Facts about Giant Chinchilla Rabbits. The Giant Chinchilla Rabbit is a domestic rabbit breed, which is a result of crosses between Flemish Giant and Chinchilla Rabbit breeds. This is one of the three rabbit breeds of Chinchilla. The origin of the Giant Chinchilla Rabbit breed is the United States, where it is chiefly developed as a commercial meat breed of rabbit. The Giant Chinchilla Rabbit breed was developed during 1921 in Holmes Park, Missouri by a rabbit breeder, Edward H. Stahl. It is one of the few rabbit breeds developed in the United States.
"Scientific name for Giant Chinchilla Rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus". "Fear of Rabbits Leporiphobia". All rabbit breeds are "lagomorphs" various plant-eating mammal of the order Lagomorpha ; a hare, rabbit, or pika.
Features of Giant Chinchilla Rabbit
The Giant Chinchilla Rabbit is a big size rabbit breed among which the matured female rabbits are somewhat heavier than the males, with the body weight, ranging from 13 lbs to 16 lbs (5.9 kg to 7.2 kg), whereas the matured males weigh between 12 lbs and 15 lbs (5.5 kg and 6.8 kg).
The Giant Chinchilla Rabbit is in the semi-arch collection, but actually it has a dissimilar body type than other rabbit breeds in that group. The Giant Chinchilla Rabbit breed has straight, vertical ears and it is also the solitary chinchilla breed that has a flyback coat. The legs and the feet of the Giant Chinchilla Rabbit are strong.
The Giant Chinchilla Rabbits will contain a soft white color underbelly. The silvery top fur has distinctive rings when it is petted backwards or it is lifted up. Each hair shaft of the Giant Chinchilla Rabbit contains five separate bands of color, such as pearl, blue, black, white, and a combination of these colors.
The Giant Chinchilla Rabbit breed is the only breed in the United States, which is judged for its commercial worth, with meat creating characteristics given top contemplation on the judging table. As the Giant Chinchilla Rabbits are big in size, they need cages with all wooden flooring and a weighty bedding of shavings and straw.
As the Giant Chinchilla Rabbit has small, straight, flexible fur, it does not need frequent grooming. The hairs of the breed are thick, but they do not shed their hair more than any other home pet. Also,the Giant Chinchilla Rabbits do not need regular bathing.
Diet of Giant Chinchilla Rabbit
In the captive, the Giant Chinchilla Rabbit feeds on pellets, as well as fresh vegetables, hay, and fruits. Mostly their daily diet includes foods that are rich in protein, fat, fiber, and vitamins.
Giant Chinchilla Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm). Giant Chinchilla Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Behavior of Giant Chinchilla Rabbit
The Giant Chinchilla Rabbit has a special status as a loveable lay-about, and relaxed rabbit that does not require much exercise. It only needs a comfortable place to move around and plenty of attention and love. The Giant Chinchilla Rabbits take pleasure in being managed if they are softly socialized from their early age. The Giant Chinchilla Rabbit breeds are gentle in temperament. The female Giant Chinchilla Rabbits are capable of producing huge litters that range from 7 to 10 kits per litter. These female Giant Chinchilla Rabbits have good mothering skills, as well. The kits of this rabbit breed will grow extremely fast such that they can attain the weight of 7 lbs (3 kg) within two months of their birth. When handled carefully, the Giant Chinchilla Rabbit can turn out to be a cool, well-adjusted associate of any family.
Giant Chinchilla Rabbits are born without fur and its eyes are closed. Half of the rabbits in the world live in North America. Giant Chinchilla 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.
The male Giant Chinchilla Rabbit is called a buck and a female Giant Chinchilla Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Giant Chinchilla 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 Giant Chinchilla Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Giant Chinchilla Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a Giant Chinchilla Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social.
Giant Chinchilla Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Giant Chinchilla Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Giant Chinchilla Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Giant Chinchilla Rabbits as pets enjoy wet food, carrots, 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 Giant Chinchilla 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.
For bedding, give Giant Chinchilla 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 Giant Chinchilla Rabbit.
Giant Chinchilla Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a Giant Chinchilla Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Giant Chinchilla Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Giant Chinchilla Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Giant Chinchilla Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.