Welcome to our Lionhead Rabbit Information site. We hope to provide you with information and inspiration to make one of these lovely creatures a part of your family. If you’re tired of dogs barking and cats causing a ruckus, a nice quiet lionhead rabbit, called so because of the unique mane it grows that resembles the mane of a lion, may be just the pet you’re looking for.
Although there is much information available on the internet about rabbits and even about lionhead rabbits, we hope to gather the essential information you need all in one place.
lionhead rabbits are relatively new on the scene, not yet recognized by the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association). They come in a veritable rainbow of colors and can exhibit no mane, a single mane or a double mane. Responsible breeders are working on breeding lionheads to produce a limited and very specific range of colors. In fact, recognition by the ARBA is being sought for just one color at this time.
lionhead rabbits are a small breed, weighing in at around 3 pounds or so. Since they are small, they require just a normal size rabbit cage and their food consumption is relatively small. Like most rabbits, lionheads can be raised on a diet of 16% protein rabbit pellets and a good quality timothy hay. Vegetable treats should be limited to once or twice a week and shouldn’t be fed to rabbits at all until they are at least 6 months old. If you just can’t resist giving them treats, buy a package of rabbit chews at your local pet store.
Lionhead rabbits, like all of the long hair breeds should be brushed regularly. You can do this weekly, or even less frequently but the more you do it, the more both you and your rabbit will enjoy it. Not only is it enjoyable for your rabbit and therapeutic for you, but it will diminish the possibility of digestive problems due to hairballs (wool block). Brushing should be done with a brush designed for rabbits or cats and please remember to be careful because a rabbit’s skin is sensitive. We have found that lionheads manes do not tend to mat very easily so they are much easier to care for than angora rabbits.
Lionhead rabbits can live for 6 to 10 years, so keep that in mind when you consider acquiring a pet. It will give you years of enjoyment and companionship.
You can see pictures of lionhead rabbits here.