The Flemish Giant Rabbit is an old breed of rabbit thought to have originated from the Flemish region as early as the 16th or 17th century, around the city of Ghent, Belgium.
English records show that in 1860, travellers from the continent spoke of an enormous rabbit from the area of Flanders and parts of France.
At the time English rabbit breeders were breeding rabbits around 3.18 to 3.64 kilograms and were having trouble meeting the growing demand for rabbit meat and fur. Importing giant rabbits from the continent would go a long way to solving that problem.
While once thought to inhabit Belgium, Flemish Giant Rabbits are extinct in the wild and now only exist in the domestic pet industry.
The lifespan of the Flemish Giant Rabbit is 8 - 10 years.
The Flemish Giant Rabbit started to appear at rabbit shows with the original Flemish Giant Rabbit weighing about 6.35 kilograms and the first breeding standards being written in 1893.
Like most domestic rabbits, Flemish Giant Rabbits are herbivores, eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and plant matter such as grass and plant.
The Flemish Giant Rabbit lives in grasslands, forests and meadows.
With a gestation period of 33 days, Flemish Giant Rabbits give birth up to 15 young.