Belgian Hare Rabbit

Belgian Hare Rabbit

History of the Belgian Hare Rabbit

The first Belgian Hare Rabbit was bred in Belgium in the early 18th century . In 1874, they were imported to England and called the “Belgian Hare.” English breeders made the Belgian Hare appear more spirited, like wild English rabbits. By 1877 the first Belgian Hares were shown in America, where it immediately rose in popularity, giving rise to thousands of Belgian Hare clubs around the country.

Health

Hay is the most important part of your rabbit’s diet. Pellets should only make up a small amount of your rabbit’s diet. They are high calorie and low fiber which leads to obesity and overgrown teeth. Fresh vegetables keep your rabbit’s intestines well hydrated, which helps with overall digestion.

Rabbits have a sweet tooth and would probably love to eat a lot of fruit. However, because of the high sugar content, fruits should be fed only as treats. Without enough water, intestinal contents can become very dry and get stuck. There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt.

Belgian Hare Rabbit

Size, Weight, Shape & Ears

It has a long, slender body with a well-muscled flank, a very arched back and loin area and powerful hindquarters. They have a long face and a tail which is always held straight and in line with the spinal column. The forelegs are straight and fine, while the back feet are long and flat. The ears have the distinctive length and ‘spoon’ shape of the wild hare. Belgian Hare Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 10.2 cm.

 

Weight 6-9 pounds (2.7-4kg)

Fur / Coat

The Belgian Hare has short, glossy fur that requires little to no maintenance to keep it in pristine condition.

Belgian Hare Rabbit

Personality

The Belgian hare, although domestic, was bred to closely resemble to a wild hare. They are not the breed for everyone and are used mostly for show purposes. This rabbit breed isn’t the best pet.

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