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Silver Fox Rabbit

By | Last Updated : 17th December 2019

The Silver Fox rabbit, famous for its ‘standing’ coat and gentle, docile personality, is a rare breed of large domestic rabbits produced by the North Canton-based breeder Walter B. Garland during the 1920s. A multi-purpose breed, the Silver Fox, is bred for its unique fur and as a show animal. It is likely that Walter Garland used Champagne D’Argents for their fur length and silver color  and crossed them with self-colored Checkered Giants for their large size and muscular body. The new rabbit breed was acknowledged and a working standard officially accepted by the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association in 1925. It was initially called American Heavyweight Silver, but its name was changed to Silver Fox in 1929.

Silver Fox Rabbit

The new rabbit breed was acknowledged and a working standard officially accepted by the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association in 1925. It was initially called American Heavyweight Silver, but its name was changed to Silver Fox in 1929.

Basic Information

How big do they get

Size

Large

Weight

Buck: 9-11 lbs, Doe: 10-12 lbs

Height

About 20 inches

Width

Approx. 18-20 inches

What do they look like

Fur Type

1.5-2 inches long, incredibly dense, upright, and lustrous

Ear Type

Medium in length, standing erect

Color

Black Silver Fox Rabbit

Blue Silver Fox Rabbit

Chocolate Silver Fox Rabbit

Lilac Silver Fox Rabbit

White Silver Fox Rabbit

Care Level

Low

High

Wash its cage and accessories using hot water and a little bit of vinegar to remove tough stains and urine deposits.

Cage Size

A cage with dimensions 36 X 30 inches, with a height of about 22 inches; a larger cage is required if you keep them in groups. If it spends most of the time outdoors, wooden enclosures with a fenced bottom and a ramp will help keep it safe from predators.

Diet

Hay grass (comprising 70% of its diet), pellets (about 1/4 to 1/2 cups per day), 2-3 cups of fresh vegetables and fruits (carrots, celery, broccoli, bean sprouts, green bell peppers, oranges, bananas, and strawberries) as treats once or twice a week

GROOMING

Occasional

Regular

Brushing its fur in a direction from tail to head using a wooden slicker brush twice a week, frequently trimming the tip of its nails with rabbit nail clippers, cleaning dirty coat using a damp cloth

ACTIVITY

Low

High

Allow it to run around and play outside its cage for at least 3 hours each day, give it a digging-place, such as a cardboard box packed with shredded paper

COST

Low

High

Although the cost of buying a silver fox rabbit is average, the overall cost of owning it is quite high

SHEDDING

Low

High

Normal shedding all year long except in late winter and early spring, when it sheds the most

Did You Know

  • Silver Fox rabbits have a ‘standing’ coat, which resembles that of an Arctic Silver Fox. Its hairs tend to stand up in the direction they are brushed.
  • The does are known to make wonderful mothers and can take good care of the offspring of other females.

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