The Silver Fox is the second oldest breed developed in America. It is considered a Heritage Breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
It was developed by W. B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio. The Silver Fox was bred to be a multi-purpose breed, raised for meat and fur. The Silver Fox was recognized and received standard approved in 1925 as the American Heavyweight Silver. In 1929 their name was changed to the American Silver Fox and later to Silver Fox.
The Silver Fox had always been recognized in two varieties - blue and black. But during the 1970s, the blues were dropped from the American Rabbit Breeders Association standards due to lack of numbers being shown. A number of breeders are working on restoring the Blue Variety, as well as developing a Chocolate Variety.
The Silver Fox is a beautiful rabbit. Does have large litters, produce plenty of milk, are excellent mothers, and make wonderful foster mothers. Silver Fox are known for their docile and gentle nature. The young are born either solid black or blue and begin to show silvering of their fur at about 4 weeks. The silvering process takes 4 months to complete. The fur is one of the most attractive and unusual features of the breed. It is extremely dense and 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length. When the fur is stroked from tail to head, it will stand straight up until stroked in the opposite direction. This trait is found in no other breed and greatly resembles the pelt of the silver fox of the Artic.
The Silver Fox is a large breed with bucks weighing up to 11 pounds and does weighing up to 12 pounds as adults. Their status according to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is "Critical".
Our breeding is strictly to prevent the loss of the genetic diversity this breed offers as well as to introduce them as great companion rabbits.
A young doe showing promising silvering
Litters are born solid black or blue
Eyes not open yet. A baby rabbit's eyes will open at 10-12 days of age.