Since lionhead rabbits are very intelligent and social creatures they require extended care. In addition, because of their wooly mane and a strong need for interaction with their owners they need more care when compared with other domestic rabbit breeds. Besides providing them with fresh hay and water you will have to do a dozen other things in order to keep your bunnies healthy. For example, making sure they have enough space to hop around is of great essence. Moreover, it is important to create a habitat where they feel at home. Read more about the housing options(Indoor, outdoor, cage types). All in all, caring for a lionhead is a task you should take very seriously. Since it is impossible to cover such an important topic at only a single page we advise you to take a look at the bottom of this page or use the menu above to navigate to other pages that assist you in caring for this amazing breed.
A Lionhead rabbit needs daily care
Caring for your bunny requires you to make daily efforts in order to ensure their wellbeing. The most important daily task is to provide them with fresh water and large amounts of hay. Furthermore, it is recommended to play for a while and interact with each other. By doing so you make sure your lionheads gets enough exercise and therefore decreases the odds of getting spinal problems and obesity. Also, part of your daily schedule should be to observe your bunny and perform a basic health check. For an extensive description of all these tasks we refer to our daily care section that includes several tips, an absolutely must read for new owners.
Provide a healthy diet
Besides making sure that your bunny has enough space to live the most important part of taking care is to provide a healthy diet. Are you aware of what a lionhead isn’t allowed to eat? The list of fruits, vegetables, plants that can do serious harm is extensive. We strongly recommend to read our articles about feeding your lionhead rabbit. By reading those articles you will know what to feed and how much they require. For example, the diet of babies differs a lot from the diet of an adult lionhead. Moreover, when food isn’t fresh it will lose its nutrition value.
Keep your lionhead healthy
In addition to providing a healthy diet you should frequently check their health status. As goes for all rabbit breeds, there are some diseases you really have to be aware of. Among them are Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) and Myxomatosis. These diseases are in most cases lethal. As a result we advise you to read our section about vaccinations and learn what you can do to protect your lionhead. Please remember that it is better to prevent than to cure. Furthermore, during your daily and weekly health check we advise to check their teeth. It is given that lionheads are more prone to dental diseases.
Are you thinking of buying a lionhead?
Prior to caring for your Lionhead rabbit it is essential that you carefully select the ideal rabbit. Many people forget this important first step and choose the first Lionhead rabbit they encounter. However, this is the wrong approach. It is essential that you have a perfect fit together. We have made a guide that describes 7 steps that will help you select the ideal bunny.
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