Keeping Flemish Giant Rabbits

See the bunny in the picture there? Well its not fake, some rabbits really can get that big! They are known as giant rabbits, and a popular breed of such rabbits are Flemish Giant rabbits. Most Flemish Giant rabbits won't get anywhere near that big, of course, but even normal sized ones can grow very large indeed.

If you want to keep Flemish Giant bunnies, then you are going to need a very big cage, or some very big indoor space, and also lots and lots of food! Giant rabbits go through food at a very fast rate indeed, so keep in mind the fact that your bunny food bills will soar if you get a Flemish Giant!

How Big Should The Flemish Giant Cage Be?

A bunny's cage should always be long enough for it to run and play in, so with a Flemish Giant that can mean a minimum of about eight feet by five feet, with a height of at least three feet. That is a very big cage, but in order for your rabbit to be healthy and happy, it will need that much space. If you keep your Flemish Giant inside, then you can have a smaller cage for sleeping and toileting and then let it out to run around. This makes your bunny a better pet and also more healthy!

Temperament

In spite of their huge size, Flemish Giant rabbits are very docile and quiet creatures, generally speaking. They also don't run around and jump as much as the smaller breeds, preferring to laze around most of the time. For this reason, Flemish Giants can actually be better pets for children than some of the mini breeds, which are much less friendly and which are prone to nipping and biting.

How Big Will It Get?

If you get a Flemish Giant rabbit, you are looking at getting a bunny that will weigh around fifteen pounds by the time it is nine months old. It could quite easily grow larger than twenty pounds!

Where Should I Get My Flemish Giant From?

It is always best to get a rabbit from a good breeder. There are several reasons for this. One, it means that your rabbit will have good breeding, and be less likely to get sick or have temperament problems. For two, it means that you will have an expert you can call on if you have any questions, or if you run into problems with your bunny. Rabbits are quite strange animals in many ways, more like keeping a sheep than a cat or a dog, so having someone on hand to help when needed can be a godsend.

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Margaret Corrie 8 years ago

Hi, being a new owner to Flemish Giants, I can assure you that they are great eaters and need a great deal of water, they love to play and are a very social bunny with people (not dogs or cats and definetly not same gender bunnies) my gentle giants surprised me with my young buck jumping up to a hieght of 1.5 metres and landing on another hutch.

The Flemish Giant is a cuddly rabbit and loves being groomed, give them some grape vine cuttings to chew or stone fruit tree cuttings ( a hint from their previous owner which I have kept to) this is to help keep their teeth clean and trimmed.

Flemish Giants know how to show dissaproval of something you may want them to do, they have the ability to scratch and hit with their legs which are very strong, start with a slow assocciation process of getting to know one another, you would not like to meet someone and have them change you in a rushed manner, so please remember the Flemish Giant and all other bunnies have feelings too, "Old Habits take a while to change".


Alvin 7 years ago

Where can i get a giant German rabbit from


tahseenhq 7 years ago

the information here willhelp me!!!!!!


RRj 7 years ago

Thanks for your info. I have two Flemish Giant (fawn color).


Olivia 7 years ago

We just purchased a bunny. She is black. She has gray fur on the bottom of her feet which we like to call feather dusters. Her ears are very long and stand tall. She eats A LOT! And drinks just as much if not more. We tend to have to feed her more then 4 times a day or she will get to the food on her own. We also seem to be refilling her water every other day or so. We were thinking after looking at the pictures and info on flemish giants that she could be one. Does anyone know if these are characteristics of this certain breed?


Andrea 7 years ago

I have a baby Flemmish Giant and after introducing her to all our other pets, 2 dogs, 4 cats and two dwarf bunnies, I have to say I disagree with the comment made by Margaret Corrie (above) about these rabbits not getting along with dogs and cats. (Of course all animals, just like people, have their own personalities...) She is a very friendly rabbit, has been nothing but curious and accomadating to our other family members getting to know her, and her wanting to know them as well. One of my dogs, a miniature pinscher puppy, just under 1 yr old, has been VERY curious, will climb right on top of the giant, who at 10 wks old is just as big as my min pin! The rabbit will just sit there and let my dog snif, paw, and even chew on her, she's never so much as tried to run away never mind scratch or bite.

I've also read, in doing my research before getting a giant, that they are quite friendly with other animals, which makes them a good choice for many households. I've seen many a story of a pet giant being very close to a dog or cat in the same home.

My suggestion is to do your own research on Flemmish Giants in regards to your particular household before getting one, or any pet for that matter. As I said earlier, all animals have their own personalities and you should consider the individual animals involved when making a decision. And if you still have questions most breeders will be happy to talk with you and give you information and answer any question.


Andrea 7 years ago

One more thing, I just want to add that I NEVER leave any of my rabbits alone in the house with my other pets unsupervised and I would suggest the same to others. Even after the rabbits "know" my dogs and cats, on occasion rabbits will bite. (Not to mention eat electrical cords!) I've never had a problem while they have been together supervised but I would not leave them alone together. Better safe than sorry...


Clare 6 years ago

I have a Continental Yellow Giant of 12 weeks and already she's bigger than my fully grown cat.

Olivia depending on how big the food and water bottles are the waterintake of your bunny is perfectly normal, if anything I'd say they drink even more than that,mine drinks a full bottle per day and if there's any left I just throw it and refil idealy it should be changed each day.Depending on how big our bunny bowl is I would sugest being very careful how much you feed, it is so easy for a giant rabbit to become overweight which leads to health problems including heart and lung strain and joint conditions, Giant rabbits should be trim but not thin just like your average bunny, only bigger in size but just as propertiond.Also bunnys can suffer gastrointestinal Stasis which can be very dangerous and a lot to do with their food.

My rabbit lives in the house and has 2 best friends, a cat and a dog, my cat and dog use to live alongside my flemish giant and they all got along great so they where already happy with rabbits so bringing Dolly home was nothing new to them anyway, I certainly wouldn't leave them all alone togther just in case but dogs/cats etc can and do get aong nicely once used to each other.


muhanang 6 years ago

i want buy flemish giant original , where i can buy it


sharon 6 years ago

I have a Flemish Giant (a girl) and I bought her from a breeder. I have heard all the stories on how docile the flemish is, and how they love to be petted and groomed, and my flemish is mean, she refuses to let me pet her, she bites my arm when I put food in her bowl. I need to cut her nails and I have no idea how I am going to do that. Does anyone have any suggestions for me!!!


RANDOM CHILD 6 years ago

i HAD SOME BUNNIES ABOUT TWENTY, BUT THEY GO EATEN BY MY DOG, SO I GOT SOME MORE BUT MY DOG KEEPS EATING THEM. mAYBE I SHOULD START A DOG FOOD FACTORY BECAUSE MY DOG LIKES EATING THEM SO MUCH, HER FAVOURITES ARE MINI LOPS, SHE HATES ANGORAS BECAUSE THE FUR STICKS IN HER MOUTH, SOMETIMES MY CAT EATS THE BUNNIES TOO. i REALLY LIKE PEANUT BUTTER. i GOT A FERRETT AND IT LIVES WITH THE BUNNIES WHICH IS FUNNY, I DON'T HAVE TO FED HIM BECAUSE HE EATS THE BUNNIES FOR BREAKFAST LUNCH AND TEA. I HAD A BUNNY THAT I REALLY LIKED BUT THEN MY DAD ATE HIM. lICK YOUYR NEIGHBOURS BUTT. I ENJOPY EXPERIMENTING.

GET A BUNNY AND SOME ACID. MIX THE TWO, SEE WHAT HAPPENS.


@random child 6 years ago

at least your dogs, cats, and ferrets don't eat shit as you do. :)


another random child 6 years ago

Thast just gross/ mean , u should sooooooo teach your dog not to eat you poor bunnies!!!!

Your guys are WEIRDO'S


tracey 6 years ago

you always get one , that has to talk stupid,

i have a giant bunny and hes so cute and loveable, and gets on with my 3 cats


USMC DRILL INSTRUCTOR 6 years ago

CAN GIANT FLEMISH RABBITS GO OUTSIDE, IN A CHAIN-LINKED, FENCED YARD, WITHOUT BEING ON A LEASH, BUT UNDER SUPERVISION? IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO JUMP THE FENCE?


kerry 6 years ago

Hi, I just got a Flemish giant bunny last week and she got out last night and I found her eating leaves from a Fiscus tree in my house. I looked online and couldn`t find this on a toxic plant list for rabbits but just wanted to see if you folks knew if this will hurt my bunny.


Holly 6 years ago

Hello fellow Flemish bunny owners! I have a 3 month old male Flemish, he is absolutly wonderful. He has free roam of the house and loves my 3 cats and my little yorkie. He is already bigger then all of them lol. He eats a lot! Loves apples and carrots as treats. He does however go in a cage at night or when we are out. He is never left unattended. They are wonderful pets and very smart. Mine is already litter trained, has a box in his cage and one in the hallway when he is out. I recommend if getting a rabbit you choose the giant Flemish bunny you won't be disappointed!


kristina 6 years ago

hi i need to know if i should get a doe or a buck flemish giant, is a doe a good choice?


Mindy 6 years ago

If you have females that are acting super aggressive, and they aren't spayed, I would look into having them spayed ASAP. Female rabbits of any breed become really territorial and aggressive when they are flooded with hormones. After they're spayed they typically go back to being quite gentle and friendly.

kristina...I plan on getting a new buck in a few weeks. I wouldn't get a doe unless you are planning on having her spayed as soon as possible.


Tricia 6 years ago

I just got a beautiful grey doe flemish a few hours ago. I love her so much already!! She is 9 weeks and already about 5-7 lbs (Im guessing). I named her Nevaeh because she is the same color that my beloved cat Mufassa was, and he diea a week ago so I feel that he sent her to me. Nevaeh is heavan spelled backwords (in case you didn't know that already). Anyway anybody have any pointers? I have two mimi rex bunnies already so I know a bit about rabbits.


dan 6 years ago

i would really like a flemish giant but the rest of my family hate them. i think they're docile and are the best rabbits.


Tricia 6 years ago

So I have had my Flemish for a whole day now. She seems a little nervous still, but she is doing great. She pees in her litter box all the time (so far so good) but only poops in it sometimes. Also, I have two mini rex babies (does) too 8 weeks and 10 weeks. The 8 week old rex and Nevaeh get along great, but my 10 week old goes after Neveah (even though she is less that have the size of Nevaeh). What can I do to fix these issues?


Sandi 5 years ago

I need to know where I can purchase 2 Flemish Giant babies, either around the Caldwell, Tx or Austin/San Antonio, Tx areas! Any clues?


Violetta 5 years ago

Hello...I Curently hace a 4 month old flemish. She is an indoor rabbit and I had purchased a cage for her. She does have full run of the house when we are home. However, as she grows, she will outgrow her cage. I need an indoor cage for my flemish to switch to as she grows. I have heard of using a dog kennel type of cage. Any ideas, places to purchase?


Rab 5 years ago

If you have to ask whether to get a male or female, or what to name the rabbit, or what to feed it, or where to buy one, or if it will get along with your other pets, or any other common sense questions, then you probably shouldn't be getting a rabbit!


Lily 5 years ago

I have a Flemish giant buck, that I am cuddiling with right now =] His name is Rufus, and he's a 1 1/2 year old blue flemmie. They call the color blue- but he's really grey. I love him to death!!! I'm 12, and he's the perfect pet!! He loves my two dogs, and they love him too. Flemishs are great because there smart and gentle!! Mine LOVES to give kisses ;) I got him as a baby, and I got a buck because my breeder said the does should breed atleast once or they get cancer ;( so ya =]. Hes litter trained, and only poops and pees in his litter box =] I love him!!! Hes an indoor bunny, and every morning when I wake up for school, my alarm goes off and he hops on my bee ;) it's the cutest thing ;). Well- hes liking me to death, so I gtg. Bye =]


shelley 5 years ago

I live in Mineville New York does anyone have an idea in our area where the flemish might be available? Sure would love one they look wonderful....


Aimee 5 years ago

My giants are about 11mon old and just had their first litter three days ago-7 with 5 surviving. Luna and Lucas(Mommy and Daddy) are the sweetest rabbits. they run up to you and stand up on their back legs asking to be picked up. I use them for therapy purposes. I am very hopeful that the babies will have the temperments of both parents. Everyone who incounters my rabbits falls in love with them because they have never seen rabbits that are as affectionate as dogs.

Waiting to see what colors the babies will be as both parents are dusty greys.


Jaime 5 years ago

I just purchased 2 today, Wow, so sweet, Easter gifts for the kids, mine are 6 weeks old and just like kittens, cant wait to see what they grow too, 1 is a fawn colour, other is black, so cute though, enjoy and happy easter all


Aby 5 years ago

I've just brought a giant and named him Stu. weird but it suits him lol. im trying to liiter train him but he keeps pooing where ever it suits him. whats best for litter? paper? cat litter? help please


Aby 5 years ago

I've just brought a giant and named him Stu. weird but it suits him lol. im trying to liiter train him but he keeps pooing where ever it suits him. what's best for litter? paper? cat litter? help please


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Jane 5 years ago

I have got a minilop he is one,and a lovely rabbit. we want to get him a female flemish giant would they be all right together??? thanks


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blairtracy 5 years ago from Canada

Oh my goodness. These rabbits are bigger than two of my dogs. Haha. Great info.


william langlois 4 years ago

where can i buy flemish giant rabbits. e-mail me

bill_jessie@hotmail.com


sandygirl1244 4 years ago

I am buying a flemish giant doe she is clost to 8 months old at prime breeding age. i am going to be breeding her to my 12lb standard rex boy they should make 1/2 standard rex and 1/2 flemish giant babie's i love the bigger rabbits because they are not as mean as the other ones and they may eat a lot more but they are sweeter then the smaller rabbits. I might just get a a flemish giant buck and just stick with flemish giant rabbits.

I plann on selling them for meat or snake food i know it may sound horriable but sense they are bigger and people that own snakes need help feeding there animals then hey my female is not going to be a feeder she is going to be a pet and breed for me every so often. i only breed every so often i breed them one time then give them about 1 month off so they can recoop of what they lost nursing the babie's.

so if any one of you are interested in a flemish giant mix with standard rex then you can email me at

grayeliza66@yahoo.com thank you and have a nice day.


Golden Kerub 4 years ago

Sandygirl1244 the sociopath I don't know how you can live with yourself doing that. That's disturbing.


tamie 4 years ago

i need help! am new to rabbit and my checker has kittens this morning and no proper arrangement was made 4 her, she did not shed any fur or anything and she doesn't seems interested in her babies. what must i do?


Nicole 4 years ago

I'm thinking of getting a flemish giant and want it to have free roam of the house but I do have sone questions? Do they chew on cords & furniture? How easy are they to litter box train? And are they good with children?


Tali 4 years ago

so sweet.. just DO NOT use wood chip or pine shaving for litter. thousands died last year from liver damage related to the fumes from the wood.


Stephanie 4 years ago

I am planning on adopting a Flemmy. Does anyone have a recommendation as far as male or female. Either would be fixed. My experience with cats and dogs is that males are more affectionate. Is this true of bunnies too?


trinitydaks 4 years ago

I have a 7 week old doe, and 7 week old buck. They are both very adventurous and roam the house when we are home. They both have their own personalities and love to sit curled up in my lap. My girls love playing with them. The buck plays tag, and chases the cat. My next big decision will be whether to breed them !! Still have a few months to decide... but will have to separate them in a few weeks... Was told by the breeder that before 8 months, they may not be old enough to handle the birth, and if you wait too long after 8 months, too much fat forms around the ovaries so the doe would have problems getting pregnant (not that she couldn't tho)...

I love them! Better (and quieter) than a chihuahua (which my girls originally wanted)...


Angelina 4 years ago

I just picked up my 11 week old Flemish Giant buck last weekend. He's doing great! He is already bigger as my yorkie! We have 2 dogs, a yorkie and a lab.. and 2 cats. Fritz, the rabbit, has adjusted well to the other animals and they all get along great. With that said, we NEVER leave the rabbit alone with any of the animals.

Fritz has done great. He immediately started using the litter pan.. really no training involved. He does occationally poop next to his box, but always pees in it.

He never ever has accidents anywhere else in the house.. He is still fairly timid, but comes up to see me when I walk in his room. He does NOT like to be put on his back yet. I'm hoping that he will adjust to it. We'll see. I'd definitely recommend a flemish giant to anyone willing to take care of it and love it. By the way, we have 5 children ranging in ages from 17-3. The rabbit fits in perfectly with out family!


bunnyrancher 4 years ago

What would happen if a male flemish giant mated with a norwegian dwarf?


Miss J.A 4 years ago

Idont own a flemish giant rabbit, but Iwould like 2 some day.


Janelley 4 years ago

I love Flemish Giants!

They get along great with our dog and when let out the follow our cats around the yard. They do need large cages because they love to run around and play.

I keep two brothers in the same hutch and they get along fine. However I think it depends on the rabbit and how they are raised. The two brothers were raised together but a separate male that we have is fairly aggressive towards other rabbtis, but very friendly towards people.

In general the male Flemish Giants are more friendly towards people than the females.


penny acors 4 years ago

Message flagged Sunday, April 29, 2012 5:37 PM

hi i live in ny ,i have been searching for flemish giants with no luck .i didn't see a location for u ? i see on ur page u said there r 7 different styles of fleimsh giants . none that i have sen look like my giant . he is 16 lbs an has a huge dunlop under his chin . the 3 i bought do not have it . any help would be great thank u penny acors


Colleen english 4 years ago

I live in up state new York and am in search of a rabbit that I was yolk was a polish giant. Do you know where I can purchase one?


LlamaBean 4 years ago

I recently bought 2 flemish giant bunnies from a breeder. They're both 3 months old, almost 4 now lol but they're doing so well!

They are kind loving animals, who are pretty intelligent as well. Never underestimate a rabbit for it tends to seek out the best pieces of furniture to chew. The little guys nibbled upon the bottom of my bed post and attempted to chew a wire (I caught him though)

Those looking to raise flemish giants, be sure to keep a CLOSE eye on them at all times.

They're decieving, quick, intelligent animals who have great jumping power, my little one managed to jump up on my bed from the floor (it's a little higher then a two feet) so they're very limber.

I'm looking forward to a life with the little bunnies, they won't be so little for long lol but I'll love them any size!

Enjoy your flemish friends all!


jessica 3 years ago

my Flemish is 4 months old and hates to be held ive only had her a couple days how long will it take for her to warm up?and what can I do?


hesham 2 years ago

where can i buy flemish giant rabbits. e-mail me

hesham2812@yahoo.com

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