lion head or holland lop? I got a bunny pic added

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by luvchicks8, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    Which breed would you choose for a 9 year old to show in 4h? I could not find bunnies and today I was offered 2 for free and nearly free. I do not want to get 2 rabbits we know what happens then [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2010
  2. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    I would go with the holland and here is the reasons why. It depends on your area 4-H, but ours only allows purebred rabbit breeds listed with ARBA, lionhead is not showable yet. Hollands are known for their super sweet nature. Lionheads seem to vary, some are sweet, some are not. Lionheads also require more grooming (brushing) than hollands, which require little if any.

    That is my 2 cents as a 4-H leader and rabbit breeder for many years.
  3. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Here here! I concur!
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    I agree that the Holland lop is the better bunny for 4h. I had a Lions Head bunny and I was not impressed with it. I ended up returning it the auction. It just didn't have a lot of personality. I have always been happy with other rabbits personalities, and the LH just wasn't as nice as others I have had.
  5. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    Thanks for the info I have not had a raabbit since I was a kid and it was an angora albino (great rabbit). I want somthing easy for a child to handle.
  6. cutechick2010

    cutechick2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The reasons you have been given above are good ones, and I will add another. Lionheads tend to be known for their feisty energetic attitude. And that is of course NOT what you want for a child learning how to handle rabbits.

    BTW, I know it isn't one of the breeds you mentioned, but my personal choice for a child learning about rabbits would be a Flemish Giant. They are quite large of course, but super gentle and calm. Plus their large size is good in case your child has an oopsie like, Heaven forbid, dropping it.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2010
  7. zoo2u

    zoo2u Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2010
    Lionheads are not recognized by ARBA either so you can't necessarily compete at all 4-H shows especially if yours is ARBA sanctioned as ours is. We have a lionhead, she is a trip but a handful and i probably wouldn't get another one. My girls have netherland dwarfs which are wonderful, so sweet, easy to handle, only 2 pounds. I also like the Polish for these same reasons.
  8. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    Holland lop for the reasons posted above.
  9. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    wow sounds like holland lop it is thanks everyone . Love this site:)
  10. melodie_a

    melodie_a Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2010
    Sanford, NC
    Holland lops are sweeties! They are great with kids.

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