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Argente de Champagne

Argente de Champagne

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Breed Organizations

American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA)
The British Rabbit Council (BRC)
The House Rabbit Society

Native Country
Other Names
Argente Champagne, Champagne D'Argent
Fur Type
ARBA Registry Accepted:
Ear Type
BRC Registry Accepted:

Breed Appearance
The Argente rabbit is one of the oldest breeds of French show rabbits. The British Rabbit Council recognises five colours of Argentes: Bleu, Brun, Creme, Champagne and Noir, while the American Rabbit Breeders Association recognises only Creme and Champagne. At birth, Argentes are of a solid color, with adult coloring beginning to show around four months of age. They are known as excellent pets due to their good nature. Argente rabbits are small and neat with well-developed hind quarters and slightly arched backs. Extremes of cobbiness or raciness are undesirable in shows. With broad heads and straight front legs, they are short and fine in bone.

Breed Description - The British Rabbit Counsel
Type & Weight: The body to have a cylindrical appearance of moderate length with a slightly arched back, rising from the shoulder to a high point over the hip bones, tapering off to well developed hind quarters, avoiding extremes of cobbiness or raciness. The head to be broad in the buck, a little finer in the doe, slightly concave in shape. The ears to be well furred, slightly rounded at the tips, carried erect, length in proportion to the body. The front legs to be strong in bone and very straight. No dewlaps in bucks, excessive dewlaps in does a fault. Weight 4.536kg (10 lb)
Coat: To be 3-3.5cm (1.1/4-1.3/8in) length, very dense, lustrous and glossy offering good resistance to the touch though avoiding harshness and lying loose rather than close to the body.
Color: The main body to be bluish white in the adult, interspersed with longer jet black guard hairs to bring out the shade termed Old Silver when viewed from a distance. The ears, nose and muzzle may be a slightly darker shade. The belly and underside of the tail more matte. Undercolor to be dark slate blue extended down to the base of the hair shaft. A blackish delimitation band immediately under the top colour is permissible. Eyes bold and brown, toe nails dark brown. For under five months exhibits any black self coloring remaining on the head, ears, chest, nape and belly should not be penalized as moult.
Evenness: In adults the part forming the pelt to be of one shade throughout with the black guard hairs evenly distributed and approximately 3mm (1/8in) apart.

The Creme D'Argent originated in France in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, where they were quite popular for their unusual fur. In the 1920s and 30's, Creme d'Argents were exported to the United States from France, Germany and England. (The first rabbits of the breed were brought to this country in 1924 or shortly before.) Although the breed struggled at first, their lovely coloration appealed to American fanciers. Today, the Creme d'Argent is a rare breed. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, an organization devoted to breed preservation, lists the Creme d'Argent on its "Watch" list. At the time of this writing, fewer than 100 Creme d'Argents are registered every year in the United States. Only 43 animals were shown at the 2006 ARBA National Convention & Show.

Rabbits can make good pets for younger children when proper parental supervision is provided. As prey animals, rabbits are alert, timid creatures that startle fairly easily. They have fragile bones, especially in their backs, that require support on the belly and bottom when picked up. Older children and teenagers usually have the maturity required to care for a rabbit. Rabbits may grunt, lunge and even bite or scratch. Usually they do not bite hard enough to break skin. Rabbits become aggressive when they feel threatened or are cornered.