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Are there any special requirements ..............

Nails must be kept well trimmed and sharp edges filed off as they can tear their ears if they tread on them.
Don't know about that, I don't keep this breed, this is just what i know from stewarding them at shows, there ears are very easily damaged so i suppose running around a garden with prickly bushes etc, would be a bad idea

This is the only exhibition rabbit that is allowed to have its nails cut at under five months they must be cut at a regular basis to avoid ear damage. They have a very thin coat and so should be protected against the cold in winter. They should always be housed on a deep layer of shavings coverd with straw not only to keep them warm in winter but will also prevent pododermatitis. The dual effect of it carrying most of its weight on its back end and a thin coat makes the English lop higih susceptible to pododermititus. The large ears of the English lop require little specialist care. As the ears thicken with age there should be few problems with them, if the ears are kept clean and checked regularly.

An English Lops ears stop growing at the age of 14 weeks and you can fairly accurately calculate the final length and width of the lop ears from as young as four weeks of age.

the english lop first came into prominence from 16thC european tapestries that depicted a a large grey rabbit with ears that loppped. It was not until the 19thC that the English Lop came into prominence in the Fancy.

The English lop was considered for many years the King of the Fancy, with their unique temperament and placid nature and the fact they have little fear and great love for their owners allows them such a title.

Thanks for that too Annie :D

We have a local breeder who has two who have been returned to him, and I thought I'd better ask, forewarned is forearmed! We don't get many of those in our part of Scotland.
I have heard of english lops losing the ends of their ears to frost bite.
Where they had been allowed to get wet and cold.