posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 09:50 PM
originally posted by: Night Star
a reply to: Nyiah
Beautiful breed! Many years ago, one of my friends had an X who bred rabbits. We once went to a place that sold various breeds. I remember seeing
these giant rabbits, they were huge and just gorgeous! Forget the name of them but I had no idea they could get that big. So cool!
The kind that are as big as something like a Spaniel or a Beagle? Those are Flemish
, and yeppers, they're huge
! I think they average 20 lbs, and get between 2 and 3 feet long. That's the kind hubs wanted before we
settled on ours, the bigger they get, the more they eat & the more hutch space they need. I had to remind hubby a rabbit can eat it's body size in hay
alone daily, and that plus supplemental pellets and fresh daily veggies would get pretty expensive quickly.
Not only that, the hutch would have to be custom built to accommodate one that large with a humane amount of space. They need their "safe" spaces even
if they're free roamers -- ours is only 4 lbs, but has over 24 square feet of combined space on both his hutch's levels, and I'm not satisfied it's
large enough (he has twice the minimum living space for his size) He's an odd rabbit, though. All the space he has, and he prefers to lay down on the
ramp to his upstairs, lol.
For a Flemish, the hutch would have to be at least 18 square feet. But I prefer two-level hutches so they have plenty of room, so my standard would be
at least 36 square feet for one. And they have to be at least as tall as bunny is so they can stand & stretch, so 3 feet tall for a single level, or 6
(!!) for a two-level.
That's not even including an enclosed run for extra exercise space, either. Since we just leave the hutch doors open and he comes and goes as he
pleases, there's no need for a run. He won't roam the house, he won't even leave the living room (we accidentally trained him to not leave it, it
wasn't intentional -- blocked off the hall to the stairs so he wouldn't get stepped on and now he won't go that way at all) He's not left
unsupervised, but some people "bunny proof" their homes and let their rabbits have the run of the house like a cat or dog.
I'd love a Rhinelander or Hotot someday in addition to our buddy, though!