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Belgian Hare

By | Last Updated : 28th January 2020

The Belgian Hare, a fancy breed of domestic rabbits, is distinguishable by its slim, flexible body structure, long, sturdy legs, and an arched back. Although it has been deliberately bred to look like the wild hare, it is not considered a ‘true’ hare breed.

The ancestors of today’s Belgian Hare were produced in the 18th century in Belgium by crossing the wild European rabbits with the early domestic rabbits. These bunnies were taken to the UK in 1874, where they were named the “Belgian Hare”. The new rabbit breed was shown in the US in 1877, and the American Belgian Hare Club was established in July 1972.

Basic Information

  • Kept as:

    Outdoor rabbit, show rabbit

  • Suited For:

    Families with seniors, older children, singles, experienced owners

  • Origin:

    Belgium

  • Personality:

    Sweet, nervous, lively, social, alert, intelligent

  • Hypoallegenic:

    No

  • Lifespan:

    7-10 years

  • Association/Clubs:

    American Belgian Hare Club

  • Breed Standard:

    American Rabbit Breeders Association

How big do they get

Size

Medium, 15-17 inches long

Weight

6-9.5 lbs

Height

17-18 inches

Width

About 18-20 inches

What do they look like

Fur Type

Short, glossy, with fluffy undercoat

Ear Type

Slightly wide, erect, tall, about 5 inches long

Color

Black and Tan Belgian Hare

Black Belgian Hare

Chestnut with Black Ticking Belgian Hare

Rufus Red Belgian Hare

Tan Belgian Hare

Care Level

Low

High

Clean its cage with a natural disinfectant (e.g., a mix of vinegar and warm water) every 5-7 days and make sure to replace all bedding. Wash and sterilize all the cage accessories, including water bottles and feeders.

Cage Size

Use an outdoor cage, measuring at least 24 X 48 X 24 inches; a large hutch, say 30 X 60 X 24 inches, is needed to keep 2-3 Belgians

Diet

Consistent feeding is required because of its high metabolic rate; unlimited supply of high-quality timothy hay, two cups of chopped leafy greens, two tablespoons of fresh fruits, and 1/4 cups of pellets or a strawberry slice as treats per day

GROOMING

Occasional

Regular

An occasional gentle rub forward and backward over the entire length keeps it clean and removes dead hairs. Check its ears regularly for signs of ear mite infestations.

ACTIVITY

Low

High

Allow it to spend some time out of its enclosure and provide a safe, enclosed area where it can run and play with toys.

COST

Low

High

Usually sold at about $25; the annual cost of keeping it ranges between $2,000 and $2,500

SHEDDING

Low

High

Molts in Spring and Autumn, during which it needs a good brushing every second day.

Belgian Hare

Did You Know

  • The Belgian Hare, being highly energetic and active by nature, is named the “poor man’s racehorse”.
  • A Belgian Hare can get easily startled. Unfamiliar sounds or sudden noises can cause it to jump high into the air.
  • Fashoda, a Belgian Hare from the California-based Bonanza Rabbitry, received twelve first prizes in a show in 1899. It was sold for a whopping 5,000 dollars in 1900.

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