Checkered Giant Rabbit
History of the Checkered Giant Rabbit
First of all the origin of the Checkered Giant breed is disputed, but it’s believed that this rabbit first made an appearance in 1800 in Europe. Probably in France or Germany when the breed called “Land Kaninchen” was bred together from the Flemish Giants, French Lops and spotted rabbits.
The breed did not have markings like the Checkered Giant today. By breeding them with the Flemish Giants to increase their size, they eventually made the “Lorraine rabbit”, also called the “Great German Spotted rabbit.”
In 1904 the Great German Spotted rabbit was breed to a black Flemish Giant and as a result produced the Checkered Giant. In 1910 they arrived in the USA and the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) accepted the Checkered Giant as a recognised breed shortly.
A Checkered Giant’s diet is not unlike any other pet rabbit in that it should consist of 70 percent good-quality hay. The rest of their diet should be a healthy mix of pellets, vegetables and fruits. Fresh water and hay should be readily available to your rabbit at all times. 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 fibre 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.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
They have long, powerful legs, a wide head and broad ears that should be upright most of the time.
|The Senior Bucks||11 pounds (5kg)|
|The Senior Does||11.9 pounds (5.4 kg)|
|Intermediate Bucks||9 pounds (4.1kg)|
|The Intermediate Does||9 pounds (4.1kg)|
|Junior Buck and Does||5.9 pounds (2.7kg)|
|Pre-Junior Buck and Doe||4 ½ pounds (1.8kg)|
Fur / Coat
This particular breed of rabbit has soft short- to medium-length fur which is soft and easy to maintain.
They are active, energetic rabbits and can be very playful. Checkered Giants have a fairly calm temperament and are generally good-natured.