Recognized by the British Rabbit Council in 2002 and the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 2013, the Lionhead rabbit is one of the newest breeds of rabbit as of 2014. The unique rabbit has a thick 2- to 3-inch wool mane that circles its head, hence the name Lionhead. Other traits of the Lionhead rabbit include short, furry ears measuring 2 to 3 inches and a developed muzzle.
Possessing a small, compact body frame, a fully grown Lionhead rabbit in good health should weigh between 2.5 to 3.5 pounds. A weight of 3.5 pounds is ideal. If properly cared for, the Lionhead rabbit's lifespan is 7 to 9 years.
Lionhead rabbits have three distinct mane types: double mane, single mane and no mane. Double-mane Lionhead rabbits have a standard mane that stretches all the way around the head and may have a mane skirt that extends around their hips, tail and hindquarters. Single-mane Lionhead rabbits have a mane around their head, ears and chin. No-mane Lionhead rabbits look like regular rabbits.
Lionhead rabbits are very smart and generally good-natured and well-behaved. The rabbits are even able to understand basic commands such as play, come and eat. Exhibiting a playful nature, these friendly and sociable creatures tend to make excellent pets for adults. However, due to the fact that they frighten easily and are very timid, they are generally not recommended for homes with young children that may handle the rabbits too aggressively. Despite their small size, Lionhead bunnies need plenty of room to play.