Today, there are many breeds of rabbits that differ in their characteristics. Each species was derived for a specific purpose. More often, crossing was carried out to improve the quality of fur, to get an opportunity to earn on the sale of skins, more often to increase the body weight and quality of meat, because this feature is important for meat breeds.
The breed “White giant” corresponds to the basic indicators of all the norms for the quality of both fur and meat. The scientists of Belgium and Germany were engaged in the breeding of the breed, using chinchillas in the selection process. This allowed to significantly improve the skin of the animal. At first this breed had a weak resistance to various diseases, but over time this defect was eliminated.
The name of the breed is directly related to the size of the rabbit. This is a large animal with an elongated body and a massive chest with a girth up to 40 cm. The back is much wider than in other breeds. The paws are elongated and are at a greater distance than the classical rock. Nails are distinguished by a thin plate.
The ears are wide enough with curvatures, the length of the ears reaches 18 cm, which is a distinctive feature of rabbits relative to body size. In length, the body of a mature individual reaches 60 cm, which characterizes the thickness of this breed. The body of the animal is strong and muscular. The weight of a rabbit reaches 5 kg.
The breed is divided into classes, which are justified by the mass of the animal’s body. Rabbit of elite class reaches 6.5 kg by weight, and an animal weighing up to 5.5 kg refers to the first class. The female from the male can be distinguished by studying the shape of the head. The round skull of the male, the female has a more extended head.
The color of the eyes in rabbits of this breed is red and it is associated with the absence of coloring pigments in the pupil. This feature makes the pupil transparent and the blood vessels are translucent. Rabbits can be attributed to albinos, the apparent unhealthy appearance of the animal is absolutely not related to its physiological indices. A beginner farmer can easily scare away such an appearance. It happens that under this breed they sell one of the varieties of the “White giant” with opaque pupils.
The animal’s wool must be snow-white, complete absence of various spots. The coat is thick and soft, it resembles the fur of a chinchilla to the touch. These characteristics significantly raise the cost on the pelts of these animals. The main hair is rather dense, the downy undercoat provides sufficient softness. Skins are often used in the manufacture of various fur products.
The size of the skin is impressive, often the fur is painted in different colors, so natural white color is very practical for colorists. It is necessary to exclude individuals with abundant downy undercoat. For this breed, characteristic smooth-cut fur, a fluffy rabbit must be excluded.
Behavior of rabbits is calm, lack of aggression, they easily go to contact with a person. Often such a pet is planted as a pet, without being embarrassed by the significant size of a new friend. Today, a decorative version of this breed is produced for home maintenance. They are unnecessary to train, the animals are already practically tame. It is not recommended to show aggression towards such a domestic inhabitant, instinct will give a signal about protection, a rabbit will attack in response, which can result in injuries.
There is also an individual feature in the behavior of animals. A rabbit can often just freeze and do not move, which frightens the breeder. The animal can chaotically swing and look at one point. This behavior is peculiar to this type, so it’s not worth it.
Rabbits do not require special care and special content. They breed well and do not eat their offspring.
Rabbit breed “White giant”