Cashmere Lop Rabbit
Medium sized, long haired rabbit, developed in Wales from the Dwarf Lop
Size and weight of the Cashmere Lop rabbit
Medium sized 1.8 -2.3 kgs.
Colour varieties of the Cashmere Lop rabbit
The breed comes in a variety of colours. To understand more about rabbit colours and other terminology, please see our article. These colours include:
- seal point
Country of origin
Time of original development
The 1980s and recognised as a breed during that decade.
Cashmere Lop rabbit breed introduction and overview
Developed after a nest of Dwarf Lop kits were discovered to have a longer, richer and more luxurious coat than normal. The coat is around 5 cms in length. The rabbit has a compact powerful body with ears that flop down the sides of its head.
Habitat and feeding requirements of the Cashmere Lop rabbit
This medium sized rabbit needs plenty of space to move around and exercise and a hutch that is large enough for it to stretch to its full height and length in all directions. Even a house Cashmere Lop should have time to have a good run and explore in a safe place outside.
Feed a standard rabbit diet to ensure good digestion, avoid obesity and give proper wear on the rabbit’s continually growing teeth, (see our article on feeding your rabbit). Additionally, given that this is a long haired variety a high fibre diet is particularly necessary to avoid the digestive track going into statis with wool block. Plenty of water is needed too for the same reason. Exercise will also help to keep the digestive tract moving. (Click here to see our article about wool block).
Does the Cashmere Lop rabbit make a good pet for smaller children?
Despite their ‘cute’ appearance rabbits are not ideal for very small children to handle unless they are closely supervised together. Rabbits should be socialised young to human company and young people should be told how to hold a rabbit properly, so that it feels secure. If any rabbit becomes frightened, the rabbit’s desire to escape means that its powerful back legs can injure the human handler and can cause the rabbit to be dropped and injure itself.
Not recommended for children under 10 and an adult should take responsiblity for the proper and frequent grooming is a must for this rabbit. You need to be certain that someone in the household will do it. If socialised with people early this is generally a good natured rabbit that can be trained to use a litter tray so makes a good house rabbit.
Always keep your rabbits safe from dogs and cats who may harm them. Even where pets ‘get on’, they should be supervised when together and you must ensure that your rabbit is not stressed by being exposed to other animals or people.
Grooming requirements of the Cashmere Lop rabbit
The long coat double coat needs regular grooming (at least twice a week). There is a thick top coat over a lighter, shorter under-coat. Try not to let the coat matt as tangles are very hard to remove once they have developed.
Additionally, as rabbits’ teeth keep growing throughout their lives, eating the right food will help to keep the teeth properly ground down, but you do need to check, on a frequent basis, that this is happening properly, or your pet may need to have its teeth ground down by the vet.
Health issues in the Cashmere Lop rabbit
This long haired rabbit is prone to wool block (Click here to see our article about wool block) where fur can get impacted in the digestive system. Your rabbit will need a high fibre diet and plenty to drink. Your rabbit is unable to vomit, so everything travels through its digestive system and this is why wool block is such a concern. As with all rabbits, and particularly those with very long fur, check that its bottom is clean of any debris and is kept dry to avoid the danger of flystrike. Please see our article on flystrike. Keep the rabbit at the correct weight so that it can move easily to groom itself.
Teeth and also toe nails should be checked frequently to ensure they are not growing too long.
Female rabbits should be neutered if you do not intend to breed from them to avoid cancers in later life. Males will become less aggressive if neutered too. See our article on Neutering Your Rabbit.
As with all pedigree pets, it is very important to obtain a young rabbit or rabbit kit from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding any inherent problems found in the breed.
Average lifespan of the Cashmere Lop rabbit
5 years and sometimes more.
Insuring a Cashmere Lop rabbit
You can insure your pet rabbits with most standard pet insurances. Depending on the policy you buy, insurance will cover you to different levels for such things as:
- death of a rabbit
- loss of a rabbit (including money towards advertising)
- vet fees including dental treatment.
Estimating how much it will cost to keep your Cashmere Lop rabbit
A pedigree Cashmere rabbit will cost around £50.
While the initial cost of a pedigree rabbit may seem very low compared to pure bred dogs or even cats, the costs of the following items and procedures make the cost of owning a rabbit mount up:
- buying a sufficiently large hutch and run
- specialised feeding and bedding
- annual inoculations
- on-going dental care
Rabbits should also be kept in pairs. It is estimated that two rabbits together could cost around £1800 a year throughout their lives (including the initial outlay). See our article on working out the cost of keeping a pet rabbit.
Article by: The Pet Owners Association
Photo courtesy of Fur & Feather magazine
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