Lionhead Goldfish are named for the growth that has been bred for in this goldfish variety, by humans, around the top of this bred varieties head.

The presumed original name for this pot bellied fish is Shu-xing. The name comes from the long revered legend of the God of longevity called Shu-Xing Gong by mankind.

One theory as to the Lionheads early popularity as a desired bred artistic epiphany is the robust belly and its ad hoc or anthropomorpha sized resemblance to the Laughing Buddha: Budai Qieci, Hasne, Louhan, Hotei, Angida as he is referred to depending on which reference point is used.

This depth has been standardized to be over ½ to about 5/8 the length of the Lionhead goldfish body.

Some experts say that these goldfish were bred to mimic the likeness of the artist rendering of the mythical lionhead dog; in order to impress the then Emperor Circa 1500 A.D. or before.

The coloration is rich. There are metallic colors and non metallic colors. Although the color white is for weddings in the United States the Chinese influence over color choices while breeding lionhead goldfish still out vote the non-Chinese native observer. In China white still represents death. For this reason the color is weeded out as a solid color in breed-line choices: Although there is a rare variety with a red cap and white body.

The metallic colors are orange, red, black, blue, and chocolate.

Lionhead iridescent coloration; the colors come paired and in three color combinations:

  1. The color pairs are: Red & Black, and Red & White.
  2. The trifecta is a combo of: Red x White x Black.
  3. The last color combos are best described as Calico.

Lionhead goldfish are considered cute. The final result of breeding is cute, even if natures man made edits along the way have a few misspellings in them due to inbreeding.

These fish are among the fancy variety. The body of the lionhead goldfish is egg-shaped. So, making sure that food is thoroughly soaked, so that it doesn’t expand in their tightly fit digestive system.

This fish is a popular dorsal fin free variety epiphany reached as a desirable breeding aesthetic. Lionhead goldfish can be found for sale easily online, in pet stores, and at superstores across America.

There is no doubt that is artistic breeding statement is interesting to look at in the aquarist tank, or as one of the heartier fancy goldfish that can be in outdoor water gardens in some temperatures.

They have a double caudal fin that is expansive, but still lends to the overall compact look of what is considered the standard for the lionhead goldfish breeding expression currently.The look includes having the caudal fins turn perpendicular to the body where the fins meet the body of the goldfish.

The lionhead growth looks mostly like a section of a raspberry that is actually part of the goldfishes head. Often this distinction is about the creatures face. It is not however, as protrusive as the growth anomalies bred for in Pompom Goldfish.

Depending on the breeding complications in the bloodline the growth may or may not be so extreme as to impede the goldfishes vision.This is the main defining point between various Lionhead sub-varieties. There is also a long finned variety that somewhat uncommon.

This head growth can continue to grow in some breed lines until the fish in no longer able to see around it. This head growth often takes a year to appear. Males also can shed this mane from time to time.

This fish is not a fast swimmer so placing it in with non-light dependent goldfish (blind goldfish), gives this variety and equal chance at reaching the food. These non-light dependent or visually impaired fish are Celestial, Globe Eye, Telescope Eye, Water Bubble Eye, Lionchu, Ranchu goldfish, as-well-as a few others.

Lionhead goldfish can grow up to ten inches, or more. To ensure that they have a chance to get that big matching them to water gardens, front walk ponds, & tanks with fifteen gallons or more is ideal when they are not in an outdoor pond during our cold American winter.


Posted in Articles, Goldfish, Water Garden Fish by Administrator on February 12, 2009.

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