Checkered Giant Rabbits

Learn more about the Checkered Giant Rabbit Breed. Discover cool facts, pictures, resources and find information about caring for Checkered Giant Rabbits.

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Checkered Giant Rabbit Breed Info

Checkered Giant Rabbit BreedRecognized colors: black and blue.

Size: 11+ pounds

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Checkered Giant Rabbit Information and History

It takes a special type of rabbit owner to raise Checkered Giants.  He (or she) must have spacious housing facilities, because these bunnies are not only big, but active.  He must have strong hands but a gentle touch in order to wrangle these rabbits.  He must welcome the challenge of raising a breed where a goodly percent of the offspring produced won’t even be show-colored.   And it sure helps if at the end of the day, the sight of a well-marked Checkered Giant striking a pose stirs him to deeply admire “The Rabbit Beautiful.”

At first glance, the “Checker” suggests a likeness to the English Spot breed.  True, both are full-arch breeds that are not posed on the show table, but run the length of it.  Agreed, they both display a spotted marking pattern caused by the broken gene.  And yes, they both have flyback coats.  But look more closely and there are “giant” differences between the breeds.

First, the Checkered Giant is much larger: having no maximum weight, but a minimum of 11 pounds for senior bucks and 12 pounds for senior does.  The English Spot weighs only 5-8 pounds and is therefore a 4-class breed, while the Checker is six-class.  English Spot breeders strive for an unbroken chain of spots from the cheek to the hip, while the Checkered Giant standard calls for two large patches of color on either side of the hindquarters.  Any spot on the shoulder is a disqualification.  Both breeds have a spine marking, but the Checker should have a straight line of color down the back, while the English Spot’s spine marking should be a jagged “herringbone” shape.  In both breeds, type and markings are of nearly equal importance.  However, the English Spot standard puts slightly more emphasis on the markings, and the Checker standard puts slightly more importance on body type.

The origin of the Checkered Giant is clouded, though it probably originated in France.  In the UK, the breed is slightly different in body type and markings, and called the Giant Papillion.  Papillion means butterfly, which refers to the marking on a Checker’s nose.  When you breed two correctly marked rabbits, some of the offspring will be solid colored, some will be mostly white rabbits called Charlies, and some will be marked.  Even a percentage of the marked off spring will not have spots in quite the right places for show.

Checkered Giant Rabbit Care

Here is a list of resources to help you care for your checkered giant rabbits…

Checkered Giant Rabbit Resources

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