Flemish Giant - A Man Sized Rabbit
The main worry about this breed is not their name being forgotten as the Gentle Giant of rabbits, its their size reducing. Other colours are being added from other rabbit breeds to the original known imported ones into New Zealand (read on for more information below)
This is a breed whose size alone can draw you to want one. They range from 6kg-8kg and that is a lot of bunny to hold.
Cats find them a little difficult to manage if they are looking for an easy catch. The back feet of a Flemish Giant would give the local cat a good run for it money and send them flying (if they get too close for the rabbits comfort).
This is a 14 week old Flemish Giant. Bred by a North Island breeder.
Things To Look For When Purchasing A Flimish Giant
Know the breeder and their stock or go under someones recommedation.
Look at the parents before purchasing any young Flemish Giants.
Wait until the Kit is around 12 weeks old before buying, as they are slow to mature. This will give you a good idea if they are going to be large rabbits.
Large back and front feet
Large, straight sticking up ears (the ears look almost too large for the head, no floppy or lopping ears should be seen in the kits or their parents)
Solid body. Not overweight showing a large pot belly, heavy to lift up means it is eating well. There is more bone to flesh on a young Flemish.
On average the size of a Flemish should be close to 1kg of weight to each month of its age.
If a Flemish is around 3 months old and weighs 2.8kg that is a nice weight for its age.
Above is a picture of an Enderby Island and a Flemish Giant. Both these rabbits are 5 months old.
The Enderby Island weighs just under 2kg and is classed as an adult.
The Flemish Giant just under 5kg, she is not considerd an adult until she over 7 months old.
You would not breed from a flemish doe until they were at least 1 year old, showing good size and weight. (the doe would weigh around 6.5-7kg)
Watch Out For Colour
There are certain colours that are produced with this breed.
The main ones are-
Fawn (as above witht he Enderby Island and below)
White with red eyes (picture below)
White with blue eyes,
Sandy (looks like the wild rabbit colour, picture below),
Black (no ticking should be seen on the coat or banding in the coat),
Blue (no banding should be seen in the coat).
Colours where you see black and white patches, have been created by mixing smaller breeds with the large Flemish Giant. You could be very dissapointed once the rabbit reaches adult age.
Help support the breeders who want to keep the larger size of this breed around for many years to come.
We are happy to recommend breeders who support the same ideas as we do.