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No one knows the exact origins of the Flemish Giant Breed. It is surmised that the during the 16th and 17th century, Dutch Traders may have brought back giant Patagonia 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 the Patagonian. The name Flemish comes from Flanders. But because the Flemish exhibits the same body type and appearance as the Patagonian, it seems obvious that this Giant is decended from the wild 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. 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 the 7 varieties (colors) and sizes of 14-20 lbs. In the United States, the National Federation of Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders was founded in 1915 to promote and improve the breed.

Flemish Giant is a type of rabbit, most famous for its unusually large size compared to other rabbits. Flemish giants come in seven varieties recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association: black, blue, fawn, light grey, sandy, steel, grey, and white. They are shown in a three class group: Juniors: Under 6 months, Intermediate; 6-8 months and Seniors: 8+ months. The weight for show classifications in the ARBA Standard of Profection is Juniors should be 6 pounds and over, Seniors Bucks are to be a minimum of 13 lbs. and Does to be 14 lbs. but there is no maximum size and they commonly attain weights of 18 - 22 lbs.

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