a breed of rabbit raised for its meat and pelt. Developed in India, the rabbit was named for the French province of Champagne, where the breed was improved. Adult rabbits weigh 3.7–4.0 kg; young rabbits at four months weigh 2 kg. A litter consists of six or seven young. The pelt is thick and silvery. The tip of the snout and the ears are dark silver. The rabbits are black at birth, acquiring their adult coloration at the age of five or six months. They fatten rapidly and yield a high-quality carcass. The rabbits are bred in France, Austria, Great Britain, the USA, and other countries. In the USSR they were bred prior to the development of the silver rabbit.