History of the Lionhead Rabbit
In the early 1960’s the Lionhead rabbit appeared as a genetic mutation in a litter of rabbits in France and in crossbred litters in Belgium. The breeders were actually trying to produce a long-coated Dwarf, by crossing a miniature Swiss Fox and a Netherland dwarf. This resulted in a genetic mutation causing wool to appear around the head and on the flanks. This gene has come to be known as the “mane” gene. In the United Kingdom, the British Rabbit Council has recognized the Lionhead breed since 2002. In the United States, the breed is in “Certificate of Development” status with the American Rabbit Breeders’ Association (ARBA).
The age of any rabbit dependent on the care and the diet. Hay is the most important part of your rabbit’s diet. Pellets should only make up a small amount of your rabbit’s diet. They are high calorie and low fiber which leads to obesity and overgrown teeth. Fresh vegetables keep your rabbit’s intestines well hydrated, which helps with overall digestion.Rabbits have a sweet tooth and would probably love to eat a lot of fruit. Without enough water, intestinal contents can become very dry and get stuck. There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt. Lifespan of the lionhead rabbit is 7 to 9 years.
If your rabbit scratching more than usual it can point to ear mites that can grow inside Lionhead ears.
If you suspect your rabbit has ear mites, take them to your local veterinarian to get treated.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
The Lionhead rabbit has compact and a small body, and the head is bold. Their ears are 3 inches long, the legs are of medium length and they are of medium bone. Ideal weight 3.5 lbs (1.59 kg)
Fur / Coat
Around the cheeks, chest and back legs Lionheads have longer fur. They have become very popular as show rabbits.
Lionhead rabbit can have two types of mane. They can feature a single mane (a wispy, thin mane around its head, ears, chin and sometimes on the chest and rum) or a double mane (like the single mane, only much thicker, and wool on their flanks that some refer to as a “skirt”). Around their heads the length of their wool does not exceed 2 inches.
Lionheads are affecionate, energetic and they absolutley loves to play. They make wonderful family pets as they love to be picked up, held and petted as often as their human handlers like! They love to have plenty of toys.
Rabbits are a little harder to litter train than rabbits and dogs, but it is possible. They tend to “go” in
one particular corner.
If they successfully do their business in the correct place,
always make sure to reward them with a small piece of rabbit-safe vegetable or fruit.