Silver Fox

The Silver Fox is a rare breed of domestic rabbit developed by Walter B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio, and is bred for meat, show, and fur.  The Silver Fox breed was developed after 14 years of selective breeding and was the third breed to be developed in the United States. In 1925 the breed was accepted by the ARBA. The Silver Fox was originally the American Heavyweight Silver but the name was changed to Silver Fox in 1929. Today the Silver Fox is said to be one of the rarest rabbit breeds in America, and is considered critically endangered by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The Silver Fox is also recognized by the Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste, a catalog of U.S. foods in danger of extinction.

It is a large, docile breed. Senior bucks weigh 9-11 pounds and senior does 10-12 pounds. It is named for its dense fur which has white ticking and closely resembles the pelt of the Silver Fox. The fur of the Silver Fox rabbit is unique in that it is longer than what is commonly seen in domestic rabbit breeds, and does not flyback when stroked back from tail to head, it stands on end until stroked back into place. Currently only black Silver Foxes can be shown, but they come in a variety of colors, such as blue, chocolate, lilac, and more uncommon varieties are white and smoke pearl. Silver Foxes are known to be friendly, enjoy attention, handling, and are easy to pose.

Our Biggest Silver Fox Wins:

Best Opposite of Breed, 2014 ARBA National Convention

Photo by L. Fischbeck

Photo by L. Fischbeck

Reserve in Show, Summer 2013

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Our Original Herd:

 

Clockwise, from top left: Ceres (doe), Hermes (buck), Fennel (buck), Daisy (doe)

Clockwise, from top left: Ceres (doe), Hermes (buck), Daisy (doe), Fennel (buck)

Our Silver Fox herd originated out of Riverwind, Hillside, Rare Hare, and Collin’s lines. Thank you to Trinity Hallow for helping us start our Silver Fox herd!

One thought on “Silver Fox

  1. Jared Bliss February 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm Reply

    I am interested in finding 2 Silver Fox does and a buck for my kids 4H projects and to show.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Jared

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