The origin of Flemish Giants is somewhat uncertain, but the breed was refined in Europe. The large rabbits of Flanders may have been bred with giant Patagonia Rabbits from the Argentine Republic. This breed was often used for food, but eventually became popular as a pet as well. They were brought to the United States in the early 1900's.
Flemish Giants are nicknamed "Gentle Giants" because they are so sweet, even though they are big. The Flemish Giant is the largest rabbit breed in existence. A Flemish Giant may be a good choice if you are looking for something with a relaxed temperament that doesn't need to run around like a mad thing too much. Unlike their smaller counterparts, Flemish Giants are quite happy to lie around a fair bit.
Flemish Giant rabbits come in a variety of colors: black, blue, fawn, light gray, sandy, steel gray, and white.
Flemish Giants are huge rabbits; the largest breed recognized by the American Rabbit Breeder's Association. They average between 15 and 16 pounds and measure 22 inches in length at maturity. Some rabbits as large as 26 pounds have been documented, but this is not the average. They have long, well built bodies and rounded rumps. Their ears are long and erect, and their heads broad.
These loyal pets thrive on attention, and they are gentle and mellow enough to be trusted with children. However its large size means it is not an ideal pet for small children. Small children could injure themselves or the rabbit when attempting to pick it up. But it is great for older children who can handle it properly.
If you're considering a Flemish Giant, also consider the cage you will need for these bunnies. 30 by 48 inches by 24 inches high is considered to be the smallest acceptable floor space for a single Flemish Giant, though larger quarters are of course, encouraged. Make sure to get a cage that does not have wire floors because they can hurt the Flemish Giant's feet.
Feed them high quality Timothy hay and 17 percent protein pellets daily. Sunflower seeds added to their diet, will make their coats glossy, but do not feed them too much, because it is a high fat food. If you decide to let your rabbit roam free in your back yard, make sure it is well fenced and remember that they can burrow. If you decide to let it roam about the inside of the house, keep all electrical cords out of reach, as they like to chew. Flemish Giants can stand the cold well, but they can not tolerate temperatures above 90 degrees. It is essential that they be kept in the shade during the summer. If the temperature exceeds 90, evaporative coolers can be used in barns to keep them cool; fine water sprays can be used outdoors.