Before you adopt or purchase a rabbit as a pet for your children you need to know what the life expectancy is for that particular breed. Holland Lops are the smallest of all the lop eared rabbits and they are prone to a variety of illnesses that can lead to early death. With proper care the Holland Lop life span can range anywhere from 5 to 10 years and some owners have even reported life spans of up to 12 years. The lifespan of your Holland Lop is very important especially if you have young kids in the home since the loss of a pet is never easy.
There are a number of ways that you can extend the life of your rabbit. The first is to consider neutering or spaying the rabbit since rabbits that breed often usually have their lifespan decreased by a few years when compared to those that are not bred.
Indoor rabbits tend to do much better and live longer than those are reared outdoors. There are a number of factors that contribute to the longer lives of indoor rabbits including the fact that they are kept safe from the harsh elements of the weather, they can bask in the attention that they so love and they are kept secure and out of the reach of predators and pests. Do all you can to keep your bunny warm when it is cold out and cool when the weather is hot, do not over feed him and ensure that he gets plenty of exercise and he will have full life expectancy.