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CIRCUS LIONS RABBITRY

Lionhead rabbits for sale in Northeast PA

Some rabbit terms and definitions

agouti (pronounced ah-goo-tee, also called chestnut) a color variety that resembles wild rabbit coloring. There are distinct bands of color on the length of the hair shaft.  Most dominant of the color genes. 

BEW  blue-eyed white, a color variety

binky  cutesy term for what a rabbit does when it's happy or playing.  They will pop into the air, zig zag as they're running and twitch their heads and ears.  You might think they're having a seizure the first time you see it ;)

break  refers to the distinct area of normal fur behind the mane, between the wool of the mane and any other wool on the rest of the body (usually over the foreleg).  Required for a show lionhead rabbit.

broken  a color variety with any color on the ears, around the eyes, across the nose and muzzle and down the spine with spotting on the side, on a white background.  Not a showable color in lions but an AOV (any other variety).  Still very popular, as it's so attractive. (See photos on right (sable point broken), Setzke's Twist N Shout, now living here at Circus Lions Rabbitry).

buck a male rabbit

carries a trait that a rabbit has a gene for but is not visible or expressed.  i.e. a black rabbit carrying dilute means the rabbit appears black to observe it but it also has a gene for the color blue, not observable. If that rabbit is bred to another rabbit that is either blue or also carrying blue, you will get some blue offspring

cecotropes specific kind of droppings a rabbit passes that it reingests to keep the bacteria in its gut healthy.  They look like soft, shiny clumps of grapes with a mucous coating.  Often, you will not see them in the cage at all, as the rabbit ingests them as they exit its anus.  See care page for photo.

dilute simply, the lighter or dilute version of a color variety. Dilute of black is blue
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doe a female rabbit

DQ disqualification, a trait that disqualifies a rabbit from competing in a show.  Examples for lionheads are weight below 1 lb. 10 oz. and over 3.75 lbs, ears over 3 1/2", and no break between the mane and any wool on the rest of the body. 

enteritus intestinal upset causing diarrhea, sometimes severe.  Can cause death, especially in baby rabbits.

fault a trait that is less than ideal and can cause a rabbit to lose in a show, if its competition is closer to the standard.  Examples are incorrect eye color or undercut hindquarters.

genotype rabbit's full genetic or hereditary information, even if not expressed (observable).  To know what colors your rabbit may produce when bred, knowing the colors of the parents or offspring it may have already had, can give you clues as to what color genes it may be carrying that you can't see.  

junior a rabbit less than 6 months old

kit a baby rabbit

kindle give birth

linebreed program of breeding rabbits that have common ancestors; it's done to set traits

mane longer wooly fur that grows all the way around the rabbit's neck, over the top of the head between the ears, and on thecheeks and  chest.  This trait is unique to lionheads.  See mane pictorial.

peanut baby of a dwarf breed rabbit that has gotten two copies of the dwarf gene, one from each parent. Much smaller than their litter mates and unable to eat; they usually live just a few days and always die.

phenotype observable genetic traits, such as color variety.

PW pointed white, a color variety.  See lionhead standard for full description of the color

pulling fur a pregnant female rabbit will pull out her own fur from her chest and belly, usually very shortly before the birth of her litter.  Exciting sign for the breeder that the birth should be imminent.

saddle area of the body that covers behind the neck, down the sides and down to the butt, it should shed out from wool to normal fur as the rabbit matures.  See mane pictorial.

scanner a rabbit that moves its head slowly from side to side, as it scans its surroundings.  Seems to be associated with the ruby-eyed white gene and have no effect on overall health. I haven't seen any of my REWs do this but I've seen a few carrying REW that did.

scours or enteritus  Diarrhea that can be caused by abrupt change of diet and other causes.  Can be fatal.

senior rabbit over six months old, adult

skirt fringe on wool around bottom of rabbbit's sides and butt.  Permissable, but not desirable, on a show rabbit

SS Siamese sable, a color variety.  See lionhead standard for full description of the color. 

teddy a lionhead that doesn't ever shed out the baby wool on its saddle area or a break.

throw means what a rabbit produces or "throws" when it is bred, (colors and other traits)

tort rabbit breeder speak for tortoiseshell.  Lions come in black and blue tort.  Black tort is a rust color on the body with darker charcoal points - ears, nose, feet and tail.  Blue tort is more of a  dark cream color with grayish points.  There is also chocolate and lilac tort (much less common).

vienna gene  a gene that causes white markings (not to be confused with broken) . Vienna marked doe - photo on right (photo courtesy of b's precious bunnies, Shay Beck)  Often has blue eyes or even one blue eye and one brown.  Bunnies with a vienna gene should not be bred into non - vienna lines, as they will cause rabbits with mismarks.  Also not a showable color but quite gorgeous!  If a rabbit gets 2 vienna genes, it will be all white with blue eyes (BEW, blue-eyed white).

wool strong, lively, feeling fur with a soft, silky texture; should be wavy with crimping.  Lionheads have wool manes and often wool on their hips and down their sides(referred to as a "skirt").  The mane must be at least 2" long for a show rabbit.  The color of the wool is "diffused" or lighter than the normal fur. Any wool, other than the mane, must be 1" or less on the face and 2" or less on the hips.