The Lionhead rabbit is one of the newer breeds of domestic rabbits in the United States, and is currently undergoing the American Rabbit Breeders' Association presentation process. The Lionhead rabbit has a long wool mane encircling the head, reminiscent of a male lion, hence the name. Other characteristic traits of the Lionhead include a high head mount, compact upright body type, short well-furred ears, and weight usually between 2 1/2 pounds but no more than 3 3/4 pounds. 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. Though there are many, many other reports similar to this, for example that the Lionhead has been bred from a Netherland Dwarf and a Jersey Wooly. 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 3½ 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 Lionhead rabbit has a shy but gentle temperament and loves to lick. Wonderful pets and companions.