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Hop Into the World of Lionhead Rabbits: Facts, Fun, and Fluff!

Lionhead Rabbits

With such a distinctive look, it's no surprise how much there is to discover about Lionhead rabbits. For instance, where did they get their furry lion-like mane and how does a paw parent begin to maintain so much fluff? We're uncovering the fascinating world of Lionhead's, where fluffy charm meets playful antics.

But before we hOp to it, be prepared and take caution: extreme cuteness ahead!

Lionhead rabbits

History of the Lionhead Rabbit

Lionhead's are a domesticated rabbit breed, believed to come from Belgium and France. It's reported that the first Lionhead bunny was introduced from breeders who were trying to create a long-coated dwarf by crossing a miniature Swiss Fox rabbit with a Netherland dwarf rabbit. By crossing the two breeds of rabbits, a genetic mutation (known as the "mane gene") resulted, which gave the new bun long wooly fur around the head. 

While its hard to imagine being without Lionheads, this dwarf breed is somewhat new to the house rabbit scene. Lionhead rabbits came to the United States around the late 1990s. It's no surprise that since then, these cuties have grown to become a popular and well-loved rabbit breed around the world. 

Interestingly, there are two main types of Lionheads: the single-maned and double-maned varieties.

The single-maned Lionhead has one tuft of fur fully encircling their head. This mane, while striking, is typically shorter and less dense than the double-maned Lionhead. 

The double-maned Lionhead features not just one, but two luxurious manes that cascade around their head and shoulders—giving these bunnies a majestic display of all-around fluffiness.

Health & Personality

As with all pets, there may be an elevated risk for health concerns. Lionheads have a slightly increased risk of dental problems. Due to their unique facial structure and compact size, they are more susceptible to dental issues such as overgrown teeth or malocclusion (imperfect teeth positioning).

Regular dental check-ups by a veterinarian experienced in rabbit care are essential to catch and address these issues early.

Another health issue to watch out for is gastrointestinal stasis or "GI stasis." This occurs when the digestive system slows down or stops functioning properly, often due to a diet lacking in fiber or insufficient hydration. Signs of GI stasis: decreased or absent fecal output, reduced appetite, lethargy, and/or a hunched posture. 

If you see any symptoms or are concerned your bun may be experiencing GI stasis, seek veterinary care promptly to prevent further complications. 

Ease worries by keeping Nutri-Rescue on-hand— your go-to if your bunny stops eating and needs a quick reboot for the GI tract. 

Keep your Lionhead bun healthy by providing fresh water, a balanced diet rich in fiber such as Timothy hay and a limited amount of high-quality pellets for rabbits.

Regular exercise and mental stimulation for bunnies  are also crucial for their well-being, as they are active and curious animals. As with all pets, a clean living environment and scheduling routine veterinary check-ups can help prevent health issues and ensure a happy and healthy life for your companion.


Other than a head of fluff, Lionhead rabbits are typically known for their intelligence, friendly demeanor, and playful energy. They thrive on interaction and typically enjoy socializing with both humans and fellow bunnies. Once trust is established, many develop strong bonds with their owners and may even enjoy a cuddle! 

To fulfill their social needs, Lionheads should be bonded in pairs or groups (spaying and neutering necessary for opposite-sex pairs). 

Like all rabbits, these small cuties need daily care. Regular daily feeding and grooming—more on that below. For those that are not free-roam, they need playtime outside of spacious enclosures—enough room for running, hOpPiN' around, and binkying. 

For playtime, have on hand, a variety of the best toys and chews toys for bunnies.

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Bunnies that are mentally and physically engaged are not only happier but may also be prevented from boredom-induced destructive behaviors like chewing and digging.

Tips for Grooming Lionhead Rabbits

Lionhead buns require a little extra care to prevent matting. With so much floof, it can seem like an overwhelming task. However, maintaining a Lionhead's luxurious mane can be pretty simple. With consistency and the right tools, you'll keep your furry lion bunny feeling and looking their best.

  • Daily Brushing: Make a habit of gently brushing your Lionhead rabbit's mane daily. Use a soft-bristled brush or a comb specifically designed for small animals. This helps remove any loose fur and prevents tangles from forming.
  • Focus on the Mane: Pay special attention to the mane area when grooming your Lionhead. Separate the fur with your fingers to ensure you reach all layers, especially the dense undercoat. This prevents mats from forming close to the skin, which can be very uncomfortable for rabbits.
  • Trimming the Mane: If Lionheads have matted fur and you cannot gently brush the matt out, try gently untangling with your fingers. But be very careful to not tug on the fur as that can be uncomfortable and could even cause injury to buns delicate skin. If this doesn't work, you may need to carefully cut the matt out. Avoid cutting too close to the skin to prevent injury and reach out to your exotic veterinarian for severely matted fur. 
  • Regular Vet Check-ups: During routine veterinary visits, ask your vet to check your rabbit's mane for any signs of skin irritation or infection. They can provide advice on grooming techniques and recommend products suitable for your pet.

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With consistency, Lionheads maintain a healthy and tangle-free mane, ensuring they stay happy and comfortable.

As we wrap up our journey exploring Lionhead rabbits, we hope you've discovered just how special these fluffy companions truly are.   From their distinctive manes to their playful personalities—whether you're considering adding a Lionhead rabbit to your family or love all-things-rabbits—it's clear that Lionheads capture hearts in more ways than one. 💕


We are not veterinarians, and none of our information should be construed as veterinary advice.


Before adding any new product, please consult your exotic veterinarian. If your pet is acting unwell and you have concerns for their well being, please contact your vet immediately.

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