be shown. Maybe I should say: "should not be shown."
As time goes by and I get to see some of the babies I've sold in the past, I come to realize how many mistakes I've made thru my short years of breeding Holland lops. A breeder just must decide to either sell pets or breed to show.
Let me explain to you what I mean by that. Of course many people claim to sell show babies, and they normally get their babies sold by 4 weeks because they still look ok in their eyes. However you just cannot tell what a rabbit will look like for sure until it matures. At 8 weeks old if you have been breeding the same line for a while you kind of know what that rabbit will most likely look like at later stages, but if you really want to know for sure you should grow them, not sell them. I have seen ugly babies turnout really nice and babies that I expected to be good, turnout forever ugly. Now, I'm referring to quality here, not if a bunny is cute or not. I personally hate long legs, skinny bones in rabbit, specially Holland lops, they are known for its massive look and you just cannot achieve that quality with long legs and skinny bones.
So if you are starting to breed rabbit you should decide why, before your first breed. Do you want to show at a National level and succeed in shows? Then you cannot sell your babies at early age, you have to have space to grow them and see what they look like until your bloodline is developed and you have the understanding of the breed.
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