Lionhead Rabbits Maryland

Lionhead Rabbits

Long time no post!  Yes… it has been an interesting year.  I will be blogging more about it on my personal blog.   Erynn will be taking over much of everything for the next batches of baby lionhead rabbits.  She had been caught up with her end of senior year activities.

Here are the baby bunnies that we have ready to go to their new homes now.

All are pedigreed lionhead rabbits – some are out of Dolly and Joffrey and some are out of Myla and Joffrey.  (I will be updating the blog as well here shortly as we have some new breeding does and bucks to post updated pictures of.

Some of these are not available (I’m waiting on two decision to be made which I think are over the harlequins) – so check with me at jodieotte@gmail.com if you are interested.

First up – the does.


 

This is a harlequin doe that is blue base (she is diluted).

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This is a regular harlequin doe

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This is a blue tort doe

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This is blue magpie doe

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This is (teddy bear) sable point marten

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This is sable point buck

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This is a sable point marten buck

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Lionhead Babies for Sale – Maryland

Our Spring 2016 litters are ready to go!   I’m not showing every last one here because we have quite a few, but this is a taste (and count) of what we currently have.  We are in Northern Harford County Maryland.  Please contact me at jodieotte@gmail.com to schedule a time to meet up (I do occasionally meet in other areas as well for pickup).

Price is $40 or (2) for $70.

red eyed whiteThis is a red-eyed-white.   They are super fluffy and these ones are 1/4 lop and 3/4 lionhead (same with the chinchilla colored below – affectionately called “Boosh Babies” as their mom is the Mighty Boosh – all others are full lionheads with pedigrees).

Red-eyed white from the side – they have really interesting pink eyes.  We have does and bucks in this color.

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chinchillaThis is a new color for us – Chinchilla.  This is a doe lionlop – super cute and super fluffy. (VC)

chinchillaregAnother chinchilla color… we love the ears.  This is a buck (VC)

fawnThis is another new color for us – fawn.  We have two bucks that are fawn.  They have nice round faces and hair almost completely covers their eyes.

black vm small faceThis is a buck –  pedigreed lionhead vienna-marked with blue eyes.

blue tortVery cute face – this is our only blue tort.  Buck.  Very cool color.  Pedigreed lionhead.

bewBlue Eyed White pedigreed lionheads – we have two bucks, two does.

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Black Tort pedigreed lionheads – we have two bucks and one doe.

bluefawnLast but not least – another new color for us.  Pedigreed blue fawn doe.  What a great color!

 

….again, contact jodieotte@gmail.com or text 443.299.2752 to schedule a pickup or a look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three healthy litters!

The recent births….

 

newborn-rabbitsI wanted to get this out earlier, and if you follow my instagram or my facebook account, you may already know about all of this, so let’s recap….

Blue Girl was the first to have her litter.  Sunday afternoon (January 17, 2015), Erynn found seven beautiful little babies in Blue Girl’s nest.  They are nice and healthy and look like little pigs – way different than Boosh’s premature litter here.

 

The fact that Blue Girl gave birth 3 days after Boosh definitely concludes that Boosh’s litter was premature.


 

newborn-lionheadThis is what these little ones are supposed to look like – plump and dry.  Boosh’s babies were very thin and sticky.  Sticky is the word I would have to describe for them.  Their skin was not ready to see the light of day.  The little ones stuck together and had to be gently pried apart.  I know that sounds terrible, but these articles are meant to be informative as well.  It was so nice to feel these plump, warm, and dry newborns…

We do handle the babies within the first day or two.  We want the does to continue to trust us, and we want the little ones to get used to human smells.  After all, they are meant to be handled as pets.


 

Khaleesi had at least six.

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By Sunday evening, we noticed Khaleesi was frantically building her nest.  Erynn and I sat quietly in the rabbit house and watched her (Khaleesi doesn’t get phased by people around – she is a really great mother).   She turned her back to us birthed – guess what?  Another seven (we counted later) Check out the video above of the last one scrambling for heat….


 

Dolly gave birth overnight to – another SEVEN!  What are the chances that all four of the does would each have seven litters?

Erynn had to move Dolly and Khaleesi’s nests into the nesting boxes (because of this past fall’s surprise litters from them, they had birthed in the corners and must think that’s the place to birth as Blue Girl had no problem using the nesting box we provided.

All three mothers were doing a great job.  It has gotten very cold in Maryland.  I will do an article on our winterizing in the future.  They pulled out a lot of fur and covered their little ones and have been attentive.  Dolly is still her odd standoffish self, but Blue Girl and Khaleesi have exceeded our expectations.

 

A True Anomaly in Lionhead – Sectoral Heterochromia

We named our rabbitry for the Vienna gene anomaly – not that it is a true anomaly, but it is not the most popular among lionhead breeders.

Check out two of our horses below – this is Stormy and Pixie, mom and daughter – both paint horses.  Mom has one blue eye, but their base coats are not white – the paint gene creates white over the base coats, similarly to the Vienna gene.

Fascinated with the paint gene, Erynn (the daughter half of the rabbitry), decided the vienna gene was what she would pursue in the lionheads.

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(by the way, Stormy and Pixie not only are paints, but they have a champagne gene, which is on the rare side, making Stormy’s other eye and both of Pixie’s eyes amber instead of brown, and their base coat colors are amber cream champagne and classic champagne respectively)


 

blue eyed vienna marked lionheadA Vienna-Marked Lionhead

As you can see here, this would be a Vienna-Marked lionhead – has a base coat (in this particular case, black is the base) plus the white markings and blue eyes.  This is typically how you would see a VM lionhead.


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However, we had a surprise kit in Stormageddon and Dolly’s litter – we had a sable with one brown eye and one half brown/half blue eye which is called

Sectoral Heterochromia

– a true anomaly!

 

 


blue eyed white lionhead breederBlue-Eyed White (BEW)

Vienna Marked or Vienna Carrier Lionhead Rabbits are the result of breeding one or more rabbits that have the Vienna gene – but keep in mind, breeding two rabbits with the Vienna gene will do the following:

(This is straight from Erynn)

Two VMs bred will give 25% BEWs and 50% VMs and 25% noncarriers (which we label as VC on our pedigree as we cannot test definitively ourselves which are carriers and which are not).  VM bred to BEW gives 50% BEW and 50% VM.

 BEWs are a showable color in the lionhead world.

Lionhead Rabbit Babies

We are a lionhead rabbit breeding facility located in Northern Maryland.  We service the areas of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, and West Virginia.   We do not ship our rabbits, but you are welcome to road trip our way by appointment!

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While we do not breed every doe year round, we do typically have something available or we can tell you a date when we are expecting.   Check out what we are expecting here.

Below, you will see two of our litters that we photographed at approximately two weeks old.  We do breed for pet and show quality depending upon what we are working on at the moment.  Prices range from $35-$75 depending upon what is produced at the current time.

We typically expect to see the following colors:

Sable, Siamese Sable, Black Torte, Black, Chocolate, Blue-Eyed White

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However, we are very clear which lines contain the Vienna gene (the vienna gene is what creates white or blue eyes in rabbits – similarly to the paint gene in horses – at this time, vienna markings are not permitted in showing lionhead rabbits, unless they are blue eyed white – BEW).  We document the following in our pedigrees if they apply (we do not always breed with vienna genes):

BEW – Blue-Eyed White  (BEWs result from breeding two VM or VCs together or breeding two BEWs)

VM – Vienna Marked – This is obvious white markings or blue eyes that can be observed

VC – Vienna Carrier – This means that in the pedigree, there are VM rabbits.  This indicates that the rabbit potentially carries the Vienna gene even if you cannot see it.  Future breeding could result in a Vienna-marked offspring.

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