The new type of breed found in the United States of America is the Lionhead rabbit breed. The Arabian Rabbit Breeders’ Association recognized this new breed in several colors and variations i.e., Chocolate and Seal, REW (Ruby Eyed White), Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, and Siamese Sable. These Lionhead rabbit breeds are also known as Fancy Breeds because these are the small bunnies who have rounded and solid bodies. 

Lionhead rabbits are typically quite small, reaching an average weight of 1.5kg at adulthood. They can have very long fur around their necks which requires daily grooming to prevent it from becoming matted. The rest of the fur is fine to be groomed weekly to help keep it in top condition. Lionheads are usually quite timid and can be easily frightened. Although historically seen as a child’s pet, rabbits aren’t really suitable for small children. They don’t enjoy being picked up, and have very fragile backs that can break easily if they’re dropped. For this reason, they’re better suited to families with older children who can spend time with them, creating a large, natural environment for their rabbits to enjoy which will allow them to express normal behaviours such as digging, binkying, and running.

There are two main types of Lionhead rabbits: single mane and double mane. The number of manes depends on the number of genes a rabbit receives from its parents. Two mane genes result in a double mane while one mane gene results in a single mane. Interestingly, you can’t tell the difference between a single mane and a double mane rabbit in adults of the breed just by looking at them. They’re only discernable at birth.

What Is A Lionhead Rabbit?

As sustenance farmers, we raise animals as our meat source. As such, the Lionhead rabbit would not be one we would have because of it’s a dwarf rabbit breed. The name inspires images of a large, burly rabbit but the Lionhead rabbit did not get its name because of its size. You might be surprised to learn how it got its name.

Because this rabbit has a large fluffy mane which makes them look like a lion’s head, they received their deceptive name. Their fluffy mane makes their head look bigger than it really is, but these rabbits are on the smaller side of rabbit breeds. Making them the perfect size for a pet or show rabbit.

Who Is The Lionhead Rabbit Right For?

As I said, they’re not right for sustenance farmers, like us. But they make ideal pets for those who want an easily managed, calm, affectionate pet. It may be considered a little quirky and definitely unique to have a rabbit as a pet but that can be a good thing!

Lionhead rabbits are the perfect combination of playful, goofy, and offering nice hugs. If you have children, the Lionhead bunny is an excellent choice to consider.

How Big Do Lionhead Rabbits Get?

The popular Lionhead rabbit breed usually weighs around 3 pounds when fully grown. They reach between 8 and 10 inches in length. However, these little rabbits can look much bigger than they actually are, thanks to their fluffy mane. Lionheads with a double mane appear the biggest of all! The size of your Lionhead rabbit shouldn’t matter too much, unless you are planning to show them.

How Much Does A Lionhead Rabbit Cost?

The cost of purchasing a Lionhead rabbit ranges from $ 50 to $ 100 (as of the writing of this article). The biggest cost of having one is food. You can expect an average monthly food bill of around $60. Another cost to consider is your Lionhead rabbit’s hutch. Since your rabbit is most likely going to be trained to a litter box, it will enjoy free roaming in your house or in an outdoor setting.

But when you are away from home or want him to remain in his own space, you’ll need a hutch of some kind. This is where his bed, food and water bowls, and the litter box are usually kept. The cost varies depending on how simple or elaborate you go and on your budget. A good shelter ranges from $50 to $200 and up.

How Much Does Lionhead Rabbits Weigh?

A lionhead which is over a year old is already a completely and fully independent grown-up. Indeed, their body length should here be at least from 8 to 10 inches and they should weight anywhere between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds. The ears of a mature lionhead rabbit will probably not exceed 3 inches in length, while their mane (if it is a double maned gene) will grow around 2 inches long.

Another interesting fact is how fast their teeth grow. Did you know that rabbit’s teeth grow approximately 1/16 of an inch each week? That is why they need to consistently chew some high-quality hay or otherwise they will not be able to wear their teeth down as much as they need to.

Is A Lionhead Rabbit A Good Pet?

Now we know how big Lionhead rabbits get, how does this affect their status as a good pet? Thanks to their lovable personalities, Lionhead rabbits are popular, and can make great pets. They are good with children and will suit most families.

However, there are some things to take note of. Even though they are small, Lionheads are very social and are happiest when kept with other rabbits. So, they won’t necessarily take up less space than a larger breed. Also, their small size means they are incredibly delicate little pets. They can be easily hurt by small children who don’t know how to handle them properly, or who could accidentally drop them.

What Is The Lifespan Of A Lionhead Rabbit?

The average lifespan of a Lionhead rabbit breed is 7-9 years of age. This is just an average. As with weight and length, some may live less or longer. The healthier their food and environment, the increased possibility of a longer lifespan.

Possible Health Problems:

All rabbits are at risk of developing painful dental disease if they are not fed on the correct diet. A rabbits’ daily diet should consist of:

  • At least their own body size in hay
  • A handful of suitable fresh greens twice a day
  • One tablespoon of commercial rabbit nuggets (twice daily if your rabbit weighs over 3.5kg)

How Much Space Do Lionhead Rabbits Need?

As much space as you can give them. Their hutch should be able to accommodate two fluffballs so a minimum of 6x2x2 ft is recommended. Even though these rabbits are small, they’re active little bunnies!

If you can, give them as much room as you can and include toys and a playpen area if possible. Otherwise, they will be at risk of boredom and Lionhead rabbits are particularly susceptible to stress.

Where Can I Keep My Lionhead Rabbit?

You can keep them indoors or outdoors. As long as you can keep them safe and the local weather conditions allow it! Keep them out of sight of predators and high winds. And make sure to check on them regularly wherever they’re kept.

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