Once known as the French Silver, these are one of the oldest of the French show rabbits, and are great sources of meat as well. Slightly arched backs and shorter rounder ears characterize them. Kittens are born solid black, but start to show variation at around 4 months. Their coloring is a slate blue shade with darker blue underbelly and around the ears and mouth. Some varieties also have a touch of color around the eyes with a trail from the eyes to the mouth.
These are great natured rabbits and are often used as pets. They are small boned rabbits, but range in weight from 8-12 lbs. Litters average 8 kittens.