Champagne d’Argent rabbits are one of the oldest rabbits breed from France, Argenté rabbit. The names of the Argenté refer to their color coat which is silver. British Rabbit Council (BRC) recognized six varieties of Argenté including Champagne d’Argent.
Champagne D’Argent rabbit came from Champagne, France. They are first developed before other rabbit been breed by French monastery monks in mid 16th century. the word Champagne refer to the region in France where the breed first developed. After development, the breed been acknowledged as the French Silver rabbit because of the silvery coat.
In 1920, the ‘Silver of Champagne’ rabbits have been exported to England in very large quantities and then BRC dubbed the breed as Argenté de Champagne. The first rabbits of the breed were brought to the US in 1924 or shortly before. Then, American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) dropped the Argente as Standard of Perfection in 1950s but most breeders these days just call the breed as Champagne.
Champagne d’Argent has a commercial body type which weigh about 9 to 12 lbs. Their big body are good for meat with full shoulders, deep hindquarters and ears that are not too short and not too long which usually stand on the halfway mark between their heads and their backs.
Next, their under color can be seen as dark slate blue with a bluish white color body. The elongated jet black hairs interspersed in their coat to portray a silvery tone if observed from a distance. However, those magnificent coat will go through molt season which usually in Spring and during that time, you need to frequently groomed them to perfection. Other time, they just need a weekly brush.
You should be aware that rabbit do not vomit like a cat when ingesting their own hair and that action can cause intestinal blockage which need an immediate treatment from a vet. Other than that, do not give your bunny friend a bath, as it may look harmless to you but for a rabbit that is very stressful and may result in their death.
- Weight: 4 to 6 kg
- Coat length: Short, thick and silky
- Color: Dark Slate Blue with Blueish White color body
- Pattern: None
Some owners reported that Champagne d’Argents do well with other pets such as cats and dogs as well as other rabbits. They also can be very sociable and affectionate. Most of the time the breed will act like a cat by taking a nap on the corner of your room, sit on your laundry, and greet you when you come back from work.
When they get excited, they will hop and run around happily. You can also equip them a medium-sized dog harness as they are large enough to wear one. Just like any rabbit, this one can be tough to train especially litter train. You need to be patient and give frequent rewards for every training you had with them.
- Lifespan: 7 to 9 years
- Active: Medium
- Intelligent: Medium
Champagne D’Argent rabbit is no more than a common domestic rabbit. You should considered taking it to the veterinarian especially this small sized rabbit, vigilance is what makes sure they get to live long and healthy lives. There are no cases of this breed had genetic diseases been reported but they still can suffer from other rabbit symptoms. Rabbit breeders have done more then they could to make this breed healthier and less genetic disease. Some of the illnesses seen in this breed is:
- Dental disease: Overgrown teeth, can change alignment of the mouth
- Parasite: Ear mites and worm
- Intestinal blockage: Ingest hair
- Spinal damage: Damaged from the force been applied by its hind legs or dropped
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