Rabbit - Flemish Giant Breed Profile
On average the Flemish Giant rabbit can live to 5 years or more.
The ideal age for the female Flemish Giant rabbit to start breeding is about 9 months of age. The first litter must be born before the female is one year old. The reason for this is that after this age the pelvic bones fuse and she would not be able to give birth naturally. They should have no more litters after the age of three years.
Average Litter Size
The Flemish Giant rabbit can produce large litters, usually between 5 to 12 in a litter.
The gestation period is between 28-31 days. On average they give birth at 30-32 days.
General Physical Description
The Flemish Giant rabbit is classified as a giant breed of rabbit. They are commonly steel grey in colour. They are long with a large full head and the ears are long and erect.
The Flemish Giant rabbit has a minimum weight of 5kgs. They have been recorded as weighing 9.5kgs.
The mainstay of a rabbitís diet should be large unlimited amounts of fresh hay, fresh fruit and vegetables, a well-balanced dry rabbit mix and plenty of clean water. Rabbits have quite delicate stomachs so when feeding fresh fruits and vegetables make sure they are added to the diet one vegetable at a time and eliminate specific varieties if they cause diarrhoea. An earthenware bowl is the best type of feeding dish to use, as they are harder to knock over than the plastic ones, also they not chewable. A water bottle fixed to the outside of the cage, with the water tube going into the cage, ensures a fresh water supply is available.
As the Flemish Giant is a large rabbit any hutch or cage used for housing should be large also. For an outdoor rabbit the ideal home is a wooden hutch made of a heavy wood with a waterproof roof, and raised off the ground. If the rabbit is going to live indoors then a wooden hutch can also be used or a cage. The cage would have a plastic or wire base with a wire lid fixed to the base. All rabbits must have an adequate exercise area, whether it is an outside run or an enclosed area in the house. Wood shavings should be used for the floor of the hutch or cage. Fine sawdust can cause eye irritations so this should be avoided. Bedding material should be provided especially in cold and wet weather for the outdoor rabbit. The best thing to use is straw on top of a layer of the wood shavings in the sleeping compartment. The rabbit home should be cleaned out weekly and any old food removed. If it is necessary to wash the home then only use a cleaner specifically designed for cleaning rabbit hutches. An earthenware food bowl and a drinking bottle will also be required to feed and water the rabbit.
Suitability For Children
The Flemish Giant rabbit is suitable for children, but remember they do grow very big and can be a handful as a result. As they are so good-natured many people want one, however they do seem to be relatively difficult to get.<
Character & Temperament
The Flemish Giant rabbit is quite intelligent and can be a bit cantankerous unless it is handled regularly from an early age. On the whole though they do have a great personality, are calm and well behaved.
Rabbits are most active in the morning and at night; they generally sleep during the day.
Toys & Exercise
Rabbits need things to climb on, crawl through, dig and chew. It is possible to provide plenty to entertain this rabbit with using household items, such as toilet roll tubes and boxes. Several boxes can be put together with holes in them so the rabbit can go from box to box, just like being in a warren. Ramps can also be put against the boxes so the rabbit can climb up; they like to have a lookout post.
Types of Coat
The Flemish Giant rabbit is usually steel grey in colour, although other colours are seen. These other colours are sandy, fawn, white, blue and black.
Rabbits can become trained to learn their name. They are more intelligent than guinea pigs and hamsters. They can even be trained to go to the toilet in one specific area, which makes cleaning up after them much easier.
The Flemish Giant rabbit is the largest of any of the breeds. They should appear square with a good width of body. The area of head between the ears should be flat, large and wide. For showing the colouring of the coat is important, it should be of a steel grey colour, some can be darker in the face than others. The underside is white with a darker base colour. The ears should be long and stand erect.
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