So you’re thinking about getting a bunny? Great! They make wonderful pets. But which breed do you choose? There are many different kinds of rabbits, from the small Netherland dwarf to the larger Flemish giant. One popular choice for a first-time bunny owner is the American fuzzy lop vs the holland lop. They’re both shorthaired breeds, and they both have cute floppy ears, but that’s where the similarities end! Before you bring your new friend home, it is important to do some research.

The American fuzzy lop (AFL) has a compact body with short velvety fur on its head, neck, and chest. The rest of its coat is long and can be a variety of colors including black, blue, chocolate, lilac, or red. AFLs weigh an average of 4-5 pounds.

The Holland lop (HL) is also a compact breed, but its fur is much longer and silkier. The head, neck, and chest are covered with a soft coat that is about 1/8 inch long. The rest of the body’s fur is shorter, usually around 3/8-1/2 inches long. If your bunny doesn’t have longer fur on the ears and face it should not be called a holland lop. HLs weigh an average of 3-4 pounds.

Both breeds are born with straight ears, but the longer hair around their heads can cause their ears to flop over as they get older. This is not a serious concern and usually does not require treatment unless it bothers them or becomes ingrown hairs.

What’s the best way to help your bunny live a long happy life?

Make sure that you take them to the vet for regular checkups.

A healthy, well-nourished rabbit is likely to live between 8-12 years. The average age of death for rabbits in shelters is between 1-3 years old, so choosing a breed that will have longevity can help your pet live longer.

One way to know that your rabbit is healthy is by inspecting its appetite. Their droppings should be firm, but not hard or dry. They should also be well-formed pellets. Make sure they are eating properly and try feeding them the same brand of hay and food so that their diet is consistent.

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