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Flemish Giant Rabbit

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Other name(s): Vlaamse Reus; Vlaamse Reuzen

The basics:
The origins of the Flemish Giant rabbit are unclear. One theory is that the Flemish Giant is a descendant of several giant rabbit breeds from the Flanders region of Europe, possibly including the Steenkonijn (Stone Rabbit) and the European "patagonian" breed (now extinct).

The Flemish Giant was imported from England and Belgium to America in the early 1890's. It received no special attention until about 1910 where it started appearing at small livestock shows throughout the country. Today, it is one of the more popular breeds at rabbit shows because of its enormous size and its many colors.

Appearance / health:
The Flemish Giant is a large rabbit with a semi-arched back and broad hips. It is notably muscular, rounded, and solid. The head is also round and relatively large. The ears are long and upright. The fur is dense and glossy and rolls back when stroked. Females carry a dewlap or skin fold under the chin. One of the largest rabbits in the world, the Flemish Giant has weighed in at more than 20 pounds.

Color variations of the Flemish Giant include Black, Blue, Fawn, Gray, White, Sandy, Steel, and Light Gray.
Like other small mammals, Flemish Giants can be susceptible to colds and viral infections. Exposure to draft, sudden changes in temperature and stress can lower the rabbit’s resistance to sickness. Rabbits are also vulnerable to conjunctivitis (a bacterial infection of the eyelids caused by smoke, dust, and fumes) and ear mites. Intestinal ailments like coccidiosis (parasites propagated by unsanitary conditions), bloat, and hairball obstructions are also common in rabbits.

Behavior / temperament:
Flemish Giant Rabbits are calm, friendly, loving, and very active, getting along with other domesticated pets like cats, dogs, and guinea pigs. They are best kept in pairs or trios but preferably one per cage to minimize injury from occasional infighting. They are most active at sunset and at daybreak. Because they are timid, easily stressed, and physically fragile, they are not recommended as pets for small children.

Housing:
Flemish Giants are best kept indoors to protect them from extreme temperatures, predators, and other outdoor dangers. They should be allowed to roam and exercise, preferably where they can get sunlight and fresh air. Extension hutches, exercise pens or lawn enclosures are recommended for safe outdoor exposure.

If kept in a cage, the enclosure should be at least five times the size of the rabbit with plenty of room to stretch and stand upright. Wire mesh flooring should be avoided because the rabbit’s feet could get caught in them. A hide box or sleeping quarters should be provided for times when the rabbit needs to hide or sleep in private. Baby toys and interesting items should also be available for entertainment.

Rabbits can be taught to use a litter box. To avoid health hazards caused by toxic wood shavings or clumping kitty litter, only organic litter should be used such as paper, citrus, or wood pulp.

Rabbits may also be allowed to roam inside the house as long as the areas where they are free to explore are “rabbit-proofed” for safety.

Diet:
Like other rabbits, Flemish Giant Rabbits are herbivorous. The main ingredient of their diet is hay, preferably Timothy grass hay, which is rich in the fiber needed to prevent diarrhea, obesity, and hairballs. Leafy vegetables, though also essential to a rabbit’s health, should be given sparingly to prevent digestive disorders. For variety, treats may be given (although occasionally because of potentially high starch or sugar content) such as carrots, peaches, plum, apples, papaya, pears, strawberries, and other fruits. Commercial rabbit pellets also add nutrients to the daily diet. Fresh water should always be available, either from a sipper bottle or in a stable water bowl.

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