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Lionhead Lop

Lionhead Rabbit ~ European Lionhead Rabbit

Family: Leporidae Lionhead Lop RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Lee Densa
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Do lion heads live in Penrith NSW? And are they allowed to live in NSW? If they do, please post a 'Link' with Lionhead bunnies for sale. Since my bunny died, I want... (more)  Thiannon Otway

   The Lionhead Lop, like the Lionhead Rabbit, is a very friendly little critter. They enjoy people and are sweet and easy to handle!

   The Lionhead Rabbit is the newest breed of rabbit, first imported into the United States in 1999. Along with the introduction of this adorable little rabbit with its erect ears, the cute little Lionhead Lop was developed!

Lionhead Lop Rabbit
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   A Lionhead Lop is a hybrid rabbit developed by crossing a Lionhead Rabbit with a Holland Lop. Lionheads crossed with the Mini-Rex are referred to as Velvet Lionheads. Their are many hybrids of the Lionhead and they are all very cute, very unique, and will make excellent pets!

   The outstanding characteristic of the Lionhead Lop and the Lionhead Rabbit is that they have a 'mane'. These small rabbits are much easier to care for than longhaired or wooly rabbits like the Angoras, because their mane only needs to be combed out every couple of days. The mane on the Lionhead Lop does tend to mat a bit more than on the erect eared Lionhead Rabbit.

  One thing to keep in mind when getting a young Lionhead is that this is a very new breed, and you won't know what your pet will look like until it grows up! There is no absolute certainty that it will keep its mane. The mane may molt and disappear for good or it may grow back even fuller than it was before.


For more information about Rabbits and their care see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Rabbit

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Lagomorpha
  • Family: Leporidae
  • Genus: Oryctolagus
  • Species: cuniculus
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Background:    The Lionhead Rabbits were first brought into the United States from Europe in 1999, mostly from England and Sweden. It is generally thought that the Lionhead Rabbits were first bred in Belgium in 1996 and then imported to England in 1998 where they were crossbred with other small animals to develop what is today called the European Lionhead Rabbit; Lionhead Lops were also being developed.
   There are a couple of thoughts on where the Lionhead Rabbit originated. Some think they were the result of crossbreeding a Swiss Fox and a Belgian Dwarf, while others think they are from the Dwarf Angora.
   To help get more uniformity in type and size, breeders have been crossing the Lionhead Rabbit with a variety of other rabbits.

Description:    The Lionhead Rabbit is a small bunny that has a 'mane'! The Lionhead Rabbit is unique to all other "new breeds" of rabbits. It has the first major mutation in rabbits since 'satin' fur first appeared in a litter of Havana's in the early 1900's. Unlike most fur mutations that are recessive genes, the Lionhead has what seems to be a dominant mutation that causes the 'mane'. So only one parent is required to have this gene to produce more Lionheads and it cannot be recreated using other breeds!

Color differences:    The Lionhead Rabbits come in many patterns and color varieties. Sixty colors are approved for showing in England!

Lastest Animal Stories on Lionhead Lop Rabbit

Thiannon Otway - 2014-06-30
Do lion heads live in Penrith NSW? And are they allowed to live in NSW? If they do, please post a 'Link' with Lionhead bunnies for sale. Since my bunny died, I want a 'lion head' bunny. I can't find any results for lion head bunnies in NSW..

  • Jules - 2014-07-25
    I am looking for lionshead bunny in melbourne also, have you found a breeder yet? I am not having much luck. Please let me know and I will so the same for you if I come across any breeders.
Hannah - 2005-04-25
i am a soon to be a rabbit owner. i am getting a lionhead and a rex and am confident about breeding them, so i look forward to the babies. the info that you have supplied is excellent and has come in useful so thanks for it

  • Sierra - 2014-03-12
    How old is your rabbit? Do you have any Dutch rabbits?
aisha - 2009-03-14
I am so excited now because I have recently received a female lionhead and I cant wait to try some new techniques or procedures to make my baby happy! Thanks a bunch! I really appreciate the help and I have definitely learned a lot!!

Kristian - 2012-09-07
Hi I live in Melbourne Australia, are there any lion head rabbit breeders here?? looking for a partner for my mini lop

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-08
    From what I have been told, there are not a lot of breeders in Austalia.  The country became overrun with rabbits and eating crops so they had to control the polulation.  Look for any bunny about th ame size.
  • Kristian - 2012-09-10
    damn.. I really wanted one of the lion heads because they look so cute :( I guess ill have to settle for another mini lop
  • I KNOW! - 2013-06-30
    After some research I'm sorry to say that the lionhead rabbit breed is not in Australia. I hope this is helpful. :(
Roc - 2012-04-28
I am looking for a young lion lop rabbit. Can anyone help direct me (DC, MD area)
Thank you! 202 210 5227

  • Michelle Storts - 2012-07-31
    I breed lionlops because lionhead holland lop hybrids have become pretty popular now. I also know other breeders who do the same. I'm afraid I'm not in your area, and this really doesn't answer your question but all I can say is keep looking around cause lionlops are becomming quite popular
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-01
    Go to and enter holland Lops sale DC or Maryland and up comes a list of web sites or locations of various breeders.  Good luck.
Michelle Storts - 2012-07-31
I bred my mini rex doe with my holland lop buck. Was wondering if theres a nickname to call these hybrids. Just like holland lop lionhead hybrids are called lionhead lops or lionlops. Is there a name for mini rex and holland lop cross bunnies?

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-01
    People have crossed the mini rex with the hollarnd lop but I could not find a 'NAME' for the cross.   The ones advertised just say 'Mini Rex and Holland Lop cross'.  Maybe you can come up with a name - there are others out there.  Go to and enter 'mini rex + holland lop'

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