This is one of the oldest breeds of domestic rabbit and has been bred since the 16th century, originating in Belgium. The Flemish Giant has seven recognized colors: black, blue, fawn, light gray, sandy, steel gray, and white. They have a semi-arched back with the arch starting at the back of the shoulders and ending at the base of tail. This gives it a “Mandolin” type shape.
It is a very strong and powerful rabbit and is often raised for meat. They can be docile, but frequent handling and interaction is necessary to ensure this personality trait. Like all rabbits, Flemish Giants can become fearful and violet if handled incorrectly. This is much more serious due to its size and power. It is not unusual for this breed to reach 20 lbs.