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American Fuzzy Lop

American Fuzzy Lop


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Breed Organizations

American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA)
Website: http://www.arba.net
The British Rabbit Council (BRC)
Website: http://www.thebrc.org
The House Rabbit Society
Website: http://www.rabbit.org

Native Country
United States of America
Other Names
N/A
Fur Type
ARBA Registry Accepted:
Long
Yes
Ear Type
BRC Registry Accepted:
Lop
No

Breed Appearance
The American Fuzzy Lop resembles the Holland Lop with the exception of its wool. They have a very compact body, that appears very muscular. They come in most of the recognized ARBA colors. The ears of the American Fuzzy Lop do not stand erect, but rather lop along the side of the face. They have a short and flat muzzle similar to that of a cat. They are an active, playful, social breed with lots of personality. They enjoy the attention of their owner, as well as the companionship of other rabbits. AFL's do enjoy having toys such as a plastic ball, pine cone, piece of soft wood, stuffed sock, or an old glove. The American Fuzzy Lop is the combination of a French Angora and the Holland Lop. They are very fuzzy, as their name indicates, and make excellent pets.

Breed Description
Body: American Fuzzy Lops have compact body type. They need to be close-coupled and short, with well developed shoulders and hindquarters. The hindquarters should be smooth, well rounded, and slightly deeper and wider than the shoulders. The lower hindquarters should be full and round. The body top line needs to rise in a gradual curve from the base of the ears to a high point over the loin, falling in a smooth curve downward to the base of the tail. The rabbit must be heavily muscled, compact, and balanced.
Head: The head must have good width, beginning at the base of the ears, and carried down between the eyes to a well filled muzzle. From a side view, the head should round from the base of the ears to a flattened face, and then continue rounding from the muzzle back to the neck. The head should be massive in appearance and set close and of medium height to the shoulder. Some side trimmings are allowed.
Ears: The ears must be well placed on top of the heas, lopping vertically from a wide, slightly flattened ear base. The ears shall be of good substance and carried with the openings close to the cheeks. They need to be full, wide across, and well rounded at the extremities. They should be in proportion to the size of the rabbit and not extend 1/2 to 1 inch below the jaw. There should be no wool on the ears, only regular fur. A crown is desirable.
Feet & Legs: The legs need to be short, thick, and straight. Toenails in the Broken Group may be either light or dark. Front feet must have normal fur to at least the ankle joint. Hind feet must have normal fur, perferably to the hock joint, with thick, heavy pads.
Wool Density: Wool should be as dense as possible. Density should be even all over the rabbit.
Texture: The wool must be slightly coarse in nature. The wool must be full of life and well distributed with guard hairs. It cannot be soft, felting type wool. Juniors are allowed to have softer wool.
Length: Length must be uniform over entire body. It should be at least 2 inches long.
Color & Markings:
Agouti Group - Chestnut, Chinchilla, Lynx, Opal and Squirrel
Broken Group
Pointed White Group
Self Group - Black, Blue, Blue Eyed White (BEW), Chocolate, Lilac and Ruby Eyed White (REW)
Shaded Group - Sable Point, Siamese Sable, Siamese Smoke Pearl, Tortoise Shell and Blue Tortoise Shell
Wide Band Group - Fawn and Orange


History
The American Fuzzy Lop Rabbit Breed originally started in America with the breeding of Holland Lops and English Spots to produce a broken color pattern that was different from the original Holland Lops solid coloring. The first variety called the Broken Hollands, were then bred with the French Angora to develop a woolly fur. Patty Green-Karl continued to improve the Fuzzy Lop Breed and worked on them from 1981 to 1984.

The American Fuzzy Lop was shown and approved by the ARBA Standards Committee in 1985 and 1986. It failed to receive approval when shown again in 1987. To become a sanctioned breed, the rabbit must be approved by the ARBA Standards for three years. It was shown again in 1988 after the working standards were re-written and recognized as an official breed by the ARBA. The American Fuzzy Lop standards mirrored the Holland Lop standards with the addition of a wooly coat.


Behavior
American Fuzzy Lops are an active, playful, social breed with lots of personality. They enjoy the attention of their owner, as well as the companionship of other rabbits. AFL's do enjoy having toys such as a plastic ball, pine cone, piece of soft wood, stuffed sock, or an old glove. They make excellent pets. Rabbits can make good pets for younger children when proper parental supervision is provided. As prey animals, rabbits are alert, timid creatures that startle fairly easily. They have fragile bones, especially in their backs, that require support on the belly and bottom when picked up. Older children and teenagers usually have the maturity required to care for a rabbit. Rabbits may grunt, lunge and even bite or scratch. Usually they do not bite hard enough to break skin. Rabbits become aggressive when they feel threatened or are cornered.