A bored bunny.
This type of grey rabbit used to be well known to the inhabitants of Indre et Loire and by the early 1900s it had begun to be called le lapin gris de Touraine. They were raised for meat and fur, but although still common on farms in the area in the 1950s, by the end of the 20th century they had almost disappeared. It has just received official recognition as a breed, after a group of enthusiasts worked on saving the rabbit from extinction.
Showing the characteristic white collar.
Ideal Weight (poids) -- 3.75 kg to 4.5 kg.
Colour (couleur) -- light grey on the upper body, becoming white below. A white collar and white around the eyes.
Pelt (fourrure) -- the fur should be about 3 cm long.
Head (tête) -- should be slightly domed and roman nosed. The fur should be a bit darker in colour than the body.
Eyes (yeux) -- should be lively and blue-grey.
Ears (oreilles) -- should be velvety and well covered in fur at the base. The ideal length is 12 cm to 13.5 cm.
The rabbits are mainly raised in hutches (clapiers). Females have a gestation of 30 days and produce litters of 6 - 8 kits, sometimes 10. She will suckle the babies for 6 - 7 weeks. The rabbits eat grass and roots such as carrots and forage beets. When housed in hutches they also have lucerne hay and commercial granules. They are raised principally for their excellent, low fat meat.