The tort Lionhead rabbit is an interesting breed of rabbit. It’s a fairly new addition to the domestic rabbit rosta, yet there is still some facts and information unknown about them. The breed has been recognized officially in the UK since 2002.
One thing that we do know is that these cute little bunnies make awesome pets. They have a great temperament, and easy to handle and enjoy human interaction. You will get years of fun and enjoyable memories as an owner.
In this article I will take you through everything you should need to know about tort Lionhead bunnies. From caring for them, feeding, and how to get the most out of being a responsible owner.
Varieties of the Tort Lionhead Rabbit
There are lots of different varieties and colors. The varieties that are recognised by the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) are the following tortoise types:
- Lilac, and
- Ruby eyed white (REW)
Caring for Your Lionhead Bunny
As for caring for your bunny daily it’s not too demanding. You need to keep fresh hay and water available at all times. You can supplement their diet with some pellets, and vegetables and plants sparingly.
The only thing that really separates this breed from others is their trademark mane. It’s made up from long fur, but the fur is thin and easy to groom. Giving it a brush will work out any knots starting to form and keep it nice and clean. Just a quick brush all over every time you handle the bunny should be fine.
Keep an eye on them for any signs of injury or health concerns. Always have the number of a vet in case of emergencies. But they are low maintenance pets when compared to other domestic animals and breeds of rabbits. So you have very little to worry about.
Housing Your Lionhead Bunny
Providing the right housing is vitally important to your pet’s health and well-being. I’ve covered a size guide for rabbits living areas before. Don’t cut corners on space, without enough room they will become stresses and more likely to fall ill.
You can find cheap, small or large cages and hutches. Whatever you budget or needs, there is something to suit you and your bunny. They can be kept outdoors or indoors, each options has some positives and negatives.
For example, keeping them indoors means you get to see and play with them more. But they may damage some of your housewares or cause a smell if not cleaned out regularly.
While outdoors they can make a lot more mess and not disturb you overnight. But they have a shorter life expectancy and are exposed to weather conditions and potentially predators.
Lionhead Rabbit Facts
Here are some interesting facts about the Lionhead breed of rabbit:
- They are called ‘Lionheads’ because of their mains resembling that of a lion’s
- They are believed to have originated in Belgium after a Netherland Dwarf and a Swiss Fox was bred
- They are small rabbits weighing around 3 lbs maximum
- They have distinctive small ears at around 3” in length
- Their fur is soft and long, unlike most rabbits with their dense coats
- They are a social and friendly breed making great pets
- They can live as long as ten years of age.
Lionhead Rabbit Lifespan
The lifespan of a Lionhead is between 8-10 years. They are typically healthy rabbits and will not suffer with many illnesses throughout their lives. They are also easy to look after, making them an ever increasing popular choice as a house pet.
Double Maned Lionheads
It’s possible to have a lionhead with a double mane. This is due to a genetic mutation and the bunny will have two copies of the mane gene. You will see another mane of fur on their flank. It’s nothing to be alarmed about and doesn’t cause any other health concerns. Just a unique trait to you rabbit if you have one.