There have been several television programs that show a differently new breed of rabbits called Lionhead bunnies. Lionhead bunnies are gaining in popularity as household pets in the US, even though their breeding program is still relatively new. In fact, it was only in 2005 when the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) recognized the tortoise color of this breed. These rabbits are well-loved for their soft and fluffy fur balls which make them look really adorable.
Lionheads originate from Belgium and they are a crossbreed between a Belgian Dwarf and a Swiss Fox. They usually flaunt their long mane which surrounds their small head just like a lion, earning them their name. Lionheads are small bunnies with small legs and long ears that could measure up to 3 ½ inches. They can also weigh up to four pounds. They come in different colors including tortoise, magpie, seal point, Japanese and other shades of ray, brown or white. There are also two known kinds of Lionheads, namely the Lionhead Lop Rabbit and the Mini Lionhead Lop Rabbit.
Anyone who is an animal lover will easily like Lionheads. They can very well be a suitable house pet because of their natural friendly and sociable characteristics. Unlike other pets such as cats and dogs that have a tendency to bite or scratch unfamiliar people, Lionheads are generally safe around people including children. They are also cute and cuddly and would make a wonderful lap pet. You can let them loose inside your house but it is important to provide appropriate bedding material for them. You could use unscented wood chips which are also commonly used by many breeders. Also provide a regular source of clean water for them.
Proper diet and grooming are important to keep Lionheads physically fit and looking their best. Low protein rabbit pellet and fresh timothy hay are normally sufficient for their needs. A low protein pellet is the better choice over high protein pellet to avoid obesity. The hay promotes healthy digestion and helps avoid digestive problems. Adding fresh grass as well as fruits and vegetables to their diet from time to time can also help boost their immune system. For grooming, brushing their hair at least twice a week could help prevent knots and mats from forming. Grooming is especially needed during shedding to avoid wool-block which is a potential hazard to their health.
Just like dogs, Lionheads are teachable and can easily learn simple tricks. The most basic training involves teaching them where to defecate to avoid messes inside the house. Breeders are still continually studying other training techniques which they can teach these animals.
For those who are interested to own a Lionhead, knowing some basic bunny facts is very important to know what to expect to have them as a pet. You could then search for a reputable breeder in your area where you may purchase your first Lionhead. You may also acquire them from pet stores.