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First of all, where did the Lionhead breed originate? Actually, no one knows for sure. Experts believe that the Lionhead is the result of a crossing of the Swiss Fox and the Netherland Dwarf, but some breeders disagree, saying that the Jersey Wooly is a more likely ancestor. Whichever breeds are in the Lionhead's history, the first Lionheads originated in Belgium, and their popularity soon spread throughout Europe.
It wouldn't be long before these beloved bunnies made their way to America, right? Actually, we took a while to catch on! Not much is known about when the breed was created, but they were already popular in Europe by the 1980s. The Lionhead was officially recognized by the UK in 2002, but the first Lionhead didn't even come to America until the year 2000. They weren't officially recognized by the ARBA -the American Rabbit Breeders Association-until February 2014.
Broken Color, Doe
Sable Point, Doe
Ruby Eyed White, Buck