Breeding and showing British Giant Rabbits is not easy, you need a lot room, large hutches and good breeding stock.
I have been breeding British Giant Rabbits for over twenty years. In this time the breed has improved to what it is today.
For the novice breeder the most important thing is finding good foundation stock. It is worth taking the time to read show reports in the Fur & Feather to see who is winning and judges write-up on the stock show. Once a short list of breeders is made, it pays to visit experienced breeders and listens to what they look for in youngsters the stock they have available before selecting your future breeding stock.
Once the breeding stock has been selected it is important to only breed from adult animals over eight months old totally settled into there surrounding.
It is important to remember you need a good alround balanced rabbit. The rabbit above is a 8 week old young doe. I find it is important to take a photograph and have a good look. Are the ears the carried correctly. Is the body shape right, is she long enough, is the body width correct, is the coat colour right, all these are questions we must ask ourselves when it comes to selecting youngsters. The rabbit above has been selected to show because she has a good long body without being narrow. Although in baby coat she appears to have the correct texture and density I am looking for. Her colour is correct at the moment, but it must be noted this may change slightly when she comes into her under 14 week coat.
The other qualities I personally look for in a youngster is boldness, it is no good have an outstanding rabbit, if the rabbit is too nervous to show itself properly.
The younster above is pictured at 8 weeks old on the 15th March 2002. I have choosen her as the ideal type I am looking for when selecting younsters for showing. She is very bold, lovely type and seems to have good coat qualities although i doubt whether she will be dark enough to get full points for colour.