Sugar Pine Rabbitry
MADE FROM LOCAL GRASSES
~*~ On Hiatus ~*~
Taking a break for the foreseeable future, until I have time to overhaul this website & create a series of instructionals on rabbit handling.
In the meantime, if you are considering getting a rabbit, please take into consideration:
Rabbits do not, & never have, belong in cages.
Keeping a rabbit in a cage is like keeping a cat in a cage.
Hutches are not designed for rabbits' welfare.
Hutches are designed for storing & fattening rabbits.
Rabbits run & jump, & need space to explore.
They like new objects, they like new areas, they like to dig, they like rolling in dirt.
They like to listen & smell & mark things as "theirs" with their chins.
Do not get a rabbit unless you can allow it to free-roam, or have a large interactive enclosure at least the size of a dog kennel.
I am a very very small-scale hobby rabbit breeder focusing EXCLUSIVELY on pet-quality rabbits.
What is pet-quality?
Usually, that means rejects from show breeders.
Here, that means rabbits that have been selectively bred for personality and are hand-socialized starting week one, before their eyes open.
If you are looking for show rabbits, please look elsewhere. The way I raise rabbits makes them completely unsuitable for the show environment.
Like the Netherland, the Holland Lop is also considered a dwarf rabbit. This means two things: First, the breed in general is small. Second, some of the rabbits also carry a dwarf gene, which makes them even smaller. It is never the case that all Hollands in a litter will have the dwarf gene (except by chance). All rabbits with the dwarf gene have only one copy, never two, meaning their offspring always have a mix of the dwarf and non-dwarf genes. A baby rabbit with two copies of the dwarf gene cannot survive, ever. (This is the same for Netherland Dwarfs.) If you are looking at Holland Lops from other breeders and they do not specifically disclose this difference, it is either because they are more vaguely identifying the dwarf-gene carriers as "this rabbit will be small" or "show quality", or it is because they are holding back their bigger rabbits from sale through some means.
A Holland Lop with the dwarf gene will typically be 3-5 pounds, and without the gene will be 4-6 pounds. To compare sizes of a non-dwarf and a dwarf, think of a soccer ball vs a football, a small watermelon vs a cantaloupe, or your boots vs your slippers. The bigger rabbits make a nice squishy armful, in my opinion.
Adopters will need to verify the housing they have prepared / are preparing for their rabbit(s).
All rabbits adopted must be kept either free-roaming or in a pen that meets standards (details TBD).
Outdoor pens are okay.
Cages as primary housing will NOT be accepted. Cages incorporated into pens are okay.