Facts about Checkered Giant Rabbits. The Checkered Giant Rabbit is one among the 48 domestic breeds and it is a native to France.
"Scientific name for Checkered Giant Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus". "Fear of Rabbits Leporiphobia". All rabbit breeds are "lagomorphs" various plant-eating mammal of the order Lagomorpha a hare, rabbit, or pika.
The Checkered Giant Rabbit breeds are heavier than other renowned rabbit breeds, such as the Flemish Giant rabbit and the Giant Chinchilla rabbit. The Checkered Giant Rabbit is considered a fancy show rabbit instead of a meat producing rabbit. The Checkered Giant Rabbit breed is one among the only 11 available breeds with distinct markings. They have a different type of marking when compared to other identical rabbit breeds. The Checkered Giant Rabbit is measured as a six class rabbit breed.
Features of Checkered Giant Rabbit
The Checkered Giant rabbit breed is classified into pre-junior, junior, intermediate and senior rabbits.
Usually, rabbits under the age of three months are considered pre-junior rabbits and both male and female Checkered Giant Rabbits will have a minimum body weight of 4 lbs (1.8 kg) and a maximum body weight of 7 lbs (3.2 kg). Each variety and gender of the Checkered Giant Rabbits is considered separately.
Checkered Giant rabbits under the age of six months are considered junior rabbits and both male and female rabbits will have a minimum body weight of more than 6 lb (2.7 kg).
Checkered Giants from six to eight months are considered Intermediate rabbits and both male and female rabbits will have a minimum body weight of 9 lbs (4.1 kg).
Adult male and female Checkered Giant rabbits with the minimum age of eight months are considered senior rabbits. Usually a senior adult female rabbit is slightly heavier than the males, with a minimum body weight of 12 lbs (5.4 kg), whereas the males will have a minimum body weight of 11 lbs (5.0 kg).
The Checkered Giant rabbit breed has two big patches of color on both sides of its hindquarters. The Checkered Giant Rabbits have a spine marking, and they have a straight line of color down their back. The Checkered Giant Rabbit breed puts somewhat more significance on the type of its body.
The Checkered Giant rabbit breed is called by different names in different countries. For example, in the United Kingdom, this rabbit breed is called as the Giant Papillion, which differs mainly in markings on their nose. When two appropriately marked rabbits of this variety are bred, some of the young rabbits will have a solid colored body, whereas some other offspring will be mostly have a white color body and some others will be marked. Even a proportion of the marked young rabbits will not contain spots.
Diet of Checkered Giant Rabbit
Rabbits as pets enjoy wet food, pellets, carrots, fresh vegetables, hay or lettuce, dark leaf lettuce is good. (Iceberg lettuce contains too much water and too little fiber to be suitable.) Limit giving them fruit with sugar in it. Alfalfa provides the high caloric content necessary for baby bunnies development. Once rabbits reach seven months of age, gradually switch them over to timothy hay, oat hay, or orchard grass. Avoid giving them yard clippings, since grass is often sprayed with fertilizer, insecticides, pesticides, and other chemicals rabbits should not be eating. Their diet should consist of 70% of timothy hay and make sure they have fresh water every day.
Behavior of Checkered Giant Rabbit
Checkered Giant rabbits are excellent pets and they will perform well in the home. They can be garbage box educated and are fairly fastidious groomers. These rabbits prefer to live in a cage with the minimum dimension 3 x 3 x 4 feet (0.9×0.9×1.2 m) in length, breadth and height respectively. The Checkered Giant rabbits prefer to sleep on the cage bottom provided with sea grass mats or a board to protect their feet from wounds.
Checkered Giant Rabbits have an outstanding sense of vision, smell and hearing. Having eyes on the side of their head and being so big, gives them nearly 360 degrees vision, allowing them to see predators from all directions. The Checkered Giant Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Checkered Giant Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a Checkered Giant Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female Checkered Giant Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Checkered Giant Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a Checkered Giant Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Checkered Giant Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Checkered Giant Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Checkered Giant Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Checkered Giant Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Checkered Giant Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Checkered Giant Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
For bedding, give Checkered Giant Rabbits wood pellets or aspen. You can use pelleted horse bedding. Do not give them pine or cedar. Clean the cage with either white vinegar or a cage safe cleaner; don’t use bathroom cleaner or other things that are toxic for the pet cage.
De-worming is a major concern and should be done in the spring and fall. A pea sized amount of de-worming paste in the rabbit's mouth is sufficient for the Checkered Giant Rabbit.
The male Checkered Giant Rabbit is called a buck and a female Checkered Giant Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Checkered Giant Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm)and can be longer. Checkered Giant Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Checkered Giant Rabbits are born without fur and its eyes are closed and their eyes will open after 7 to 14 days of their birth. Half of the rabbits in the world live in North America. Checkered Giant Rabbits are comfortable living in groups. European rabbits like to live in burrows underground. Warren is known as a group of burrows. Cottontail Rabbits are the only rabbit that does not live under ground.