Lionhead Rabbit Facts

Lionhead Rabbit Facts

Here are some Lionhead Rabbit facts to help you become more familiar with this cute breed of rabbit. They make great pets, are fun and easy to care for and are becoming more popular all the time. Here are some interesting facts:

Lionhead Rabbit Facts

  1. The Lionhead is one of the more recent breeds of domestic rabbit to be kept as pets.
  2. The name ‘Lionhead’ was attached to the breed because they have long fur around their faces that resemble a lion’s mane.
  3. The breed is believed to have originated in Belgium.
  4. The breed was believed to have been bred by accident at first, but due to their cute appearance they were then bred.
  5. The Lionhead only weighs around 2-3 lbs when fully grown.
  6. Their ears are much shorter than most rabbit breeds at 2-3”.
  7. Their fur is longer on their chest and cheeks.
  8. The long fur feels very different to a typical dense rabbit coat.
  9. They enjoy human company and being handled.
  10. Despite their fluffy appearance they don’t require much grooming as their fur is not very dense.
  11. They have strong maternal instincts and are easy to breed.
  12. They have a life expectancy between 8-10 years.

If you are looking for further information, here are some of the more common questions about Lionhead rabbits answered.

How Big Do Lionhead Rabbits Grow?

They typically grow to weigh around 2-3 lbs when fully grown. Their body-type is upright and compact. They have tiny ears at just 3” long and have a small, round, cute appearance.

How Long Do Lionhead Rabbits Live?

They have a longer lifespan than a lot of other breeds, such as the Rex for example. A healthy Lionhead that has been well cared for can live in excess of 8 years and get to a ripe old age of 10 years sometimes.

Do Lionheads Enjoy Being Handled?

They are fine being handled. The more you handle them from an early age the more tame they will be of course. But the breed is known to be very adaptable to humans and enjoy the affection of a caring owner.

Where Do Lionhead Rabbits Come From?

The Lionhead is believed to have first originated in Belgium. They spread across Europe at a rapid pace, and found their way to the US in the early 1990’s. They are now popular pets across the US and fairly easily obtained.

Lionhead Rabbit Care

They are not difficult breeds to care for. They do have a mane of course, so there is a little extra care and attention required there. Grooming their long fur will stop the chance of fur becoming matted or tangled.

They love eating hay, as most rabbits do. So provide a good supply of quality hay to keep them happy and healthy. A constant supply of clean water is also a necessity, and a few pellets will only help balance their diet and give them something else to eat.

They are fun and easy rabbits to keep as pets. Children can care for them with the necessary supervision and education. It’s a joy having a Lionhead, if you’re thinking of adopting one or already have one you’re in for a treat.