Welcome To Southern California's Premier Rabbitry
~ Updated 4/13/2021 ~
Holland Lop bunnies will be available June/July 2021
Lionhead bunnies available June/July 2021 click here for current available bunnies.
Breeding season will wrap up around June (unless we have specific bunny requests & families on the waiting list) and then start back up after Summer in the Fall (around October).
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Due to COVID-19 we may be implementing bunny pickups at a public location
(near an essential business) in order to comply with state issued mandates.
RHDv2 (rabbit hemorrhagic disease) has made it's way to the South West Region surrounding California (and has now been confirmed in Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Orange County). Bunny visits are temporarily suspended aside from bunny pickups (those are happening with extreme caution away from my herd). Our bunnies are housed/raised indoors. We take the utmost precaution with bio-security measures and by limiting visitors we greatly reduces risks of contracting the virus from foreign contaminants.
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Welcome to Southern California's Rabbitry. Proudly serving: Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and the Inland Empire. We are located 45 minutes east of Los Angeles.
We are proud members of: ARBA, NALRC, HLRSC, and we are a registered rabbitry.
ARBA Rabbitry #D8498
We are Southern California breeders of Lionhead and Holland Lop Bunnies ~ focusing on sound, trainable, healthy, and conformation correct rabbits.
Hello! We are Rabbit enthusiasts and we focus on health, structure, and temperament. We have bred and shown rabbits off and on since 1996. In addition to being an experienced breeder we have also worked with some of the top veterinarians in Southern California! Getting a rabbit from us means you are now part of our family and we want to stay connected with you. We will always accept our bunnies back in to our home if you are no longer able to keep your pet. We are committed to each bunny that leaves our home for their entire life. Since I have previously worked in the veterinarian field I can first hand attest to shelter overpopulation which is why we will never allow our bunnies to be sent into rescue - you can always feel comfortable reaching out to us for any reason and we will do our best to assist you. With that being said, we are accepting deposits for our Holland Lop and Lionhead bunnies to approved homes. Our bunnies will come with their pedigree (4h & FFA Students) and/or birth certificate (Pet Bunnies), literature on the care and dietary needs of your new bunny, we also provide a sample of their diet for transitional purposes, and a limited health warranty. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us.
History on the Lionhead rabbit:
Lionhead rabbit is one of the newer breeds of domestic rabbits in the United States, and has recently passed the American Rabbit Breeders' Association presentation process and has been accepted as an ARBA recognized breed in the varieties of Tortoise and Ruby Eyed White. As of February 1st, 2014 they will be able to show for Best in Show and receive legs of Grand Champion like any other of the accepted breeds. The Lionhead rabbit has a 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 2" - 3" ears, and weigh 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 Netherland 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. There are many other reports similar to this, for example that the lionhead has been bred from a Netherland Dwarf and a Jersey Wooly, but none have been substantiated, since the mane gene is separate from the gene that creates wool coats in wooled rabbits. The Lionhead rabbit continued to gain popularity in Europe, and Lionheads found their way to the United States in the late 1990s.
The Lionhead rabbit has a small, compact body, and the head is bold, yet 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 to be 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 have a normal rollback coat of medium length over the saddle, and some have "transitional wool" on their flanks. Some Lionheads have noticeably longer wool on the cheeks and chest. Lionhead rabbits have outgoing personalities and are a popular pet in the United States.
In the United Kingdom, the British Rabbit Council has recognized the Lionhead breed since 2002. In the United States, the breed is in "Certificate of Development" status with the American Rabbit Breeders' Association (ARBA). The COD process involves presenting the breed to the ARBA Standards committee at the organization's annual convention and show. This process requires that there be three successful presentations within five years in order for the breed to become recognized, and included in the ARBA Standard of Perfection.
The Lionhead rabbit breed is now recognized in two varieties by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Recognition took place at the annual ARBA convention held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, October 19 to 23, 2013. The Lionhead is now the 48th rabbit breed recognized by ARBA.
History on the Holland Lop Rabbit:
The history of Holland Lops began with Dutch breeder Adrian De Cock from Tilburg, Holland (Netherlands). Holland Lops, or the "Nederlandse Hangoor Dwerg", are acknowledged by American Rabbit Breed Association (ARBA) in 1979 and made known to the public in 1980.
When Adrian de Cock realized that French Lops were over-sized and Netherland Dwarfs were under-sized in 1949, he decided to breed the two with each other in hopes that their off-springs will inherit the optimal size. French Lops weigh anywhere from 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) to 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) while Netherland Dwarfs only weigh around 1.1 pound (0.5 kilogram) to 2.5 pounds (1.13 kilogram). Unfortunately, the results were nothing like what de Cock expected. Their off-springs were way too big and died as a result. The mother (female Netherland Dwarf) also died from the breeding process. In 1951, de Cock decided to try the breeding process again. Instead of using a Netherlands Dwarf doe, he used a male Netherland Dwarf buck. He did not think that this was possible at first, because the French Lop was much bigger than the Netherland Dwarf buck. Fortunately, the results exceeded de Cock's expectations. All of the off-springs were normal-sized and had standard ear positions. In 1952, de Cock wanted the rabbits' ears to be lopped (hanging limply), so he let a French Lop's and a Netherland Dwarf buck's off-spring breed with the Sooty Fawn, an English Lop with visibly lopped ears. The results were one with lopped ears, 2 with normal ears, and one with semi-lopped ears. At the end of the breeding process in 1955, a Holland Lop weighing less than 6.6 pounds (2.7 kilograms) was born. 11 years after this significant event, de Cock announced Holland Lops weighing less than 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms). Another goal at the time was to publicize Holland Lops. In 1964, these rabbits were finally recognized by Dutch breeders and authorities, which led to the introduction of Holland Lops across many countries in Europe.
In 1970, these rabbits made their first appearance in the United Kingdom thanks to George Scott, an English rabbit breeder from Yorkshire county who found these Holland Lops. At this time, the average weight of this breed was only about 3.3 pounds (1.5 kilogram). The history of the well-known Mini Lop is also related to the history of the Holland Lop. When Scott found these Holland Lops, he sought to make them even smaller, so he let the lightest Holland Lop off-springs breed with each other. The result of this breeding process was the Mini Lop, which was acknowledged by the British Rabbit Council in 1994. In 1976, Holland Lops made their way to the United States, where they were acknowledged by the American Rabbit Breeders Association 3 years later.
Over the years, Holland Lops have traveled across the globe and their breeders' accepted maximum weight has changed insignificantly with the actual weight of these rabbits. Holland Lops are now one of the most well-known rabbit breeds in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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