The Argente Brun rabbit breed first appeared in the late 1800s in France but disappeared in the early 20th century. Interest was revitalized by H.D.H. Dowle who, from 1939 to 1941, worked to recreate these beautiful rabbits. Their signature silver frosted brown coat makes them an eye-catching breed to turn heads on a show floor. Their temperament is friendly and sweet if worked with at a young age. Mothering ability is excellent with an average litter size of around 8 kits. The breed is well-sized for meat production, reaching a mature weight of ideally 9 pounds.
The American Argente Brun Rabbit Club was formed in 2015 and the breed was accepted into the American Rabbit Breeders Association Standard of Perfection in 2016.
Photo courtesy of ARBA
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