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Flemish Giant

By | Last Updated : 25th March 2020

The Flemish Giant, revered for its docile and friendly temperament, is one of the most popular breeds of very large domestic rabbits that are commonly kept as pets. It has a long, powerful semi-arch type body, with broad hindquarters. The does can be identified by their large, evenly carried dewlap while the bucks are characterized by their broad, massive head. It can become tolerant of handling with frequent human interactions but can develop fear and aggression if handled in an irresponsible manner.

Flemish Giant

The Flemish Giant originated in the 16th century near Ghent, Belgium, and is thought to have evolved from fur and meat rabbits, including the extinct European ‘Patagonian’ and the Stone Rabbit (Steenkonijn). The breed received recognition from the American Rabbit Breeders’ Association (ARBA) in 1910, and it is popularized by the National Federation of Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders (NFFGRB), which came into existence in 1915.

Basic Information

How big do they get

Size

Giant, 29-50 inches long

Weight

15-22 lbs

Height

30-52 inches

Width

About 30-51 inches

What do they look like

Fur Type

Glossy, short, dense, rollback

Ear Type

Erect, thick, around 5 inches long

Color

Black Flemish Giant

Blue Flemish Giant

Fawn Flemish Giant

Light Gray Flemish Giant

Sandy Flemish Giant

Steel Gray Flemish Giant

White Flemish Giant

Care Level

Low

High

Flemish Giants eat more than the smaller breeds, and their litter boxes become dirty more quickly. Make sure to clean and change your bunny’s litter box every 3-4 days for adequate care.

Cage Size

An indoor cage should have a minimum dimension of 36 X 48 X 48 inches; you may use a large indoor dog crate with an attached playpen or a safe, enclosed outdoor dog kennel

Diet

Plenty of timothy hay, high-quality pellet with 16% protein, 6-8 cups of leafy veggies, 6-8 tablespoons of carrots or apples as treats daily

GROOMING

Occasional

Regular

Not much grooming needed, brush every week using a slicker brush to keep its short, dense fur lustrous and soft

ACTIVITY

Low

High

Make sure your rabbit spends 2-3 hours outside its enclosure, let it hop about freely in a bunny-proof room; allow it to roam and play in a securely fenced yard and always supervise it

COST

Low

High

Pet-quality Flemish Giants without pedigree usually cost $20-$50 while breeding-quality rabbits are priced anywhere from $50-$100; the overall cost of keeping a Flemish Giant varies between $660-$2,700

SHEDDING

Low

High

Sheds moderately throughout the year, but molting is higher in spring and fall when its coat can be brushed a couple of times every week to take care of the loose hairs

Did You Know

  • The Flemish Giant is nicknamed the “Gentle Giant” because of its docile nature. It is also called the “Universal Rabbit” due to its varied uses as a show, pet, and breeding animal.
  • It usually takes a Flemish Giant up to one and a half years to reach the maximum weight. Males and females attain sexual maturity at about 128 days after birth.

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