These beautiful giant rabbits are recognized by the BRC (British Rabbit Council) but not the ARBA, (American Rabbit Breeders Association).
They are also called the German Giant or the “Conti.“
|Breed Name||BRC Code||ARBA Code||Country of Origin|
|Continental Giant, Colored||N16||–||Europe|
|Continental Giant, White||N17||–||Europe|
BRC Standard Of Perfection
Head & Ears…20
The Continental is one of the largest breeds of rabbit. Most Continentals are descended from the even more ancient Flemish Giant, a breed that originated in Ghent, Belgium. These breeds may have been the Steenkonijn or Stone Rabbit.
Continental Giant Varieties
There are two varieties of Continental Giants, the colored continental and the white continental.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
These giants can weigh up to 35lbs.
Worlds Heaviest Rabbit:
Four-year-old Ralph, a Continental Giant from the UK, weighs a little over 53lbs!
The Continental Giant is a semi-arch breed with the arch beginning at the shoulder and continuing to the base of the trail. This gives the animal a ‘mandolin’ shape.
Continental Giant Ears (White & Colored):
The large ears are upright and rounded on the tips. Ear length should be about 25% of the body length.
Colored Continental Giant Colors:
Black – A solid black with a blue/black under color. Eyes hazel or black.
Dark Steel – Steel gray with a slate blue under color.
Light Steel – A medium gray that slowly merges into a sandy/brown band with a gray/blue under color. Eyes deep hazel.
Agouti – A chestnut color with black ticking over an intermediate orange band and dark slate under color. Ears laced with black, eye circles, and a white belly with a slate under color.
Red Agouti – A deep chestnut red with black ticking. The under color is an intermediate orange with a dark slate under color. The underside of the tail and the belly are cream with a slate under color.
Opal – Top color a pale shade of blue with a fawn band and slate under color. Ears laced with blue. Eye circles, the underside of tail and the belly are white with a slate under color.
Yellow – Top color is a uniform pure yellow, which covers the visible body in an even shade. Color extends onto the front legs, pelvis and thigh area. Nostrils, eye and jawline light to cream color. Belly color white/cream with yellow groin patches, the underside of tail white/cream. Under color is white for approximately 6mm and then increases to a yellow shade and finishes intensively under the topcoat.
White Continental Giant Color:
White – Immaculate white, eyes pink or blue. Nails un-pigmented. A serious fault would be colored nails or fur.
Fur Type / Coat
The fur of the Giant is thick and glossy with rollback, shiny and dense fur. The undercoat is abundant and soft, with good density.
Average Life Span
The average life span of a Giant Continental is anywhere from 4 to 5 years.
With most owners treating their giant rabbits like dogs, with a superb diet, excellent vet care, indoor housing, regular exercise, and play-time stimulation, these gentle giants can live a long and happy life.
Many people say this breed acts more like a dog than a rabbit. They are easy to train and can be encouraged to play games, use a litter pan, and be trained to come when called. They should be handled gently and often when young.
Both the colored Continental and the white Continental Giant rabbit are not endangered, nor are they classed as a rare breed. There are many professional breeders in the UK, the US and worldwide.
Rabbit Care & Handling
The Giant makes a fantastic house rabbit and a large dog crate will provide the perfect hideaway if he needs some peace and quiet. Rabbit proofing the home is a must. They should also be taught how to use a litter tray.
If you’re going to keep your Giant in a hutch, it should be no smaller than 6’ x 2’ and preferably larger. A dedicated garden shed would be ideal providing its secure, well ventilated and has plenty of natural light. It should be cleaned out weekly and droppings should be removed daily.
A continental giant must be groomed regularly to keep his coat in good condition. This is also a good opportunity to check for illness or injury as rabbits are very good at hiding anything that may be wrong.
Big bunnies sometimes have problems keeping themselves clean as they are not so dextrous as smaller rabbits and cannot reach their lower quarters to groom, especially as they get older. Becoming overweight can also exacerbate grooming problems.
Large rabbits have a lot more fur to molt so be prepared for a lot of loose fluff during molts. Giving a vitamin supplement can help speed up the molt.
Just as you wouldn’t attempt to pick up a medium-sized dog as it wouldn’t feel secure and relaxed, a continental giant rabbit is the same.
The Giant is not an ideal pet for inexperienced owners or children due to its size.
They require lots of food and produce a lot of waste. Whether he’s a house rabbit or a hutch rabbit he should also have access to the outdoors – either in a large run or in a secure area of the garden.
Here is a list of resources to help you care for your rabbits…
- New Rabbit Checklist – General knowledge if you’re just getting started.
- Breeding Rabbits – The best place to start if you are thinking about raising any breed of rabbits.
- Pet Rabbit Guide – Information and resources on the subject of raising pet rabbits.
- Health Guide – Up-to-date information & resources for ensuring your rabbit is in the best health.
- Diet & Exercise – Extensive info about hay, water, safe foods, treats, weight management & FAQs on the diet.