Lionhead Rabbit Size & Weight Chart – How Big do They Grow?

Are you a fan of cute and cuddly animals? If so, you’ve probably heard of lionhead rabbits – a unique breed known for their distinctive mane and playful personalities. These rabbits are the result of a cross-breed between a dwarf and regular-sized rabbit, and have become increasingly popular as household pets in recent years.

But how big do they actually grow? In this article, we’ll explore the size and weight of lionhead rabbits at different stages of their life, as well as some tips on how to care for them.

Lionhead Rabbit Weight and Size Chart

Here is a table that represents the estimated weight and size of lionhead rabbits at different ages, from newborns to mature adults. The table includes information on their weight in pounds and their size in inches, and is based on the average size and weight of lionhead rabbits at each age range.

While the actual size and weight of individual rabbits may vary depending on various factors such as diet and exercise, this table provides a general guideline for what to expect in terms of the growth of lionhead rabbits over time.

Age Weight (lbs) Size (in)
0 weeks <0.5 <3
1 week 0.25 – 0.5 <3
2 weeks 0.5 – 1 <3
3 weeks 1 – 1.5 <4
1 month 1.5 – 2.5 4-5
2 months 2.5 – 3.5 5-6
3 months 3.5 – 4 6-7
4 months 4 – 4.5 6-8
5 months 4 – 4.5 7-8
6 months 4 – 4.5 7-8
7 months 4 – 4.5 7-8
8 months 4 – 4.5 7-8
9 months 4 – 4.5 7-8
10 months 4 – 4.5 8-9
11 months 4 – 4.5 8-9
12 months+ 4.5 9-10

If you are a more visual person, here is an image that represents a graph that visually displays the estimated weight and size of lionhead rabbits at different ages. The x-axis shows the age of the rabbit in weeks and months, while the y-axis displays the weight in pounds and the size in inches.

This graph uses different colors or symbols to represent weight and size, making it easy to distinguish between the two. The graph is a useful tool for understanding the growth patterns of lionhead rabbits over time and can help rabbit owners to plan for their care and development.

Baby Rabbit Size & Weight

What we consider as a baby lionhead rabbit is a bunny up to 6 months old. Once they are newborns, they are extremely small and easily fit on the palm of your hand. They do not even start feeding on their own until they reach at least 3 weeks of age.

Once they start developing, they will grow incredibly quickly, so it is hard to define a standard size and weight as this will vary from week to week.  However, do not expect your lionhead to exceed 6 inches in length or 2 pounds in weight during the first half year of its life.

Young Adult Size & Weight

A young adult lionhead is anywhere from 6 to 12 months of age. They are not little babies anymore, as they are already quite grown and completely independent from their mothers.

Again, it is impossible to provide exact numbers here, because each lionhead is an individual and its growing speed will depend on so many factors.

Therefore, we can only conclude that this is the time when lionheads reach their full, mature size.

Mature Rabbit Size & Weight

A lionhead rabbit that is over a year old is considered fully grown. Its body length should be at least from 8 to 10 inches and it should weigh anywhere between 3.5 and 4.5 pounds.

The ears of a mature lionhead rabbit will probably not exceed 3 inches in length, while their mane (if it is a double-maned gene) will grow around 2 inches long.

Another interesting fact is how fast their teeth grow. Did you know that rabbit’s teeth grow approximately 1/16 of an inch each week?

That is why they need to consistently chew some high-quality hay or otherwise they will not be able to wear their teeth down as much as they need to.

Can Lionhead Rabbits Get Fat?

Lionhead rabbits can easily get fat and become overweight in record times. Indeed, when kept as domestic pets they do not have to search for smaller food amounts as they need to in the wild.

Having unlimited hay access but also yummy treats without needing to look for them can easily make them ingest more energy that they can consume. Enough exercise activities are therefore a big must, as well as a healthy diet.

Domestic rabbits rely on their owners when it comes to food choices, so please make sure that you choose them wisely. Commercial pellets are a necessary part of every diet but be careful to select those which are based on hay.

Also, try not to overfeed them with pellets. These should not exceed 20% of their total daily food intake, so if your rabbit eats the whole portion at once, it is perfectly fine not to offer more until the next day.

That is exactly why hay is here for- available at all times when your pet gets hungry. However, do avoid offering alfalfa hay to bunnies which are fully grown, as this is rich in calories. Rabbits which feed on alfalfa hay their entire life tend to get overweight quite often.

The choice of snacks is also super important, so be sure to do your research first.

Why is My Lionhead Rabbit Skinny?

Your lionhead rabbit can become skinny for various reasons. The first and most obvious one is either a poor choice of food or too tiny feeding portions. However, another quite frequent reason for not feeding normally is suffering from dental problems.

Rabbits which have overgrown teeth have trouble with eating, but also with performing any other action such as breathing normally.

If you notice your rabbit is skinny but it has the right meals available, please consult your vet for advice. There might be a perfectly explainable illness or stress trigger for losing too much weight, and it is important to detect this and solve it while it is not too late.

How Long are The Ears of a Lionhead Rabbit?

Although lionhead rabbits are part of small to medium-sized rabbit breeds, their ears tend to stay quite short.

This is quite often among many domesticated breeds of rabbits, as they would unfortunately hardly survive in the wild. Generally, the length of their ears never exceeds 3 inches.

Do Lionhead Rabbits Stay Small?

Lionhead rabbits are not officially classified as a dwarf rabbit breed, but they do tend to stay small. And sometimes, we like to refer to them as dwarf-sized anyway. Indeed, one of their original parents is the Netherland Dwarf, which is in fact the smallest domestic rabbit ever.

Young rabbits become fully grown around their first year of life and they usually do not tend to grow any further after that. But it is important to ensure they get the appropriate nutritive plan as well as enough playtime and exercise. Otherwise, your rabbit may easily become obese and overgrown.

Wrapping Up

Lionhead rabbits are a special breed which pet lovers around the world find as the perfect home companion.

They are rather small sized, but please keep in mind that they are also quite the active little creatures. Indeed, owning a small rabbit does not necessarily mean it will require less living space.

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Questions and Answers

BunnyLoverAbbunny January 5, 2023 Reply

My girl lion head rabbit I’ve had for a few years I always thought was an average weight, but I weighed her today and she weighs a little over 6 pounds. Should I be giving her less pellets?

    Probably she is overweight, so giving her fewer pellets would be a good way to reduce her weight. Also, consider exercise for your bunny. You can find good information on rabbit exercises, just search our website if you want some tips.

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