British Giant Rabbit

The British Giant Rabbit is a lovable pet that is rooted with the Flemish Giant, a breed that originated in Belgium.  It comes in various colors such as black, blue, white, opal, steel gray and weighs up to 5.5 to 7kg.  The biggest of the British breeds, the British Giant Rabbit has a massive powerful body that is flat across the back and has a wide front and hindquarters. Its fur is soft, dense, and is of medium length that comes in variety of colors including white, opal, sable, grey, blue and black.  Its face is broad and round and with full cheeks. Its ears are held erect.

British Giant Rabbit

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Behavior and Temperament

The British Giant Rabbit is docile, gentle and amiable.  It can live easily with owners and other animals.  Despite its massive bodily structure, the British Giant is not generally active.  It loves to play, but its energy is limited, unlike other rabbit breeds.  It enjoys human interaction and longs for affection from   owners, but is just as happy loafing around, snoozing or stretching and watching the actions taking place rather than taking part.  It is good natured, calm and friendly, thus, it is not surprising that many people opt to have the British Giant as their pet.  It can be great with children but pet owners must be aware of it behavior as this breed is powerful and could cause harm or injury if startled.  Nevertheless, the British Giant Rabbit is not generally aggressive.

Health Care

Because of its massive size, the British Giant Rabbit is susceptible to various health problems such as back issues and sore feet.  Moreover, the British Giant has the tendency to be obese because of inactivity.  In addition, this breed might not be able to groom or take care of itself because of its sheer size.  If not attended well, it may become susceptible to fly strikes.  The best thing to do is to monitor the weight of the rabbit and make sure it will not become obese.  Owners must also groom the rabbit well and give careful attention to its dental problem, which is also considered as one of the most common health problems of the British Giant.  Its teeth can grow continuously and can become massive or overgrown if not properly tended.  Its teeth is expected to be worn down with its regular gnawing and giving proper diet.

The British Giant Rabbit requires regular grooming if pet owners want a fur grown in excellent condition.  Also, make sure that the fur will not become matted.  Furthermore, this breed requires a place which will allow them to roam and play around.  If it is kept in a hutch, the space should be of appropriate size while it is kept out of the wind and sun.  Another excellent idea is to provide the British Giant a garden for it to run or play around, sunbathe and explore securely.  However, if the pet owner wants the rabbit to be indoors, this breed is an ideal one because it is calm, affectionate, good-natured and makes friends quickly.

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In general, rabbits are extreme chewers, so owners should provide them with toys they can chew on, aside from their standard food.    It is also best that they be provided with litter tray after being trained on how to use it.  Wood pellet-based litter is preferable to clay litter as some rabbits can react adversely to the clay or may try to eat it.

History and Background of the British Giant Rabbit

The British Giant Rabbit first appeared in the United Kingdom in the 1940s when rabbit breeders developed a new type of breed using the Flemish Giant rabbits brought from America.  It is a little smaller than its cousin, the Flemish Giant, but other than that, they share almost the same characteristics. This particular breed comes in various colors due to the effort of breeding.

Outside the United Kingdom, the British Giant Rabbit is not that popular, and is almost unheard of elsewhere. However, due to the fact that they are considered one of the friendliest giant rabbit breeds, its popularity has started to grow specifically in the United States and other Asian countries.

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