What to feed a Lionhead Rabbit?

In order to keep your lionhead rabbit healthy it is important to the select the best diet and give them healthy food only. Feeding your bunny on a daily basis is of great essence, and should be done with great care. For example, if you feed your rabbit with food that contains loads of proteins or fat this might harm him. This is due to the fact that their digestive system is created for digesting low nutrition food instead of highly nutrition food that contains large amounts of proteins,fat and calcium.

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Lionhead Rabbit diet

The basic ingredient of a rabbit diet is hay. More than 75% of their diet should consist out of eating hay. There are many different kinds of hay available. Below an overview of recommended hay is shown. Also take a look at these safe plants that lionhead rabbits are allowed to eat.


Alfalfa hay

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Alfalfa hay is recommended for feeding young lionhead babies

Lucerne or how most people call it; Alfalfa hay is one of the most commonly used hay within a rabbit diet. What makes this type of hay so popular is that it is a great a fiber source, its nutrition value is extremely high. Besides large amounts of calcium and protein it also contains multiple vitamins (B,C,D,E and K) and minerals. There is however downside, as mentioned feeding food that has extreme nutrition values could lead to for example obesity. As a result it is not recommended to feed lionhead rabbits who are older than 7 months with Alfalfa hay. Nevertheless, it is a very suitable hay for young lionhead bunnies since they need a lot nutrition in order to grow. Please take the above in consideration when composing the diet.

We recommend: Kaytee Alfalfa Mini Bale Pet Treat, 24-Ounce

Timothy hay

Timothy Hay for Lionhead Rabbit
Timothy Hay is recommended for full-grown lionhead rabbits.

This type of hay is very popular, there is however a clear explanation. Identical to Alfalfa hay Timothy Hay is also a healthy fiber source that contains calcium, proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals. However, the great difference is that Timothy hay has smaller amounts of nutrition. As a result it won’t harm the rabbit’s digestive system. Timothy hay is therefore extremely suitable for rabbits of all age. Besides, expert’s state that is has also some dental benefits. Looking for a good deal?

We recommend: Carefresh Timothy Hay Pet Food, 32-Ounce

Other hay

In addition to Alfalfa and Timothy there are also other suitable alternatives. For example meadow hay. Contact your vet or pet store if you would like some more information about these alternatives.


Fresh water

Besides eating hay it is essential to provide your lionhead rabbit with fresh water. In general their diet consists out of eating hay and drinking water. Before you replace the water make sure you clean the bottle/container in order to maintain their health. Moreover, fresh water should be available at all time.

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Pellets

In order to complement the diet of a lionhead rabbit is it advised to feed them with pellets. These pellets which are in fact small pieces of squeezed hay also contain a lot of nutrients of which it is possible that they are not present within the regular hay your rabbit gets. However, please keep in mind to be careful with feeding pellets. It is common that they are also used to make sure that a rabbit gains a lot of weight. Therefore feeding can easily lead to obesity. Moreover, there are many different pellets available. As a result it might be wise to consult your vet for some advice. An alternative is to search the online web for recommendations. Ideally you should look for pellets that have plenty of fiber and low amounts of protein. All in all, pellets complement a lionhead rabbit diet but the basic rule is; carefully dose the amount of pellets you feed.

Basic lionhead rabbit feeding guidelines

If you are looking for more detailed information about what your lionhead rabbit should eat and how many times you should feed him or her we refer to this special basic feeding guidelines page. The page describes in great detail what you should feed and what you shouldn’t feed your lionhead.

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52 COMMENTS
  • Diana Petersen
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    Thank You For your information however I was wondering about feeding our bunny lettuce,celery and any other vegetables we can give her.

    1. Lucy
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      Hi, when we bought our bunny they told us no lettuce ever, they cannot eat that.

      1. Selina
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        My bunny loves lettuce, the house rabbit society say that you can feed them lettuce but it may cause gas.

      2. Melissa
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        They cannot have iceberg lettuce. Any other is good (Boston, Leafy, Romaine, ect.) You cannot feed Iceberg lettuce as the water content is too high.

        1. Kylie boring
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          They can just not to much or they can get drea.

      3. John Anzalone
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        Lettuce is good like romaine no ice berg.

      4. Ebony
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        same, they said the lettuce would cause the rabbit to have the runs and make he/she be sick ???!

      5. Ebony
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        you can feed your rabbit lettuce, just don’t give it too much because that can lead to the rabbit having the runs:)

      6. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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        Your rabbit needs to have 1 cup per 2 pounds of body weight a day! Rabbits t’s in the wild all they ate were fresh greens not pellets. Their are lots of good leaf lettuce to feed your rabbit, here are just a few-romaine, Kale, Collared greens, and lots of others too! Remember NEVER feed your rabbit iceberg lettuce.

    2. JB
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      The House Rabbit Society has a pretty extensive guide on what and how many fruits and vegetables to feed rabbits here:
      http://rabbit.org/suggested-vegetables-and-fruits-for-a-rabbit-diet/

    3. John Anzalone
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      I feed my rabbit lettuce no celery cause too many strings to digest

      1. Hi
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        I got a lionhead recently and we give it unlimited amounts of pellets and hay. She poops ALOT. Should we limit her intake of food?

    4. Mia
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      Hi, yes, veg such as celerly, broccoli and fennel, you can each day, but herbs such as parsley, and balm a few times a week. This is the dame with carrots and apples.Lettuce is a lactive and should rarley befed as can harm your rabbits digestive system.

      1. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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        A healthy rabbit should be given 1 cup per 2 pounds of body weight a day. I feed my rabbit basically all veggies every day and I have seen a HUGE deference in his health and attitude, he is a very healthy, happy rabbit and has never had any problems. Parsley is very good for your rabbit, I give mine some daily and he loves it! Also lettuce is very good for your rabbit and will actually help there digestive system, just don’t feed them iceberg. Broccoli should be fed only as a treat because it will cause gas. Do some research.😠

    5. michele crotty
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      my name is Hannah and I feed my lion head
      rabbit celery and lettuce every day but you only have to give it to them three times a day does that answer you question.

    6. Diane
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      No iceberg lettuce romaine or other dark green lettuce dark green vegetables broccilli asparagus

      1. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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        Romaine is perfectly fine!!!!!!!!!

    7. Rox
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      Kale, romaine etc…but no iceburg. I have found this site to be severely lacking in information on all kinds of levels. Best to look up the buns on the ARBA site.

    8. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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      Yes, you can feed your Lion head or any other rabbit veggies, depending on its age, a baby( less than 6 months) can only have a little nibble of vegetables a day, while an adult( 6 months or older)
      Should have 1 cup per 2 pounds of body weight a day. My rabbit gets 3 cups of vegetables a day and he is thriving, he’s in much better health and has a great attitude. Here is a list of some vegetables and fruits that you can feed you rabbit. Romaine lettuce – Spinach – Spring mix from the grocery store – peppers, all colors – Cucumber – Papaya, make sure there is no added sugars or preservatives in any of these fruits – celery is ok in small amounts – Dandilions, make sure there are no pesticides or poisons on them or around them – Clover, white and green – Grass, make sure there is no poisons – carrots, in small amounts because of the high natural sugar content – pineapple, only as a treat – apple, only as a treat and do not give them the seeds they are toxic – Blue berries – kale – Collard greens – parsley – basil – thym – rosemary – mint – and much more! Just make sure never to give you bunny potatoes or ice berg lettuce. Hope this helped!!!😊

  • YaYa's Mama
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    No iceberg lettuce.

  • Liza
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    Can u feed them corn on the cob

    1. Jady
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      Ask the vet, to be sure. I had a bunny that loved it and lived a good long life, but I’d always ask the experts.

    2. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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      Any kind of corn is bad for your rabbit, and the kernels can get stuck in the rabbit intestines and cause blockage. For treats you can give your bunny fresh fruits like blue berry as and pineapple😊

  • Bob
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    What makes bunnies poop a lot

    1. MJ
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      Greens make them go diaria

    2. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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      Rabbits have to be constantly eating and if they have not eaten within 12 hours they can get really sick and die. Greens are very good for your rabbit, but if you give your rabbit some watch his poop, if it’s really runny, you might not to feed you rabbit that vegetable or try to give you bunny a little bit more in a couple days. If your bunnys poop doesn’t get any better you might want to call your vet.

  • John
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    It the other food like carrots and lettuce. Hey will correct that

  • Tiffany
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    my bunny is 10 months and 5 pounds, what am I doing wrong? i give hay and pellets, he eats when he wants to, he eats a few pieces leaves the bowl comes back and for that all day

    1. Rox
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      you have overfed the bun. A lionhead should have 1/8 cup food per pound of bun and the arest should fill in with fresh vegetables and kale/romain etc but no iceburg lettuce.

    2. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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      I found my bunnys twin!!!! Your not doing anything wrong, your bunny probably likes snacking on it though the day. Maybe you could try giving him some veggies to make him it more.😀 Hope this helped!

  • dylded
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    so what veggies can and cant have???

    1. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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      Don’ts: dont feed your rabbit iceberg lettuce or potatoes
      Do’s: Collard greens, Kale, romaine, spinach, parsley, basil, thym, mint, rosemary, clover, grass,peppers, cucumbers, small amounts of carrots, spring mix, dandelions,sunflowers, and much more!!! Here are a couple great bunny YouTube channels, Stormyrabbits, 101rabbits, Lennon the bunny.

      1. Veronica McKay
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        And cilantro, mine LOVE cilantro lol, my female will tip her bowl eat all of that first then eat the rest

      2. Phoenix hindmarch
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        Can you feed them radishes?

  • Tammy
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    Can you feed Alfalfa hay like what I feed the horses?

    1. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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      Alfalfa hay should only befed to rabbits 6months or older, it has to much natural sugar and will cause obesety in adult rabbits.

  • Kara
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    I have a question I have a lionhead dwarf rabbit and I was wondering if he (peanut) can have corn? i know the lady I got him from said not no feed it to him

    1. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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      Corn is very bad for a rabbit and can cause blockage and can even kill your rabbit

  • hi
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    I have a question. I have a lionhead rabbit and he doesn’t eat his pellets I tried like 4 brands and nothing why doesn’t my rabbit eat his pellets?

    1. Felicia Dassonville
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      I also have a lionhead he loves bananas only small portion, Timothy hay and he loves harvest advanced nutrion diet it has pellets, dried fruit and veggues and seeds

    2. Meghan
      Reply

      Some rabbits don’t like pellets. It’s not absolutely necessary to feed pellets it they won’t eat them. Feed lots of healthy dark green veggies and hay to make up for it 🙂 Hope I helped!

    3. Trudy
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      I would go to our local vet to seek some help and/or try mixing in some of his favorite treats but, i´m not expert it would be best to see your vet.

    4. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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      Your bunny might not like pellets, try feeding him more hay, and talk to your vet and see if an all veggie diet would work for you and your bunny. P.s have you tried Sherwood or Oxbow?

  • Barbara collins
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    What tit bits can my lion head eat without fear he loves the little hangingtreat call natures nibbles also he loved abig ball looks like twigs

  • Michael kemper
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    Lettuce and other vegetables that have a high water content are not suitable for rabbits, it causes diarrhea and can lead to death, spring greens, berries in limited amounts are fine, no celery, again, water content is to high and the fibers are not easily digested, rabbits have a poor digestive system so that’s why they poop alot

    1. Silverfoxslionheadsa dminirexs
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      Lettuce is very good for you rabbit, it will improve your rabbits health, just don’t feed them iceberg.

  • Grace
    Reply

    Hello, I got my lion head bunny two days ago, he is only 10 weeks old. I have fed him normal food for two days but can I feed him greens two days a week?

  • Teresa
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    I have two lionheads, and our vet says no green food of any kind for this breed, ever. No straw/hay to eat or for bedding, as it can cause kidney stones (one of ours in fact passed a stone about a year ago). Feed for special treats pieces of apples without skins, and regular cheerios (the ones in the yellow box), a small slice of banana every now and then. Otherwise just pellets.

    1. Silverfoxslionheadsand minarets
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      Hay is the most important food in a rabbits diet, they should have 80 to 90 percent of hay in there diet. If a rabbit does not have a they can get serious health problems and will die. Please feed you bunnys hay, if you look it up all the website you will find will say that all bunnys need hay, no matter their breed.

  • alana
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    how many cups of pellets does a 2-3 pound lion head need to eat

    1. Silverfoxslionheadsandminirexs
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      An 1/8 cup to a 1/3 a cup

  • Kris Young
    Reply

    I have a 7week old Polished lion head ! I was told I need to feed her 70% of her Oxbow Western timothy hay and 20% of her Oxbow young rabbit pallets a day! She doesn’t seem to like them! What do I do?!

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