There are a lot of rabbit breeds, to the liking of each owner, and each with its own personality. The Flemish giant rabbit is believed to be a breed artificially created by humans somewhere around the 16th century, especially for meat and fur. The rabbit’s DNA contains traces of the DNA of the Patagonian rabbit, a breed that is extinct today.
The Flemish giant rabbit is the largest breed of rabbit known today. They weigh between 13 and 22 pounds and are very diverse in color (shades such as white, black, gray, brown, reddish, or even blue).
How much does a flemish giant rabbit cost?
The cost of a Flemish giant rabbit is influenced by many factors including the place where you are living, the quality, age, and where you purchase it from. The average price for a basic Flemish Giant is around $35, while a show-quality rabbit may cost around $320.
According to a chart posted on Flemish-Giant.com, that shows how much would cost to take care of this kind of rabbit and how much would cost to adopt one, the price for a show-quality rabbit is anywhere between $80 and $350, while the price for a lower end rabbit would be somewhere between $35 and $60. Also, on the same website, an article stated that the price is greatly influenced by age and quality. For example, the average price for a rabbit without a pedigree is anywhere between $25 and $60.
At the time of this writing, Hobbly, an online website similar to Craigslist, had some listings for rabbits with prices starting at $25 and going up to $120. The majority of the ads were for eight-week-old bunnies, plus a few for rabbits older than one year.
What is going to be included in the adoption?
The breeder should provide medical records, up-to-date vaccinations, a vet checkup, and a travel crate if the pet has to be shipped. They can also include starter kits with food coupons for your first rabbits as well as care guides on how to properly take care of them when they arrive at their new home. You will be able to bring home your new pet when it reaches the age of eight to twelve weeks old.
As a potential rabbit owner, you should be provided with information referring to the heritage of your new pet before adopting. This includes knowing the background as well any allergies they might have.
What are the extra costs?
A rabbit is a wonderful pet to have, but it can be much more work than you may imagine. You will need to provide the bunny with a home crate, pellets, plenty of hay, and water as well as a container to turn into a litter box. The average cost per month including food, housing materials like wood panels, and fresh bedding is around $20.
Flemish Giants need a high-quality diet that is at least 16% protein. They should be fed one ounce of pellets per pound of their body weight. The price of a 10-pound bag of pellets is anywhere between $15 and $20.
Most likely you will keep your rabbit in a cage located either inside or outside. Make sure it has plenty of space and air. Rabbits are, by nature, den animals and they like to know that they have a shelter. If the floor of the cage is braided wire, make sure that the rabbit has a board on which to stand, that his legs won’t always sit on the wire braid. Expect to spend a few hundred dollars for a good cage.
One of the most common rabbit diseases is ear and fur mites. They can be found on your furry friend’s skin, making itchy spots that may lead to dryness or crustiness in some cases. If this happens make sure to apply a topical treatment like those containing oils with vitamin A. If there are any signs suggesting infestation with fleas, then they’ll need medication prescribed by the vet as well.
Important things to consider
If you want to let the rabbit walk freely through one or more rooms, don’t forget to remove electrical cables and make sure that the furniture is not one you care about a lot.
Males and females have different shapes, and the easiest way in which you can differentiate the gender of a rabbit is by looking at its head. The female has an enlarged chin (to keep her rabbits warm).
It is a docile and gentle animal, most of the time. But when it is upset, it can bite hard enough and hurt children. Even if it has short fur, the bunny must be brushed daily.
It is prone to obesity because this rodent would eat all day, so you will have to be very careful with its diet.
Life expectancy for this species is between 5 and 10 years.
Rabbits are social creatures that have been known to get along with a wide variety of pets. They can be trained and will respond well, but keep in mind two males may fight if they’re put into the same area so it’s best not to let them interact too much. Otherwise, there could potentially remain only one rabbit.
The heat is the death of these rabbits. Once temperatures hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, you need to find a way to keep it at a comfortable level or they will die from stress and lack of air conditioning in their cages. An easy solution would be investing in a swamp cooler.
How can I save money?
If you’re looking for an adorable furry friend, consider checking out local Humane Societies to see if they have any adoptable bunnies.
Searching on a classified website, like the one mentioned above, is a great way to find rabbits and supplies. They let you connect with people who are getting rid of their animals for one reason or another, so it’s often possible that they’ll have what you need.