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Flemish Giant Rabbits


Quick Facts

Scientific name: Oryctolagus cuniculus
Weight: Over 20 lobs
Conservation status: Near Threatened
Life span: About 7 years
Number of offspring: A typical litter save can be 5-12 young


Where did they come from?

Believed to have originated in Flanders, Belgium, the Flemish Giant was bred as early as the 16th Century.

Hello, Gentle Giant

The docile personality of the Flemish Giant has earned it the nickname “Gentle Giant.” Its varied use as pet, show, breeding, meat, and fur have made it a universal rabbit.

Life of a rabbit

If soil conditions and forage supply permit, they prefer to live in groups in large, complex burrow systems (warrens). A typical colony consists of six to ten adults of both sexes. Colonies have distinct dominance hierarchies, which are particularly important for males, as dominance position determines which male will have preferential access to mates. A male’s position in the social hierarchy means that potentially costly conflicts between males over females are rare. Territoriality is also most evident among dominant males during the breeding season. generally nocturnal, spending its days underground and foraging from evening until morning. Though generally silent, rabbits are capable of making loud screams when frightened or injured. They communicate with each other through scent cues and touch, and thump their hindlimbs on the ground to warn of danger.





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