This breed originated for Belgium in the early 18th Century and is now found in many parts of the world.
It is characterized by its athletic body, long agile legs and big ears and is actually a breed of rabbit rather than a hare. Their characteristics have developed through many years of selective breeding so they resemble the wild hare.
They have a lively temperament and are one of the most intelligent and energetic breeds of rabbit.
The most common colour of the Belgian Hare is a rich deep chestnut colour, but others include black and black and tan.
Lifespan – 10 years (captivity)
IUCN Conservation Status – Domesticated