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Flemish Giant - Breed Profile:

Origin: Flemish region
Colors: Black, blue, fawn, light grey, sandy, steel grey, white

Appearance and coat description

The Flemish Giant is one of the largest breeds of domestic rabbits. The shoulders and semi-arch body appear long and very powerful. The hindquarters are relatively broad. The rump is rounded, and the entire rabbit's look is very solid. The back arch starts back of the shoulders and carries through to the base of the tail giving a "mandolin" shape. The upright ears are long. The head is large and broad, which is more obvious in bucks. Does may have a large, full, evenly carried dewlap (a fold of skin under the chin). The coat of Flemish Giants is glossy and dense. It comes in black, blue, fawn, light grey, sandy, steel grey and white colours. Weekly grooming should be enough, with extra care given in shedding periods.
The weight is 13 pounds and over.


Flemish Giants are generally quite calm, placid, and laid-back. They thrive on human attention and will gladly sit on your lap for a while if you continuously stroke and pet them. However, they also enjoy exploring the surroundings on their own like other rabbits. Flemish Giants are known to be one of the most gentle giant breeds. Some individuals may be more vigorous and active than the others. Intelligent and smart, they can learn their name and respond to it.

Health and hutch

Generally robust and healthy. As they are very large, Flemish Giants require a lot of food and a lot of space. The smallest cage for a Flemish Giant should have a floor 30 inches by 48 inches. Brood cages for a doe and her litter should have a floor 30 inches by 72 inches. The cage height should be at least 24 inches so the rabbits can carry their ears erect. Wire floors had better be avoided to prevent sore hocks.

Other interesting facts

The real origin of the Flemish Giant is uncertain. It is undisputed that Flanders - the origin of the breed's present name - was the country of its adoption and dissemination throughout Europe and eventual appearance in America. Europe, however, can give no definite information about how or when it first appeared there. The Flemish Giant is known to have been bred there on a large scale during a period of several hundred years, and was called the Patagonian rabbit for quite a long time.