lionhead

In the Beautiful Farmyard set, a card for the lionhead rabbit:

(This one is gray; they come in many colors.)

Lionhead rabbit is one of the newer breeds of domestic rabbits in the United States … The Lionhead rabbit has a wool mane encircling the head, reminiscent of a male lion, hence the name.

… 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. This resulted in a genetic mutation causing wool to appear around the head and on the flanks. This gene has come to be known as the “mane” gene. (Wikipedia link)

“A cross between a Swiss Fox and a Belgian dwarf”: beautiful.

2 Responses to “lionhead”

  1. Tané Tachyon Says:

    The rabbit’s head looks more like an owl than a lion to me, at least in that photo.

  2. John Says:

    Just saw these for the first time two days ago. The litter I saw was beige.

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