Our Mini Plush Lop Story
What Motivates Us
When we were setting up our herd we noticed that there was a really big difference between the bunnies that came from breeders who hand raise and expose the buns to dogs and children versus the bunnies that came from rabbitries where they had no interaction with pets and children. We couldn’t find any rabbitries that didn’t use cages. (We are not judging breeders who use cages.). We have responsible friends who are farmers who have hundreds of rabbits and we completely agree that cages are acceptable and safe for breeding). However, we wanted to be a different kind of rabbitry - we wanted to experiment with being the only local rabbitry that didn’t use cages. We did a lot of research and we were able to find other small rabbitries in the United States in which the breeders allowed the animals to free roam, indoors uncaged (except for quarantine). Our goal was to provide a bunny that was very comfortable in the home setting and was familiar with pets, children and loud noises and being snuggled. We choose the healthiest, gentlest babies to stay here and become future breeders. This free-roam method takes a lot more effort and in part we failed. Rabbits who aren’t fixed are territorial and so now we have a modified free-roam rabbitry. We have to charge more because we put so much effort and time into our bunnies and we only do 4 breeding cycles per year. It’s a full-time job 6-8 hrs per day, 7 days a week). Also, many people have allergies to pets. One of our children breaks out into rashes when he comes into contact with certain types of fur - that is part of the reason that we were motivated to raise mini plush lops. They are mostly hypoallergenic and they don’t shed, they molt twice a year! As the first and only Mini Plush Lop Breeder in MA, RI, VT, ME and NH, it is really vital to us that we protect and maintain the standards of the breed. With help from international breeders we have written a breed standard.
I was raising mini lops in Florida around 2010, 2011….and I saw an ad on line for “Mini Plush Lops”….the ad mentioned that there were only 4 breeders in the US with true original Devie D’Annaballe plushies. At the price of $600 each it seemed rather expensive but, I was very intrigued. On the day that I was transferring the money to the breeder I learned that she had simply crossed a Rex and a Holland lop and called them “Mini Plush Lops”…….If you know anything about the breed, you know that it’s actually an unequal mix of 4 breeds which takes many generations to perfect. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed. At that point I tried to buy them from the real breeders but they all insisted on spay/neuter contracts- so, I temporarily stalled my efforts (I hoped I’d get them someday). One day the phone rang and one of the original breeders explained that she was ill and she’d agree to sell part of her herd. After flying them down to Florida (at an outrageous cost), I finally owned part of the original line. Those 3 bunnies were everything I had hoped for- sweet, gentle, gorgeous and hypoallergenic…..but, I had a new problem. My husband’s father (who lived in France) was ill and he needed our help. Back then passengers were allowed to travel with their pets in the cabin so, of course I brought my show mini lops and my plushies.
Over the course of the next five years I worked on their type, I wanted them to have consistent head size, crown width, ear length, weight and so on. I just kept the best kits and matched their features as I line bred. By 2019 unfortunately my Father-In-Law had passed on but we were ready to move back to the states and re-open our Rabbitry (along with my cousin). I had just transferred two of my favorite plushies when Covid hit. All of the rules changed and it became impossible to travel with my animals. Luckily, Billy was born in the US but he’s part of my line breeding program and he’s one of the bunnies who makes me feel so proud.. I’d advise anyone looking for a bunny to get a Mini Plush Lop. I’ve worked with five different breeds over the years and this is one of my favorite🐰💜👍🏻. If you choose to get a plushie from another MPL breeder, ask to see the Dan or sire or a past litter, ask the weight, and do your research. Unfortunately there are breeders out there who will claim they have original MPLs but they’ve just mixed a Rex and a Holland lop…..that’s not a true Mini Plush Lop. As far as I know there are only approximately 14 breeders in the US who have true original Devie D’Annaballe Mini Plush Lops. As of 2021 and 2022 we are the first and only breeder in Massachusetts, RI, NH, VT and ME. Signed, Brie Voleil
If you would like to adopt a bunny please email us. If you are not located in beautiful New England, weather permitting- we can air ship or use transportation companies to the lower 48 states.🐇. We can also refer you to a good breeder near you. We are ARBA and USDA licensed and we can be found on www.ARBA.com and on www.usrabbitbreeders.org.
Lusters Lops Rabbitry
How We Do Things
How It Works
Our Rabbitry is located in beautiful New England. We also can deliver to New Britain, Ct. We raise our rabbits indoors. If you adopt a kit (baby bunny) from us at 8 weeks old, the baby will be partially potty trained from watching the mom and dad using the litter box. Since they are young they may make mistakes but we will help you with your set-up to ensure success! We have a rescue dog who loves the bunnies so our babies are familiar with loud noises and big wet dog licks 🐶.
Each bunny is important to us since we put a lot of time and love into holding each of them from day one. So, we reserve the right to cancel the adoption if we find that you can’t or won’t provide a suitable environment for your bunny (deposit will be refunded). If you decide to adopt a bunny from Lusters Lops, you must read the Adoption Agreement. If you decide to put down the non-refundable $100 deposit and reserve a bunny then you have agreed to the Adoption Agreement. The only case in which a deposit will be refunded is if your bunny becomes ill (thus far this has never happened). If you later decide to cancel the agreement due to life circumstances, we cannot refund the deposit because we have spent a lot of time with each Adopter and the bunny was removed from the market. Adopter may not switch bunnies once a bunny has been chosen. We accept PayPal (only if you click on “Friends and Family” option)…..or Venmo. It is very important to us that none of our bunnies end up in Rescue Centers or Humane Societies. For this reason, we offer a Lifetime Guarantee. If at any time you want to surrender the animal, please return the bunny to us - no questions asked (no refund will be issued and Adopter will pay for any shipping costs). All Lusters Lops bunnies are welcome to return to Lusters Lops at any point during his or her lifetime. If gender is important to you please let us know because it is very difficult to identify the gender of young kits and at best we are about 90% correct.
Once you choose a rabbit please let us know. We will give you the Venmo or PayPal instructions for the deposit. At that point your bunny will be marked “Reserved with your initials”. We will email you a document called “Preparing for your Bunny” to make the transition easy. When your bunny is 8 weeks old you can either pick up the bunny in Westwood or Newton, Massachusetts or we can deliver (free delivery to Walpole, Canton, Norwood, Westwood, Newton, Wellesley, Dedham and New Britain, Ct). All other deliveries are at $1.50 per mile. Remaining balance due on day of pickup.
PICKUP DAY. Finally…..Some families will have been on the waiting list for months so this will be a very exciting day💜. There is absolutely no need to buy a travel cab. With your adoption you will receive-1) a travel box which can be used at your house as a “hidey hole” 2) a bag of transition pellets. 3) a bag of Timothy Hay 4) a random toy 5) a birth certificate 6) Directions For Use and 7) a Happy, Confident, Loving, Healthy Bunny🐰
We had 2 litters the week of May 7th, 2022. Our bunnies are handled daily from day one. We raise our bunnies with children, dogs and a lot of noise so that they will be easy to handle and well adjusted. We focus on quality rather than quantity.
Email us at “LustersLops@mail.com” to be added to the waitlist. As soon as the bunnies are about 3 weeks old we will contact everyone in order of the list. If you decide to proceed you will be asked to place a $100 deposit on Venmo or PayPal and your bunny will be removed from the “avbl” list. Putting down a deposit means that you read the Adoption Agreement and agree. When the bunny is approximately 8 weeks old the Adopter will receive a birth certificate, a toy, a cardboard travel box (which you can use as a temporary Hidey hole), transition food and care instructions and a bag of hay, and a happy, healthy (mostly potty trained baby mini plush lop rabbit). The bunny will not be removed from the “Available” list until the deposit is paid. This breed is in high demand and we currently have more demand than supply so, we apologize. Since we raise them in an open environment we are limited to 4 breeding cycles per year. If you see a bunny that you want to Adopt on the “Available Bunnies” page please email (LustersLops@mail.com) as soon as possible because they tend to be reserved very quickly.
“Fluffer” $350 RSRVD
This is “Fluffer”. Fluffer might have a tiny white dot on the top of the head. Fluffer is black. Fluffers parents are two of our most gentle, affectionate kissy bunnies so we are excited to meet these babies.
“Nutter” $350 - RSRVD for D.L. from NY
“Nutter” is jet black. It’s very hard to photograph black animals but black is stunning on an MPL. It gives the appearance of being a stuffed animal.👍🏻👏🐰💜.
“Raphael” $350 RSRVD for SDM from Mass
Born on May 11, 2022 there are 4 multi-colored warm wiggly babies in this nest box. In the coming days we will take more individual photographs of them when we do their daily health checks. Raphael is the tiniest one and has the most markings. Raphael’s mum and her husbun are both very sweet, they love being held and they are potty trained👏😊.
“Leonardo” $350 RSRVD for ST from RI
This will be a gorgeous rabbit but the name is not gender specific. I’m dying to get pictures of Leonardo’s belly because the stripes go all the way around. Leonardo is a lilac magpie purebred mini plush lop🐰💜.
“Michelangelo” $350 RSRVD for CT
This bunny is going to be gorgeous - this is one of the darker multi-colored MPLs….🐰💜. The markings will be clearer over the next few days.
“Donatello” $350 RSRVD for M.M.
Donatello will be so beautiful- we can already see the pattern on the skin. This baby has less markings but isn’t solid. The names are not gender specific.
“Honey” is a very sweet 3 1/2 month old female mini plush lop. She’s a blue harli and her fur is very soft. Honey was born and raised at our great friends rabbitry “The Cope Clan”. Please email “firstname.lastname@example.org” for more information. She is ready to hop to her Furever Family🐰💜.
Due to the volume of emails we receive please forgive us if it takes a day or two to respond. We sometimes have a waitlist so we can only guarantee a bunny once the deposit has been received. Our friends at “Blue Clover Rabbitry” recently decided to charge a fixed price regardless of color, gender and size. We’ve given it some thought and this method seems to be the best. All bunnies (except retiring Mums) will be $350 flat fee. Deposit is $100 and the $250 remaining balance is due on the day of pick-up.
Breeders Only Read Please
If you are a breeder or plan on being a breeder please let us know. We will occasionally sell breeding stock, pairs, trios, singletons, proven, VM and/or clean lines…... We also are more than happy to answer any questions or just chat with fellow breeders. If you are someone who is thinking about becoming a breeder, it’s especially important that you let us know because we occasionally mentor people (our mentors were/are amazing). At the current moment we have two mentees. If you are an experienced breeder then just please inform us so that we can add you to the Mini Plush Lop Breeder Directory and we will add you to the National show registry (next show is 1/31/23). Thank You🐰💜
Please email us at LustersLops@mail.com -not gmail😘🐰👍🏻. Go to Lusters Lops FB page to watch daily videos🐰💜😘.
Boutique Rabbitry near Boston, Massachusetts selling pet, brood and show quality Mini Plush Lops. Partners Brie and Stephanie located in Newton, MA, and Westwood, MA (we deliver to New Britain, Ct).
Westwood, MA, USA
List Of Items Needed
Minimum Necessary List
Timothy Hay is very important. Pellets - boring looking is best. A water bowl or crock. A litter box- any type is fine. Litter- pine equine pellets are best (Tractor Supply Store)
Enclosure- xpen or whatever you want that will provide bunny some space but not too much until she is fully trained.
Hidey Hole- some sort of wooden or cardboard box/house - just somewhere for bunny to sleep and hide👍🏻
Willow balls as a toy, a foraging mat, grass mats, cat scratch houses - they are soooo cute.
Don’t buy it all at once- in the beginning you just need the necessary items and as you get to know your bunny you can add toys and other fun items. We will email you a document called “Preparing For Your Bunny”.Oxbow is safe- scented items are dangerous.💕💜🐰
Items We Will Provide
A bag of hay and a bag of pellets so you can transition smoothly, a cardboard travel box which turns into a Hidey Hole, a tunnel, a toy, and a birth certificate and of course, a healthy happy bunny🐰💜👍🏻.
ESA click here
One of the owners suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. Now she doesn’t need anti-depressants and she thanks the rabbits for that (and some great therapists). We completely understand the importance of getting the right ESA. Please tell us (we are very confidential), we will help match you with the calmest most affectionate bunny possible. If you suffer from PTSD a bunny can be a great pet because they never make loud or unexpected noises. In the fall of last year we had a gentleman contact us who came back from Iraq and had severe PTSD . He explained that he wanted a bunny because he was sure there would be no sudden noises. He also was worried about sudden movements so we paired him up with a slightly older bunny who was more sedentary. He regularly sends us photos and updates us and so far things are going very well . Depression and anxiety are other mental illnesses that can be alleviated by a bunny. We do “bunny personality tests”, then we determine which bunnies are ESA candidates. If you feel you need an Emotional Support Animal we can also provide a licensed signed “Letter of Support” and an ADA card explaining your rights. Depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder are all afflictions that can be more easily managed with a pet rabbit. There have been many studies proving that animals help ease these emotional afflictions. In Jan, 2021 we started working with a psychologist who formulated a “5-part ESA bunny test”. (She actually adopted an ESA from us and she continues to help us be the first bunny breeder in the US with an ESA bunny test.) For privacy reasons we only videotape the tests on our private FB group. Once finally established we plan to publish the tests and share our findings (along with the psychologist who helped us).
ESA is our focus and we are very proud to be the first rabbit breeder in the USA with custom ESAs.
It’s difficult to explain a custom ESA so I’ll just provide example . Last winter a NJ woman contacted us - she was depressed because her son was wheelchair-bound after being hit by a drunk driver. At the time they had no pets. So we knew we had a daunting task ahead of us. We had to train a bunny who would be familiar with a wheelchair. The woman also explained that she works from home and she generally sits on the couch typing on her computer. Luckily for us in this case we were told that we would be able to choose which bunny was most suitable. At the time we had two large litters so when the bunnies were about six weeks old and we completed their ESA tests we chose a lilac tort who was very calm and had scored high on her tests. We spent the next four weeks making sure that at least four times per day we held the bunny while we were on the couch typing. We don’t have a wheelchair in the house but we do have a chair that has wheels at the bottom. On a daily basis we sat down with the bunny on our rolling chair and wheeled around the kitchen to make sure that the bunny was comfortable with that sort of movement. Occasionally we videotaped the training so that the Adopter would feel confident and secure in her choice.
These are just two examples and it’s very time-consuming which is part of the reason that we only do four breeding cycles per year. If you’d like to discuss your ESA needs we are more than happy to, please email “LustersLops@mail.com” for more info. We guarantee your confidentiality.
Some of our Mini Plush Lops
Blu is one of our purebred Mini Plush Lop bucks. He was born in 2021 right here at Lusters Lops. He has absolutely amazing fur - very dense and super shiny. The main reason we kept him was because he is very small….he weighs less than 2 pounds. He’s a very energetic little guy and he’s super curious yet he will lay in my lap if the lights are dim. He gives occasional kisses and he’s quite the “Ladies Man”.🤣
Bonkers is our purebred black silver marten dam. This bunny could re-breed every month if we let her……She attempts to find her husband when we aren’t not looking😘…Whenever I approach her pen she bends her head down to the ground begging me to pet her….she’s extremely gentle🐰💜. It’s very hard to photograph dark fur but in real life she is stunning.
Two-Face is our harli doe. She’s an absolutely excellent, protective mother. She’s always willing to help foster her “sister wives” babies. We drove 10 1/2 hours to Western Pa to pick her up and she was well worth it. Her kits are always beautiful. She had a litter in 2021 and then we gave her a long break. She had her 2nd litter in May of 2022.
Bat-Man is our 1st clean line buck. He is deep black- his fur feels like velvet. He is featured in a lot of our FB videos because he free roams the main floor of our house. It took him about 72 hours to become fully potty trained. Our only problem with him is that he fully believes he is just another house dog. When our dog goes for a walk, Batman sits at the front door begging to be walked….they even share a water bowl. As soon as we wake up Batman comes zipping down the hallway, he flies into the bed and begins licking foreheads🐰💜.
Cloud is one of Two-Faces sons. We will be using him as a stud in Summer 2022. His babies should be curly/wavey harlis and magpies.
Belle is the 1st bunny we have ever had who occasionally sticks out her tongue as we pet her! She flew over 24 hours to arrive in NY where we picked her up. We will probably be keeping all of her 2022 kits for a top-secret 🤫 project we are working on with a team of mpl breeders. This summer we will begin to focus on the project 🤫.
Colt is such a sweetheart. He loves to be pet, he’s fully trained and he’s got the most amazing fawn coat.
Dig-Dug is a lilac magpie who was born here at Lusters Lops.
Try to guess who Pongs mommy is????? If you guessed Two-Face then you are correct👍🏻🐰💜.
Zelda was actually the very first BEW that Lusters Lops produced.
Tetris has the most beautiful mixed color fur……Two-Face (of course) is Tetris’ mommy👍🏻.
Tink is the first Sablepoint ever produced at Lusters Lops. She was from Bonkers’ first litter which was the very first litter ever born in Ma so she has a special place in our 💜 heart.
Hershey has such a special color. She was our first tri-color with a white nose👍🏻🐰💜. That little face is absolutely gorgeous.
Casper is new here and she’s very docile, she will lay on our sons stomach while he watches movies - we have big plans for her in the future. In September we hope she will become a Mommy for us🐰💜👏👍🏻🤞 (now we have to decide who her husbun will be🤔). She’s one of those bunnies who is super easy going❤️.
Photo coming soon.
Photo coming soon.
Galaga was the tiniest baby from Two-Faces first litter. She’s a lilac magpie and she’s so adorable and photogenic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I get 1 bunny or 2?
We have lots of families that have one single bunny and they are thriving. It is definitely ok to have just one bunny. There are lots of benefits to singletons. They don’t need to cover each other’s smells, there is no competition, they get all of their affection from their humans……and it’s the Owners choice whether to spay or neuter.
We also have multiple families with 2 or more bunnies. It is possible to “bond” rabbits but you need to plan carefully and you’ll probably need to fix at least one of the bunnies and possibly both. If you already have a rabbit, let us know and we will help you pick a bunny who has the highest chance of successfully bonding. If you don’t have any rabbits and you have your heart set on two, we advise adopting 2 girls who are the same age so that they can grow up together OR, a girl and a boy who are both young (with an agreement to fix the boy at minimum). We don’t advise adopting two bucks. At maturity they will scuffle and even if you fix both of them, there’s no guarantee of success.
2022 Annual Mini Plush Lops/Plush Lops USA Show
Congratulations to everyone who placed in the 1st Annual Mini Plush Lops Show. With more than 100 entries, the competition was strenuous……please don’t forget to enter the secondary $1,000 contest. You may win the cover of the magazine!!!!!!! Just pose your bunny with his or her ribbon and/or certificate-then upload the photo in a jpeg file (sample pic above). It takes less than 60 seconds. Sample photo is above. If you need any help email us at “LustersLops@mail.com”.🐰💜👍🏻Without the judges none of this would have been possible so, thank you from the bottom of our 💕 hearts. *** Sample pic for the post magazine contest.
If you don’t live near New England we are happy to point you in the right direction. There are many great MPL breeders in the US. For the past two years we have been compiling a list of good MPL breeders…..once the breeders have given us their permission we will publish the list.