This has to be one of the cutest rabbits I have ever seen, that long shaggy coat makes it look like it would be the cuddliest little thing on the planet. Then you feed this endearing fuzzball some berries and you start to wonder if it may actually be a mutant vampire bunny feasting on baby rabbit hearts.
I had never seen a rabbit that looked like this before, turns out it’s called a lionhead rabbit, no doubt it earned that name by the gorgeous lion like mane it sports. It’s actually a pretty new breed, imported in 1998 but not recognized as official bread by the American Rabbit Breeders Association until 2014.
What really stands out about these overly cute fur balls is their king of the jungle like mane. The mane classifies this rabbit into two categories: single mane and double mane. The single maned lionhead will have a mane that it small and not very thick, usually about 2 inches long that extends around their face. The doubled maned rabbit has a much thicker and longer mane, and a mane that goes around their rump like an adorable furry tutu.
Just when I thought these long haired bunnies couldn’t get any cuter I learned there is also a dwarf lionhead, blue lionhead, loop eared lionhead and wait for it… a teddy bear lionhead! That added about a million points on the cuteness scale!
In addition to being so stinking cute these fur balls are also known for their gentle and friendly personalities. They are great with kids, making wonderful little pets. Sometimes they can be a tad shy so it is important to give them lots of attention, this includes play and affection, sign me up please!
Lionhead rabbits love to dine on all sorts of fruits and veggies like apples, pears, cherries, bananas, carrots, broccoli, and dark leaf lettuce. So how about we stop feeding them dark berries so our beloved fur friends don’t turn into mutant vampire rabbits.