As a lionhead breeder, I get to see firsthand the benefits of having a lionhead rabbit as a pet. When people ask me why I love them, I could list a myriad of reasons why, but it usually sums up to these three things: they are easy to care for, incredibly soft, and make great pets for any age or size.
Caring for Lionhead Rabbits
Lionhead rabbits are easy to care for due to their nature. In fact, they’re like cats since they groom and clean themselves daily! You can potty train them if you keep them free-range indoors or if you just want your outdoor cage to be easier to clean.
However, saying they are easy to care for doesn’t mean there’s no care involved.
Because of their fluffy coat, they need to be brushed every week, or, if you prefer, brushed a little each day. (They are not the fluffiest rabbit in the world, but they are pretty close.) Keep that fuzz adorable!
As with all rabbits, their nails need to be trimmed every three to four weeks. If you don’t want to do the trimming yourself, you can also give them a sandbox to dig in which helps them naturally wear down those nails.
Because rabbits’ teeth are constantly growing, they need to chew on things to wear their teeth down. A stick or small branch from a willow, maple, apple, or pear tree will do just the trick! Just make sure you give them wood that is safe for them.
What Makes Lionheads Such Good Pets
They are calm, friendly rabbits, which makes them great for kids. They’re very patient as kids pet them, love on them, accidentally hold them the wrong way, and more. (Do teach your kids the proper way to hold rabbits, but with lionheads, you don’t have to worry about them quite as much while they learn!) We use our lionheads for petting zoos often because they are gentle and calm enough to tolerate a day full of petting from a variety of people.
Lionheads can easily adapt to indoor or outdoor living. It’s important to note that they do need an adjustment period if they are moving from one type of environment to the other. If you are planning to have them outdoors, you should not bring them in when there is an extreme temperature difference between indoors and outdoors. That’s too big of a shock for their little systems.
Rabbits are notorious chewers. If you have a free-roaming indoor rabbit, it would be best to clear a space for the rabbit with no cords, furniture, or anything you don’t want them to chew on. You may also want a floor space that is easy to clean. It’s important to potty train your indoor bunny so they don’t make a mess everywhere.
When putting your rabbits outside, such as in a hutch or colony, it is best to have an enclosure that has a place for them to run around and a place full of hay for them to hide. Most bunny hutches have a wire bottom and a small box on the side for the bunny to nestle in. Look for the one that suits your situation the best.
To sum it up
If you’re searching for a good small indoor or outdoor pet for you or your kids, I highly recommend lionhead rabbits! Their easy care and gentle personality will make them an instant friend, and their fluffy bunny love is sure to brighten any day.