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There are at least five breeds of rabbits that are large in size, and in the Guinness Book of Records the title the largest rabbit alternately passes from one champion to another. Both applicants belong to the Flanders breed, which was bred by Belgian breeders. Large rabbits are bred in order to obtain meat and skins. This article will tell you about the largest breeds and eared rodents that have managed to become champions in size and weight.

Big breed rabbit

Flanders

Flanders is the largest breed of rabbits in the world. Its representatives are included in the Guinness Book of Records. There is no reliable data on the origin of these animals. Several assumptions regarding their history contradict each other. However, the name flanders was given to giant rabbits, as it is believed that they come from the Belgian province of Flanders.

Attention! Flanders are the ancestors of all large breeds, their genetic potential was used to create gray and white giants, as well as the Soviet chinchilla.

Representatives of this breed are funny and clumsy. They have an elongated body, a large head with huge wide auricles, convex cheeks.

  • body length - 70-75 cm, for champions - 120 cm,
  • the body is downed, the muscles are well developed,
  • pet weight - from 7 to 10 kg,
  • the chest in girth - 39-42 cm,
  • the length of the ears is 17-19 cm,
  • the coat is thick, hair length is 3.5 cm,
  • color varied - agouti, white, sand, gray, faun.

The Flands are prolific. Females bring 6-8 cubs in a breeze, and in a year you can get 35 rabbits. The maternal qualities of the rabbits of this breed are well developed, the milk yield indicator is at a high level. Thanks to this, the rabbits quickly gain weight.

The biggest rabbits that entered the Guinness Book of Records

Rabbit Darius broke all records. Many farmers in the world are trying to grow giant rabbits, but Annette Edwards has been the best at it yet. She lives in England, in the city of Worcester. The woman divorced the whole offspring of giants - Roberto, Amy and Alice. They reached a weight of more than 10 kg. But the next rabbit, which was raised by a farmer, received the title "The largest rabbit in the world."

The biggest record rabbits entered the Guinness Book of Records

His name is Darius. He broke all records. The animal grew to a length of 1.3 m and gained a weight of 22.2 kg. As the hostess said, this is a merit of increased mobility and good appetite. Darius eats a wide variety of foods and runs all day. During the day, he eats 1 kg of apples, about 2 kg of carrots and 2 heads of cabbage. The huge rabbit is very sociable and attentive. His eyes light up when someone starts flirting with him.

But in all likelihood, Darius did not have long to bear the title of the largest rabbit in the world, because he had a son who is a serious competitor to his father. His name is Jeffy. The smallest rabbit is only one year old, but its body length has already reached 1.2 m. The breed of rabbits bred by an Englishwoman is called the Continental Giant.

Previously, this breed was bred for meat, but now as pets. In the family of Darius, his mother - Alice and Amy's grandmother - were large in size. Darius and his mistress Anette were born on the same day - April 8, so they celebrate name day together. Darius and Jeffy live in dog kennels. To feed the pets, the hostess spends about 7 thousand euros.

One of the largest in the world is the Ralph rabbit living in the UK. His mistress is Paulina Grant. He is over 4 years old, but because of his weight category he is considered one of the thickest rabbits in the world. Ralph is a hereditary giant record holder. His parents - rabbit Amy and father Roberto, were listed among the record holders as the hardest in the world. Prior to Darius, the leader among the giants was Ralph. Both pets are serious competitors for the title of world champion. Ralph has an excellent appetite. The weekly cost of his food is 50 pounds. You can’t call the expenses small, but the Grant family loves their pet and provides it with everything necessary. The hostess said that very often guests come to them to look at Ralph and bring with them something tasty for their favorite champion.

Rizen

Riesen rabbits are descendants of Belgian giants. German breeders worked on their creation. Representatives of this breed are referred to the meat-and-peel direction, since their fur is thick, has a beautiful glossy shine, and the hair length reaches 4 cm.

Rizen rabbit

Characteristics of the German giant:

  • long torso - 75 cm
  • strong physique,
  • weight - 9-12 kg
  • the chest is powerful, its girth is 42 cm,
  • medium sized head
  • prominent cheeks
  • massive legs
  • auricles standing, 15-17 cm long.

Risen rabbits quickly adapt to any climatic conditions, but in Russia they are bred mainly in the middle lane. Thick fur protects them from the cold. Females bring up to 7-8 rabbits in a broom.

Attention! The mesh floor is not for the German giant. Rabbits are very heavy, so there is a significant load on the legs. These pets often suffer from pododermatitis.

Gray giant

Gray giants - a normal-coated meat-skin breed, the pride of domestic selection. For its breeding, Belgian flanders were used, which were crossed with non-pedigree rabbits from Ukraine. The work was carried out from 1927 to 1952. The result was achieved - breeders managed to breed a breed that was well adapted to local conditions and feed. It was distinguished by its large size and stable immunity.

Attention! Gray giants rarely suffer from pododermatitis.

Gray giants are distinguished by a strong constitution, an elongated torso, and fleshy straight limbs. A characteristic feature is the long auricles located on the head in the form of the English letter V. The coat in these animals of medium density is heterogeneous. The color of the fur is mainly gray hare, sometimes with impurities of red or black hairs.

Gray Giant Rabbit

  • the type of structure of the body is close to leptosomal,
  • elongated body - 55-60 cm,
  • the back is wide,
  • rounded meat groats,
  • the chest is well developed, its girth is 37-40 cm, there are breasts,
  • the auricles are dense, rounded at the tips, upright,
  • pet weight - 5-7 kg.

Attention! The slaughter yield of meat in this breed is slightly lower than that of other representatives of the meat direction, it is 52-54%.

What are the largest rabbit breeds in the world?

The largest breeds of rabbits in the world are known:

  • Belgian giant
  • gray giant
  • chinchillas
  • Angora rabbit.

The largest rabbit breed in the world is the Belgian giant. Otherwise, they are also called flander or rizen. Their height ranges from 65 to 75 cm, the length of the ears is up to 18 cm, and their chest circumference is 37 cm. Weight ranges from 8 kg or more. They also hit the Guinness Book of Records as the thickest rabbits. Their homeland is Belgium. This is a very old breed, known since the second half of the 16th century. They are unpretentious in care and very calm. They can be called pets with full responsibility. Children are very fond of playing with them. The rabbit can raise up to 12 rabbits in one lamb. The Belgian giant has a very beautiful skin. It can easily be confused with the skin of a cat, beaver or kangaroo.

In Soviet times, more precisely in 1927, an attempt was made to breed Belgian breeds. But the harsh climate did not fit the animals, and it was decided to cross them with ordinary individuals. Based on the flanders, a new breed was bred - the gray giant. The largest pets turned out to be with good immunity and stamina, but their coat was in many ways inferior to that of a Belgian rabbit. Although they are called gray giants, but among them there are rabbits and rabbits with white and black fur.

In Soviet times, more precisely in 1927, an attempt was made to breed Belgian breed

Many probably know chinchillas. They belong to the domestic breed. Their fur is white, with a blue tint, very high quality. For their unpretentiousness, rabbit breeders very much like to breed them. Animals adapt easily under any conditions, do not require special care, gain weight and are very prolific. Their meat contains a lot of nutrients and is very tasty.

There is another breed of large rabbits called Angora. Looking at them, it’s difficult to immediately say what kind of animal it is. Outwardly, they resemble a large fluffy ball. Their fur is much appreciated, and this breed of rabbit is bred for the sake of wool.

Despite the huge number of breeds, not all species are suitable for breeding at home. Breeders are trying to increase the productivity of breeds, as animal meat is very much appreciated as a dietary product, and fur is an inexpensive product that is in no way inferior to the wool of goats and sheep.

Gallery: the biggest rabbit (25 photos)

Soviet chinchilla

This breed is the fruit of the joint work of breeders from Saratov and Novosibirsk. When chinchilla rabbits were brought into the Soviet Union in 1927, they did not differ in large dimensions, but their fur attracted attention. The task of breeders was to increase the body size of these animals. To do this, they began to cross with white giants. The breed was entered in the register in 1963 and was called the Soviet chinchilla.

The Soviet chinchilla has an original coat color - gray-blue, with a dark strip running along the back along the ridge, and there is a light border around the eyes of the animals. The fur of the rabbits is uniform and dense, making it highly regarded.

Breed Soviet Chinchilla

  • animals are distinguished by a strong body constitution,
  • body length is 60-65 cm,
  • adult animal weight - 5-7 kg,
  • chest deep, in girth - 37-40 cm,
  • the croup is round, fleshy,
  • the head is small
  • standing auricles with rounded ends,
  • gray-blue color with silver inclusions.

Rabbits and hares

Many people ask, how is a hare different from a rabbit? Indeed, looking at these animals you can see a lot of similarities in appearance. They both belong to the order rabbit-like. They have the same tastes, i.e. eat both of the same foods. Escaping from common enemies - predators. But at the sight of danger, the rabbits freeze in place, and the hares run away. Thanks to the structure of their hind legs, this is excellent for them. But with all similar features, biologically these are completely different animals. When trying to cross them, nothing came out due to the different number of chromosomes.

Rabbits can be tamed and made home, but there are no rabbits. Their breeding process is also different - rabbits breed all year round, but this does not apply to hares, they breed in a favorable period for this, from March to September.

And another important difference between a rabbit and a hare is the care of its cubs. The rabbit does not take her eyes off her children and constantly takes care of them, which cannot be said about the rabbit, who resorts to feed her rabbits once a day. But if you put a rabbit on someone else’s cub, she will feed him, which can’t be said about the rabbit.

White giant

White giants are rabbits of Belgian origin, they were bred on the basis of albanian flanders in the early 20th century. Soon they were brought to the territory of the Soviet Union, but the local climate did not fit the animals. It was decided to cross them with a Soviet chinchilla and a gray giant in order to improve adaptive qualities. Only albinos were selected for selection in order to preserve the parental genes responsible for the white color of the fur.

On the fur of a white giant there is not a single speck of another color to be found, and their eyes appear red, because the iris does not have its own pigment. Translucent capillaries give them a reddish tint.

  • strong physique,
  • wide back
  • developed breasts
  • rounded croup
  • body length - 60 cm,
  • chest in girth - 37 cm,
  • the weight of an adult animal reaches 4-6 kg,
  • the auricles are erect, fleshy, their length is 16 cm.

The rabbits, belonging to the white giant breed, are able to bring 7-8 babies in each broom. By the age of four months they are already quite well-fed, their weight reaches 3.5 kg. The meat of animals has excellent palatability, and the fur is used to make accessories and garments - fur coats and hats.

Attention! On one square centimeter of skin in a rabbit, a white giant has 20,000 hairs.

Guinness World Records

The Guinness Book of Records includes two representatives of the Flanders breed or the Belgian giant. At first, the rabbit named Darius held the palm for a long time. His weight reached a record high of 22.2 kg with a body length of 1 meter 30 cm. According to the animal’s pedigree, he received gigantic proportions along the female line of kinship - from his mother and grandmother. Now he has a son who may soon be ahead of Darius and set a new record.

Not so long ago, Darius was forced to relinquish his record to another representative of the Flanders breed, rabbit Ralph. Its weight reached the mark of 25 kg. The parents of the animal were distinguished by their huge body sizes and were also champions in this area for some time, but the son was able to break their record. So, at the moment, the largest rabbit in the world is Ralph.

Big rabbits are the result of hard work of breeders from different countries, and they appeared, thanks to the oldest large breed - flanders. They are often used not only as a source of profit, growing on farms, but also as pets. They are able to become real friends and bring joy to their owners.

Rabbits - champions

Among the large breeds there are representatives who have received recognition for various records. The most famous is the current record holder named Ralph. The animal has the weight of a child 3 years old and lives as a pet in one of the British families. His age is 4 years, but he has already been awarded the title of the largest and thickest rabbit in the world. Its weight is more than 22 kg, length is more than 1 meter. This animal has a good pedigree, as its parents at one time deserved the titles of the largest on the planet.

However, this animal lost its records for some time, which was broken by another of its relatives - the rabbit Darius, who fell into the Guinness Book of Records in 2010. But Ralph won back his achievement when he overtook Darius in growth. Other world champions are also known in the world - these are Roberto, Alice and Amy. Each of the listed individuals had a weight of more than 10 kg.

The largest rabbits

The largest breed of rabbits is the Belgian giant, which has another name - Flanders. This species is the ancestor of several varieties of thoroughbred rabbit giants. They are the size of a small dog. Their main advantage is not only a calm and friendly disposition, but also excellent qualities of the skin and meat. The huge rabbit comes from the Belgian region of Flanders.

The standard weight of this breed is 5.5 kg, but individuals with a weight of 8 - 12 kg are found, with a relatively small growth - 65-70 cm. They have a slightly elongated body with good muscles and strong strong legs. A large head with large fleshy ears. Puberty occurs at the age of 8 - 9 months. A rabbit can bring up to 16 rabbits, but on average 6 to 8 babies are born in one breeze.

Important! Rabbits of this breed are among the most productive, therefore they are beneficial in keeping. After the offspring, the female is ready for new fertilization in about 4 months.

Their content should be approached responsibly, as they are demanding in care.Despite the fact that they are resistant to various diseases, they need to organize thorough care in terms of hygiene.

The giant Angora received the popular name "rabbit with a bonus" because of its special fluffiness. The wool of these animals is most often used in the manufacture of warm clothing, since it is several times warmer than sheep and softer.

Important! Angorians produce six times more wool than sheep, which farmers cut every three months.

It is necessary to carefully monitor the fur of the animals, wash and trim the excess. When taking care of themselves, rabbits are capable of swallowing it, but they do not burp wool like cats, so over time it completely fills the stomach, which can lead to the death of the animal.

The first Angorok breeds were divided into English and French. The German breed, which existed along with them, was not recognized due to a lack of genetic qualities.

The ancestor of the giant Angora is considered Louise Walsh from the USA, Massachusetts - she decided to breed a large breed with high woolness. To do this, she crossed the German Angora with large commercial breeds, which subsequently led to the appearance of this rare rabbit species.

The result was large animals weighing about 5 kg with increased woolness, which is practically absent on the muzzle. The character they have is calm. The breed is quite rare, not for widespread use, so livestock breeders do not advise starting it up for beginners, since some features must be taken into account when caring for them.

Soviet chinchilla is one of the most beautiful breeds of the rabbit species because of the delicate soft fur, similar in structure to chinchilla fur. Most often they are bred for meat and fur, but sometimes they are kept as pets.

This breed was officially registered in Russia in 1963. Bred by crossing the usual Soviet chinchilla with the White Giants breed to improve the quality of fur, meat and better adaptability to climate change.

These rabbits are distinguished by their original color of fur - silver-blue tint. The most valuable are the quality of their fur, which is in great demand. They are large in size with an average body weight of 5–6 kg, but they also occur more - up to 8 kg. The body length reaches 65 cm. The skeletal system and the general constitution of the body are well developed.

Rabbits usually adapt well to keeping conditions and changes in climatic conditions, but in hot and cold weather, you should adhere to some rules of care:

  • In the summer period, make sure that the animals are not exposed to direct sunlight - their premises should not overheat.
  • In the cold season, the premises should be insulated without drafts.

Important! In the content of Soviet chinchillas, it is important to monitor the quality of the feed, since its poor quality can lead to serious consequences up to death.

The gray giant as a separate breed was registered in 1953 in the USSR. Breeding of the breed began in Ukraine, in the Poltava region, by crossing Belgian flanders with local rabbits.

This is a shorthair species that is bred for meat and skins. They have a broad back, long legs and a rounded croup. They are 55 - 66 cm long and weigh 4 to 7 kg. The meat of the Gray Giant is famous for its dietary properties; it can be consumed by people with gastrointestinal tract problems. In content they are unpretentious, adapt well to changes in climatic conditions.

The main guarantee of their successful maintenance is the purity of the cells. In this case, it is necessary to take into account that the rooms or cells in which they will be kept are spacious, without drafts and do not fall under direct sunlight.

Important! In the diet of the Gray Giant, it is important to pay attention to proper nutrition, since overfeeding or underfeeding makes females indifferent to mating, which affects the frequency and quality of the offspring!

Giant butterfly - a breed that differs from other types of rabbit in its original coloring. They are white in color with symmetrically arranged black spots. They are bred not only because of the unusual color of the skins, but also to get good quality meat.

They come from England, and in the last century they were brought to Russia, where they were adapted by selection method to more severe living conditions. To do this, they were crossed with such breeds as the Gray Giant, Soviet Chinchilla and Flanders. The result is a larger, stable breed that has evolved from decorative to commercial.

The purebred breed of these animals has a symmetrical color along the length of the skin and on the sides, which do not touch the dark strip on the spine. They reach a length of 55-60 cm, weight about 4.5 kg. They are distinguished by a powerful torso. Despite the fact that any conditions are suitable for their maintenance, living in cages is best suited for them in order to control certain processes, such as mating. They have a calm, friendly disposition, so often these beauties are kept as pets.

The breed of American rabbit is notable for its unusual color of fur. They are quite rare, although the animals are calm and unpretentious in content. The unusual color of the fur is cast in white and blue, which is why they are divided into two subspecies - American white and American blue.

They are large in size, weighing an average of about 5 kg. This is a rabbit with large ears, whose length reaches 12 cm, the head is narrow. The fur is soft and elastic. Experienced farmers are advised to start these animals even for beginners, since caring for them does not require special efforts.

Important! When breeding this breed, it should be borne in mind that during color mating, blue dominates over white, which is why it is likely to degenerate.

Care and maintenance of giant rabbits

Large rabbits can be kept in different ways: in cages, pens, semi-free methods. However, when caring for them, it is important to consider some features.

Most giant rabbits are unpretentious in maintenance, since almost all of these breeds were bred specifically for more convenient care. They are resistant to diseases, but it is important to take into account the quality of the content, to ensure that there is no moisture in the cells and pens, direct sunlight does not fall, and there are no drafts.

With proper nutrition, rabbit giants are more productive and prolific. If the food is not picked up correctly, their quality for reproduction can drop to zero.

Whichever breed the farmers choose, it is important to consider the particularities of caring for them. In addition, before starting these animals, it is worth considering the climatic features of the region of their future residence and the ultimate goal of their breeding. The success of the planned business depends on this.

White down

The conclusion of this amazing breed of animals involved breeders of many animal farms of the Soviet Union. In 1957, white downy was recognized as an independent breed.

Soviet breeders worked for a long time, crossing Angora rabbits with unpretentious domestic species. The result was excellent. Animals grow up to 4 kilograms, but they grow them mainly to obtain fluff, on average cutting from 0.7 to 1 kilogram per year.

Big and beautiful rabbits easily acclimatize and adapt to any conditions due to their endurance.

Angora down

It is believed that these unusual cute rabbits came to European countries from Turkey, but experts did not fully figure out the birthplace of their birth.

Due to its unusual appearance and high-quality fluff, the Angora down rabbit has become popular as a pet.

Today they have become a popular species in fur farms specializing in downy breeds. Adults reach a weight of up to 3 kilograms, but grow very slowly.

This species requires special care, maintenance in large mesh enclosures. To maintain their health, they must be constantly cut.

In the early twentieth century, breeders of France bred the amazing shorthair breed Rex. European rabbit breeders immediately appreciated the dignity of wool.

Adults grow up to 4.5 kilograms, and the length of the body on average 54 centimeters. Bunnies are not in a hurry to grow, but by 5 months they are gaining their 3 kilos.

Due to the variety of colors, skins can be used in their natural form, without artificial painting.

Soviet marder

Before the war itself, in 1940, a relatively medium-sized species was bred in Armenia, which received an unusual name. In addition, these rabbits have a very original appearance, so it is very difficult to confuse them with others.

With a compact and strong physique, rabbits weigh an average of 3.7–4 kilograms, but sometimes even reach 6 kilograms. The color of the fur resembles marten fur, which is why this is the name, because the marder is translated as marten.

Russian ermine

One of the oldest breeds in Russia was bred to obtain high quality skins. However, in addition to skins, tender rabbit meat was also valued in Russia.

The animals have an amazing white color, only the ears, the tip of the nose, legs and tail are black or dark brown. Because of the unique color, the breed was so original named.

Adults reach 4 kilograms, and the body in length - 51 centimeters. Unpretentious, and easily adapt to any conditions of detention and climate.

The largest handmade rabbit in the world

Among the variety of domestic eared rodents, huge breeds are distinguished. Their non-standard shape, high weight of about 6 kilos is impressive. I wonder who the biggest rabbit in the world is, and where it is kept.

The biggest rabbits in the Guinness Book of Records

The Belgian Giant, or Flanders, comes from the province of the state of Belgium, it is included in the Guinness Book of Records. The maximum length of the rabbit is 1 meter. A large individual has wide prominent ears, their length is about 20 and even 25 cm. The body in size can be 65 or 75 centimeters. The minimum weight is 6 pounds, the maximum is 20. An excellent meat and skin breed of large eared rodents is quite prolific, individuals are early. Peace loving, easy to care for. Their fur is gray, but with unusual shades.

Tip: The maximum growth of a normal rabbit is up to 50 centimeters. Record holders are constantly listed in the Book of Records.

Californian rabbit was eaten in the United States at the dawn of the 20th century. Six-kilogram individuals of a snowy white hue, on which brown, almost black spots flaunt, are very attractive. Rabbits breed resilient and unpretentious. A prolific female can carry up to 15 rabbits during one pregnancy.

Ram

Do not be surprised that there is such a wonderful name among the rabbit family. A head with hanging ears resembles a lamb.

Rabbits not only have an original appearance, but are also famous for their remarkable qualities of meat. Unpretentious in care and maintenance, grow up to 6 kilograms.

Among the congeners are distinguished by a very flexible and calm character. Experts say that the cause of this behavior is fold. According to TheBiggest, this is another of the most beautiful non-decorative rabbit breeds.

Famous giants

The largest rabbit was raised in the UK in the town of Worcester on a farm owned by Annette Edwards. Information about him can be found on the pages of the Guinness Book.

The largest and most famous around the world is the rabbit Darius, with a length of about a meter and 300 centimeters. The pet has reached twenty-two kilograms and 200 grams of weight. According to his mistress, increased mobility and excellent appetite led to this result. Darius on the maternal side, two generations were as large. The dynasty of large rabbits is growing, perhaps the little rabbit Jeffrey, who is the son of Darius, will outgrow him.

Four-year-old rabbit Ralph overtakes his opponent Darius, he weighs 25 pounds. And he can enlarge still. His parents, Amy and Roberto, were also considered big giants at the time, now the son’s turn has come. Ralph grew up in the household of Paulina Grant (England).

Tip: It is noticeable that in a hungry state, huge pets are aggressive, so they need plenty of constant food.

In Russia

In the Russian Federation, the Soviet Chinchilla is considered a large breed. On average, its representatives are not much larger than ordinary rabbits, but they can also be grown very large, exceeding the normal a couple of times. These rabbits have beautiful fur with a touch of blue. Adults can reach a body weight of 6 pounds. But pets require large cages or cages for maintenance.

Young growth is noticeable by rapid growth, weight gain and unpretentiousness to food. Domestic rodents are quite adaptable in the new living conditions. And most importantly, any climate suits them.

Tip: In the conditions of the Russian climate varied by regions, you can grow a large Gray Giant.

In order to bring out the thoroughbred big Gray rabbit, we used for breeding large Flanders, from which the skin color features, large size and weight were genetically transmitted to the new species. The average body weight of a rabbit reaches 7 kilograms; it can grow up to 66 centimeters long. The gray pet has high vitality and strong immunity.

When the White Flanders and the Gray Giant, then the Soviet Chinchilla were crossed, this led to the appearance of a new breed of the White Giant rabbit. A very large albino, whose eyes are reddish and the fur is snow-white. The nature of the animals is calm. They like to breed cute and peaceful animals as decorative pets. The mass of their body reaches 6 pounds. The hair of rabbits is dense, a square centimeter is occupied by hair in an amount of 20 thousand, each hair is surrounded by 24 downy hairs.

Tip: Giants adore all rabbits when they pay a lot of attention to them, they like to communicate with people, especially impress children. With the right kind and sympathetic approach to them, they become cute and polite favorites at home or on the farm.

The largest breeds of rabbits

The Giant Butterfly, or Spotted Giant, is distinguished by an unusual elegant color of the skin. The main is a whitish hue, but the rabbit's fur is usually covered in numerous dark, symmetrically arranged spots, the pattern of which is similar to the image of a winged butterfly, hence the name of the breed. Adult individuals gain carcass weight up to 5 kilograms. They are prolific, one okrol brings about 8 cubs. True, beautiful rabbits have a hot temper and not the most delicious meat, they are most valued for their chic skins.

The German big rodent Riesen is similar to the Belgian. Medium-bodied individuals reach a body weight of 12 kilos. The breed is characterized by the speed of reproduction. Puberty is eight months old. One okrol can bring a large offspring of up to 12 cubs.

Tip: When they are going to breed a new species of large rodents, they often resort to Risen.

The Angora giant is from Turkey. In the Middle Ages, large pets were bred as a means of entertainment. Species of the breed can be medium and large, with white, gray or spotted fur. Weight comes to 5, 5 kilos. Soft fluff is combed out from the pets.

Large rabbit breeds

The largest breed of rabbits in the world is called Flander, or the Belgian giant. But it is a mistake to believe that she is the only one. In the Guinness Book of Records, there are records of giant record holders that amaze with their size, weight and unique skins. There are about ten varieties of "eared" giants, but we will consider the most popular of them.

The best representatives of large breeds

For a long time, the palm belonged to a rabbit named Darius (photo 2), in 2010 his name became known to the whole world. Annette Edwards, that was the name of his mistress - an experienced, competent rabbit breeder, except for Darius, she managed to grow Alice, Emmy and Robert, whose weight was ten kilograms.

The weight of the champion was a little more than nineteen kilograms, the length of the body was twenty centimeters, while the animal then continued to grow and gain weight. Darius is a mobile rabbit, so he does not face obesity. He is active and cheerful. He gained his impressive size thanks to his excellent appetite, Annette's caring care, her love and attention to the animal, that’s the whole secret of the gigantic “eared one”.

A rabbit named Ralph is only four years old, but he is known around the world. The heavy and fat Ralph hails from Britain, and Paulina Grant raised him. Only in 2010 he had to give up the honorable place of the world leader to the rabbit Darius, who occupied him only a year. Having gained over eighteen kilograms in a year, Ralph again became the largest in the world. Perhaps this is no coincidence, because his parents are also honorary champions whose names are inscribed in the Guinness Book of Records.

"Ushastik" is healthy and active, thanks to the care and attention of Paulina, who created the animal the most comfortable living conditions. But she admits that the rabbit sometimes gives her a lot of trouble. It's about the molting season, when the wool gets enough sleep in bunches that have to be collected.

Representatives of large breeds need a large space, they will not be comfortable in cramped conditions, so it is not recommended to keep such animals in the apartment. It is also undesirable to leave them alone with young children, despite their calm disposition, they can be unpredictable. Before. What to get a "eared" pet, think about what purpose you will grow it, and whether you have enough space, time and effort for this.

Continental Giant - Champion Breed

The continental giant or Conti breed rabbits are known for their champion inclinations. The two largest rabbits registered in the Guinness Book of Records belong to this breed. This is one of the oldest breeds, which is still popular today.

The average weight of these giants at the peak is 16 kg, but with proper care they can weigh more than 20 kg. The body length is at least 65 cm. This breed has large ears, the length of which can reach 20 cm. The rodent has a rather dense and powerful skeleton. The fur of Conti is a dense thick rollback, it is silky to the touch. The villi reach a length of 4 cm. There are 7 colors of fur:

  • black - plain black fur, the eyes of a rabbit are black or light brown,
  • light steel - gray hairs on top, sand in the middle, gray-blue closer to the body,
  • dark steel - color dark gray, brightens closer to the skin, brown eye color,
  • Agouti is the most common color of this breed. The fur is chestnut, in the middle is orange, and the undercoat is dark gray. On the ears and underside of the tail of the tail there is a black edging, a white belly,
  • red agouti - chestnut-red coat, black ticking, dirty blue undercoat. Creamy rabbit tail and belly,
  • opal - at the top the coat is pale blue, in the middle is cream, the undercoat is dark. The ears have a dark blue trim. The eyes, tail and belly are light beige,
  • deer is a color with shades of red, the stomach is painted white or beige, and the undercoat is light.

Conti get along well with pets

Such rabbits live up to nine years. The average life expectancy is 4-5 years. The character of these giants is excellent, they are quite affectionate and friendly. Other than that, they are pretty smart and calm. With them you can play, squeeze or stroke without any problems. Often these rabbits are kept as a pet. They can easily be taught the simplest commands. But like all rabbits, they are rather shy, so you should not stress Conti.

How to train a rabbit

Rabbits are very smart and sociable, so they can be trained quite easily. If you want to have a good relationship with your rabbit and train him correctly, then you should immediately familiarize yourself with this article and start training.

Angora rabbit

Very unusual breed. Such rabbits look like big fluffy balls. They are bred for the purpose of selling: Angora wool (soft, delicate woolen fabric) is made from their fur. This breed appeared in the middle of the XVIII century in Turkey. The name received by the name of the then capital (Angora). The breed quickly took root in Europe. Nowadays, Angora rabbits are often used as pets.

Animals of this breed require very careful care. They need to be combed daily. Individuals are social, playful and active, so they are quite suitable for home maintenance. The weight of rabbits of this breed can reach 6 kilograms. On average, life expectancy is from five to seven years. With good care, they can live 9 years.

In the early twentieth century, breeders of France bred the amazing shorthair breed Rex. European rabbit breeders immediately appreciated the dignity of wool.

Adults grow up to 4.5 kilograms, and the length of the body on average 54 centimeters. Bunnies are not in a hurry to grow, but by 5 months they are gaining their 3 kilos.

Due to the variety of colors, skins can be used in their natural form, without artificial painting.

Features of giant breed rabbits

In the world there are about ten large breeds of rabbits. Some of these breeds are so amazing in size that even the Guinness Book of Records became interested in them. The breeding goals of these animals are very diverse. Basically, this is a utilitarian purpose: to get tasty meat and valuable hide.

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Vienna blue

A handsome man with soft fur and a romantic name has long gained popularity among farmers all over the world.

The animals grow up to 4-5 kilograms, but there are also record holders of the species, reaching 7 kilograms. The rabbits are well prolific, and in one breeze they bring from 8 to 9 rabbits.

The Viennese blue skin is used in the manufacture of clothing, because wonderful fur is of high quality.

Butterfly

Animals with such an unusual name were first presented at an exhibition in England in 1897. Spots on the nose in the form of a butterfly served as the reason for the unique name of the breed.

The body is strong, slightly elongated, the weight of adult rabbits is 4–5 kilograms. With medium size, this is a very nimble and agile animal.

In Russia, this species was easily adapted to the conditions of a changing climate, but kept in households and bred on farms, mainly because of the excellent meat and skins.

California

Pets of a purely meat direction were once brought to the United States. They were brought to the USSR in the 1970s, and, notably, they quickly adapted to local conditions.

Unlike relatives, they are not at all timid, but they are calm and easy to adapt to different conditions of detention. In addition, rabbits of meat breeds are bred to obtain skins.

The taste indicators of Californian sleepy meat are appreciated all over the world.

How to contain giant rabbits?

Of course, giant rabbits will not be suitable for the typical conditions for small rabbits. If you want to raise a champion, you will have to take care of his habitat and feeding. Of course, each species has its own characteristics of content. The following are sample general guidelines.

Giant Rabbit

Belgian flanders

And now directly to the champions in size and weight. The Belgian flanders was bred around the 16th century, and today it is the largest breed of rabbits.

Some individuals reach a weight of 10 kilograms, and the size is simply amazing and admirable. Only ears are 14–20 centimeters long, and the body is 0.7–0.75 meters long.

Despite the difficulty that courtship has in keeping, Belgians have become one of the most popular among breeders due to the taste of meat. And the restaurants of the world are happy to get meat on their menus.

Conclusion

Different breeds each have their own advantages, and among the large ones there are real champions in weight and size. For many years, rabbit breeding in any area has been one of the most popular types of animal husbandry in different parts of the world. This is especially popular in Russia, the USA, and the countries of Central Europe.

Where to place?

The most common placement option for rabbits is cages. It is suitable for breeds of giants. Only the cells should be much larger than for small representatives of this animal species. The average size is at least 0.6 sq.m. for one rabbit. But everything will depend on the size and weight of a particular animal. The best option would be to place cells in the fresh air.

Giant Rabbit in a Cage

The floors of the cell are best made mesh or rack. This will help in getting rid of litter, which often causes diseases. Hay or straw is laid at the bottom, it is important to change the flooring regularly. If possible, it is worth organizing a corral for the giants, where they can safely walk.

Often, giant rabbits are kept right in the house instead of pets.

Giant rabbit in the house

What is the best way to feed giant rabbits?

In food, giants are often unpretentious. They feed on the same food as small representatives of the species. The difference is only in the amount of feed.

Here are some basic guidelines for feeding giant rabbits:

  1. When kept in cells, a feeder with a drinker is placed in each of them. The drinker must always be filled. Contamination of feeders and drinking bowls should not be allowed, as this leads to various diseases.
  2. In summer, it is important to let rabbits free-range in an equipped aviary, where they can not only move around freely, but also enjoy fresh, juicy grass.
  3. In winter, rabbits are fed hay and mixed feed.
  4. Feeding is better systematically. Giants sometimes eat excessively and eat everything that they will be given.
  5. Do not forget about vitamin complexes and mineral supplements.

1 month old giant

The most famous giant rabbits

It is impossible to single out the best breed of large rabbits. All of them have their own characteristics. If your goal is to raise a champion, then you should choose the breed of Conti. If you want to have a large rabbit on the farm, but you are not ready to devote a lot of time, attention and money to it, then the Gray Giant will be a worthy option. Well, if your goal is fur, then you should pay attention to the snow-white White giant or the Gray giant, the skin area of ​​which can reach 3 sq.m.

The biggest rabbits in the world

Rabbit Darius broke all records. Many farmers in the world are trying to grow giant rabbits, but Annette Edwards has been the best at it yet.

She lives in England, in the city of Worcester. The woman divorced the whole offspring of giants - Roberto, Amy and Alice. They reached a weight of more than 10 kg. But the next rabbit, which was raised by a farmer, received the title "The largest rabbit in the world."

His name is Darius. He broke all records. The animal grew to a length of 1.3 m and gained a weight of 22.2 kg. As the hostess said, this is a merit of increased mobility and good appetite.

Darius eats a wide variety of foods and runs all day. During the day, he eats 1 kg of apples, about 2 kg of carrots and 2 heads of cabbage. The huge rabbit is very sociable and attentive. His eyes light up when someone starts flirting with him.

But in all likelihood, Darius did not have long to bear the title of the largest rabbit in the world, because he had a son who is a serious competitor to his father.

His name is Jeffy. The smallest rabbit is only one year old, but its body length has already reached 1.2 m. The breed of rabbits bred by an Englishwoman is called the Continental Giant.

Previously, this breed was bred for meat, but now as pets. In the family of Darius, his mother - Alice and Amy's grandmother - were large in size.

Darius and his mistress Anette were born on the same day - April 8, so they celebrate name day together. Darius and Jeffy live in dog kennels. To feed the pets, the hostess spends about 7 thousand euros.

One of the largest in the world is the Ralph rabbit living in the UK.

Ralph Rabbit

His mistress is Paulina Grant. He is over 4 years old, but because of his weight category he is considered one of the thickest rabbits in the world.

Ralph is a hereditary giant record holder. His parents - rabbit Amy and father Roberto, were listed among the record holders as the hardest in the world.

Prior to Darius, the leader among the giants was Ralph. Both pets are serious competitors for the title of world champion. Ralph has an excellent appetite. The weekly cost of his food is 50 pounds.

You can’t call the expenses small, but the Grant family loves their pet and provides it with everything necessary. The hostess said that very often guests come to them to look at Ralph and bring with them something tasty for their favorite champion.

Belgian giant

Flanders or the Belgian giant - this is perhaps the most famous breed of large rabbits. The first mention of these giants appeared 500 years ago.

They began their story in Belgium in the province of Flanders, hence the two names - the Belgian giant and Flanders. These rabbits belong to the meat-wool direction.

The maximum weight of this breed is reached by 1 year and is 8-10 kg. The body length of giants reaches 90 cm. If the rabbit is less than 70 cm, then this is considered a defect in the breed.

The front legs are short, and the hind legs are quite long and large. They have a heavy and large head with long ears, whose length reaches 19 cm. The flanders have a strong skeleton, a straight and wide spine. The tail is long, stiff and slightly raised up.

The fur of the breed is quite thick and silky. The length of the hair reaches 3-4 cm. The hair can have the following color: gray-brown, blue, white, coffee, gray, white, kangaroo, black.

Temperament Flanders calm. He will not jump and rush like small breeds. He prefers to lie calmly and watch. Flanders is quite friendly and calm, he treats people well.

Easy to iron and play with. This breed is a good alternative to affectionate dogs, for example, Labradors. These are really gentle giants who get along well with both people and animals.

Giant butterfly

Giant butterfly - a breed that differs from other types of rabbit in its original coloring. They are white in color with symmetrically arranged black spots. They are bred not only because of the unusual color of the skins, but also to get good quality meat.

They come from England, and in the last century they were brought to Russia, where they were adapted by selection method to more severe living conditions.

To do this, they were crossed with such breeds as the Gray Giant, Soviet Chinchilla and Flanders. The result is a larger, stable breed that has evolved from decorative to commercial.

The purebred breed of these animals has a symmetrical color along the length of the skin and on the sides, which do not touch the dark strip on the spine.

They reach a length of 55-60 cm, weight about 4.5 kg. They are distinguished by a powerful torso.

Despite the fact that any conditions are suitable for their maintenance, living in cages is best suited for them in order to control certain processes, such as mating. They have a calm, friendly disposition, so often these beauties are kept as pets.

Cottontail

The breed of American rabbit is notable for its unusual color of fur. They are quite rare, although the animals are calm and unpretentious in content.

The unusual color of the fur is cast in white and blue, which is why they are divided into two subspecies - American white and American blue.

They are large in size, weighing an average of about 5 kg. This is a rabbit with large ears, whose length reaches 12 cm, the head is narrow. The fur is soft and elastic. Experienced farmers are advised to start these animals even for beginners, since caring for them does not require special efforts.

Important! When breeding this breed, it should be borne in mind that during color mating, blue dominates over white, which is why it is likely to degenerate.

Chinchillas

Many probably know chinchillas. They belong to the domestic breed. Their fur is white, with a blue tint, very high quality. For their unpretentiousness, rabbit breeders very much like to breed them.

Animals adapt easily under any conditions, do not require special care, gain weight and are very prolific. Their meat contains a lot of nutrients and is very tasty.

Angora rabbits

There is another breed of large rabbits called Angora. Looking at them, it’s difficult to immediately say what kind of animal it is. Outwardly, they resemble a large fluffy ball. Their fur is much appreciated, and this breed of rabbit is bred for the sake of wool.

In the early twentieth century, breeders of France bred the amazing shorthair breed Rex. European rabbit breeders immediately appreciated the dignity of wool.

Adults grow up to 4.5 kilograms, and the length of the body on average 54 centimeters. Bunnies are not in a hurry to grow, but by 5 months they are gaining their 3 kilos. Due to the variety of colors, skins can be used in their natural form, without artificial painting.

The biggest rabbit in the world

Ralph is the largest rabbit in the world officially registered in the Guinness Book of Records. Lives a rabbit in the UK as a pet. A giant rabbit weighs like a child of 3 years. However, he is not the only one so unique. Today in the world there are a great many breeds - from dwarf to truly gigantic. Many representatives have the status of world champions.

Large rabbits, the breed of which fits the description of "giant", exist around the world, there are about ten species. However, the most popular of these are the following breeds:

  • Belgian giant (Flanders).
  • Giant angora.
  • Soviet chinchilla.
  • Gray giant.
  • White giant.
  • Giant butterfly.

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