A nice little rabbit lion head is one of the new breeds. These dwarf fluffies with a chic mane around their neck are enjoyed by many animal lovers. The line was created by crossing long-haired Swedish fox breeds with short-haired Dutch dwarfs. All representatives of the line has a so-called "gene of the mane." In this article we will talk about the features, advantages and disadvantages of "eared lions".
More information about the history of the breed
Talented Belgian specialists were engaged in breeding the lionheaded rabbit breed. Multiple experiments gave a positive result - the "mane gene" was created.
Despite the fact that Belgium is considered the birthplace of the breed line, ornamental rabbits with a chic mane received worldwide popularity after breed standards were described in the United States of America. It happened in the late 1990s. By the way, in America "eared lions" are very popular today.
The second significant event in the history of the breed was its recognition by the British Council of Breeders in 2002.
Immediately after this, the lion-headed rabbits became the object of increased attention of wildlife lovers of the whole world. The growth of popularity contributed to the funny appearance of animals and their good nature.
To understand whether an extraordinary bunny is your ideal pet, you need to understand the rules of caring for him in more detail. There are other features related to this breed. About this and talk more.
Dwarf lionheaded rabbit has a pronounced distinctive feature, due to which the breed got its "loud" name. Of course, we are talking about long hair on the head and neck. Contrast imparts relatively short hair on the rest of the body.
The body of a typical representative of the breed is slightly elongated, with large legs. At the expense of a powerful rack the strong breast is well visible. Ears - small, wide, covered with a short nap.
The decorative rabbit of this breed has a thick and fluffy mane, the length of the villi is about 5 cm. The long hair completely covers the base of the head and the back of the neck. Considering that the hairs on the face and forehead are short, the transition to the mane is very expressive.
The body is covered with thick and shiny medium-length fur. It is his high density that makes the pet look like a plush toy.
Today, there are certain standards of the lion head breed, which American and British breeders have worked to create. Purebred breed representative of the following description:
- the rabbit has a thick and long mane, well distinguished from the rest of the fur;
- the head is small, rounded in shape, with widely set expressive eyes;
- small ears, always standing, rounded at the edges;
- adult weight - no more than 1, 7 kg.
Work on the breed line continues today. The main goal of breeders is to make the “eared lion” even more miniature. There is already a separate species of this breed, the weight of adults in it does not exceed 700 g.
Another achievement of breeders is lion-headed lionheaded rabbits. In individuals of this species, the rounded ears are longer, therefore they may not always be standing.
As for color, this breed has more than 60 of its variants. For this reason, the color of the fur of decorative rabbits is not among the criteria for identification.
Features of care and nutrition
"Eared lions" are not very demanding for the care of animals. For a pet to be healthy and beautiful, it is enough to provide him with a clean cage and a variety of food.
Timely vaccination is a mandatory point of care for rabbits lion head. In addition, the pet requires regular deworming.
Rabbits simply to teach the tray. To do this, in the first days of finding a pet in the house, you should pay him as much attention as possible, stopping attempts to defend the need in the wrong place. Whenever the rabbit uses the tray for its intended purpose, you need to praise it, you can treat your favorite delicacy. Very soon you will be able without fear of letting him go for a walk around the house.
In order for the rabbit to feel comfortable and safe, he must have his own house, which will always be in the same place. In the cage should always be clean drinking water and fresh food.
Now, regarding the diet home "lion". The main requirement for it is variety and quality. The basis of the menu is:
- ready store feed enriched with vitamins and minerals;
- vegetables and fruits;
As for fresh feed, they should be given in very small quantities and should be changed in a timely manner. Sour food can cause a disorder of the digestive system in a rabbit.
Do not forget that these "lions" - the most real rodents. And they need wood and mineral stones to grind their teeth. In the warm season, sprigs from fruit trees or willows can be safely given along with leaves - the sharpener for teeth will also serve as a useful feed for the rabbit.
Willow twigs and leaves contain a natural antibiotic, therefore, their introduction into the diet has a positive effect on rabbit immunity.
Fresh bread is better to replace with breadcrumbs, and white cabbage should be completely discarded - these products can provoke swelling of rabbit tummies.
Rabbits are very clean animals, so their cage and dishes should be regularly cleaned and washed.
If possible, be sure to walk the rabbit outside. In your yard you can install a spacious aviary, just be sure to inspect the fenced area and clean it from sharp objects and poisonous weeds.
Rabbits lion head very positively relate to walking on a leash. Here the main condition is to choose the right accessory for your pet so that it is comfortable, soft and perfectly fit.
There are also certain requirements for the place of walking. The main thing - the absence of hazards and threats to life. It is unacceptable to walk rabbits with dogs. Even if the dog just wants to play with a fluffy pet, he can scare him badly. And stress often causes rabbit health problems.
Additional care tips
If the rabbit is kept in the apartment and becomes a source of a peculiar aroma, do not rush to bathe your pet. First, these animals are afraid of water. And secondly, due to the peculiar mechanism of thermoregulation, water procedures can cause hypothermia. To get rid of the unpleasant smell. You just need to clean the cage more often and carefully. Pay attention to the diet - perhaps the reason for the flavor is in it.
Lionhead rabbits are very playful. Activity increases in the dark. To keep your pet from being bored at night, get him special toys - labyrinths, balls, pipes. And then watching the game of a pet will give a lot of pleasant impressions to all members of the household.
Lionhead rabbits do not like being touched by their ears. If there are small children in the house, you should immediately explain this to them, otherwise scratches and bites cannot be avoided.
Provided proper care and timely treatment, rabbits lion's head live 10-12 years. Study additional information from the article "What is important to know about the species and breeds of rabbits."
Advantages and disadvantages of the breed
Decorative lionhead rabbits attract with their appearance. Lovely, playful funny lumps in record time become universal pets. If desired, you can accustom the animal to a nickname. True, to remember the name of the pet will take time. But then he will be happy to come to the call of the owners.
Despite the cheerful and good-natured nature, "eared lions" can bite the owners, in response to shouting or sudden movements. Especially often the "character" of young individuals.
The advantages of the breed, also, include the lack of special requirements for care. It will not be too difficult to provide comfort to a pet. However, there is one nuance to which attention should be paid to the potential owners of lion-headed rabbits - molting. Given the long and thick mane, cleaning wool will take some amount of time and effort.
Objectively speaking, the disadvantages of the lion-headed breed are not so significant. And against the background of all the advantages of these furry beauties, they completely fade.
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