Amazing Giant Rabbits a Metre High

Giant rabbits can grow up to a metre in height and weigh a massive 12kgs. They are getting bigger with each generation.

A few years ago there were stories about giant rabbits circulating around the internet and these were considered to be spoofs which were circulated via email just for the sake of it. Emails of this type are not uncommon.

How many people have received emails entitled: ‘Lead in lipstick’, ‘1600 pound man eating grizzly bear’, or ‘Poisonous camel spiders secretly inject venom’?

All these stories were untrue email hoaxes.

However, the tales of giant rabbits which have often been put into the same category are in fact true.

A German man has reared a giant rabbit which stands at one metre tall. The rabbit, named Herman, has ears which measure twenty one centimetres long. This is about the length of an average rabbit. At 7.7kgs, Herman is a giant, even for his own breed which normally weighs around 6kgs once fully grown.

Herman the Rabbit Weighs in at 7.7kgs.


Herman is housed in a specially built wooden hutch and eats more that 2kgs of food per day. His owner, Hans Wagner, from Berlin, says that Herman’s favorite treat is lettuce, but he also gets through a bale of hay every week. Vitamin pills also help to keep him healthy.

This German rabbit could be a world record holder but the Guinness World Records have stopped accepting entries for this category because of concern over people feed their rabbits too much in order to achieve a world record.

There are several contenders for the title including the current champion which is a French rabbit weighing just over 12 kgs and Bodmin, the Flemish Giant rabbit who was reared in Scotland and weighs in at 9kgs.

Bodmin’s owner, Michael Alford says that the rabbit can eat a whole cabbage, or cauliflower at one sitting and is still growing.

A common domestic rabbit can reach around 8 kgs at the most, but this is not usual. Most would weigh in at around 3 or 4 kgs once they are fully grown. However, Bodmin has a long way to go before he catches up with the current record holder.

If you receive emailed stories about record holding rabbits, grizzly bears, spiders, lipstick or anything else and you aren’t sure if they are true, you can often find them exposed on www.snopes.com.

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  1. lanne Says...

    On July 22, 2008 at 11:40 am

    WOW!! I had a rabbit eating in my veggie garden earlier in the season. I am sure glad it was not Herman!


  2. Glynis Says...

    On July 22, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    mmmm large families eat together in my village and rabbits that size over here in Cyprus would really make the pot, they love rabbit stifado…oh dear run rabbit run. what an amazing article Louie, thanks


  3. Sun Meilan Says...

    On July 22, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Scary! Wouldn’t fancy one of them in my garden…


  4. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On July 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Wooooh I am just as happy we dont have any of these in my neighborood. One that size would make several pots of stew, Glynis.


  5. R J Evans Says...

    On July 22, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    All I can say is “GOOD GOD!”

    Would Elmer Fudd have gone after one of these, I wonder?!?


  6. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On July 22, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Louie, they sure look cute and cuddly, but my grands/kids have hollow legs and can you imagine one of those hopping around your home?


  7. Dee Huff Says...

    On July 23, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Mind blowingly large. I should think those owners must have back problems from lifting up their pets!


  8. Rachel Faye Says...

    On July 23, 2008 at 4:25 am

    LOL… omg… what a giant!! It weights almost as much as my 4 year old girl!!!


  9. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On July 23, 2008 at 5:06 am

    I wouldn’t want those poking around in my garden. Imagine the man-sized holes they are capable of making.


  10. john hogg Says...

    On July 27, 2008 at 11:30 am

    i like rabbits as pets… are the rabbits pictured healthy at that weight.

    p.s clicked a couple of interesting ads.


  11. Darlene McFarlane Says...

    On August 9, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    We have a rabbit who runs around in our back yard. I thought he was big but-not after taking a look at these guys.

    Look at the size of the back feet on Herman, they are huge!


  12. Charlotte Says...

    On January 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Wow we have a have rabbit and I used to think that she was huge until I saw this article now she looks more like a kit in comparison to these big fellas but I hope she never gets THAT big because she eats enough now and weighs in 6kg I wonder how I’d pick her up?


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