Argente Rabbit

The Argente Rabbit is an old French rabbit breed whose size varies accordingly to its colour.

Size and weight of the Argente rabbit

The Bleu, Brun, St Hubert and Noir weigh around 2.7 kgs

The Creme weighs around 2.25 kgs

The Champagne weighs around 3.6 kgs (and is classed as a large rabbit)

Colour varieties of the Argente rabbit

The Argente rabbit is recognised in six colours and markings in the UK:

  • Bleu - a blue/grey, with roundish short ears and blue eyes.
  • Brun - brown with roundish short ears and brown eyes.
  • Creme - creamy white hair tips with an orange under-colour closer to the skin.
  • Champagne - a silver colour with a dark slate under-colour near the skin. Longer black guard hairs all over the body give the rabbit a silver look from a distance.
  • Noir - a dark silver with deep blue under-colour near the skin and brown eyes.
  • St Hubert - a dark slate blue under-colour, followed by orange, chestnut and then cream moving up the hair shaft.

Country of origin

The Argente rabbit was developed in France in the 17th century.

Argente rabbit breed introduction and overview

The Argente rabbit descended from an old French breed from which today’s colour variations have been bred. In all cases the coat is short, dense and glossy. The smaller varieties are compact and neat, the Champagne, though larger is still a compact and neat rabbit.

Habitat and feeding requirements of the Argente rabbit

As with all rabbits, whatever their size, this breed needs plenty of space to move around and exercise and a hutch that is large enough for it to stretch to its full height and length in all directions. Even a house Argente rabbit should have the opportunity to have a good run and explore in a safe place outside.

Feed a standard rabbit diet to ensure good digestion, avoid obesity and give proper wear on the rabbit’s continually growing teeth.

Does the Argente rabbit make a good pet for smaller children?

Despite their ‘cute’ appearance rabbits are not ideal for very small children to handle unless they are closely supervised by adults. Rabbits should be socialised from an early age, youngsters should be taught how to hold a rabbit properly, so that it feels secure.

If any rabbit becomes frightened, the rabbit’s desire to escape means that its powerful back legs can injure the human handler and can cause the rabbit to be dropped and injure itself. This is a big rabbit and is proportionally quite powerful.

These rabbits are docile and sweet natured and enjoy receiving attention so would be fine with younger pet lovers who are gentle.

Always keep your rabbits away from family dogs and cats who may pose a threat to your rabbits. Even where pets ‘get on’, they should be supervised when together and you should ensure that your rabbit is not stressed by being exposed to other pets or people.

Grooming requirements of the Argente rabbit

The short, but rich and glossy coat needs a good brush at least once a week more during moulting. Additionally, as rabbits’ teeth keep growing throughout their lives, eating the right food will help to keep the teeth properly ground down, but you do need to check, on a frequent basis, that this is happening properly, or your pet may need to have its teeth ground down by the vet.

Health issues in the Argente rabbit

The Argente rabbit is a reasonably healthy breed being not to large nor too tiny and with average length fur. As with all rabbits  however, check that its bottom is clean of any debris and is kept dry to avoid the danger of flystrike. Keep the rabbit at the correct weight so that it can move easily to groom itself.

Teeth and also toe nails should be checked frequently to ensure they are not growing too long.

Female rabbits should be neutered if you do not intend to breed from them to avoid cancers in later life. Males will become less aggressive if neutered too.

As with all pedigree pets, it is very important to obtain a young rabbit or rabbit kit from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding any inherent problems found in the breed.

Average lifespan of the Argente rabbit

A healthy Argente rabbit can expect to live between 7 – 10 years and sometimes longer.

Estimating how much it will cost to keep your Argente rabbit

Expect to pay around £50 for a pedigree Argente rabbit. Be aware that these rabbits can be quite hard to come by.

While the initial cost of a pedigree rabbit may seem very low compared to pure bred dogs or even cats, the costs of the following items and procedures make the cost of owning a rabbit mount up:

  • Buying a sufficiently large hutch and run
  • Specialised feeding and bedding
  • Annual inoculations
  • Neutering
  • On-going dental care
  • Insurance

Rabbits should also be kept in pairs. It is estimated that two rabbits together could cost around £1800 a year throughout their lives (including the initial outlay). See our article on working out how much it costs to keep a rabbit.