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Continental Giant Rabbit Care Sheet

Continental Giant Rabbit Care Sheet

Scientific Facts

Common Name:Continental Giant Rabbit 
Scientific Name:Oryctolagus cuniculus 
Life Span:4 to 7 years
Size (Adult):Giant
Weight (Adult)13 to 35 pounds or more
Habitat:Meadows, forests, human habitats
Body Shape:Semi-arch/Mandolin
Country of Origin:Belgium

Physical Description

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The Continental Giant rabbit is also known as the German Giant rabbit. It is a very large rabbit breed that was initially bred for food/for meat. This breed is recognized by the British Rabbit Council with two categories, namely colored and white. But despite its BRC recognition, it is not considered as a breed by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. 

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The Continental Giant rabbit breed is said to have descended from a huge breed called the Flemish Giant. Breeders and owners say that this breed is very friendly and docile creatures. 

The largest recorded rabbit by the Guinness Book of Records is a rabbit named “Darius,” which was a Continental Giant rabbit breed. Darius weighed more than 50 pounds and measured more than 4 feet long. Darius’ son, Jeff, is currently growing and hopes to break its father’s world record soon. 

The Continental Giant is also called Conti and is part of a collective group of country-named Giant breeds of rabbits than a single individual breed. The name Continental Giant was given for show, which relates to giant rabbit breeds from different countries like Germans, Spanish, and Belgians. These giants were imported into different countries. 

Therefore, a German Giant breed located in Germany is a German giant rabbit, but once this same specimen has been imported to England or other countries, then it will be bred to other lines. This will now be referred to as a Continental Giant rabbit.

The lineage of Continental Giant rabbits may have roots from different countries. Also, each giant from specific countries has a specific trait that makes it different from other Country-Specific Giant rabbits. 

Consider this as an example. A German Giant is popular for being the largest or the bulkiest rabbit breed. It has wider ears and rounded tips with the heaviest bone densities. Meanwhile, a Belgian Giant is fatter, with broader bodies and pointed muzzles. Also, the Flemish Giant is more popular for its mandolin arch or mandolin-shaped bodies, as well as their narrow and long ears. 

Considering Conti’s personality, it is one of the sweetest, most docile, and very patient rabbit breeds. These are known to be dependent and will thrive well when they are exposed to so much human interaction. 

Contis are known to weigh from 16 to 25 pounds and are also 3+ feet long. When properly cared for, Continental Giants can grow longer and heavier than this. These make excellent pets for kids as well as for adults, but because of their large bodies, these can only live for only 5 years.  

Coat and Colors

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Continental Giant rabbits are available in a variety of colors. You can find Contis in black, yellow, opal, agouti-in red, dark and light steel, chestnut, and a chinchilla. The most popular Continental Giant rabbit color is black while the rarest one is agouti-in red color. You may only find standard colors like black, yellow, and chestnut Contis from a local pet shop while brighter, unique colors may only be available from a specialized breeder. Also, the most popular colors for the show are chestnut, yellow, and a chinchilla. The BRC has specific standards regarding the grading of Contis. The standard considers the Continental Giant Rabbit as a part of their colored and white group, and this is composed of the following:

BRC Standard Colored Variety

  • Type

Continental Giants have a broad, round, and powerful hindquarters; it has an underlying body arch, with a minimum of 65 cm body length, and the front feet are straight and very strong.

  • Weight

Continental Giants can weigh from 12.4 pounds to 15.8 pounds. You can say that these rabbits are the heavyweights of its species!

  • Head and Ears

The head of Continental Giants are big and have well-developed cheeks with bright and open eyes. The ears are thick, large, and fluffy; they may be held erect, are well-covered, rounded, and will measure around 25% of its body length with a minimum of 16 cm length.

  • Coat

The coat of Continental Giant rabbits has a lovely rollback, is shiny, thick, and is around 3.5 to 4 cm long. You can see visible guard hairs even with your naked eyes. The rabbit has an undercoat that’s shiny and with good density.

  • Condition

The rabbit must be healthy, in good condition, and is free from any discoloration due to soiling on its feet, ears, and the genital area. The coat is evidence of good health. The overall appearance of the rabbit describes its alertness and vigor.  

  • Recognized Colors

The BRC recognizes only seven colors when grading a Continental Giant Rabbit. Colors recognized as black, yellow, chinchilla, dark and light steel, opal, chestnut, and agouti-in red.

BRC Standard White Variety  

In grading the white variety of Continental Giant rabbit, all the above standards for the colored version apply except:

  • Whites have a lighter bone density
  • Coat color variety depends on the eye color
  • Weight of white variety rabbits are 6 to 13.4 pounds
  • Show Points are 100 possible points that are judged according to color, coat, type, weight, condition, head, and ears. 

Is your Continental Giant Rabbit fit for a show?

One of the most common questions that Conti owners ask is if their rabbits are fit for the show? This depends on where you’re located. In the United States, the Continental Giant is not recognized, so these are not shown in their classes. Also, because of their non-recognized status, there are no specific show quality specimens, although most breeders from the US depend and refer to the BRC Standard of Perfection regarding the quality of the specimen.

The way the description of the Continental Giant Rabbit was developed boils down to a healthy, well-balanced, and fur-fect condition and good color. The Conti has a massive and strong appearance as much as possible. The body must be solid, with a firm flesh condition, and the body must be lean, not flabby, or simply fat. The ears and the feet should be thick-set, heavy, and the eyes must be large, bold, but peaceful. 

In the rabbit shows, specimens are correctly posed to show their impressive characteristics and features. When a Continental Giant rabbit is posed, it should be resting on their behinds with their hind legs positioned along their torso. The front legs must be upright, standing to reveal the underlying arch on the body, which is also common in Belgian Hares. 

In the UK as well as other countries, these are a BRC-recognized breed and thus may be included in shows. And because of this, and because of many differences in country-specific breeds introduced to and as being a collective breed, there seems to be a basic worldwide description for the breed. 

History of the Breed

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Continental Giants are descended from the ancient breed known as the Flemish Giant from Ghent, Belgium. The Flemish Giant is said to be created by breeding large rabbits for their fur and meat. Breeders may have used the Steenkonijn or the Stone Rabbit and a Patagonian, which is an old European rabbit breed that is now extinct.

The very first standards for the Continental Giant breed was created in 1893, and this breed shares the same heritage as many rabbit breeds and not just the Belgian Hare. The Conti was brought to the UK during the middle of the 19th century. Meanwhile, the Flemish and the Continental Giant breeds were taken to the US from Britain and Europe during the latter part of the 19th century to improve the size of meat during the “Rabbit Boom” period. After the Continental Giant arrived in the US, the giant rabbit breeds started to flourish and were soon seen in livestock shows. Afterward, the Continental Giant and other giant bunnies became very popular as pets because of their docile behavior. Till today, some people still hunt or cultivate the Continental Giant rabbit for its meat and fur. 

Fast Facts 

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Darius, the world’s largest rabbit breed, was a Continental Giant rabbit breed. 4 years ago, he made news for its 4.4 feet length and 22.2 kg weight. This giant may not hold this title a while longer because his son, Jeff, is now more than 4 feet and has around 6 months left to grow. Their owner, Annette Edwards, said that she expects Jeff to grow larger than his father. 

These rabbits eat 2000 carrots and 700 apples in a year and around a bale of hay in a week. Feeding these giants costs their owner 5,000 pounds. And despite their size and weight, the Continental Giant remains as a good family pet and can live for more than 5 years

Temperament and Behavior

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Continental Giant rabbits are gentle, very friendly, and may even be intelligent. Many owners say that their pet Conti acts more than a dog than a bunny. This rabbit is easy to train and may also be taught to play games or use a litter box. Some owners also say that their rabbits can come when their names are called. 

For a Continental Giant rabbit to be relaxed when handled by humans, the rabbit must be handled gently and regularly, starting when the rabbit is young. Successful breeders usually make sure that their kits are already used to human affection and company before these are sent to their new homes and new families. Also, when the interaction is done early, you can guarantee that you’ll get a playful, gentle, and happy pet.

Keep in mind that if a giant rabbit is afraid or in pain may struggle or kick out, and this can cause severe injuries to the person handling it. And due to the size and strength of the body of this breed, it may not be a good pet for young kids and even for inexperienced owners. 

The Continental Giant may eat a lot of food, produce a lot of feces; therefore, you need to provide an ample amount of time to maintain and care for this breed. Anyone who wants to consider this breed should think carefully about their decision in caring or not for a Continental Giant.

Continental Giants are not the most active rabbit breeds. They love to just laze around, hang around with other cage mates and just be a rabbit, hopping here and there. But despite this low activity, there are still times when the  Conti wants to explore its environment and would sniff, move about, and scratch around. 

You may find your pet exploring areas in your home that you never thought it would do, and sometimes, they may even want to wander around parts of the unsafe yard. This behavior is mostly seen in young Continental Giants. The best thing to do is to rabbit-proof your home and yard by placing a perimeter fence around the area where the rabbit should be or place a fence on the area where it is not supposed to be.  

But large rabbit breeds like the Continental Giant rabbit need exercise because these are prone to obesity or being overweight. Therefore, you must designate a large outdoor (or indoor) area where your rabbit will run about. Again, make sure that the area has been rabbit-proofed; otherwise, it will be distracted, will run away, or will simply pay no interest in moving. Get it to move by gently and playfully chasing after it. Use toys to stimulate it and to make it move. 

Personality

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The Continental Giant rabbit is a gentle giant. It is docile, quiet, and very patient. Although some breeders are against taking care of this breed if you’re new to handling rabbits and also for children, many owners still think that this is a charming breed for young kids. 

Its patient attitude makes it a darling, living doll that kids would love to play dress-up with. Its large body is cuddly and very warm, which is what seniors want to feel. Also, their cute faces and charming attitude could make it a good pet for a family, big or small.

Comparable Breeds 

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A comparable breed to the Continental Giant rabbit is the Flemish Giant from Belgium. It is a large breed domestic rabbit that requires a large amount of food compared to smaller rabbit breeds. The Flemish Giant is an ancient rabbit breed that was also previously bred for its meat and fur. 

Fun Facts

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Continental Giant rabbits are known for their very large and muscular bodies, but despite their size and their weight, these lovable pets climb up the laps of their owners like a small, miniature bunny. The Conti may sometimes be unaware of their size that they still want to cuddle with their owners. If you have a young Continental Giant as a pet, shower it with love and attention; otherwise, it won’t be as close and trusting.

Care

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Caring for a Continental Giant Rabbit is quite similar to caring for other rabbit breeds, as well. Care includes providing the right diet, housing, training, and companionship. 

Rabbits are herbivores and will need hay in their daily diets. Hay can prevent overgrowth of teeth and will help keep them regular. Some breeders also feed their pet rabbits pellets designed specifically for rabbits. This commercially-prepared food has important vitamins and minerals needed by rabbits. You must offer a lot of fruit and vegetables daily. 

An important part of feeding your rabbit is to offer unlimited fresh water and hay. Hay is very helpful in keeping their digestive tract healthy and regular. You can feed the rabbit quality pellet food, but water and hay are considered essentials. 

Continental Giant Rabbits make great pets for both children and adults. But no matter how old or how young the carer is, he must watch the rabbit closely for any possible signs of illness. Signs of illness include lack of appetite, lethargy, changes in stool color and consistency, vomiting, and sneezing. Take your pet giant rabbit to the vet at once if you notice any of these symptoms. 

Remember to constantly interact with their pets every day. Make this a part of your regular daily routine. Take note that an owner who spends time with their pets is much loved and trusted by their pets compared to an owner who just wants to keep their pet rabbits for show.

Experts say that interacting with your pet rabbit as well as giving it the best nutrition and good husbandry practice can prolong the life of captive Continental Giant Rabbits.  

Spaying or Neutering

Spaying or neutering is a way to control rabbit populations in a particular area. Whether your pet Continental Giant Rabbit is a male or a female, you must take this to the vet to have it spayed or treated unless you want to breed rabbits in captivity.

This procedure may be done while the rabbits are still at a young age. But most veterinarians wait until their pets reach six months of age to find out the safest practice on spaying. Bucks may be neutered at a young age, even as young as these are three months to make these less aggressive; however, they are naturally unaggressive. Neutering bucks may not be needed at all. 

Supplies and Cages

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The housing of Continental Giant Rabbits should be large enough to accommodate at least two adults to keep each other company. With the weight and the size of an adult Continental Giant in mind, you must have an outdoor enclosure with a huge space for each rabbit to roam happily.

The cage or the enclosure should have a removable bottom so you can easily clean the cage when necessary. The bottom of the cage must have soft bedding so that it is comfortable for your rabbit. You can also place rabbit hay feeders attached to the side of the enclosure. Your rabbit can pull the hay easily and chew these anytime they feel hungry or bored.  

For bedding, use aspen or wood pellets because these can easily absorb urine and will be easy to clean up when it’s time to maintain your tank. Avoid cedar or pine because these have low absorption qualities. 

The rabbit cage may be cleaned by using a cage cleaner or using natural cleaners like white vinegar. Natural cleaners are effective plus won’t leave any dangerous chemicals that can affect your pets. Avoid using bathroom cleaners or tile cleaners because these may be toxic for your pet rabbits.

Daily spot cleaning of their bedding is needed. Replace bedding every week. This will make it easier to remove feces, which is important in keeping both the rabbit and its cage, fresh and clean. This also minimizes any annoying smell.

Continental Giant Rabbits are also like other rabbit breeds because they can clean and groom themselves. They will meticulously lick and nibble their fur and rub any dirt from their furs to keep clean. These giants can take a lot of time to clean. 

These rabbits are crepuscular, which means that they are usually active in the daytime and during the evening. Their feedings may be provided in the evenings. These rabbits may sleep at an average of 8 hours. This breed is sociable and loves living in groups; this means that you may want to consider getting a large cage if you’re planning on raising a big group of Continental Giant Rabbits. 

Indoor vs. Outdoor Cage

Should you place the cage of your rabbits indoors or outdoors? Consider the advantages of living indoors. Rabbits that live indoors have longer lives, and are more social and are generally happier. On the other hand, rabbits that live outdoors are usually skittish and may not be too comfortable with human contact. Outdoor rabbits are vulnerable to weather changes, temperature extremes, pests, predators, and other complications. 

If you want to take care of your rabbit inside, but you don’t have enough space, you can prepare an outdoor enclosure instead. You can use just about any material like metal, wood, or plastic cage. Meanwhile, outdoor cages are easier to clean because you just have to hose dirt down and scrub with a large scrubber. An outdoor enclosure will give your rabbits more room to play and run around. 

Keep the cage away from direct sunlight as well as from areas with high moisture. The cage should also be under lock and key because predators can easily open the hatch to get your pet bunny despite its size and weight. 

Teeth Care

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One of the most important parts of maintaining good rabbit health is taking care of Continental Giant Rabbits teeth. You should take your rabbit to the dentist or vet for regular dental checkups. Regular checks will make sure that their teeth do not overgrow and cause pain when they eat. 

This is why rabbits need to chew so much. Their teeth will grow too long if they don’t chew it down. When this happens, they can grow through the rabbit’s mouth and jaws, causing extreme pain. Therefore, a diet that is high in hay is recommended because hay is rough, and it files down the rabbit’s teeth naturally while they chew. 

Keep an eye on the teeth of your pet rabbit, and you can save yourself from expensive dental and vet bills!

Health Concerns

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Continental Giant Rabbits are prone to all kinds of diseases that are common among rabbits; there is no specific illness unique to this breed. A responsible rabbit owner should check for possible signs of illnesses as they take care of their pets. These rabbits should also receive standard vaccinations to prevent different diseases. 

Continental Giant Rabbits may also have sensitive digestive systems. Baby giant rabbits less than 8 weeks old must be checked for GI conditions, including enteritis, bloat, and gut stasis. Also, check for ear or fur mites, fleas, and ticks. These pests are often a result of poor hygiene, lack of husbandry, and poor enclosure management. 

Constantly monitor your rabbit for ill-health signs like lack of appetite for eating or drinking, nasal and eye discharge, diarrhea, and many other health symptoms. 

Grooming

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Continental Giant Rabbits require regular grooming, which is at least once a week. Use a brush to gently brush the rabbit’s coat, especially when its molting. Brushing will prevent wool blocks and may also stop rabbits from ingesting their fur. This usually happens because they are efficient in self-grooming. Take note that daily fur licking and grooming can accumulate in the gut. Fur may be too thick, causing accumulation and blocking of the digestive system. 

No matter how dirty your Continental Giant Rabbit is, never give them a bath. Bathing can stress them. You may spot clean their bodies with a damp towel, but make sure to do this quickly. Use a pet nail trimmer to cut their nails every month, and also, check for overgrowth teeth. 

Clean the giant rabbit’s ears. These ears are so big that these may touch the ground and become dirty as the bunny hops and moves across the ground. Clean the rabbit’s ears by using the same damp towel. Rub each side of the ear in a gentle manner.

Can you blow-dry your rabbit’s fur? Before you do it, make sure to acquaint the rabbit with the blower. Let it approach the blower while powered on. The loud sound of the blower might be too overwhelming to a rabbit, so make sure that it understands that there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Breeding

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Continental Giant Rabbits should be at least a few months old before they can start mating and breeding. Giant bucks can be as young as 4.5 months and be ready to breed though it is often best to wait until 6 months, so the rabbits will be more than ready. For male rabbits, their testicles should have dropped before they can breed.

The gestation period of a Continental Great Rabbit is from 33 days, while most of the does may deliver their young from day 30-31. To plan for breeding, choose a date of the birth carefully. This must be done, so you’re sure to be at home when birth happens. Your female pet giant rabbit needs you during this time in case there are complications. Also, careful planning like this will avoid any issues from arising before the babies are weaned. 

Rabbits may conceive and give birth at any time of the year. During the hot summer months, giving birth may make the mother uncomfortable. Meanwhile, it is also dangerous for the babies to be born in the wintertime because these may freeze to death as they are born hairless. 

Remember that If the mother does not do well, the mother and her babies could all die. Remember that spring and autumn are the best times for a doe to become pregnant. 

Other Notes

Continental Giant Rabbits may be huge, but these still love chewing on things. These rabbits are sometimes fixated in tearing apart wooden slippers, mats, wooden furniture, and electrical wiring if these are available. 

To avoid these and other possible accidents, give your pet hay or chew toys aside from their regular meals. Also, make sure that everything that goes to their mouth is not sprayed with herbicide or pesticides. 

Meanwhile, younger rabbits may need alfalfa hay because this contains calcium, needed for their healthier bones. Adult Continental Giants would prefer legume hay. Never leave a cage without hay and fresh water.

These rabbits must be kept in pairs for companionship. Studies have shown that being with another rabbit contributes to the happiness of the individual, even extending its lifespan. In the wild, these rabbits are very social. This behavior is observed for rabbits in captivity and the wild. 

De-worming should be done for Continental Giant Rabbits. It needs to be completed in the spring and fall. There are several deworming products available, and before you give to your pet, read the product label first. Use only a pea-sized amount of de-worming product and put it in their mouth. You can use these deworming products for young or old rabbits.

Organizations and Clubs

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Because of the popularity of this breed, several organizations and clubs have accepted it, and some clubs are the result of admiring this giant breed of rabbits. This includes the British Rabbit Council that recognizes the large breed. The Continental Giant Rabbit breed is not recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

Availability – Where to Get One

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The cost of buying a Continental Giant Rabbit depends on whether you are buying from a breeder or not. Price may vary depending on whether you are getting a giant rabbit for the show, or a pet.  

It’s important to look for a reliable breeder to make sure that you are only getting a healthy rabbit and not one with genetic disorders. Reliable breeders will ensure that these traits are selectively removed. Consider a purebred variety with no genetic disorders. 

How to Care for a Continental Giant Rabbit

Continental Giant Rabbits may be large but require the same type of care like regular-sized bunnies and cottontails. Proper care will ensure that your pet Giant will grow properly; they can live a healthy and happy life in your home.

Rabbits cannot be trained to poop in a particular area, unlike dogs and cats. This means you need to always prepare for a litter box. Put a box inside the cage to serve as a litter box. For smaller rabbits, a medium-sized plastic litter box is enough. It is better to have a bigger box than a smaller one, so your pet rabbit can have plenty of space to do its business. Inside the litter box, put some fresh hay, and a rabbit safe pet bedding directly under the hay. These will easily absorb urine smells, plus it will be easy to maintain as well.

Continental Giant Rabbits are also skittish and love hiding from predators, loud noises, and other things that it is afraid of. Prepare hiding places for your rabbit. You can use a cardboard box, or any easily accessible low, enclosed area. Pet stores may sell rabbit hiding places as well. 

FAQs

How do you measure a Continental Giant Rabbit’s size?

The size of a rabbit is measured as large, medium, and small breeds or specimens. You may measure the size by using a tape measure starting from the head to the back, just like a dog, and classify the results accordingly.

How can you tell that your Continental Giant Rabbit is the right size and weight?

Check the breeder’s standards for weight and size for Continental Giant rabbits. Measure your Conti accordingly, or you may take it to a vet for proper measurement of its height and weight. 

Can you place the Continental Giant Rabbit cage indoors or outdoors?

It’s up to you if you want to place the cage indoors or outdoors, understand the pros and cons. Indoor cages will protect your rabbit from the elements, temperature changes, and predators, but you can only do this when you have a lot of space indoors. Outdoors will expose your rabbit to the elements, but it will have a huge space to move and play.

What materials are best used as a cage for a Continental Giant Rabbit pet? 

A Continental Giant rabbit will need a strong and sturdy cage made from metal. Wooden cages will not suffice since it will only gnaw on the wooden bars and may only escape or destroy the cage. 

Are Continental Giant Rabbits good pets?

Yes, these rabbits make good pets and in fact, will be perfect for a family as long as it needs are provided like good nutrition, right husbandry methods, and taking it to an expert animal specialist. 

How much does Continental Giant Rabbit eat in a day?

Continental Giants are voracious eaters and will gladly eat a lot of food, but you need to limit its food intake; otherwise, it can suffer from obesity or being overweight. Create a diary of your pet’s meals and how much he has eaten in a day so you’ll be able to control his calorie intake and prevent obesity.

How often do you replace the water in the dish of a Continental Giant Rabbit?

You must keep water inside the cage fresh daily by changing it morning and nighttime. You should keep the water dish stable, too, by using a strong and durable dish made of clay or pot.

How often do you feed a Continental Giant Rabbit?

You must feed it twice daily because of its size; it needs a higher calorie intake. You must place fresh hay in the cage always so it can eat as much hay as it can each day. 

Why does Continental Giant Rabbit chew hay all the time?

Continental Giants chew hay because this helps trim their teeth to the right size. When rabbit teeth are left to grow, these can pierce through the skin and the jaw causing a lot of pain. Chewing hay can grind the teeth ends and trim it naturally.

Can you make your own Continental Giant Rabbit cage?

Yes, you can make your cage provided it is made from very strong metal or material. You can even make an enclosure made of cement or bricks to further protect your pet from outdoor elements. 

How do you tell if you have a full-breed Continental Giant Rabbit?

You may refer to the standards set by the BRC for the Continental Giant Rabbit breed. The standards are set for rabbits meant for the show, but you can refer to this guide to find out how perfect a Continental Giant Rabbit your giant pet is. 

Where do you place the cage of your Continental Giant Rabbit?

You can place the Continental Giant Rabbit cage indoors where you can protect your rabbit from the elements, but it may not have enough room to play and run. Outdoors, your rabbit will enjoy a large area to play and run but will be exposed to the elements and predators.  

Can you place several Continental Giant Rabbits in one cage?

Yes, you can place several Continental Giant Rabbits in a cage as long as the cage is a huge one. Remember that Continental Giant Rabbits are large rabbit breeds, and these require a lot of space. Also, rabbits are social animals no matter how small or large they are and will need other rabbits as companions. 

Can you place two male Continental Giant Rabbits in a cage?

Yes, you can place two males in one cage, but it would be best to house more rabbits in a cage instead of just two. A large rabbit-like a Continental Giant Rabbit needs a large cage, and so more Contis mean a larger enclosure is needed. 

Can you place two female Continental Giant Rabbits in one cage?

Yes, you can place two females or even more females in one cage. Continental Giant Rabbit is a social animal and thus will not mind the company.  

How do you stimulate breeding in Continental Giant Rabbits?

Rabbits will breed almost automatically, so there’s no need to set the mood or to change the temperature of the breeding area. Rabbits will also breed any time of the year, so you can be sure to have a lot of bunnies and kits in a year.  

Will Continental Giant Rabbits mate for life?

No, Continental Giant Rabbit doesn’t mate for life, and in fact, these rabbits will mate with any male or female because of their social nature. 

Can a Continental Giant Rabbit female give birth twice a year?

Yes, a Continental Giant Rabbit can give birth twice a year and in any season of the year, as well. This is why you can adjust the breeding season according to your preference and let the rabbit mate and give birth at the time you want. 

How do you pick up a Continental Giant Rabbit?

Gently pick it up from its belly and lift it just inches from the ground. Don’t carry it to high because if it falls, it may get hurt. You must never carry a Continental Giant Rabbit if the rabbit is not familiar with your handling or you’re new to the animal. 

Do you need to put a collar on your Continental Giant Rabbit?

Yes, you can do this, or you can simply let it be. Some breeders say that Continental Giant Rabbits are like large dogs, so it does not matter if you place a collar on it or not.

How do you clean a Continental Giant Rabbit cage?

Use a safe cage cleaner to clean the cage, or you may use gentle yet effective natural cleaners like baking soda, lemon, or white vinegar.

Can you use an old cage to house your Continental Giant Rabbit?

Yes, if you have an old cage and it’s large enough to house your Continental Giant Rabbit, then why not. You must make sure that the cage is clean, though, and disinfect it before you place your rabbit in.

Can you use baking soda to clean the cage of a Continental Giant Rabbit?

Yes, you can use baking soda to clean the cage of a Continental Giant Rabbit. Create a baking soda paste by mixing equal amounts of baking soda and water; scrub the paste onto the bars to clean it and rinse it well.  

How often do you clean the cage of your Continental Giant Rabbit?.

Clean the cage thoroughly at least once a week. Regular weekly cleaning can remove dirt and smells.

Can you leave a Continental Giant Rabbit roaming around your yard?

Yes, you may let your pet Continental Giant Rabbit run around the yard, but you must be there to watch over it. It can break loose from a fence, or it can injure itself so you must supervise this free time. 

Will Continental Giant Rabbits destroy the furniture?

Yes, Continental Giant Rabbits are known for their powerful bite and will gnaw on anything that they can, such as wooden furniture, wooden fixtures in your home, or even electrical wiring.

Can a Continental Giant Rabbit multiply inside your home?

Yes, a Continental Giant Rabbit can multiply inside your home if you overlook housebreaking your pet. It can breed and have kits without you even knowing. 

Why are some rabbits considered as pests in some homes?

Some rabbits are considered pests because this can gnaw on wood, paper, and electrical wiring. Rabbits can become a headache and can pee and poop anywhere if you overlook rabbit-proofing your home.

How often do you replace the bedding inside the cage of a Continental Giant Rabbit?

Replace the bedding at least once a week to control droppings, urine, and odor.

Will a mother Continental Giant Rabbit eat her young?

No, a mother Continental Giant Rabbit will not eat her young, but some rabbit breeds do. If you see your rabbit eating her young, then remove the mother fast and never allow this to breed again. 

Can you touch newborn Continental Giant Rabbits?

Yes, you can touch a newborn Continental Giant Rabbit, and the mother won’t mind. You can pick it up and start training it right away.

Will a mother, Continental Giant Rabbit, bite its owner?

If the mother feels threatened, then it can bite its owner. If you are handling a mother rabbit for the first time, then be careful because she might bite you.

How do you prepare the rabbit cage for birth?

Add lighting to warm the cage up. Create a warm and comfortable temperature for your baby rabbits to be in. 

When is the best time to give birth to Continental Giant Rabbits?

The best time to give birth to Continental Giant Rabbit is during springtime and fall because, during these times, it won’t be too hot and too cold for the newborns and their mother. 

Can a Continental Giant Rabbit train respond to its name when called?

Some owners say that their pet Continental Giant Rabbit can respond to name calls, but up to today, there is no study regarding the intelligence of a Continental Giant Rabbit.

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