The Lionhead Rabbit is a relatively new rabbit breed within the United States of America. Although the breed had been imported around 1998, it was not until 2014 that the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) approved the Lionhead Rabbit as an officially recognized breed in the United States. In contrast, the United Kingdom’s British Rabbit Council (BRC) recognized all known colours and varieties of the breed, in 2002. Scroll down this page to learn more about topics such as; Care, Colors and Varieties, Costs, Mane types, Size, Lifespan, Personality, Price, For Sale, Temperament.
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What is a Lionhead Rabbit?
Lionheads are small bunnies with compact, rounded bodies and are considered to be a fancy breed. The distinguishing factor between Lionheads and other breeds is that this breed has a wool mane. The similarity they share with the king of the animal kingdom, the Lion, is the reason that they were given their breed name, Lionhead. Normally, their mane is around 2 inches (5 cm) long.
Lionhead Rabbit Care
How do I care for a Lionhead? Proper feeding, for a Lionhead, should consist of about ½ cup of high quality pellets daily, plus an unlimited amount of fresh Timothy hay and fresh, clean water. In addition, it is also ok to give them small amounts of rabbit-safe veggies and fruits (What to feed your lionhead?), in moderation – which is on the average 2-3x per week. Otherwise, due to their long wooly manes, brushings will need to be done in a consistent manner, being at least 2-3 times per week, unless he is molting – at which time he will need to be brushed daily…
🙋 QUESTIONS?: If you have lionhead related questions we recommend taking a look at our FAQ section. We have answered most of the basic as well as some of the more “complex” questions.
These brushings are very important to rabbits with longer fur because mats develop very quickly and easily and if left un-attended, can cause the rabbit pain and even skin infections. So keep in mind that daily care is required! Also, don’t forget to do your basic weekly health exams, as well as monthly nail trimmings. And finally, we advise you to read our well presented “how to care for a lionhead” pages or perhaps order a copy of the lionhead book shown below!
If you are a new Lionhead Rabbit owner we advise you to buy a copy of “Lionhead Rabbits, The Complete Owner’s Guide to Lionhead Bunnies”written by Ann L Fletcher. It is the best available lionhead book and is definitely a must-have.
For a reasonable price you get a guide that explains everything you need to know! The author covers all the essential aspects in a straightforward manner. She also included a lot of facts and answers to all the questions you might have. Also available as EBOOK! *UPDATE* Bestseller*
Lionhead Rabbit colors and varieties
In the UK, according the BRC Standards, Lionheads may be shown in all colours recognized, so long as the confirmation of that colour is of good quality. (Don’t forget to have a look at our amazing images of all known Lionhead colors and varieties). In the United States, according to the ARBA Standards, the Lionheads are of the following recognized colors: black, chocolate, tortoise, blue, blue point, blue-eyed white and ruby-eyed white, chestnut agouti, seal, silver marten, smoke pearl, pointed white, sable point and Siamese sable.
Lionhead rabbit for sale
For the convenience of our viewers who are searching for a Lionhead rabbit to purchase, we have included a page where you can see which lionhead rabbit(s) are for sale. As previously mentioned, we always strongly recommend to only purchase rabbits from knowledgeable, experienced breeders. By doing so, you will have a history on that rabbit, as well as the ability of a mentor who can help and teach you many various aspects of rabbit care. These are not options when purchasing from pet stores, farm supplies stores, or shelters. Additionally, when purchasing from such 3rd-parties, there will be no known health information about the rabbit you’re buying. If you are a professional Lionhead breeder who has rabbits for sale, we encourage you to post your details – free of charge – on our for sale page.
Lionhead Rabbit Size
One popular question asked about this breed is “How big do Lionheads get?” The answer to this is that an average adult sized specimen should weigh approximately 3lbs (1.36kb), although the maximum weight for show requirements is that of 3lb 12oz (1.7kg). In other words, their size is similar to that of most small-breed rabbits, yet a bit bigger than most of the dwarf sized ones.
Temperament & Personality
Lionheads are not only cute and perky, they are very good-natured bunnies. They are very tolerant of children as well, and as such, they make wonderful pets for kids and adults alike. They also tend to be well-mannered, friendly, and easily trained. Get to learn more about there temperament!
Mane types of the Lionhead rabbit
There are 3 types of mane’s that a Lionhead could have. The mane (a distinctive tuft of long fur) of a Lionhead is a thick, wooly fur which is soft and has a presence of crimping. This wool covering will surround the head area, and often times the flank area, of the rabbit. The only true way to tell if each rabbit is a double, single, or no mane specimen is to examine it after it’s been born. Would you like to know how? See: (Do I have a single or double-mane Lionhead Rabbit?) and find out which type your bunny has.
The number of mane-genes that a Lionhead gets from each parent, determines whether it is a double mane (two mane genes) or a single mane (one mane gene) rabbit. A double mane Lionhead will have a noticeable V form around their skirt, while a single mane will look like a any other rabbit directly after birth. Additionally, there is also what is referred to as a no-mane Lionhead, in which case that rabbit will not have received any mane-genes at all.
Lionhead Rabbit lifespan
Lionheads, when cared for correctly, can live to be around 8 years of age. Providing the right type of housing for your bunny, as well as the right types of food, exercise, and attention will play a large part in determining the length of his life. It is also known that avoiding as much stress as possible can also increase the time-frame of life for him.
What is the price of a Lionhead?
The purchase of the Lionhead itself will vary from a ballpark figure of $20.00 to $125.00, depending upon the quality of rabbit you choose to have, where you buy it from, and whether or not it is pedigreed. If you are interested in owning one as a pet, a pedigree is not needed. However, if you are considering breeding them, and / or showing them, a pedigree will be needed and it would be necessary to buy the best quality of rabbit that you can afford and that is available to purchase.
What is the yearly cost to own a Lionhead rabbit?
The costs involved in owning one Lionhead can vary greatly depending on how basic or elaborate you want to be. On the average scale, however, by the time you add in the cost of the rabbit, the hutch or cage, feed, hay, treats, basic grooming and medical supplies, you can expect to pay in the wide-range of $300.00 – $750.00 for one year. From there, price can go up substantially if you opt to buy a show quality rabbit. Furthermore, if you choose to participate in showing the expense will continue to increase, based on how many times you show and the distance traveled to do so.
Lionhead Rabbit breeders
If you are interested in buying a Lionhead, we suggest that you only buy from reputable breeders, rather than from 3rd-parties, such as pet stores. In order to make it easier to reach out to these Breeders, we have created a breeders section where you can simply “find a breeder” that suits you the best. If you are breeder and you would like to be on our list, you would only have to send us an e-mail and share some details about your rabbitry, basic location, preferred method of contact, and the colors you work with.
Are there Lionhead rabbits for sale near me?
One of the easiest ways to locate a Lionhead for sale in your area is to check out our interactive breeder-location map. All you have to do is pull up the map, find your location, and click on the pin-icons nearest to that area.
About their history
Lionheads were first created in Belgium by crossing two different dwarf sized breeds, although the debate of which two breeds were used, exactly, has left many scratching their heads in wonder. However, in doing the specific breed-crossing (quite possibly being that of a Swiss Fox and Netherland Dwarf) that was used, there was a gene mutation that occurred, causing this new breed to consistently produce a line of wool around the head region, and often times the flanks as well. This mutated gene is now referred to as the “mane” gene. It has also been suggested that a Jersey Wooly was used in the breed creation, causing the mane gene to occur – but scientifically speaking, the wool gene is a different variant than what this mane gene is, therefore leaving doubt in the plausibility of that theory.