Lionhead rabbit is one of the new offspring of domestic rabbits in the United States, and is currently undergoing American Rabbit Breeders' Association presentation process. Lionhead rabbits have long manes wool hats, a reminder of a male lion, hence the name. Nature of the other features of the Lionhead include high head mount, compact vertical body type, good short hairy ears, and weight is usually between 2 1/2 pounds, but not more than 3 3/4 pounds.
The Lionhead rabbit originated in Belgium. It is reported to have been produced by breeders trying to breed a long coated dwarf rabbit by crossing a miniature Swiss Fox and a Belgian dwarf. Although there are many, other reports similar to this, for example, that Lionhead was raised from Netherland Dwarf and Jersey Wooly. The Lionhead seemed to have been more popular than the long coated dwarf, and so breeders carried on this trend in breeding them intentionally, and so came what we know today as the Lionhead rabbit.
The Lionhead has a small body, and the head of the brave, though not quite round from all sides, with well developed muzzle. Their long legs and their secondary is secondary bone. Their ears are not more than 3 ½ inches long. Their manes at least 2 inches in length and form a full circle around the head, extending to a 'V' at the back of the neck. This may fall into the outskirts of the ear, creating a "fur hat". Lionhead may have longer fur around their hind legs. Some Lionhead have wool felt again on the cheek and chest. They have a mantle, compact roll back, middle term and even all over the body in adults. Lionhead rabbit has a shy but gentle temperament and loves to lick.
The Breed has been recognized since 2002 by the British Rabbit Council British Government. Currently in the "Certificate of Development" status with the American Rabbit Breeders' Association (ARBA). Presenter breed today is Theresa Mueller of Seattle, WA. She performed the first successful in 2010 Arba Convention in Minneapolis, MN in November, 2010 in twists REW, Black Tortoise and Black. In November 2011, at 88 arba convention in Indianapolis, IN, Mueller Lionhead failed in a measured performance of each variation (REW, Black Tortoise and Black) for disqualification of the animal in their junior varieties have hairs on the sides of the transition that exceeds the maximum length allowed. The Standards Committee Arba allowed Theresa to make some changes in his proposed breed standard, and also allows the grouping of all four types of tortoises (black, blue, brown, and lilac) to 2012 presentation. Theresa must make a successful effort in 2012, and passed in at least one of the remaining three varieties in that its active COD breed to continue to show in 2013 approved 3. Only varieties evaluated graduating in 2012 will be eligible to be awarded in 2013. Each variation Theresa makes for a successful third pass in 2013 will be deemed admitted in Arba as the ones from the official Lionhead type.
In October, 2012, at 89 Arba Convention, Ruby-Eyed White (REW) and Black Tortoise received, but failed COD Black and Theresa for a variety of ends.
Should Theresa failed to pass in at least one abnormality in the year 2012, the rights offering to holders of COD will be missed in the next line, and the process will start from the beginning again. COD holder in the back row Theresa include (in chronological order) Dawn Guth (OH), Lynne Schultz (NE), Lee A. Nevills (IN), Regina Mayhugh (OH), Marilyn Stevens (PA), Melissa Kelly (PA), Joe Horacek (CA) / Nita Shannon (WA) and Lydia West (CA). Arden Wetzel (MN) is the first Lionhead COD holder, the catering, the Black Tortoise Lionhead failed after several attempts. Performing Right then forwarded to Gail Gibbons (KS), who failed in a bid presentation and the COD removed. Arba then continue right to the presenter current presentation. Bob Whitman (TX) and raspy Kim (PA), both deceased, also held cods Lionhead breed during their life time. If multiply achieve recognized status in Arba, they are active in the cods file with Arba would be eligible to serve their variations to Standards Committee for consideration by the show.
North American Lionhead Rabbit Club (NALRC) holds annual Lionhead special exhibition event in Columbus, OH on the first Saturday in May each year. Typically, Lionhead breed is represented by around 500 entries and about 80 participants from across the United States and Canada.