The Silver Fox rabbit is truly a “Made in America Breed”, infact it is the second one developed here, following the American Blue. Mr. W.B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio originated the Silver Fox rabbit using a self black Checkered Giant doe to the English Silvers. It is said that he worked on the development of the Silver Fox in both Black and Blue varieties for 14 years. The breed was accepted into the Standard of Perfection of the American Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association (ARBA) in 1925 at the Colorado Springs Convention as the “American Silver Giant”, however in 1929 the name was changed to what we know today as the Silver Fox.
The breed was near extinction for many years with very few fanciers keeping them, nor was there a specialty club to call their own. On August 31, 1971 the National Silver Fox Rabbit Club was issued a charter by the ARBA and included 18 dedicated fanciers of the breed.
True to Mr. Garland’s visions the Silver Fox rabbit is an outstanding dual purpose breed for – Food, Fancy and Fur. A large animal with Senior Bucks weighing in at 9 to 11 pounds and does at 10 to 12 pounds. The does are excellent mothers, produce plenty of milk and are known for their large litters. The fryers make market weight quickly and have the unique ability of a very high dress-out percentage of meat (65%). The beautiful fur, which is silvered all over is longer than normal, and when stroked backwards will remain in an upright position. The pelt should be evenly silvered throughout, not too heavy nor too light and does closely resembles the real Silver Foxes fur. Silver Fox rabbits are “Gently Giants”, love attention and are easily posed. Big and blocky, it is hard to keep your hands off them. Currently the Black Silver Fox is the only recognized color within the breed as the ARBA dropped the Blue variety some years back due to the lack of interest, however the Blue Silver Fox is making a steady comeback and are being presented to the ARBA Standards Committee for acceptance.
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Austin, December 13, 2011- A fuzzy bunny that leaps and runs through an agility course may seem like an anomaly. But if professional animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich gets her wish more and more people will start training their companion animals to do stupid pet tricks. These cute and often amusing behaviors are a step in the right direction towards getting pet owners to embrace positive reinforcement training techniques.