We never met a bunny that wasn’t completely adorable, but the irresistible rabbit breed called the Lionhead is definitely in a class by itself! Chances are, whenever you see a particularly cute and fluffy bun on the Internet, it’s probably a Lionhead. These petite guys with that wooly mane you just want to reach out and pet have gained a huge following in the relatively short time that they’ve been a recognized breed. Here are just a few interesting facts about the appealing Lionhead rabbit, courtesy of the informative website lionheadrabbit.com:
The Lionhead breed was first developed in Belgium, by crossing two dwarf rabbit breeds. The exact breeds used are up for debate, with the Netherland Dwarf, Swiss Fox, and Jersey Wooly as possible candidates.
The characteristic mane around a Lionhead’s face (and sometimes flanks) is a big part of what makes this bun so appealing. Lionheads can have single or double manes. The terms single and double refer to the genes that cause the mane to grow. Single mane bunnies have one gene that produces a mane around their heads; this mane can sometimes disappear over time. Double mane rabbits have two genes associated with the mane. Their manes tend to be thicker and fluffier, can spread to their flanks, and do not thin out as they age.
The Lionhead is a small dwarf rabbit, ranging in size from 2.5 to 3.5 pounds. The lifespan of a Lionhead is around 8 to 10 years. The Lionhead’s coat can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, ranging from white to black, with a whole range of pretty shades in between.
Like many other types of pets with fluffy coats, the Lionhead bunny does require a good amount of grooming. Generally, this means a brushing 2 to 3 times per week. Lionheads also molt at certain times of the year, and daily brushings are important to prevent mats.
Besides their charming good looks, these buns are also known for their friendly and affectionate personalities. They like more attention than some other rabbit breeds, and tend to be tolerant and patient with children…but it’s always a good idea to teach kids proper handling and to supervise young children with rabbits.
Interested in a Lionhead of your own to love? Be sure to check out rabbit rescue organizations and your local animal shelters for adoptable bunnies. Purchasing Lionheads should always be done through a reputable, accredited breeder. Like puppies, rabbits can also be victims of the mill trade, so take a pass on pet store rabbits.
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Images top to bottom (all Flickr): Lionhead Rabbit10 by Fantasya72; Lionhead Bunny by James Brennan; Rabbit by curtis.kennington; MrBoo_small by Simon Fielding; Comfortable Rabbit by David O; Bag by Wei Tchou; Snowflake by David O.
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