Silver Fox Rabbits
Adult Size: Large (9-12 pounds/ 4.1-5.4 kilograms)
Conservation Priority (ALBC): Critical
The Silver Fox is considered the teddy bear of the commercial breed and is very well suited for meat breeding. It has a high dress out percentage (65%) of its live weight with a small boned carcass, does are excellent mothers with large litters, they have plenty of milk and they make excellent foster mothers. They are also gentle, easy to handle, like attention and have come to be known for their docile nature.
Their fur resembles the pelt of an Arctic silver fox: coarse, extremely dense and 1 ½ to 2 inches long. Kits are born either solid black or blue and silvering will start at 4 weeks, taking about 4 months to complete. They possess a type of fur that is referred to as the “no-fly-back” fur because unlike any other rabbit breed, when the fur is stroked backwards from tail to head, it will stand straight up until stroked in the opposite direction.
The breed is considered critically endangered and is not recognized in outside the U.S., although in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom there is a breed called Silver Fox, which is actually the same rabbit breed as the Silver Marten in America. The Silver Fox was the second truly American bred rabbit, next to the American Blue. Mr. W.B Garland developed the breed during the 1920’s in North Canton, OH.
The Silver Fox is a large breed with senior does weighing at 10-12 pounds and senior bucks at 9-12 pounds. Two of the most important features that you should take notice in a Silver Fox are their unusual long fur and their evenly silvery coat. The coat is longer than normal and coarser in texture.
What good about this breed is that it seems capable of adapting to any climate and even sudden changes in temperature. It doesn’t bother them at all. They were once on the verge of extinction but were successfully brought back. These days, efforts have been put to improve the type and increase their numbers.