From beginnings in Ghent, Belgium Continental Giants are found across Europe
The Continental Giant has been recognized in the United Kingdom by the British Rabbit Council for some time, however the breed is much older than that. In present times many European countries have well a well established number of breeders who work to maintain these giants to a particular standard. The US is now joining in advancing this giant breed while maintaining its rich heritage and well defined type.
The breed is comprised of rabbits from several geographies including:
Records indicate that the breed we know today likely began as a cross between the Steenkonijn (Stone Rabbit, aptly named as it was said to weigh as much as an old Belgian stone @ about 8.5 lbs) and a heritage European breed, the Patagonian.
Pre-dating the current BRC standards, the first written standards appeared in 1893 and they quickly made their way to regional fairs and livestock events. Due to their exceptional size and dense coat they were readily integrated for show, meat and fur.