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Blanc de Termonde: Facts, Lifespan, Behavior & Care Guide (with Pictures)

Ashley Bates

May 28, 2021

The Blanc de Termonde is a lovely, large albino rabbit that is an easy-going fellow. These bunnies are sold as meat rabbits in many circumstances, but they make equally excellent family friends. These snow-white bunnies are laidback and easy to handle, but be mindful of those mighty hind kickers.

Not matter if your child is looking for a furry pal, or you plan to raise your own meat—the Blanc de Termonde is a fabulous choice. Let’s learn a little bit about how to care for these critters.

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Quick Facts about Blanc de Termonde

Species Name: Oryctolagus cuniculus
Family: Leporidae
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Docile, playful
Color Form: Albino
Lifespan: 7-10 years
Size: 8-12 pounds
Diet: Herbivore
Minimum Enclosure Size: 24” x 24”
Cage Setup: Completely enclosed single or multi-level
Compatibility: High

Blanc de Termonde Overview

Blanc de Termonde rabbits are considered a very rare breed from Belgium. Breeders developed this rabbit by crossing the Flemish Giant and Beveren. It created a heavy meat rabbit. They wound up being ideal for meat supply trades due to their large size and muscly builds.

Over time, owners realized how docile and attractive they could be as pets, too. They are a breed recognized by the British Rabbit Council (BRC) and the American Rabbit Council (ARBA.)

close up blanc de termonde
Image Credit: Suresh.Dhadve, Shutterstock

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How Much Do Blanc de Termonde Cost?

Since Blanc de Termonde rabbits are so rare, you might have trouble finding one. These rabbits had a pretty strong popularity hold in the 1900s, but since then, newer breeds have moved in.

If you’re lucky enough to find Blanc de Termonde bunnies, you might pay upward of $60 per rabbit.

Typical Behavior & Temperament

Even though these rabbits weren’t for companion animals originally, but they have gained traction over the years as pets. They are curious and have even temperaments, making them decent pets for people of all ages.

Even though these rabbits are generally calm, they might not be the best for entirely inexperienced owners. These rabbits have an extremely powerful kick, which can harm someone that doesn’t know how to restrain them adequately.

Appearance & Varieties

Blanc de Termonde rabbits have an incredibly distinct look which sets them apart from the rest. They are entirely albino, sporting an all-white coat and claws. Their eyes should always be clear ruby with a dull, fading pink bordering each eyelid.

Females usually have narrower heads than males. Bucks have a more rounded skull.

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How to Take Care of Blanc de Termonde

Even though these rabbits are generally easy to care for, you still need to know how to do the basics. You just need the right type of environment, food supply, and setup.

Habitat, Cage Conditions & Setup

Cage 

Blanc de Termonde rabbits are relatively large rabbits. They need a cage that is at least four times their body size. You must also take into consideration that you will likely have more than one of these rabbits. The amount of space they have to move around freely should match their numbers and size.

Outdoor/Indoor

Because this breed can be for companionship or meet, you can keep these rabbits inside or outside. If you have an outdoor hutch, they fare fine with metal wire flooring. They are a bit more energetic than some other breeds, so having multi-levels in their cages helps them burn off a bit of steam in between for time sessions.

Friends

Your Blanc de Termonde will need a playmate or two. These are incredibly social creatures who need companionship. While human friends can be fun, they need a mate who speaks their own language—never have a solo bunny.

Supplies

Your rabbit is going to need a few different things for care and entertainment. You’ll need to get them cozy hides to nest in. You’ll also need to buy things like water bottles and food dishes. Rabbits need to file their teeth, so having lots of wooden objects or old paper towel rolls encourages healthy chewing.

Bedding 

There is a lot of freedom when it comes to bedding for your rabbits. If you have your rabbits litter trained, you can use fleece linen or recycled bedding for your rabbits. Beware of certain kinds of wood shading such as pine or cedar as they have toxins, and they can be lethal to rabbits.

Toys

These rabbits are decently playful and like to keep busy—toys of many textures, tastes, and functions to keep your rabbits active and engaged.

Do Blanc de Termonde Rabbits Get Along with Other Pets?

Blanc de Termonde rabbits can get along well with other household pets. They are good enough size that cats wouldn’t mess with them as prey animals. If the family dog was friendly enough, they could even become good friends.

That does not mean that every situation is this way. No matter how friendly a situation seems, you must always supervise your rabbit and larger pets’ interactions.

You should never pair different species together, such as rabbits with other small animals, like chinchillas, guinea pigs, or rats. These animals are not compatible with one another in a cage environment.

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What to Feed Your Blanc de Termonde

Once you learn about your basics for a well-rounded rabbit diet, the rest is a cakewalk. Your rabbit is an herbivore, which means they benefit from a commercial diet of proportionate nutrients in crunchy veggies, seeds, and grains.

You can give your rabbits fresh leafy greens and veggies. However, do be careful of starchy veggies and fruits because of the sugar content.

A Blanc de Termonde needs a fresh supply of water available to them at all times.

Keeping Your Blanc de Termonde Healthy

Your rabbit’s health is of vital importance. One might think that getting a rabbit is a cheap and easy process, but there’s a lot of work involved. This includes vet visits and emergency trips that you should anticipate.

Common issues seen in the Blanc de Termonde breed are:

  • Spinal injury—because of the size of the Blanc de Termonde, mishandling can lead to back injuries.
  • Flystrike—when your rabbit’s cage is dirty or damp, it might attract flies. These flies lay eggs on the rabbit, which hatch into maggots. The maggots feed on the rabbits, which is incredibly painful and highly dangerous.
  • Uterine cancer—unaltered females might develop uterine cancer if you don’t fix them.
  • Parasites—your Blanc de Termonde will need to have regular flea and tick treatment.

Rabbits need vaccinations annually, as they will protect them from illness and disease. Examinations can help determine if there is an underlying illness or pre-existing conditions.

Breeding

Rabbits have short gestations, so they can get pregnant more than once a year. But that doesn’t mean they should have a litter per heat cycle. Too many pregnancies can have ill effects on your females.

Rabbits can breed again almost immediately after birth, so make sure to separate the parents. The mother should have a comfortable nesting area that is free of any noise or chaos.

Blanc de Termonde rabbits usually have five to eight babies per litter.

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Are Blanc de Termonde Suitable For You?

The Blanc de Termonde is a stunning specimen with solid white bodies and gentle pink eyes. They are very large, so they would be perfect for raising as meat rabbits—if you want to go that route.

However, now you know that they can make equally fabulous companion animals. They like having friends, too. So, make sure they have another bunny friend to play with—nothing outside of the species.


Featured Image Credit: Suresh.Dhadve, Shutterstock

Ashley Bates

Ashley Bates is a freelance dog writer and pet enthusiast who is currently studying the art of animal therapy. A mother to four human children— and 23 furry and feathery kids, too – Ashley volunteers at local shelters, advocates for animal well-being, and rescues every creature she finds. Her mission is to create awareness, education, and entertainment about pets to prevent homelessness. Her specialties are cats and dogs.