The 411 on Continental Giant Rabbits

Posted by Crystal Long
Black and white continental giant rabbit.

One of the oldest and largest rabbit breeds, the Continental Giant Rabbit is, well, giant. Here's the 411 on this powerful large rabbit.

The Continental Giant, lovingly nicknamed Conti, is one of the largest rabbits worldwide. The name Continental Giant actually refers to a collective group of giant rabbit breeds, which are named specifically after their respective country: German Giants are giant rabbits from Germany, Belgian Giants are giant rabbits from Belgium, Spanish Giants are giant rabbits from Spain, etc. Most Continental Giant rabbits are descendants from the Flemish Giant rabbit, and also share bloodlines with the Belgian Hare.

While this large breed is recognized by the British Rabbit Council (BRC), it is not recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).

Appearance

The Continental Giant's large size makes them the largest breeds in the United States. They are significantly larger than your average pet rabbit -- They can weigh between 16 to 25 pounds but usually are more than that, and they can grow up to three feet long. Fun fact: The largest rabbit recorded is a Continental Giant Rabbit named Darius, who weighed over 50 pounds and measured four feet, four inches long!

Just to put it in perspective, this breed of rabbits can grow up to the size of a full-grown French Bulldog (a.k.a Frenchies!).

Coat & Colors

The coat of the Continental Giant is glossy, dense, thick, and oh-so-soft! They come in several colors; Breed standard recognizes: black, white, dark and light steel, chestnut agouti, red agouti, opal, yellow, and chinchilla.

Temperament

Despite their large size, they are known as gentle giants and make great pets for both children and adults. These unique rabbits are friendly and intelligent, making them very easy to train. Like dogs and cats, they can be trained to respond to their name, to play simple games with you, and to use the litter box.

What do you think of these one-of-a-kind giant rabbits? Do you have one? Let us know at our Wide Open Pets Facebook!

READ MORE: What It Takes to Own Flemish Giant Rabbits

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The 411 on Continental Giant Rabbits