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Lionhead Bunnies: What You Need to Know to Own One

Pets are becoming an increasingly popular member of many households. Growing up as a child, I was also surrounded by house pets. May people I know own a dog or a cat, but rarely do I know someone who owns a domestic bunny or rabbit. They say that most domestic rabbits or bunny breeds require just as much care and maintenance as most cats and dogs, which led me to think that bunnies are not that difficult to have. If any of you are interested to own a bunny, one particular breed that you could try is the cute-looking lionhead bunnies. I have heard a lot of good things about this breed which makes them a good house pet.

Lionhead rabbits are still new among the domesticated rabbit breeds, but more and more hobbyists are interested to raise them for breeding or as pets. They got their name because of their unique flaunt mane which looks similar to a lion. This breed is a cross between a Belgian Dwarf and a Swiss Fox. Having a dwarf parent, it gives these rabbits a small body structure with a weight that ranges between 2.5 and 4 pounds. Their ears can measure up to 3.5 inches in length and it has a mane that is normally two inches thicker than its fur. Depending on the combination of genes, their mane can be single or double. They also come in a range of colors including white, gray and brown.

Temperament

Lionheads are admired for their gentle and friendly attitude. They are also inquisitive and like to play. If well-trained and given adequate attention from a young age, they can even be a more friendly pet which likes to be cuddled and become a good companion. Also, this breed of rabbit can be easily litter-trained as they are naturally intelligent.

Grooming

Double mane lionheads require more combing than single mane lionheads as their thick fur are prone to developing knots. Combing can be done several times each week using a mat breaker to prevent mats from getting too large. More frequent grooming is required during shedding time because they are prone to wool-bock.

Diet

Feeding lionheads are just the same with other rabbits. Fresh timothy hay should be made available at all times together with low-protein pellets. Fresh vegetables and fruits such as pineapple and papaya also make an excellent supplement to their diet to boost their immune system. Treats are okay but should be minimized as they can cause loose stool.

Health Problems

As lionheads grow into adulthood, some female rabbits can shed their mane wool. It is a kind of disorder that many breeders try to prevent. But this problem can be hardly detected among newborn kits unless you know the medical history of their mother, as this disorder tends to be genetics.

Lionheads are still a new breed and limited amount of information are available about them. But the information mentioned here should be useful for anyone who would like to own this breed of rabbits.