Age of the breed “Champagne” has more than four hundred years. Breeders appreciate the animals of this breed for the beauty of the fur of the shade of aged platinum and the high flavoring properties of meat.
Champagne is rightly called one of the oldest rabbit breeds. It was created in the territory of modern Portugal. In Russia, the breeders independently brought animals with a smoky-gray skin, which were quite large in size and a fast period of ripening of individuals. It is believed that it is the rabbits of the “champagne” breed that are most optimally adapted for breeding in the climatic latitudes of our country.
In addition to color, rabbits of the champagne breed are characterized by a strong build up of the carcass. Rabbits have champagne with a wide back part and powerful paws. The average weight of a rabbit is from four to six kilograms. At the same time the carcass of a rabbit is of short length, and the back is straight, a characteristic “hill” is missing, and in the rabbits of this breed there is a deep and broad chest, usually with a small podgrudkom. The skull is comparatively small, the ears are standing, proportional, round. The coat is thick enough, with a glossy tint.
The hairline of the shade is “golden” (silver-blue). A rare shade of rabbit skin is obtained by mixing the black and white coat and the blue fluff undercoat. Rabbits come in both a lighter, and a darker shade. Dark gray, almost black markings are present on the nose, ears, eye cavities, paws and tail. Paws, like ears, are proportional, strong and even. Eyes have a brown tinge.
Curious fact: rabbits of champagne breed appear in the light black, but in time their wool begins to lighten and by the half-year the “firm” silver shade is formed. If we talk about the commercial component of breeding this breed, then we should note the high profitability of breeding rabbits champagne.
Animals are well added in weight, they have valuable skin and meat with high taste qualities. Although this breed is often undeservedly ignored, giving preference to the New Zealand and Californian breed, which are most universal in the breeding and use of finished products (white fur is considered more functional). It is worth noting that, despite its universality, “New Zealanders” and “Californians” can not boast such an active set of weight, which is “champagne”. So, the rabbit of this breed weighs two to three kilograms already in two months.
Fertility of the uterus is from four to seven rabbits per one district. Rabbit breed champagne can become a wonderful pet. Often people start these rabbits as pets because “champagne” not only visually looks much more interesting than ordinary white or black rabbit, but also has a soft, calm temperament, gets along well with children and other animals in the house, is subject to training and is suitable for apartment maintenance.
Unlike other breeds that are prone to melancholy and even aggression, champagnes are friendly and enjoy spending time with their host company.
Rabbits of the breed “Champagne”