Specifically, a domesticated rabbit known as the Lionhead bunny, which came free with my haircut today at the Barbershop. Sounds strange, but it is true. I wandered into Chet’s barbershop, looking for a haircut without an appointment, and not only did I get a great trim, but I brought home a baby bunny. There is nothing quite like walking down the sidewalk during the afternoon drive home, in downtown Greenfield, hugging a bunny. Literally. Hugging the bunny, as I didn’t go to the barbershop with a cardboard box. I thought I was just getting a trim, but I got the rabbibt too.
A real cutie. I think that we’ll call him Killer or Tiger or something menacing that someone would name their guard dog. Any ideas?
Apparently the Lionhead rabbits only grow to about 3.5 pounds when full grown. The wiki entry about the rabbit reads: The Lionhead rabbit is one of the newest breed of domesticated rabbits. It has particularly long hair surrounding the face, reminiscent of the mane of a male lion, hence the name. Other characteristic traits of the lionhead include a rounded head and small size, usually between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds. It also tends to have slightly shorter ears than most breeds.
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. 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 breed has been recognised by the British Rabbit Council, however as of yet it is not a fully recognised breed in the ARBA.