Tarbeary's Lionhead & English Angora Rabbits
Inforamtion on the Lionhead rabbit:
Lionhead rabbits are one of the newest breeds of domestic rabbits in the United States, and is currently undergoing the American Rabbit Breeders' Association evaluation process. The Lionhead rabbit has particularly long wool surrounding the face, reminiscent of the mane of a male lion, hence the name. Other characteristic traits of the Lionhead include a partly rounded head and small size, usually between 2.5 and 5 pounds. It also tends to have slightly shorter, thicker 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 Lionhead has a small body, and the head is bold, although not quite round from all sides, with well-developed muzzle. Their legs are of medium length and they are of medium bone. Their ears are not to exceed 3˝ inches long. Their mane is at least 2 inches long and is to form a full circle around the head, extending to a 'V' at the back of the neck. It may fall into a fringe between the ears, creating a "wool cap". Lionheads may have longer fur around their back legs. Some Lionheads have noticeably longer wool on the cheeks and chest. They are to have a dense, roll back coat, of medium length and even all over body in adults.
The breed has been recognized since 2002 by the United Kingdom's British Rabbit Council. It currently is in "Certificate of Development" status with the American Rabbit Breeders' Association (ARBA). The current breed presenter is Theresa Mueller of Seattle, WA. She made her first successful presentation at the 2010 ARBA Convention in Minneapolis, MN in November, 2010 in the varieties of REW, Black Tortoise and Black. Theresa must make two more successful presentations in order for the breed to attain recognized breed status within the ARBA. COD holders in line behind Theresa include Dawn Guth(OH), Lynne Schultz(NE), Lee A. Nevills(IN), Anita Moore(MI), Regina Mayhugh(OH), and Marilyn Stevens(PA). Arden Wetzel (MN) was the first Lionhead COD holder, but ultimately failed his presentation. Second COD holder Gail Gibbons (KS) also failed to successfully present the breed to ARBA. Bob Whitman (TX) and Kim Croak (PA), both recently deceased, also held Lionhead breed CODs.
The North American Lionhead Rabbit Club (NALRC) holds its annual Lionhead Exhibition Specialty show in Columbus, OH on the first Saturday in May of each year.
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Our Lionhead Rabbits:
Stuffy Information on the English Angora rabbit:Our English Angora Rabbits:
Prior to the 1939, there was one breed of "Angora Wooler". In 1939, ARBA
reclassified "Angora Wooler" into "English Type" and "French Type". In 1944,
ARBA officially separated Angora rabbits into two breeds: English Angora and
French Angora. Now there are four breeds of Angora rabbits.
Rabbits of the Angora breed are adorned with "fur," growths of wool on the
ears and the entire face except above the nose, and front feet, along with their
thick body, and wool. They are gentle in nature, but they are not recommended
for those who do not groom their animals. Their wool is very dense and needs to
be groomed twice a week.
The English is the smallest Angora rabbit of the four breeds recognized by ARBA. This breed is
more common as a pet because of the facial features that give it a puppy dog or
teddy bear look. If the texture of the wool is correct, the maintenance is
relatively easy; if the texture of the rabbit is cottony, it requires a great deal of maintenance.
The English Angora comes in a rainbow of colors and can be bred to have broken colors, (e.g.: the rabbit is
white with black spots.) This is not accepted by ARBA standards, and would lead
to a disqualification when showing the rabbit. When showing an English Angora
rabbit, the toenails should also be only one color, the ears could be folded
over at the tips, and the furnishings on the face may cover their eyes. The
English Angora rabbit is the only rabbit that has hair covering its eyes.
Angoras are typically very gentle and easy-going. They make wonderful pets. They’ve had millennia of
domestication, and through the ages each animal has been handled frequently in
order to be groomed, plucked, sheared, and cleaned.