The Toy that Became Real
The story of the Velveteen Lop is one of love and endurance. This wonderful breed was named for the charming storybook character and it is only befitting that without the love and patience of all the wonderful breeders out there this breed cannot become real.
What is REAL?" asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day... "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When someone loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand... once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."
Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
The Breed that Became Real
The Velveteen Lop is a very new breed, with not very many breeders, thru out the U.S.A.they seem to be Very hard to find. Mary Crawford, & David Kabela both of Texas,The originator's of the breed and have been working hard on the breed for several years. Mary's first litter was in June of 1994. She did not sell any stock until the ARBA convention in KY in 1999. They look much like an English Lop only smaller with rex fur. They are a small to medium sized bunny , with very long lopped ears.A character of an English lop, only shorter. They have very soft rex, (velvet) fur, like a Mini Rex or Rex does. They have a good temperament, like to be cuddled & seem to enjoy human contact. Adult Velveteen Lops should be over 5 pounds and under 6 1/2 pounds.Lop.
Varieties - Agouti - Pointed White - Self - Shaded - Ticked - Wide BandVarieties - Agouti - Pointed White - Self - Shaded - Ticked - Wide Bandsource info: http://www.hiddenvalleyrabbitryandfarm.com/velveteenlops.html