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Flemish Giant Rabbits

By Edited Jun 21, 2014 7 14

The Flemish Giant is thought to have first originated from the Flemish region of Ghent, Belgium. Early records from 1860 show that travellers would speak of seeing giant rabbits around these areas and this provoked several ideas.

In this era rabbit meat and fur was in large demand, importing and breeding these giant rabbits would ease demand. Additionally, breeding and showing of rabbits was also becoming popular so showing a new breed would create publicity for the breeder.

The typical size of an English rabbit at this time was 3.18 to 3.64 kilos (7 to 8lbs) and the Flemish Giant Rabbits were recorded at around 6.35 Kilos (14lbs).

Today the Flemish Giant is one of the most popular breeds being shown at rabbit shows. The males are known as ‘bucks’, and the females are known as ‘does’, they are fairly inexpensive, tame if handled from an early age and make for popular domestic pets.

Flemish Giant Rabbit


The Flemish Giant grows much larger today than their early ancestors. The minimum weight for a fully developed adult is around 6.4 Kilos (14lbs), with the typical maximum weight around 10 kilos (22lbs).


There are 6 colors, Black, Blue, Fawn, Light Grey, Sandy and White.


Flemish Giants can be fed the same diet as other rabbits, with the amounts to be increased to match their larger size. The National Federation of Flemish Giant rabbit breeders recommend 2 cups of leafy vegetables per 3 kg (6lbs) of body weight and no more than 1 cup of fruit and carrots per day.

Health and Care

If you are thinking about owning this breed of rabbit be aware that a large area of space is required. A typical rabbit hutch will not be suitable for an adult Giant. Owners usually free up a large area in the garden for a pen, and have space in an outhouse or conservatory in the colder months.

Like all domestic rabbits, handling them from a young age will help their temperament and make them more accustomed to human interaction.  Their personalities are often described as intelligent, calm and passive.

You can allow them to interact with other domestic pets including other breeds of rabbit, incidents of aggression are rare.

They can live up to and slightly longer than 5 years old. Because of their large size it’s easy to overfeed them and this will cause all the usual associated health problems of any pet. With proper care and a strict diet however, health problems are rare and owners can enjoy many years of fun and affection from Flemish Giant rabbits as pets.



Mar 16, 2014 12:13am
thats one big rabbit :)

bugs bunny looks skinny compared to them
Mar 16, 2014 5:51pm
I have a Flemish rabbit and he is a wonderful pet!
Mar 17, 2014 12:19am
Awesome. My parents had one when I was younger, I was fascinated by how big it was.
Mar 17, 2014 7:09am
Oh they are so adorable - and I like that they are not aggressive. Too bad they don't live longer. Love your intro photo.
Mar 17, 2014 9:36pm
Beautiful rabbits. Only problem is I don't think I could deal with having a pet that only lives to age 5. Nice article and love the photo.
Mar 18, 2014 6:25am
Yes, the pet life cycle can be distressing but we all cherish the moments with them and it's worthwhile.
Mar 18, 2014 8:55pm
I really enjoyed reading about the Flemish Giant rabbits. It would be fun to actually pet one. Do they jump around and play like smaller rabbits? Thumbs Up!
Mar 19, 2014 12:12am
Thanks for reading and commenting southerngirl, they are not as mobile/active as smaller rabbits no. They spent a lot of time lazing around and don't really jump. They can however move quite fast when needed!
Mar 19, 2014 4:54am
Great article!
Mar 19, 2014 12:44pm
This is too funny. My wife and I recently decided to get a pet bunny and she had seen pics of these big lugs (I'd seen them "live and in person") and while they ARE very cool said bunny would be BIGGER than our 3 Chihuahuas, our miniature pinscher, and our 2 cats--combined!! The first time I ever saw one of these I thought it WAS a dog!! I told her I don't believe in keeping bunnies cooped up in hutches (except for overnight) and I don't like them outside exposed to the elements. So, we settled on a Netherland Dwarf (which loves my wife but seems indifferent toward me). That's fine. I LOVE BUNNIES!! ALL of 'em. Good article, and a thumb!
Mar 19, 2014 4:25pm
Wow! That puppy is either tiny or that bunny is absolutely gigantic. Can you imagine the awe of getting a Flemish Bunny on Easter or any other day as a matter of fact! Very interesting article.
Mar 20, 2014 12:19am
Great article. I absolutely love the picture!
Mar 21, 2014 3:16am
Thanks everyone for reading and the comments.
I couldn't resist that picture !
Mar 25, 2014 8:44am
Ahhh the gentle giant of the rabbit world. They're rumoured to have the most even-tempered of personality. Might consider them for my first pet rabbit <3
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