Champagne d’Argent rabbit is a large rabbit breed that displays a commercially sized body that can be as heavy as 12 lbs. Matching its large frame is a broad shoulder, medium sized legs, and medium to large ears that is partially vertical. As with other rabbit breeds, Champagne d’Argent rabbits undergoes seasonal shedding. During this period, expect a lot of shed fur all over its cage or enclosure. You need to groom its coat twice a week to help get rid of molts. For non-shedding seasons, one a week brushing will be enough.
Behavior and Temperament
Champagne d’Argent rabbits are one of the most in demand rabbits because of their friendly and laid back behavior. While some rabbits are overly active, this breed is more passive and requires a little less outdoor exposure. However, it still demands a lot of human interaction to play and discover new things. It is also friendly to other rabbit breed as well as other animals. Its temperament is often described as a well-mannered rabbit that spends most of its time sleeping at a corner, but will spring into action when greeted by a human.
Because it is larger compared to most rabbit breeds, you can use a medium sized harness and tie around its neck when going outdoors. Just make sure that your pet feels comfortable and can still move freely.
When it comes to training, you will need more patience, time and effort with this breed. Potty training will be difficult but not impossible. One trick you can do is to use more than one litter box especially when your pet poops at several location. Put one in its cage and another one to the spot where it usually poops. By doing so, your friend will eventually understand where it must poop.
Rabbits spend most of their time playing with simple household objects given by their owner. Toys like empty tissue rolls are enough to keep a rabbit’s mind occupied. If you want more complex toys, choose from the many toys available at pet shops. These toys are specifically designed to keep up with rabbit’s curious mind.
Health and Care
A common health risk among rabbits is flystrike, which happens when flies burrow and infest rabbit’s coat. Flies are attracted to poops and droppings found in rabbit coating due to poor hygiene. These flies lay hundreds of eggs overtime. If untreated, flystrike results to extreme pain that more often lead to death.
To prevent flystrike condition, make sure that your pet’s cage or living environment is always clean and free from insects and flies. In addition, the cage must be made with galvanized steel with small divisions that will keep away other animals from entering. Training the ferret to poop and pee on a specific area on its cage away from its sleeping area is also a must.
Rabbit teeth naturally grows at a rate of one centimeter a month and designed to be slowly grinded by foods such as hay and grass. Hay and grass must be part of rabbit’s diet to prevent overgrown teeth, which occurs when the teeth grows beyond the healthy length. The results of overgrown teeth include extreme pain, locked jaws, and protruding teeth that may pierce the face. Rare cases of death by overgrown teeth have been reported in the past few years.
Regular coat grooming is also a must for this breed. Always look for signs of molting and scaling all over the body. Often inspect for signs of scaling in the ear area, where mite infestation commonly starts. If thick crust of skin is seen around the ear and head area, immediately bring to a veterinarian to prevent or treat mite issues.
History and Origin of the Champagne d’Argent Rabbit
The name Champagne d’Argent comes from Champagne, France, where these commercially sized rabbits were initially developed in the early 17th century. Also called the French Silvers in France, these rabbits quickly gained popularity and were exported in huge number to England. During the 1920’s, this rabbit breed was so popular in England and eventually given the name “Argente de Champagne”.
Champagne d’Argent rabbit were exported to America in 1912. After a few years, the breed’s color and appearance were improved, while the standard for its coating became soft and short.