Champagne d’Argent

The Argente rabbit is one of the oldest breeds of French show rabbits. The American Rabbit Breeders Association recognizes Creme and Champagne colors. 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 large (averaging 10 lbs.), neat, and cautious rabbits 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. (Wikipedia)

Our Herd:

Champagne d'Argent bucks: Bucky, Mister, Little Prince, Jester

Champagne d’Argent bucks: Bucky, Mister, Little Prince, Jester

 

Champagne d'Argent does: Duchess, Silver Bell

Champagne d’Argent does: Duchess, Silver Bell

Duchess, doe.

 

Mistress, 2 month old doe, "silvering" out!

Mister, 2 month old buck, “silvering” out!

Mister was very well-received by judges Feb. 2013. We are all looking forward to seeing him as he fills out!

Bucky, buck.

Bucky, buck.

Bucky won Best of Breed Feb 2013! He has been noted for having a great type and excellent fur quality.

Our Champagne d’Argent are out of Moore and Fisher lines. Thank you to Sky Island Livestock, LLC, Trinity Hallow, and Timber Knoll Rabbitry for helping us start our Champagne d’Argent herd!

Another great Champagne d’Argent breeder: JC Bunny Ranch, Illinois

20 thoughts on “Champagne d’Argent

  1. jerry fisher December 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm Reply

    Is that your only champagnes,
    we only raise champagnes.

    • madhatrabbits December 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm Reply

      So far that’s our herd! We have Duchess and Bucky, then one more baby we’re 99% sure is a doe we’ve named Mistress.

    • Beth March 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm Reply

      Where are you located?

      • madhatrabbits March 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        We are in Flagstaff, AZ

  2. Kate April 14, 2013 at 6:42 am Reply

    I am looking at D’Argents for meat production, but have friends interested in fiber as well. When they first came to the US they had longer coats, Are there breeders that still look for that quality – have they ever been used for fiber production? Could you with their coat length today? Thank you!!

    • madhatrabbits April 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm Reply

      I don’t know exactly how much length you need for fur production, but Champagnes are less than an inch in hair length so I would imagine it would be hard to spin with it!

  3. Czar's Farm April 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm Reply

    You have 2 does and 4 bucks. When will you be breeding them again? Will you be breeding them so the 2 does will have litters at the same time? Will they be bred to different bucks? How much would 2 does and 2 bucks cost? Thanks Sam

  4. Evan Wimberley June 14, 2013 at 8:25 am Reply

    Are these bunny more dominant in being pets or more used for meat

    • madhatrabbits June 14, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply

      Probably for meat as they were designed and bred to hit 5 lbs by 10 weeks on a minimum amount of food.

      Our champagnes range in attitude from being affectionate to decidedly standoffish. Just depends on the rabbit!

  5. Evan Wimberley June 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm Reply

    Thanks:)
    I bought one about a month ago with my mom and sister.we named her Clover and she’s doing great:)

    • madhatrabbits June 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm Reply

      Great! I love to hear that people are enjoying the breed! Is she what you expected?

  6. Kaya November 12, 2013 at 11:25 am Reply

    how much do these rabbits cost?

    • madhatrabbits November 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm Reply

      It depends on the rabbit. We range between $45-$75/rabbit depending on pedigree, conformity, proven breeding ability, etc.

  7. Brandy Billington January 6, 2014 at 11:51 am Reply

    Looking to start in meat rabbits for me and my dogs. I was recommended to try these due to the size and bone to meat ratios. Do you think you have any available for sale in about 3-6mos? I was thinking 1 buck and 2 does to start. Also was looking for high quality food recommendations that are found in this area or can be purchased online for minimal shipping.

  8. Radu January 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm Reply

    I am looking for a pair too if it is possible.

  9. Melissa October 12, 2014 at 8:42 am Reply

    Do you ship rabbits? We are in Texas and my kiddo would like to raise some champagnes for 4-H? We are having a hard time finding them here.

    • madhatrabbits October 12, 2014 at 10:09 am Reply

      We haven’t “shipped” by air, but often send rabbits via car. The national convention is in Ft Worth in three weeks – I bet you could find lots of any type of rabbit you want there!

  10. Halfpinthomestead January 7, 2016 at 10:24 am Reply

    Hi. I’m creating an eCourse on Raising Urban Livestock and would like permission to use a photo of one of your beautiful rabbits. I will credit the photo with your website. sherry@half-pinthomestead.com

  11. Mikhail April 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm Reply

    Who can I call to get a pedigree on my buck he has a tatto but no papers

    • madhatrabbits May 2, 2016 at 8:19 am Reply

      Try the Champagne d’Argent facebook page! Post the tattoo number and see if anyone can recognize it.

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