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sarattie
09-01-2005, 10:55 AM
Hi Im interested in French Lops and wondered who else on here has one? Ive heard a bit about Bertie from my last post...

I would have him as a house rabbit (i wouldn't have anything else now!) and have plenty of room.

Has anyone got any pictures of F'Lops or personal experiences that might help me out?

thanks

Caz
09-01-2005, 01:39 PM
Mubby (Nic) knows quite a bit about french lops and always has loads of pics to share! Wee Mubby isn't going to be wee for that much longer ;)!

Caz

sarattie
09-01-2005, 01:58 PM
Thanks

I have seen Mubbys web site and simply fallen in love!!

Looking at cages for sleep times (other times of day he would be free range)

what do people think to this or is it a bit small ?
http://www.discountpetshop.net/smallimage/MW-157.jpg

emilou
09-01-2005, 02:33 PM
I had a french lop and he was fantastic. One thing about them is most things you can buy are too small, tunnels and cages etc but they are fanastic rabbits anyway. Brad was laid back and loved tipping over ginger beer cans whenever he could and licked the carpet where it had spilled for days after. They are not the sort of bunny you can really carry round much, as they are really heavy and prefer the ground. Once you get an upeared mongrel bunny as i did you realise that french lops hearing isnt good and with brad his eyesight wasnt up to much either. Very special bunnies definately my favourite. I dont know whether Brad was typical of his breed but all of the above was true of him.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/emilou/105_0598.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/emilou/105_0535.jpg

Tamsin
09-01-2005, 02:34 PM
Its hard to tell from the picture, what dimensions is it? Dog crates come in various sizes :)

sarattie
09-01-2005, 02:58 PM
Measures 37" x 19" x 20"

aw emilou your bunny Brad is gorgeous!!

sarattie
09-01-2005, 02:58 PM
Measures 37" x 19" x 20"

aw emilou your bunny Brad is gorgeous!!

sarattie
09-01-2005, 03:00 PM
Measures 37" x 19" x 20"

aw emilou your bunny Brad is gorgeous!!

Carole
09-01-2005, 03:09 PM
Hi,

I have just got a lop eared bunny from PAH saw him in a tiny cage and rescued him - he is not as big as a french lop - but if anyone is interested he is going to my friends rescue today, and he will be neutered and vaccinated next week.

He is so adorable, breaks my heart to see him go, but no room, he is cuddly, follows you around, and once he has been neutered he will be even calmer.

He would make the perfect house bunny and absolutely adores humans

Carole

Caz
09-01-2005, 03:34 PM
It that is 3ft long than it is probably not big enough as it won't give him much room to move about unless it is for sleeping/peeing in only.

Love the way Brad blended in with your carpet Emilou - bet you had to be careful you didn't trip over him!

Caz

LurcherGirl
09-01-2005, 05:31 PM
I have got a French Lop cross (looks almost identical to Brad in this thread) and he is in a 5' cage with his girlie... I think that is probably about the minimum for a rabbit of this size. Vera

Fluffybunny
09-01-2005, 06:37 PM
French Lop breeders always suggest a 5' (60in) to 6' (72in) hutch for a French Lop.
These are big bunnies that can get to 15lbs + and as big as a .... hmm... corgi dog perhaps - the only thing I can liken them to size-wise.
They will eat about 2 bowls of food a day and don't forget the poops that they will produce eating this much food.
I'm no Frenchie expert but I am 15 and 5'8" tall, but I have a problem lifting these at shows, so not best for a beginner.
Not trying to sound negative you just need to be sure you can take on such a big bunny.
Maybe Cheryl (BunnyBoarding) can give you more advice as she has these...;)
Rachel

Denny
09-01-2005, 08:38 PM
I think Blueberry is a frenchie :D she's quite a big girl but still young :wink:

Tamsin
09-01-2005, 08:58 PM
If you can't find a large enough crate then the other thing to do if by two of the 3' ones and put them together, then you have one nice big cage.

Have you met a french lop before? If not it might be an idea to before buying the equipment that way you'll get a better idea of the real size. Its difficult to tell from weights or photos exactly how big a bun is when you actually meet them.

You might find a local rescue has one or there could be a breeder or a show in your area you couldd visit.

Tam

rngpwelfare
09-01-2005, 09:04 PM
Here's my boy. Merlin is a blue 7 year old frenchie.

http://www.rngp.org/news/photo%20album/Merlin.JPG

Merlin lives in a huge 2 storey ex-cat block that we had donated. It's also fitted with a 7 foot walk in run with a cat flap into the lower level.
He lives in here with his feisty wife shadie.
I'll see if I can get a photo someday

Bunnyboarding
09-01-2005, 11:36 PM
Hi 'Bunnyboarding-French-Lop-expert' here! :lol: :oops:

Well i would say absolute minimum of 4ft for overnight stay cage only (ie will be out & about a lot during the day). Always aim for more space if you can. I preferred mine in cages of 6ft, although had 4ft or 5ft cages for younger ones or ones that came out more for exercise during the day.

The height IMO should be minimum 2ft high as they are tall when standing on their hind legs & also it provides better air circulation during warmer weather as they tend to suffer from the heat more than most breeds.

Depth should be minimum of 2ft, but you would not want more than 2.5ft because of what Rachel says; they are big & heavy to lift out & the deeper the cage the trickier it gets (especially if you get a stubborn one! :D)

However if you are having a dog cage then height & depth are usually ideal as designed for dogs (obviously err hum :wink: ). Its just the length you want to look out for.

PS you will need big & heavy bowls too as they tend to lift them up or shunt them around the cage (bit like weight-lifting!). I used to use heavy china dog bowls or casserole dishes (which I have an abundance of left over from when i used to show Frenchies if anyone wants cheap bowls)

Have fun!!

Andi, Boy of Destiny!
10-01-2005, 12:06 AM
Boscov has a 4' by 2.5' dog crate for overnight. He gets to play out all evening and all day at weekends.

Bertie
10-01-2005, 08:42 AM
Boscov has a 4' by 2.5' dog crate for overnight. He gets to play out all evening and all day at weekends.

Though mostly he just sleeps. The crate is long enough for him to stretch out in, and when we let him out he has about a five minute binky session and then goes right back to sleep again.

He's a bit on the small size for a Frenchie, but he's still heavy. And lazy. And he farts like a trooper.

Caz
10-01-2005, 08:46 AM
He's a bit on the small size for a Frenchie, but he's still heavy. And lazy. And he farts like a trooper.

Are you sure that isn't Andi farting and blaming it on poor innocent Boscov??

Caz :lol:

Bertie
10-01-2005, 08:54 AM
I wouldn't put it past him. But there has been the odd grunting noise emanating from Boscov as he rolls over, followed by the inevitable cabbagy whiff. These are the things they never warn you about in the bunny books.

beck
10-01-2005, 12:11 PM
I think Blueberry is a frenchie :D she's quite a big girl but still young :wink:

Yep Blueberry is a french lop :lol: she is nearly 9 months old.

I have the pws panels on rabbit rehome which make a nice big enclosure when she need's to be "in"
Although I am looking at getting a dog cage 48"L x 29"W x 34"H (largest size I have seen on ebay)as this will be more secure as I have found a roof is a must :roll: I will then use the pws panels as a outdoor run.

This is what she is in now, I've taken the ferplast cage out so there is more room and I vary the toys/boxes she has, and there is a dog basket in there. I will have to get an updated pic for size - she is bigger now than in this pic.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/Rebecca30/home2.jpg

She shares this space with Brian, but he is a lot smaller than her.

beck
10-01-2005, 12:11 PM
I think Blueberry is a frenchie :D she's quite a big girl but still young :wink:

Yep Blueberry is a french lop :lol: she is nearly 9 months old.

I have the pws panels on rabbit rehome which make a nice big enclosure when she need's to be "in"
Although I am looking at getting a dog cage 48"L x 29"W x 34"H (largest size I have seen on ebay)as this will be more secure as I have found a roof is a must :roll: I will then use the pws panels as a outdoor run.

This is what she is in now, I've taken the ferplast cage out so there is more room and I vary the toys/boxes she has, and there is a dog basket in there. I will have to get an updated pic for size - she is bigger now than in this pic.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/Rebecca30/home2.jpg

She shares this space with Brian, but he is a lot smaller than her.

Denny
10-01-2005, 12:32 PM
WOW, I am in :love: with Tracy's Merlin :love: what a bundle of Mischief he looks :lol: :lol: He looks soooo naughty :lol: :lol:

Is Merlin's other half a frenchie Tracy :?: He looks a big, what does he weigh :?:

http://www.rngp.org/news/photo%20album/Merlin.JPG

haffyj
10-01-2005, 03:26 PM
i used to have a frenchie by the name of daisy (She was a female!!) great huge bun she was but really gentle she once made a nest in her hutch and put a slug into it and wouldn't let me take it out!!! she was so sweet i really miss her :cry:

rngpwelfare
10-01-2005, 09:20 PM
Thanks for that Denny, He is a very gentle giant and is used to going to schools etc if we do any fundraising and need a calm bunny with us.
His wife is a large lop but not a frenchie she was rescued from a pts at my vets.
Heres Shadie

http://www.rngp.org/news/photo%20album/Shadie2.JPG

Denny
10-01-2005, 09:30 PM
Here's my boy. Merlin is a blue 7 year old frenchie.

http://www.rngp.org/news/photo%20album/Merlin.JPG

He lives in here with his feisty wife shadie.

:lol: :lol: :lol: definately feisty :lol: :lol: if looks could kill :lol: :lol:
she is beautiful though :D still a biggy :D

http://www.rngp.org/news/photo%20album/Shadie2.JPG

Is 7 years a good age for a french lop Tracy :?: I thought that the bigger buns did'nt have a longer life span compared to some of the medium/smaller buns, or am I talking rubbish :?:

rngpwelfare
10-01-2005, 09:44 PM
No your right bigger buns don't seem to live as long as smaller ones.
He is slowing down but other than his on going eye problem seems to be doing well.

Denny
11-01-2005, 11:32 AM
Thanks for that Denny, He is a very gentle giant and is used to going to schools etc if we do any fundraising and need a calm bunny with us.
His wife is a large lop but not a frenchie she was rescued from a pts at my vets.
Heres Shadie

http://www.rngp.org/news/photo%20album/Shadie2.JPG

Just out of interest, what sort of fundraising do you do :?: I think I read some where that Kathy did boot sales, I would be interested to hear if any rescues ever need stuff like unwanted xmas pressy's etc, for fundraising.

Do you get many bunnies that you have rescued from pts situations from the vet? I was wondering if it was worth going on Tamsin's survey?, Although that would be an interesting question to ask vetenary surgeries. I wonder how many vets actually carry out such requests :(

bunnyhuggger
11-01-2005, 11:46 AM
We've had pts bunnies referred to us from vets, Snowball was one. Our vet's own two buns were to be pts too but she couldn't.

Denny
11-01-2005, 11:55 AM
We've had pts bunnies referred to us from vets, Snowball was one. Our vet's own two buns were to be pts too but she couldn't.

Do you think that vets would admit or even log how many requests they get to pts cases Lynda :?:

I was wondering, with Tamsin's rescue survey, whether a vet survey on this issue would produce better evidence to try and stop the sales of livestock in petshops :?:

bunnyhuggger
11-01-2005, 12:37 PM
We've had pts bunnies referred to us from vets, Snowball was one. Our vet's own two buns were to be pts too but she couldn't.

Do you think that vets would admit or even log how many requests they get to pts cases Lynda :?:

Don't know, I think it would depend on the vet, some of them might not like to admit.

Caz
11-01-2005, 01:20 PM
It must be like murder is to a doctor!

Putting down a perfectly healthy animal must be pretty hard for a vet to do when in the same day they may have had to persuade someone that no matter how much care and medication they lavished on their faithful companion the best thing would be to have them pts because their illness was so debilitating and watching the anguish and despair that person had to go through must really twinge in their heart when they think of the little one out back waiting to die because someone got "bored"!

Caz

emilou
11-01-2005, 05:42 PM
My uncles are vets and one day while i was helping out about 5ish years ago a mad MAD woman brought in two collies. These were perfectly healthy but collies shouldnt belong to people who wont exersise them and as a result they were not good with kids apparently-understandable. One of the dogs bit the grandchild and so she want my uncle to put them both to sleep. Completely mad this woman was, she wanted both put to sleep and one hadnt bitten anybody. He told he could rehome for her and days later she dumped the dogs in the vets surgery-she was MAD!
so they got a new home in the country where collies are supposed to be with lots of walks and stuff. All my families dogs, cats and stuff come from him when he wont put them down.

Denny
12-01-2005, 02:41 PM
Sad story Emilou :( glad they found a new home :D

Do your uncles log these sort of cases Emilou, the people who just want their healthy animals pts :?: or is it a very rare occurance :?: