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Lion Head Rabbits Care, Information, Characteristics and More

Lion Head Rabbits Care, Information, Characteristics and More

Looking for an animal companion or a new furry addition to your existing animal family? If so, then you might want to consider getting yourself a ‘little lion’, or a Lion Head Rabbit. These furry creatures have a lion heart and are not your common breed for rabbits.

They are intelligent, friendly, and amazing companions if well taken care of. Get to know these creatures on a deeper sense and know more about them to become better fur parents to these adorable little lions.


These rabbits are a new breed that only became known in the United States in the 1990s. They were initially bred in Belgium, and up until now the genitors for this breed remain unknown, with their unique feature being their woolly mane that looked similar to a lion’s, thus the name Lion Head Rabbit. Many speculated them to be the offspring of a Swiss Fox rabbit and a Neanderthal dwarf rabbit.

The first to recognize this breed was the British Rabbit Council in 2002 followed by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 2013, and since then, some owners of this breed of rabbits sign them up in competitions. The French Federation of Cuniculture, however, has yet to recognize them as a breed up to this day.

Lion Head Rabbits’ Personality and Behavior

Currently, they have become a famous breed and pet since they are good-natured, playful, and more domesticated than most breeds. They are affectionate, adventurous, and amazing companions for those with experience on caring for rabbits. Basically, they are perfect as family pets.

However, because of their easily frightened and timid personality, they might be a bad choice for first-time owners and families with hyperactive children.

Lion Head rabbits become aggressive when frightened or stressed out, and their adventurous personality requires a spacious cage in a quiet area. You would need to gain their trust by being patient with them and letting them enjoy their space while getting them used to contact with you as well. Fortunately, the process doesn’t take very long since they are affectionate in nature and can easily get used to being carried and kissed.

Another thing to take note about these adorable creatures are their intelligence. Lion Head rabbits are highly clever, love learning tricks, and get bored easily. You can potty train them, and they can learn three commands at most as long as you are diligent enough. Specifically, they respond excellently with clicker training. Showering them with a lot of toys and activities is a great way to keep their temper cool.

Caring for Your Lion Head Rabbits

If you want to make sure that your pets are having the best life, then learn about the proper way to care for them, what they need, and what harms them. To ensure proper Lionhead Rabbits care, you have to focus on two main points: food and grooming.

The correct daily Lionhead Bunny diet is as follows:

•  Fresh hay

•  Lots of freshwater

•  ½ cup of pellets

Treats of fruits and vegetables every now and then are also okay especially during training, but never get them used to it. Keeping it at two to three times a week would give them enough nutrition for optimal health.

As for grooming your rabbit, the first thing you need to remember is to never bathe your rabbit because they don’t need it. Don’t get fooled by cute videos of bathing rabbits. If ever their fur gets stained, you can simply comb or wipe it off with a wet napkin and if this doesn’t work then a quick wash in 2 inches water in a bowl will do. The two main duties you need to focus on is brushing and nail trimming.

Since Lion Head Rabbits have a long lion-like mane, they can be a challenge to maintain. Outside the shedding season, owners should make sure to brush their fur once or twice a week. During shedding season, they should be brushed daily. Not doing so will cause their coats to develop mats and increase risks of skin infections and fleas, not to mention this is extremely painful for them.

Following your vet’s advice, you should also remember to trim your rabbit’s nails once per month or per fortnight. Ask your vet to demonstrate how it’s done in order for you to practice since rabbits can get quite agitated during the process.

Common Health Issues

Now if you’re someone that gets easily attached to animals, then at this point you may be wondering until how old do Lionhead Rabbits live? The average Lionhead Rabbits Lifespan can go from 8 to 10 years and possibly even longer as long as they have a clean and peaceful place to live in, are fed correctly and regularly (like giving them healthy greens), and cared for the best way possible.

It is also important to know the common health issues that your rabbits may encounter together with dental problems like overgrown teeth. Be guided with the list below:

•  Eye Problems – Compared to other rabbit breeds, Lionhead rabbits tend to have a flatter face which makes them more prone to eye infections and blurred vision. Regularly bathing their eyes with warm water is essential to keep them safe. Visit your trusted veterinarian if symptoms persist.

•  Respiratory Problems – This is also caused by their flat faces, which makes them prone to breathing, digestive, and dental problems. This breed often overheats easily as well.

To conclude, these adorable little lions are a perfect match for owners seeking for unique domestic pets and those willing to give them everything they need. Do make sure to get yours from a trusted breeder to make sure that you won’t receive anything too difficult to handle along the way. Moreover, good breeders can give you some good advice on which ones suits you best and how to care for them.


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