Lionhead rabbits are a particular breed which has become extremely popular during the last decade. Their individuality stands in how the breed was created.
Indeed, they are a fruit of the cross-breed between a dwarf and a regular sized rabbit. Such atypical breeding led to overly cute bunnies which come in small (but not too small) sizes and with the stylish feature of a mane encircling their heads.
If you are thinking of bringing a lionhead rabbit into your home, you may want to plan the space and care you will need to provide to it. So, how big do they grow in the first place?
Depending on the sub-breed, most lionhead rabbits grow about 8 to 10 inches in length and will weight approximately 2.5 to 3.5 pounds.
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 which is over a year old is already a completely and fully independent grown-up. Indeed, their body length should here be at least from 8 to 10 inches and they should weight anywhere between 2.5 and 3.5 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.
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.