The Creme D Argent rabbit (scientific name Oryctolagus Cuniculus) is a large size rabbit with an average adult weight of about 4.3 kilograms. The very sound of its name suggests that it is from France – and it in fact is.
It has a medium length and strong round body, medium length head with short neck, upright ears, big bright eyes, with short fur. The large eyes at the side of the head is so big giving the Crème with almost 360 degrees vision, except for a small blind spot in the most awkward location – right in front of their nose!
The name Creme D Argent rabbit loosely translates in English as cream silver, which is how its adult color can be described. Its bright orange undertone looks silver with the creamy-white top coat which light color becomes more significant as it grows older.
Most rabbits retain their coat color from young to adulthood, but the Crème D’Argent does not. Its color lightens as it grows older, from the bright orange when young to silvery orange at the latter part of its life. The only other rabbit breed known to exhibit such change in color as it grows old is the Champagne D’Argent. Its average lifespan is from five to eight years, but it reaching 10 years old is not unusual.
Personality and Temperament
The Crème D’Argent is a very social rabbit which is why it is best kept in pairs for companionship purpose. This brings happiness and actually attributes to longer life. But the pairing should be carefully set so as to prevent any unwanted breeding or fighting. This is commonly done by pairing a desexed male with a female or pairing two desexed males. Two males or two females when put together generally ends up to fighting as they are instinctively territorial.
As to its relationship with people, a Crème D’Argent is a very sweet rabbit that loves lots of attention making it an ideal pet and good also for shows. Some aggressive behavior is noted particularly with the female, but it is negligible compared to its beauty and mostly docile and friendly attitude.
It is playful and can get along well with children and other pets specially if owned from a young age though its large size may be not suitable for very small children. It produces 5 to 8 kits per litter and is known as a good mother.
And like most rabbits, they love chewing things up which they naturally do to keep their ever growing teeth in check. So do not let things you do not want to get chewed within the reach of this cute rabbit. Some empty toilet paper rolls can be given as toy to satisfy their chewing instinct.
Health and Care
Although known to be calm and relaxed, care should still be taken when approaching and handling it to avoid panic attack that may cause injury due to excessive struggling.
It loves fresh food composed of a variety of leafy vegetables and grass. But care is needed to ensure that what is fed is free from harmful chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers. Access to clean drinking water is essential for its health but bathing is discouraged. It prefers self-grooming.
Playtime is an important part of a Crème D’Argent’s life. It is ideal to let it out of its cage every once in a while to let it enjoy sunlight and fresh air.
The cage should be kept clean using vinegar or other natural cleaner, to prevent formation and spread of disease. Bathroom cleaner and other cleaning chemicals may be harmful and should not be used.
History and Background of Creme D Argent Rabbit
The Crème D’Argent originated in France in late 1800s and was then sought for as a source of fur for clothing fashion. When introduced in America in the 1920s, it was turned into a meat breed by crossbreeding with other breeds.
It is believed to be a variety of Champagne D’Argent, owing to their physical resemblance, with the Creme D Argent rabbit appearing like a smaller version. They also share the uncommon characteristic of changing color as they grow older.
Today, the Crème D’Argent is a very rare breed but showing a bit of recovery. Its small population is confined mainly in the US and the UK.