The National Rabbit Association of New Zealand

Rabbit club New Zealand

Flemish Giant  

What are they?

Flemish Giants are the biggest breed of rabbit available here in New Zealand. They are a very slow developing breed and do not reach their full potential size until  about 16 months old.  The quality of the breed has gone down, due to them not being bred sensibly, and people playing around crossing them too much.

Do Flemish Giants make good Pets?

Flemish are the gentle giants of the rabbit world & they  make excellent pets , although bigger. They are like rag dolls and you can do just about anything with them. Their size means that cats will not generally bother them ,but larger dogs might,    5 out of 5 on our pet scale

What to Look For when Buying?

A  Short Body and big head with no visible neck, long ears that are erect on the top of the head. The coat needs to fall and be approximately 7.5 cm long, dense and have a harsh texture.


Flemish Giant - Standard

Ring Size H



Type                                                        40

Head and Ears                                        12

Legs and Feet                                         13

Fur                                                           5

Colour                                                      20

Condition                                                 10

Total                                                         100


Type - A long body and as powerful as possible. Not too fat. Full broad fore and hind quarters. Hindquarters to be thick, broad and as massive as possible in order to obtain weight. Tail to conform with the body. Shoulders in proportion. All sections to balance and make the conformity uniform. Does to have a dewlap evenly carried. Flesh to be firm and solid.

Head and Ears – Head shall be large, full and shapely. Eyes shall be bold and dark coloured with ears erect.

Legs and Feet – Large, straight, long, strong and powerful in proportion. Colour to match body. All toenails should match body colour, especially in blues and blacks.

Fur - A full even coat, glossy, full of life and brightness. Fur to be close with uniform even length. Free from moult.

Colour – See colour standard list below

Condition- firm and solid overall 


Bagginess and excessive fat. Ticking, smudging or patchy coats.

Serious Faults

Square or chopped-off rump, wedge shaped head, poor ear carriage, dewlap in bucks.


Accepted Colours

White - Pure white all over Eyes clear bright blood red or clear bright blue. Nails pink, cream, yellow or foreign colours are a fault

Black - Jet black all over. Slate blue under colour. Eyes brown or occasionally blue. Nails black or dark horn. Foreign colors e.g white hairs are a fault

Blue - Medium blue-grey all over. Eyes brown or blue-brown. Nails dark or light horn

Fawn. - Overall impression rich fawn edged with white. Not dull orange. Back: White undercolour, fawn top colour. Belly: White. Ears bluer fawn, but clear fawn preferable. Underjaw, eye circles, inside of ears, under-tail white. Eyes brown or blue-brown. Nails light or dark horn.

Light Grey - Surface colour to be even light grey, as free from sand or reddish brown as possible. Colour to be even over entire body, except under tail and belly which should be as light as possible.

Sandy - Colour to be reddish sandy grey with uniform ticking over body excepting under tail and belly which should be white. Blue/grey on belly optional.

Steel Grey - Shall be uniform, dark steel grey throughout with even wavy ticking over entire body, head, ears, chest, feet and legs except under belly and tail which shall be as light a colour as possible.

Fawn Flemish Giant