Originally Posted by chloezoebob101
@bunnylady- If they have health problems, then i don't want to get a lion head. Thank you for informing about that :)
I have researched and I think the holland lops would be a good choice, if i can get them. Within a few days all the kits from litters (on craigslist) are all sold. I email them asking if they are still for sale even though they have only been there for 3 days, and all 8 are sold XP
Speaking only from my experience working with a vet who does see rabbits frequently (she would open a rabbit-only clinic if it were financially feasible, like those cats only vet clinics that are becoming more common these days only for rabbits...and maybe guinea pigs and chinchillas, maybe) I would say that ALL of the breeds you've listed are more prone to health problems than, say your average meat-type mutt rabbit. In fact, I couldn't vote because honestly after my personal experiences at work I would not choose to own any of them, I would go out of my way to find a different breed for my own personal pet.
Lops and Dwarfs have a different head shape due to decades of selective breeding than nature intended rabbits to have and probably 99% of the rabbits I see that need their teeth (molars specifically) filed down monthly, bi-monthly, or every 3-4 months under anesthesia are either lops or dwarfs. We've had several lops (poorly bred minis mostly I think, although they're big enough they could be another type of lop...I'm not that familiar with rabbit breeds myself) that had severe urine sludging, to the point that it caused health problems. And most of the lionheads I've seen are just poorly bred with a crummy temperament. I haven't seen that many lionheads with bad teeth, but they're a relatively new breed to the petstores in this area.
The fact that all of the breeds you've listed are more prone to health problems, at least in my experience, could be that we only see the sick ones where I work. We have a few clients who bring their rabbits in once or twice a year for wellness visits, but most of our clients only make an appointment if their rabbit is sick. I don't know how many rabbits there are in the area that we never see because they never have a health problem. It could also be that, as someone else already mentioned, these are all easily among the top 10 most popular breeds and there are just a lot of them out there. We could be seeing more health problems in them because there are more individuals of those breeds. Or because they are so popular people are breeding willy-nilly any two rabbits that even remotely resemble those breeds to sell for a quick buck without paying attention to health or temperament issues that are popping up in their stock.
No matter what the reason, you need to be aware that all of the breeds you are considering have the potential to be prone to health problems which you would not want to pass on to people buying pets from you. It's great that you're taking the time to research the breeds, but you also have to remember to research the breeder(s) you plan on getting your original breeding stock from! Personally I would be extremely leery of buying breeding stock from Craigslist. I'm sure there are some good breeders who advertise there, but there are also a lot of schmucks who are just throwing any two rabbits together without regard to health or temperament in the interest in making a quick buck off of a popular breed. Probably a lot more schmucks than good breeders. Also, finding a good breeder before hand can help with the whole "the entire litter is sold 3 days after putting the add up" problem. If you find a good breeder, get on their waiting list and then you will be able to reserve a good bunny before they are even born. It might take a little longer to wait for a planned breeding from a good breeder, but it sounds like with your luck answering adds for litters on Craigslist it might not take much longer, if at all, to go that route.