Saturday, 12 September 2009

Giant Rabbit ( Flemish Giant )

As in the United States and Europe, in Indonesia also know the type of Flemish Giant rabbit. There is no one knows when a Flemish Giant rabbit first time in Indonesia, but according to some sources the possibility of this type of rabbit was first shipped from the Netherlands in the early 1980s. This rabbit is a gift from the Netherlands Goverment to the second Indonesian President to be developed as a source of protein in Indonesia.

A History Of The Flemish Giant Breed

No one knows the exact origins of the Flemish Giant Breed. Some people surmise that the during the 16th and 17th century, Dutch Traders may have brought back giant rabbits from the Argentine Republic to Europe. The large rabbits of Flanders were well known at the time and may have been cross bred with them. The name Flemish comes from Flanders. But because the Flemish exhibits the same body type and and appearance as the rabbit from South America, it is most likely that our favorite Giant is decended from the Argentine rabbit. There is no verifiable record of the Flemish Giant Rabbit until 1860. Travelers from Flanders spoke of the giant rabbits raised in that country. English rabbit breeders, raising the typical 7-8 lb. rabbit, were having trouble meeting the demand for rabbit meat in their country. So some of these "Giants" were imported to England and it was only a matter of time before they began showing up at local rabbit shows. The original Flemish Giant was typically impressive in size, about 14 lbs., and of a dirty iron grey color with sandy or white bars on the legs and long ears with bent tips. Now, through the efforts of Flemish Giant Breeders Associations around the world, our Gentle Giants have evolved to 7 varieties (colors), Black, Blue, Fawn, Light Gray, Sandy, Steel and White, and sizes of 14-20 lbs.

5 comments:

  1. Can people keep them as pets?

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  2. i just got baby flemish giants, any tips taking care of them?

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  3. #of course you can, Flemish Giant is a rabbit that has spoiled nature and very calm, very suitable as pets.
    #caring for babies Flemish Giant is not much different from caring for the babies of other types of rabbits.

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