Checkered Giant rabbit

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A mature Checkered Giant rabbit
(black variety)
A 3-month old Checkered Giant rabbit
(black variety)

The Checkered Giant is a breed of domestic rabbit that originated in France (Géant Papillon in French).[1] One of the largest rabbit breeds, the Checkered Giant is recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).[2]

The Checkered Giant is one of the minority of rabbit breeds with specific coat markings. The markings defined in the breed standard of the Checkered Giant[2] differ somewhat from those in the breed standard of the Giant Papillon.[3] For ARBA show purposes, a mature Checkered Giant buck must weigh a minimum of 11 pounds (5.0 kg), and a mature doe must weigh a minimum of 12 pounds (5.4 kg). ARBA does not specify a maximum weight for Checkered Giants.[2]


For the Checkered Giant, ARBA recognizes two varieties: Black ("white with black markings"), and Blue ("white with gray markings").[4] Each sex and variety is judged separately.

ARBA show weights of the Checkered Giant[2]
Category Age Minimum
Senior Does 8+ months old 12 lb (5.4 kg) [none specified]
Senior Bucks 8+ months old 11 lb (5.0 kg) [none specified]
Intermediate Does & Bucks 6-8 months old 9 lb (4.1 kg) [none specified]
Junior Does & Bucks 3-6 months old 6 lb (2.7 kg) [none specified]
Pre-Junior Does & Bucks <3 months old 4 lb (1.8 kg) 7 lb (3.2 kg)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitman, Bob D. (October 2004). Domestic Rabbits & Their Histories: Breeds of the World. Leawood KS: Leathers Publishing. ISBN 978-1585972753.
  2. ^ a b c d Standard of Perfection 2016-2020. American Rabbit Breeders Association. 2015. ASIN B018GVBJK4.
  3. ^ "Breed Standards 2016-2020" (PDF). British Rabbit Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 January 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  4. ^ "About [the Checkered Giant]". American Checkered Giant Rabbit Club. Retrieved 11 February 2018.

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