DYK? The Largest Rabbit in the world is the Flemish Giant Rabbit!

DYK? The Largest Rabbit in the world is the Flemish Giant Rabbit!

Often weighing in at more than 10 kilograms (22 lbs), the Flemish Giant rabbit is the largest rabbit breed in the world. They are very docile creatures and make a great pet if raised correctly.

Huge Flemish Rabbit
Huge Flemish Rabbit

DYK? The Largest Rabbit in the world is the Flemish Giant Rabbit!

Originally a utility breed raised in Flanders, Belgium for its fur and meat, the Flemish Giant eventually became a show breed, due to its high bone-to-meat ratio. Today, they are considered one of the most docile and tolerant rabbit breeds in the world and can make great pets, if raised correctly.

According to breed standards, a well-developed Flemish Giant has a large head, long, erect ears, a long and powerful body, and a nicely rounded rump.

Fun Fact: The largest Flemish Rabbit in the world weighs an astounding 49 lbs (22 kg) and measures 4 ft 3 in (1.3 meters)

Flemish Rabbit (From Facebook)
Flemish Rabbit (From Facebook) – The largest Flemish Rabbit in the world weighs an astounding 49 lbs (22 kg) and measures 4 ft 3 in (1.3 meters)

The Flemish Giant rabbit can be traced back to the 16th century and is believed to have descended from a number of meat and fur breeds, including the Steenkonijn, or Belgian Stone Rabbit.

Although the breed received little attention internationally until about 1910, when it started appearing at small livestock shows, its impressive size made it stand out. Today, it is still bred for its meat and fur, but thankfully it is more popular as a companion. If treated correctly, these gentle giants are very docile even around small children.

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