In the past few years, more and more people have decided to welcome domestic rabbits into their homes. This is likely because of their increasingly trending adorable features, but the trend might also be influenced by the widespread misconception about rabbits being relatively easy pets to take care of. Of course, their needs are different if we compare them to cats and dogs, and they can remain rather small throughout their life, but they do require great care, time, and consistency. As we will see, it is not just about taking the time to feed them or clean the cage: they require daily stimulation and playtime. All of which is definitely worth it, as they can be affectionate pets, providing great companionship and bring much love and joy to their owner.
Mini lops or holland lops?
Among people’s favorites, we find Lops, with their typical long, fluffy, adorable droopy ears. The mini lop and the holland lop are two of the most popular ones. Children love them, thanks to their cute appearance that makes them look like real-life stuffed animal bunnies. If you see them for the first time, it might be hard to tell them apart right away, which leaves us wondering about which one would be a better fit for our family. Are there any relevant differences between the two of them?
The short answer is: not really. None of them is better than the other, generally speaking. However, the most notable difference between the two is the size, with holland lops being smaller than mini lops, and we can identify some other differences concerning their personalities, with mini lops being a little more relaxed and easy-going and often preferred because of their playful and mellow personality. Each of them has its pros and cons that can guide our choice to make sure it matches our expectations. What are they? Let’s find out!
Mini lops main characteristics
As mentioned above, don’t let the name confuse you: mini lops are bigger than holland lops. In fact, they can be twice the size! Male mini lops have a weight range that goes from 4.5 to 6.5 pounds, while females go from 3 to 6 pounds. Rabbit pellets are normally good for their diet, together with fruit and vegetables, and they can eat grass too as long as it’s fresh and not treated with chemicals. A handful of hay a day is also important for their digestive system. Make sure they have access to wood or chew toys to help maintain healthy teeth growth.
Mini lops have a lifespan of 7 to 14 years. They are naturally clean animals, much like cats, but they need great care and attention. Their urine has a strong odor and their cage should be clean every day, but their litter training is a relatively fast process that should not take more than two weeks. They have a friendly and inquisitive personality, and they can be trained rather easily as they are very intelligent pets! They are also very loving animals that usually enjoy pets and cuddles.
Their price can be anywhere between 30 and 100 USD, but remember that the price raises significantly when talking about show-quality bunnies: a good pedigree can cost up to 500 dollars.
Holland lops main characteristics
Because of their smaller size, Holland Lops have to be handled with particular care. They are relatively lighter, with an average of 2 to 4 pounds each. Their diet, however, is not different from the mini lops’ one, and they have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years.
They are very active and require daily physical stimulation. They cannot simply be let in the cage by themselves 24/7. They also need to be brushed at least once a week to avoid fur ingestion, as it can cause intestinal blockages. It is better to use a soft-bristled brush to avoid being too harsh.
They are very dynamic and active pets that get excited easily, to the point that they can be quite fidgety and nervous, and they could need further reassurance. This is why it could take a longer time for them to warm up with a new owner. In this case, it is better to avoid sudden movements with your hands when approaching them, as they could get scared very easily. Most of the time, however, they are rather friendly and loyal members of the family. Their health and happiness are strongly connected to the amount of attention and playtime they get, so they should get plenty!
The average price for a holland lop is 40 USD, with significant variations depending on factors like pedigree or age.
So… which one should you get?
Mini lops might be more laid back compared to the holland lops, who tend to be a little more energetic and can sometimes get aggressive if they are uncomfortable. You should get a mini lop if you prefer a calmer, sweet companion in the house. However, mini lops might not be the best ones to have around smaller children, as they prefer quieter environments. At the same time, they are pretty adaptable, and if you have other pets they are likely to get along with them. They too require regular out-of-cage playtime, but they are more independent than holland lops.
Their fur is very similar, soft and thick, and they both have a pretty big color range. More often than not, they will actually have a combination of colors.
Holland lops are extremely social and shouldn’t be left alone for long. They need time outside of the cage and lots of attention and bonding with their owners. They are the best choice if you enjoy a zestful temperament, and if you have plenty of time to spend with them and are willing to make sure they exercise and receive extra attention on a daily basis.
They both are a good fit for families with kids, especially older children, as long as the latter is properly taught to be considerate around them.
Remember that bunnies don’t always get along with each other, so think carefully before taking the risk to add a second one to the family!
Both of them require plenty of room to exercise, so you should definitely keep this in mind if your house is too small to provide it. They can be let outside and will enjoy running around the yard, as long as it is a safely enclosed area and you pay extra attention to their needs, such as shade and enough water on hot summer days.
Last but not least, their price range – as we have seen – is pretty much the same, with a slightly higher range for mini lops due to their popularity and high demands. Remember that the prices change based on a number of factors. Newborns tend to be slightly more expensive compared to adult rabbits, and pet stores usually charge more compared to rescue and private breeders, unless we talk about rabbits with pedigrees that qualify them for rabbits shows.
At the end of the day, they are both very friendly and they share a very curious personality, and their differences in temperament might depend on the single bunny rather than their breed. A mini lop is overall a better option for quieter environments, while it is not recommended to get a holland lop without being ready to match its bubbly personality. Finally, the lifespan might be a relevant factor to consider: as we have seen, mini lops can – on average – live a few years longer.
The factors that affect price range differences apply to mini lops and holland lops alike with no drastic differences, so when choosing between the two you can focus on your preferences and personal needs rather than their price.