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The Silver Fox rabbit is the third breed developed in the United States. It was created by Walter B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio. The Silver Fox is truly a multi-purpose breed, raised for meat and fur. The breed was recognized and a standard approved in 1925 under the name American Heavyweight Silver. In 1929 the name was changed to the American Silver Fox and later to Silver Fox. The breed has always been recognized in two varieties - blue and black. During the 1970s, however, the blues were dropped from the American Rabbit Breeders Association standards due to lack of numbers being shown.
The genetic make-up of the breed has never been divulged. What is known is that Garland was one of America’s earliest breeders of the Checkered Giant breed and kept Champagne D’ Argents as well. Crosses in more recent years using Champagne D’ Argents with self-colored rabbits have produced reasonably nice examples of a Silver Fox type rabbit. It is likely that Garland used self-colored Checkered Giants for the very large size; Champagne D’ Argents for the silvering, fur length, and meat qualities; and perhaps an infusion of American Blue to improve on the meat producing qualities and the blue color.
The Silver Fox is a beautiful rabbit, which stands apart from other breeds. It was the first large breed produced that dressed out at 65% of its live weight. 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 reaching 12 pounds as adults. The breed is not recognized in other countries, 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.
K-D's Goose - Sr. Buck - dob April 28, 2012
Riverwind's Elijah - Sr. Buck - dob July 5, 2012
The following statement are words to live by. They were written by a wonderful, respected and truly nice women who has been raising Silver Fox for approximately 15 years. She has beautiful animals and I am proud to own some of her stock. Thank you Jo Mladjenovich - Cute Buns Rabbitry - for helping us along out way in this exiting world of rabbits. I hope one day you will look back and be proud to have been our mentor!!
You are a breeder. You have a responsibility for what you do, and what you produce. My mother always told me that anything worth doing is worth doing well. If you are a breeder, do it well. If you want to make big money on a hobby, this is not the hobby for you. Take responsibility for what you produce. Do your research, buy a Standard of Perfection, READ RABBIT BOOKS, know your breed, before you start selling them to people who probably know less than you. Be prepared to educate your buyers. Answer their questions, let them know where you found your resource materials. Don't sell junk. To be able to know whether you're producing junk or not, you have to know your "product". Avon, Tupperware, Stanley products don't send salespeople out without training them. This might mean you must invest some money in attending rabbit shows. Learn how to evaluate your rabbits and be honest in your evaluations. There is no shortcut to quality. The best herds are culled, not bred. Everything you produce will not be saleable as show or production stock. Everything you sell is now out there producing more Silver Fox. Think long and hard about this. You are responsible for everything you sell... everything you sell can end up in the gene pool of this breed... your name and reputation, as well as the name and reputation of all Silver Fox breeders hangs on the quality of what you put out there. Even if you don't care about this, I do... and so do many others who see our animals as a way of saving, and improving the breed. Don't screw it up for the rest of us. Think about what you are doing, and consider your impact on the breed. If you aren't trying to improve things for the breed, move on to something else... I would rather have a few SF breeders doing things well and ethically than a bunch of them screwing stuff up and walking away when they tire of the challenges. Don't sell rabbits who are unworthy of sale. I get tired of cleaning up other people's messes... and there are other responsible breeders who feel the same way. Telling a 10 year old who saved their money, bought what they thought were well bred rabbits, and then had problems that "Life is tough" just doesn't cut it in my book. Mess with kids, and you'll have to deal with me. Money isn't everything. If you're doing it right, this isn't a hobby that you will break even with for most people. You will eat a lot of rabbit. You will donate a lot of rabbit meat for charitable causes. You will cull heavily, and sell few... but it will take years for you to begin to recoup even your original investment. If making money or breaking even is important to you, line up meat buyers before you breed your first pair. Don't end up with multiple 12 week old litters, (aka feed vacuums), no buyers, and wonder why you can't sell them for what you paid for yours. It takes years to establish a good reputation. Until you do that, you won't be selling expensive rabbits. Unfortunately now with the internet, there are people out there who are very gifted at tooting their own horns and telling everyone how wonderful their stock is, and why you should buy it. The best breeders don't have to do this, so be very suspicious when you read someone's glowing description of their animals. Let's put more time into research and development of a superior line of Silver Fox rabbits. Let's consider the future of this breed. Let's all make a promise as a group to sell to responsible buyers, and sell a superior product. Let's make sure that future Silver Fox breeders look up to our generation of breeders... not mumble curses under their breath when they think of what we did to this breed.
SR's Falcon - Buck - dob January 11, 2013
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K-D's Phil - Buck - dob Dec 12, 2012
Kilrodyn's Emerald (Emmy) - Doe - dob Oct 30, 2012
Kilrodyn's Traditions (Tad) - Buck - dob October 8, 2012
Riverwind's Diamond Rio (Starbright) - Doe - dob December 26, 2012
K-D's Missy - Doe - May 18, 2013
K-D's Luke Skywalker - Buck - dob Oct 30, 2013
SR's Gotcha - Doe - dob November 30, 2013
Miss Maggie's Lena - Doe - dob Oct 17, 2013
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