Checkered Giant rabbit originated from France and been recognized by American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) as one of the largest rabbit breed in the world. Weigh about 5 to 6 kg can only be handle by professional and experienced rabbit owner. Large body will need large amount of food and big bunny means big energy!
Spotted-looking or checkered-looking bunny has a blurry history. Some says they came from France and other says Germany but all are dated back in 18th century when French Lops, Flemish Giants and spotted rabbits are used to crossbreed in order to create a new one. Thus, new light set upon this world named ‘Land Kaninchen’. The breed continued to be bred with Flemish Giant throughout Germany to increase their size. Eventually, Great German Spotted rabbits are created or also known as Lorraine rabbits.
In 1904, Mr. Otto Reinhardt of Reinhalz, a German breeder has bred the Great German Spotted rabbit with a black Flemish Giant rabbit. The crossbred has created what we known today, a Checkered Giant rabbit. In 1910, the breed arrived in United States which shortly after which they were recognized by ARBA.
One thing for sure is that, Checkered Giant is a giant bunny. This giant plushy has a slender yet muscular build and also a semi – arched body type also known as mandolin. Their long, hare-like body are then combine with long, powerful legs, a wide head and two upright, broad ears. ARBA do not have a specific maximum weight for this breed although majority weigh in about 5 to 6 kg (10 to 12 pound).
Next, they also low in maintenance and only need weekly grooming. Their soft, short rollback fur can still shed a lot during molting season. Checkered Giant should not be given bath, as it cause them major stress which some cases can lead to heart problem. Do wipe their dirty coat with damp cloth if needed.
- Weight: 5 to 6 kg
- Coat length: Short / medium, soft and thick
- Color: Black (white with black markings) and Blue (white with gray markings)
- Pattern: Blue or black markings around the eyes (rings), colored ears, cheek flashes and a butterfly shaped marking on the nose. Dorsal stripe runs down the spine from ears to tail
4 traits can be said for Checkered Giant rabbit, curious, gentle, sweet, and active. These giant thick plushy bunnies can live happily with singles, couples, seniors and family with older children. You can only pet them and cuddle as pick them up simply not advisable. (They are giant rabbit!)
Rabbits need a lot of time to feel comfortable with new surrounding and they are definitely needed a lot of attention. After that, they will start to trust you and accompany you throughout the day. You might realize something different about this breed, they are more affectionate then any other giant rabbits.
Sometimes they also needed their alone time. Try buy chewy toys as rabbits love to chew, nibble and gnaw something they see.
- Lifespan: 5 to 6 years
- Active: High
- Intelligent: High
Checkered Giant rabbit is no more than a common domestic rabbit. You should considered taking it to the veterinarian. There are no cases of this breed had genetic diseases been reported but they still can suffer from other rabbit symptoms. Rabbit breeders have done more then they could to make this breed healthier and less genetic disease. Some of the illnesses seen in this breed is:
- Dental disease: Overgrown teeth, can change alignment of the mouth
- Parasite: Ear mites and worm
- Intestinal blockage: Ingest hair
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