Well, in order to not be brain-boggled by the genetic and biological nuances of the breed, let’s just say we took a cute lil mini-bunny named ‘Boinky’ and married it off to a beautiful lioness named ‘Lola.’ The bunny of course was very brave throughout the whole ordeal and one could even say was quite the rambunctious little guy. The two had a lovely baby; an adorable half-lion and half-rabbit baby. The head of a lion, the body of a rabbit, go figure. Thus the name Lionhead Rabbit was coined. Liger comes to mind, only we had less creative juice flowing at the moment. Wait, just kidding!
Lionhead rabbits have never gone through interspecies breeding. They are one-hundred percent rabbit; a mammalian creature, member of the family Leporidae and of the order Lagomorpha. The Lionhead is a particular breed of rabbit that came to be due to a mutation during controlled breeding. In fact, it has been the most recent sustained mutation in the category of domestic rabbits. Therefore, it is a fairly new breed that arose sometime in the early 1900’s.
The Lionhead originated in Belgium, according to many researchers of the breed, after breeding a Belgian Dwarf and a Swiss Fox (the name of a rabbit species, not an actual fox). The specific mutation that separates the Lionhead Rabbit from the rest of the litter (is also the reason that makes this bunny so damn cute) is the longer length of hair around the nape of the neck. This longer length of fur around its neck and parts of its head resembles a little lion’s mane, while the rest of rabbit’s fur is substantially shorter. Hence the brilliantly coined name, the Lionhead Rabbit!
The Lionhead Rabbit has been gaining popularity in the recent years. The breed came to the United States around the mid 2000’s and has been loved by many since. It has increased in demand among several rabbit hobbyists and is high demand in the domestic setting as well. It has become a type of designer pet, like Stroodles or Mini-poodles. And one can see why, these little guys are freakin’ adorable and make excellent little companions. They are currently going official presentation into the ‘offical’ acceptance as a breed by the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association (ARBA). The presentation takes 5 whole years! The Lionheads have already been accepted in Europe by the British Rabbit Counsel (BRC).
Here at lionheadrabbit.org, we are all excited to see this breed through and share its lovable personality