Flemish Giant Rabbit Facts
- The Flemish Giant Rabbit is popular as the King of Rabbits and remains the largest species of rabbit known to man. These very docile giants have also been bred since the early 16th century.
- Today, however, people primarily breed the animal as pets and show animals, the latter of which is still unfortunate.
- Perhaps, though not all scientists agree, this species descended from the now extinct Patagonian rabbit. In fact, the Flemish Giant Rabbit is the ancestor of many of the breeds of domestic rabbits popular today.
- The animal is also popular as the Gentle Giant due to its extreme docility.
Flemish Giant Rabbit Physical Description
The incredible Flemish Giant Rabbit attains a typical weight of approximately 15 lb (6.8 kg). Yet, exceptional individuals have reached 22 lb (10 kg), however.
Also, the species does display sexual dimorphism, with females averaging slightly heavier than the males. In addition, its fur may be any of seven color varieties.
The fur itself typically appears rather glossy and quite dense, while the body remains elongated and the hindquarters develop relatively broad for a rabbit.
Further, the heads of the genders have a different shape, with the head of the male being much broader and larger than that of the female.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Lagomorphs
- Family: Leporids
- Genus: Oryctolagus
Flemish Giant Rabbit Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The wonderfully lovely Flemish Giant Rabbit was first bred in Flanders, in Europe. Originally the practice was for its fur and meat.
As with other types of rabbits, the Flemish Giant Rabbit is herbivorous, and primarily consumes a variety of vegetables and fruits.
However, it does require a higher protein content than other rabbits. It also remains even more tolerant of human handling than others, but not very tolerant of excessive heat.
This animal commonly reaches breeding age about 5 months after birth, with litter size varying between 5-12 young.
It also lives longer than most Leporidae, with a typical life expectancy of between 8-10 years.