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Bleu D'Argent

Bleu D'Argent



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Breed Organizations

American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA)
Website: http://www.arba.net
The British Rabbit Council (BRC)
Website: http://www.thebrc.org
The House Rabbit Society
Website: http://www.rabbit.org

Native Country
France
Other Names
N/A
Fur Type
ARBA Registry Accepted:
Short
No
Ear Type
BRC Registry Accepted:
Upright
No

Breed Appearance
The Blue Argent Rabbit weighs between six and eight pounds. Its coat is given the effect of well-worn metal by the longer blue guard hairs, which are interspersed throughout the fur. This fur is of a whitish color that has the blue tint. The shade should be very even, with sleek blue guard hairs evenly interspersed- too may or too few will ruin the lovely effect of the coat. The Argent Bleu Rabbit's undercolor is carried down to the skin, and is a muted lavender color. The entire coat is sleek and flat and quite striking! The head, feet, and erect ears should be the same color as the stocky, compact body. Blue Argent Rabbits have graceful backs with a slight arching curve. The hindquarters, back, and shoulders of the Blue Argent Rabbit are strong and well developed. The loins are quite broad and the neck is almost nonexistent. Argent Bleu Rabbits also have very straight front legs with very fine bones.

Breed Description - The British Rabbit Council
Type: Compact and fairly cobby body, short neck, markedly broad and rounded loins with wide developed hind quarters. Front legs straight, short and fine bone. Ears short, proportionate in breadth, rounded and carried erect. Weight approximately kg. 2.72 (6lb)
Coat: Very dense, glossy, silky and lying close to the body. Desired length between 1.9cm - 2.54cm (3/4ins - 1ins)
Color: Undercolor lavender blue, body color bluish white, the whole evenly and moderately interspersed with longer dark blue hairs to give a distinct bluish effect when viewed from a distance. Eyes bold and blue, toenails colored.
Evenness: In adults the part forming the pelt and extremities to be of one shade throughout. For under five months exhibits any Lavender blue self coloring remaining on the head, ears, chest, nape and belly should not be penalised as moult.


History
The Blue Argent Rabbit is among the oldest breeds known since people first start to domesticate rabbits. This breed is known to have existed for over 400 years in the Champagne Province of France. It was first called the French Silver and it's silvery coat made its pelt highly desirable. Selective breeding of rabbits began in the Middle Ages, when they were first treated as domesticated farm animals. By the 16th century, several new breeds of different colors and sizes were being recorded. In the 19th century, as animal fancy in general began to emerge, rabbit fanciers began to sponsor rabbit exhibitions and fairs in Western Europe and the United States. Breeds were created and modified for the added purpose of exhibition, a departure from the breeds that had been created solely for food, fur, or wool. The rabbit's emergence as a household pet began during the Victorian era.

Domestic Rabbits have been popular in the United States since the late 19th century. The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) was founded in 1910 and is the national authority on rabbit raising and rabbit breeds having a uniform Standard of Perfection, registration and judging system. The domestic rabbit continues to be popular as a show animal and pet. Many thousand rabbit shows occur each year and are sanctioned in Canada and the United States by the ARBA. Today, the domesticated rabbit is the third most popular mammalian pet in Britain after dogs and cats.


Behavior
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.