Flemish Giant Rabbit Fact Sheet

Common Name:

Flemish Giant Rabbit

Scientific Name:

O. cuniculus domesticus

Wild Status:

Least Concern

Habitat:

Human homes

Country:

Belgium

Shelter:

Human homes

Life Span:

Roughly 7 years

Size:

2ft long

Cool Facts:

  • The largest breed of domestic rabbit
  • Originally bred for their fur and meat, making them a useful and helpful breed for humans
  • Besides food and clothing, flemish giants are popular pets and show animals
  • Has an arched back, with the arching beginning from behind the neck all the way to the end of the body
  • They can be found in a variety of colors
  • Known for their docile nature and patience with humans
  • The largest flemish giants weigh over 20 pounds
  • Like all bunnies, flemish giants eat their poop
  • Their teeth never stop growing and require constant grinding and chewing of hard foods to keep the rabbits healthy

Details:

Appropriately nick named Gentle Giants, the flemish giant rabbits are an oddity among rabbit breeds. Like most domestic rabbits, they began as livestock for both fur and meat, but have since become popular and sought after pets. Most will grow to the size of a medium dog and have a temperament similar to a calm, tame dog. Being large herbivores, they must eat a lot of plant matter compared to other rabbits. Some believe they were first bred by humans in the 1500s, while others believe they came about much later. They can be found in many places in the United States today, including rabbit shows and breeding operations, and in homes of loving rabbit owners.

Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Lagomorpha Family: Leporidae Genus: Oryctolagus Species: O. cuniculus

Conservation & Helping:

This breed was created by humans and faces no danger of extinction in the wild

For Teachers and Educators

Flemish-Giant-Rabbit-Fact-Sheet.pdf

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