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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!

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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.
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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?
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Pat Shales - 2010-09-08
We bought our lionhead in July 2009. We named her Chewey because she looked like Chewbacca. She died two weeks ago. She had a heart disorder and problems breathing. She was so much fun. She had a GREAT personality. The whole family enjoyed her and we miss her dearly.

  • Ashlee Gianfarcaro - 2011-07-12
    I just lost my little bunny today. I'm only 15 and Chloe was my first bunny. She was white, tiny and loved to be held. I had her for a short time. But I love her :(
  • Anonymous - 2014-02-21
    Do not have email set up yet but have a very pretty lion head rabbit female.
  • Anonymous - 2014-02-21
    We will get back with you, you can have ours she is 1 year old. Sorry about your loss. She is white, light brown brown ears, white tipped ears, loves to be out of her cage. We are in Abingdon virgina.
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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. :(
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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.
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Louria - 2011-01-27
Do lion heads live in Melbourne? And are they allowed to live in Melbourne? If they do, please post a "Link" with Lionhead bunnies for sale. Since my daughter's bunny died, She wants a "lion head" bunny. I can't find any results for lion head bunnies in Melbourne..

  • Kathy - 2011-02-14
    Hi, Louria I have 4 lionhead lops, I live in melrose florida, my name is Kathy and if you are still interested, please call me at 386-659-2512. Thanks.
  • Leslie Alava - 2012-05-23
    I recently had an accidental mating between our new mini rex which was supposed to be male but I didnt double check and my lionhead buck Mufassa.. If you are still looking for a bunny they will be available in 10 weeks. I live in Vero Beach Florida and go to Melbourne frequently. Flwrgrl0224@yahoo.com
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Lanna levon - 2011-03-15
I really wish to buy lion head dwarf rabbit for my daughter if anyone knows where I can get it please email me on lanaalexis@hotmail.com or call me 0414725786.

  • frank - 2011-03-28
    You can get them at littlesealops.co.uk they are based in weymouth.
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Robin - 2011-02-04
I am looking to buy a baby lionhead bunny but cannot find one anywhere. I live in Delta, Pa. Please help. Thanks.

  • jenny - 2011-02-18
    If you look at rabbitries close to your area you may find some (I used google)....even if the location is further away than you would want to drive a lot of people travel to shows so they may be able to deliver it to you. That is how i found mine and the rabbitry was 2 hours away but the owners delivered mine to me.
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