Everything You Need to Know About the Flemish Giant Rabbit

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The Flemish Giant rabbit is the gentle giant of the rabbit world.

The Flemish Giant rabbit is the largest rabbit breed. They weigh at least 13 pounds, and some have even weighed in at 20 pounds. Large rabbits have not been nearly as popular as small rabbits in the past few decades, but big bunnies were widely popular back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Flemish refers to the type of Dutch spoken in Flanders, the northern region of Belgium where large rabbits were being bred in Belgium back in the mid-19th century. Some think the Flemish Giant rabbit was created by crossing Belgian rabbits with giant rabbits from Argentina, which sailors brought back to Europe in the 16th and 17th century.

Because of their size, Flemish Giant rabbits require much more food and a much larger living space than most rabbits. They can grow to be bigger than some dogs, and they are actually much better off being kept in a large dog crate with a smooth bottom than in a typical rabbit cage. These rabbits need at least five square feet of space to feel comfortable.

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Body

The average weight of a Flemish Giant rabbit is 15 pounds, and they must be at least 21 inches long to be shown professionally. These rabbits have broad hindquarters, and a gentle arch in their back, giving their bodies a mandolin shape.

Coat

The Giant Flemish rabbit breed has a short coat, which needs to be brushed occasionally. They will shed the most during spring and fall, with mild shedding in between.

General Appearance

A Flemish Giant rabbit is large with a sturdy, powerful appearance. They are one solid color, but their shade varies: black, gray, light brown, or white. They are known for having a peaceful expression in their eyes.

Head

Male Flemish Giant rabbits have massive, broad heads. Females have smaller heads and may have a large, full dewlap, the fold of skin underneath their chin.

Ears

Flemish Giant rabbits have long, wide ears that stand straight up.

Temperament

These rabbits are very docile. They will only become aggressive if they are handled incorrectly, which requires extra care because of their size. If they are repeatedly handled well, they will become tolerant of it. They can become loving pets when given proper care.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Flemish Giant Rabbit