- 0.1 What are Creme d’Argent Rabbits?
- 0.2 The origin and history
- 0.3 The appearance
- 0.4 Colors
- 0.5 The lifespan
- 0.6 The size
- 0.7 Fur coating
- 0.8 Behavior and Temperament
- 1 Creme d’Argent Rabbits as Pets
- 2 Final Thoughts
What are Creme d’Argent Rabbits?
Creme d’Argent Rabbits are a breed of rabbit that originated in France. They are known for their gorgeous silver coat and sweet demeanor.
Creme d’Argent Bunnies are very intelligent animals, which makes them great pets! These rabbits enjoy interacting with people and will learn to recognize their names within 3-4 weeks of being home.
Read on to find out more about Creme d’Argent Rabbits!
The origin and history
The Creme d’Argent Rabbit breed is a variety of rabbit that was first bred in France. However, the exact date and source are unknown.
In 1877, it was mentioned for the first time in an article from French newspaper “Le Progrès Agricole et Rural”.
The coloration is said to be due to mixed breeds between white Angora rabbits with silver-gray coats and black Harlequin rabbits – which were considered delicate at that point because they had some health issues, but more recently have been granted championship status by ARBA (American Rabbit Breeder Association).
Initially imported into New York state around 1920 as a pet or show animal, this smaller version has now become popular among American buyers thanks largely to its availability both online.
The physical characteristics of Creme d’Argent Rabbits include:
- their medium-sized body
- round head
- short muzzle and erect ears.
They have an inverted ‘V’ pattern on their dark brown or black outer fur coat that is said to be the result of Creme d’Argent Rabbits being bred from Silver Foxes.
The undercoat color can vary between grey, white, chestnut brown, cream-colored, and sometimes even reddish tones are present in some animals.
Creme d’Argent Bunnies also possess long limbs as well as a unique patterning around the eyes which is known as “lapping”.
The common colors of Creme d’Argent Rabbits include white, black, brown, and gray.
Creme d’Argent Rabbits are not just for show because the colors of their coat can help them to survive in colder climates.
The white color is thought to be a result of being bred with wild rabbits from Tibet that had white coats so it was easier to see against the snow.
The life expectancy of Creme d’Argent Rabbits is 7 – 9 years.
Creme d’Argent Rabbits are one of the larger breeds so they need more space.
They can grow to be anywhere from 13 inches tall on average (in their upright position) and weigh up to 15 pounds, with a maximum weight recorded at 18 lbs.
The Creme d’Argent bunny is a rabbit with short, rollback fur.
They don’t need regular grooming as rabbits tend to groom themselves, but if your furry friend has been shedding more than usual and you want that extra clean feeling, try giving them the occasional slicker brush!
A bath for these little guys should be avoided at all costs. It makes bunnies anxious which can mess up their heart rate levels.
If there’s excess dirt on your bun or bunny, just spot-clean it off using a damp cloth or towel.
Behavior and Temperament
Creme d’Argent Rabbits are usually shy and timid until they feel comfortable with their surroundings.
If a Creme d’Argent Rabbit is spooked or becomes frightened, it will often freeze in place or climb upon its owner’s lap for protection.
When interacting with other animals, the Creme d’Argent Rabbits may become aggressive.
At the same time, Creme d’Argent Rabbits are less sociable when compared to the other breeds of rabbits.
Most of the time, Creme d’Argent Rabbits appear as creatures who enjoy solitude.
Creme d’Argent Rabbits as Pets
Creme d’Argent bunnies are often kept as pets for their attractive coat and gentle nature. They make a great choice if you have the time to commit to caring for them properly.
If someone is looking at adding a Creme d’Argent bunny to his or her family, there are many things he or she will need to consider first:
- Space requirements like cages and pens
- Food options such as hay and pellets
- Water sources (bottles, bowls)
- Vet care
- Grooming needs
Cons of owning a Creme d’Argent Rabbit
Creme d’Argent rabbits do not take kindly to being handled roughly or when they’re in an unfamiliar place, so it’s important that anyone who wants one of these animals knows what they are getting into before taking on this responsibility.
They’re not considered to be a breed that is good for first-time rabbit owners. They can have strong personalities and may nip if they feel stressed or threatened in some way.
The lifespan of a Creme d’Argent Rabbit is usually around five years, but it could be shorter depending on the care given by its owner. It’s important to keep an eye out for any health concerns during this time period so you don’t lose your bunny too quickly!
Pros of owning a Creme d’Argent Rabbit
It has many unique and amazing qualities:
- The Creme d’Argent Rabbit is small and easily adaptable to any room size or environment because it can fit in a carrier that accommodates up to 15″ x 11″ x 9″.
- The Creme d’Argent Rabbit is gentle, kind, yet energetic enough to play endlessly without zoning out from boredom.
- They are friendly, playful, intelligent and litter box trained!
Health and Hygiene
Creme d’Argent bunnies are not typically a very healthy breed due to the inbreeding that has caused their body shape and skeletal structure.
They do have some physical characteristics that make them more prone to certain health issues, but because of how rare they are, it is hard for veterinarians and animal specialists who work with Creme d’Argent bunnies on what might happen when one comes into the clinic.
In general, caring for your rabbit means doing regular cleanings on their cage or container including removing any soiled litter or hay from inside.
Cleaning out cages every two weeks will also help keep bacteria at bay which can lead to infections if left alone for too long without disinfections.
As with all other rabbits, Creme D’Argent rabbits require a diet consisting of at least 70% hay.
The rest of their diet might consist mainly of hay or cabbage. Other types of common food would include pellets, leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables, but should include an assortment for the rabbit to enjoy throughout each day.
Be careful what kind you feed your rabbit as some leaves contain little vitamins while others are simply harmful like potatoes or watermelon which have too much sugar in them for our furry friends!
Do Creme D’Argent rabbits need cages?
Creme d’Argent rabbits do not need cages.
However, some people provide them with outdoor pens or indoor enclosures to keep their bunnies safely contained and safe from roaming cats and other animals.
Cages are not required for these types of rabbits, but they can be an option if you want a more secure bunny habitat (especially during the winter).
If you’re interested in having a pet but don’t want the hassle that comes with some animals, Creme d’Argent rabbits are one of the best and easiest pets you can have.
They’re small enough to be easy to care for yet large enough that they’re still fun to play with.
Plus, they’ll never ruin your furniture or chew on your shoes!