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Raising Lionhead Rabbits

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Raising lionhead rabbits is about as much fun as rabbit raising gets! I am adopted mom to my daughter’s many lionheads and watching them is a delight. I feed and water them at least several times a week with my little grandson’s help.

It is generally believed that the lionhead rabbit originated in Belgium as a result of the crossbreeding of the Swiss Fox and a Belgian Dwarf. Then crosses to a smaller wool type breed were made. Later the breed was imported to England where continued crossbreeding of small breed rabbits and wool breeds was done.

However, another opinion is that the lionhead breed did not originate in Belgium. It is thought by some that when European breeders were working on the Dwarf Angora the lionhead mutation occurred in a litter of bunnies and was accidentally spread throughout the Dwarf Angora Breed. Whichever actually happened, the first lionhead rabbits were imported to the US in 1999.

Lionhead rabbits get their name from the mane they grow that looks very similar to the mane of a lion. I assure you, the similarity stops there. The manes can be double or single and of course, the double manes are the prettiest.  Interestingly the gene that causes the mane seems to be a dominant mutation which means that only one parent is required to have the “mane gene” to produce more lionheads.

The needs of rabbits are very minimal and lionhead rabbits are no exception. A cage, a food dish that can be attached to the cage and a water bottle, also attached to the cage are all that is required. Generally the cages have trays that slide out for easy cleaning which should be done at least every 3 or 4 days. Cages can be purchased at pet stores, farm supply stores or from rabbit raisers who make their own cages as well as sell them. Used cages can often be found at flea markets or through Craigslist.

Lionhead rabbits require no special grooming or care although they enjoy the extra attention. And, like all rabbits, the more handling they receive, the sweeter and nicer pets they make. LIONHEAD RABBITS tend to be very friendly, enjoying human contact. They are easy to handle and if brought into the home at a young age they become accustomed  to human contact and make excellent pets.

They are healthy overall as a breed. So if you are looking for a mini rabbit (recommended standard for the adult is 3 3/4 pounds) that is a bit different and unusual, lionheads are a good choice due to their size, temperament and ease of care.


The lionhead rabbit mane can become felted similar to other wooled breeds, so it needs to be carefully brushed out periodically. Avoid vigorous brushing which could pull the wool out. Be patient and gentle and your rabbit will reward you by looking utterly gorgeous.

As with all wooled breeds, you need to make sure your lionhead rabbit gets sufficient fiber to prevent fur from balling up in their intestines. A good rule of thumb would be to feed only hay once a week, leaving out the rabbit ration on that day.

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Posted on December 20th 2008 in lionhead rabbits, raising rabbits

Joy’s Litter ~ 3 Weeks Old ~ Baby Lionhead Bunnies

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Posted on April 21st 2013 in lionhead rabbits

breeding my lionhead doe to lionhead buck


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Posted on April 20th 2013 in lionhead rabbits

Pet Rabbit Care : Picking Up Your Pet Rabbit


Learn from an exotic animal health technician as she explains how to pick up a pet rabbit in this free online video.

Expert: Sarah Tingle
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Bio: Sarah Tingle is a resident exotic animal health technician specializing in dog health care.
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Posted on April 18th 2013 in lionhead rabbits

Lionhead rabbits 12 days old.

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Our lionhead rabbits were in our kitchen for the first time. They have just opened their eyes :)

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Posted on April 17th 2013 in lionhead rabbits

I Got A Lionhead Rabbit For My Birthday


My uncle bought me a Lionhead rabbit as a surpise for my 17th birthday present! I love it, and now I got two rabbits :D D

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Posted on April 15th 2013 in lionhead rabbits

lionhead baby rabbits playing

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lionhead baby rabbits playing.4 weeks old.

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Posted on April 14th 2013 in lionhead rabbits

breeding lionhead doe to dutch buck


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Posted on April 12th 2013 in lionhead rabbits

Purple and Pink Lionhead Rabbits

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I dyed my Lionhead Rabbits’ fur Purple and Pink.

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Posted on April 11th 2013 in lionhead rabbits

Babby lion head rabbits

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Posted on April 9th 2013 in lionhead rabbits

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