About Flemish Giant Rabbits
|Photo by Sitereh Schouten|
Flemish Giant Rabbits were developed in the Flanders region
of Europe where it was recorded as occurring in Belgium in the sixteenth
Before and during World War II, it was very common in Europe
to see these large easy-care rabbits being raised by children, who fed them on
garden produce, to provide cheap and healthy meals in hard times.
The adult weight of a Flemish Giant is around 6.4 kilograms
for a buck and 6.8 kilograms for a doe. Breeders aim for a long body length
with a large rump, and the ears having a length of around 150 millimeters – the
longer the better. By nature they are considered to be “gentle giants.”
It can take 12 to 14 months for a doe to reach its adult
weight and be ready for mating. To maintain the rabbit’s health and to give it
a long life, some breeders recommend breeding a doe only once a year, as this
will give the kits the best growing time they can get from being with their
mother. Weaning can take place when they are from eight to ten weeks old.
They are found in black, white, light grey, sandy, blue,
fawn, and steel grey.
Content and Photo Source: New Zealand Rare Breeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz).