American Fuzzy Lops are direct descendants of the Holland Lop, getting the traditional lop ears from that breed with the extra fuzzy wool gene coming from English Spots.
The combination added a broken pattern which was perfected when the French Angora was added in to enhance the look and feel of the fur. The result is the American Fuzzy Lop, a rabbit-like no other.
The American Fuzzy Lop is a big ball of fur. They are small and playful rabbits, who can be quite mischievous at times.
They are cute and active bunnies who like to socialize with their owners. They love to play with toys and are great around children, though smaller children will need adult supervision.
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American Fuzzy Lop & Looks
American Fuzzy Lops have a short and thick body.
They have broad chests and shoulders, giving them a stout look.
They are the furry little dwarves of the rabbit world (though they are not dwarf rabbits, they look like dwarves from fairytales, albeit covered in fur. You know what I mean).
They have ears that hang down the sides of their faces (being Lops), and the ears are as fuzzy as the body.
The coat of an American Fuzzy Lop is wool. You can take that wool, spin it, and make anything you can make from regular wool (you may need a lot of bunnies for that).
American Fuzzy Lops are as soft and fuzzy as they look. The wool is thick and soft, and they love to be petted. These fuzzy lops come in various colors, most of which are a color combined with white.
The Agoutis are any combination of white and another color, while the Pointed White Group has a pure white body.
You will find that most, if not all, have distinctive markings around the nose, eyes, and at the tips of the ears.
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How Do I Care for an American Fuzzy Lop?
Fuzzy Lops need a little more care and attention due to the thick wool coat.
With most bunnies, you can get away with grooming them once a week, but we would recommend grooming the Fuzzy Lop at least twice a week.
When you do, you need to pay special care and attention to the area around the tail prone to matting .
You may also find that other parts of the coat get matted, and you will need to brush through that. If there is an especially thick piece of matting in the coat, you may need to trim it before brushing it out.
You can also take the time to trim the nails while you are doing the coat.
It’s a small breed, so you do not need too much cage space.
And having lop ears means that the cage does not need to be too tall either.
Of course, we always recommend getting as big a cage as you can manage.
You will need to add some padding to the bottom of the cage to protect their little feet, and soft bedding is a must.
As the Fuzzy Lop has a wool coat, you should make sure to change the bedding and everything else in the cage more than the standard once a week.
You do not want anything to contaminate their coats. It would be best if you also were spot-cleaning their cages every day.
How Active Are American Fuzzy Lops?
Fuzzy Lops are a very active breed , so you need to ensure that you have the space for them.
They do not need an enormous cage but will thrive when running and hop to their heart’s content.
A large pen will give them a lot of space to run around in, but an entire room (or your entire home) is even better.
If you let them run around in a room, make sure that you bunny-proof it first.
Remove anything you do not want to be chewed or anything that could pose a health risk to your bunny. If there are places that your Fuzzy Lop can hide behind or under, they will love to do that.
American Fuzzy Lops are a mischievous breed.
Fuzzy Lops also like the sun. You want to ensure that you are not taking them outside in extremely hot weather, but a little sun will have them basking.
If you do take them outside, always be with them. A protected run will ensure that no predators can get to them.
If you have a fenced-in backyard and can be with your furry friend while they frolic in the outdoor sun, then they will love you for it.
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What Should I Feed My American Fuzzy Lop?
When it comes to feeding bunnies, it is generally a case of one-size-fits-all. This is primarily true for an American Fuzzy Lop, with a tiny exception.
Fuzzy Lops love papaya, and the fruit treat will help keep their coats in optimum health.
You want to ensure that you are not giving them too much due to the high sugar content, so a piece every couple of days is enough and a real treat for them.
Fuzzy Lops love papaya, and the fruit treat will help to keep their coats in optimum health.
Other than the papaya, the diet of a Fuzzy Lop is the same as any other rabbit.
They need a diet rich in hay, and 70% of everything they eat should be hay. Feel free to top them up if they run out, as they can never have enough.
The same goes for water. Check their water dish to make sure that the water is fresh and clean, and top it up whenever it gets low.
You should aim to feed your Fuzzy Lop a 1/2 cup of pellets for every five pounds in weight.
Any more than this and they can begin to gain weight, which is not suitable for a rabbit.
You also want to supplement their diet with fresh vegetables.
A cup of leafy greens will be enough daily, and you can add in some other vegetables too.
Healthcare for a English Lops
There are no real health risks  for a Fuzzy Lop other than the usual. You should continually be monitoring the teeth of your bunny.
Bunny teeth continue to grow, but a diet rich in hay will help them to naturally file their teeth down and keep them at the correct length.
You should also monitor your bunny’s ears and consult your vet if you notice anything unusual.
Having such a thick and dense wool coat, there is the potential for wool block.
Rabbits groom themselves by licking their coat to keep them clean. Cats do this too, and while cats can regurgitate this fur (which can be fascinating to watch and slightly disgusting), rabbits cannot.
If they consume too much of their hair, they can feel full when not. This can lead them not to eat enough real food and starve.
If you talk to your vet, they can advise on how to avoid this (mainly with the use of enzyme tablets to break down the furballs).
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American Fuzzy Lops As Pets
These little balls of fur love to play.
They are energetic and well-suited to someone who can give them the time to let them out of their cages and play with them.
If you have the time, you will create a real bond with this bunny.
Even being in their area (the run or the room) will be enough for these little social creatures.
They need a lot of playtime, socializing, and grooming.
These lops love toys. Anything which can be rolled around or moved will spark their interest. Look for balls or rollers, and pay special attention to toys that can be used to hide treats inside.
They are inquisitive and intelligent bunnies and will love to ‘hunt’ for their food.
Being so small, younger children will tend to try and pick them up. They are not the friendliest bunnies when it comes to being lifted, so they may not appreciate that kind of attention.
They are better suited to being around older kids but will still entertain younger kids (make sure there is some adult supervision).
Fuzzy Lops are great as pets as long as you have the time for them. They need a lot of playtimes, socializing, and grooming. Give them all three, and they will love you for it.
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