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    Hi all

    Just wondering who on here have bigger/giant breed bunnies such as Contis? Is there anyone who keeps giant bunnies outside or is it better to keep them indoors? Is there temperament different to small/medium bunnies?
    What about health issues and life span - do they need more trips to the vet?
    Do you keep them with another bunny of the same size or does the size of their partner not really matter?

    Would be interested to know Pictures would also be great if you have any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obsessedwithanimals View Post
    Hi all

    Just wondering who on here have bigger/giant breed bunnies such as Contis? Is there anyone who keeps giant bunnies outside or is it better to keep them indoors? Is there temperament different to small/medium bunnies?
    What about health issues and life span - do they need more trips to the vet?
    Do you keep them with another bunny of the same size or does the size of their partner not really matter?

    Would be interested to know Pictures would also be great if you have any.
    I do not have any Giant Breed Rabbits now, but the ones I have cared for have all been very gentle in nature. Giants tend to have a shorter life span to smaller breeds, 8-9 years being about 'average'. Although I have known of some who made it to 10.

    Health issues can include Heart problems, Spinal problems, in Giant Lops- Ear problems, Entropion/Ectropion.

    IME bonding a Giant Rabbit with a smaller Rabbit is possible, it really depends on the individual Rabbit's character as much as their differences in size.

    Giants can be housed indoors or outdoors. IMO if indoors they should be as 'free range' as possible and if housed outdoors then a large shed with a permanent large run attached or a large dog kennel/run would be essential. I dont think any Giant breed should live in a hutch.


    A few of the Giant Breeds whom I have cared for:

    The late Geoffrey, a Continental Giant, who was severely brain damaged due to an adverse reaction to a GA



    The late Victoria Meldrew, French Lop, a Doe traumatised by spending 4 years in a 4 foot hutch. She was VERY aggressive as her feet were a mass of abscesses. But eventually she become a gentle giant



    The late Big Libby, a Flemish Giant, rescued from a BYB at 10 weeks of age with a huge abscess on her spine



    The late Colonel Colin, a Velveteen Lop (English Lop x Rex)

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    Quote Originally Posted by obsessedwithanimals View Post
    Hi all

    Just wondering who on here have bigger/giant breed bunnies such as Contis? Is there anyone who keeps giant bunnies outside or is it better to keep them indoors? Is there temperament different to small/medium bunnies?
    What about health issues and life span - do they need more trips to the vet?
    Do you keep them with another bunny of the same size or does the size of their partner not really matter?

    Would be interested to know Pictures would also be great if you have any.

    Lovely giant rabbits

    I prefer to keep rabbits indoors and let them free range, and this I feel is even more important for giant breeds. Depending upon personality the size of a companion isn't too important

    They do have health issues peculiar to themselves due to their size. Sore hocks can be one thing, and arthritis and spondylosis are common in giant rabbits as they get older.

    Their lifespan is generally agreed to be between 4 - 6 years, though they can exceed this Particularly with Continental Giants - where their care and health is good they could live as long as 7 years

    Some info here:

    http://www.rabbitrehome.org.uk/care/giantrabbits.asp

    http://www.rabbitmatters.com/flemish-giant.html

    http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/pdfs/...Guidelines.pdf

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