Lionhead rabbits are called so because of their adorable wooly manes. However, unlike the African cats for which they’re named, these rabbits are rather diminutive, typically weighing only two to four pounds.
They are known to be friendly, friendly, and affectionate as pets.
Originally bred in Belgium, lionheads appeared in the U.S. in the 1990s and didn’t became officially recognized as a stand-alone breed until 2014. The newcomers are categorized according to the number of mane genes they possess. Single-maned rabbits have the classic fur around their heads, ears, chins, and sometimes even on their chests and butts. Sadly, many lose their sporadic tufts as they age. Double-maned rabbits, having two copies of the mane gene, have hair that completely encircles their heads. They also have hair on their flanks, often referred to as “skirts.”