Photo by Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Silver Fox - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe Silver Fox is a beautiful large rabbit that stands out among other breeds. The body is medium length with well-filled shoulders and hindquarters. The evenly silvered coat is one of the most attractive and unusual features of this breed. It is extremely dense and rather long, reaching 1,5 to 2 inches. When the hair is stroked from tail to head, it will stand straight up until it's stroked in the right direction again. This trait is found in no other breed and greatly resembles the pelt of the silver fox of the Artic. The breed comes in two varieties: blue and black. The latter is the only variety recognized at the moment. The babies begin to show silvering of the fur at about 4 weeks of age, and this process takes 4 months to complete.
The weight is 9 to 12 pounds.
TemperamentSilver Fox are known for their docile, friendly, and well-mannered nature. They are easy to handle and, unlike some of the dwarf breeds, they do not tend to wriggle when you are holding them. They truly enjoy human attention and love to be petted. Make sure you provide your rabbit with a sufficient amount of daily exercise to burn off its surplus energy. These rabbits are often called the "teddy bear" of the rabbit world as they make excellent pets for children. Even though they are large, they are very gentle. The does are excellent mothers, and they also make wonderful foster mothers.
Health and hutchThe Silver Fox is a naturally healthy and robust breed. These rabbits seem to adapt to any climate and sudden changes in temperature.
The hutch should be large enough so that the rabbit can move freely. If the cage has a wire bottom, make sure you provide the rabbit with a plank or sea grass mats to stand on so that its feet are not damaged from being on the wire all the time.
Other interesting factsThe Silver Fox was developed by Walter B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio, in the 1920s.
The breed is not recognized outside the USA, 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.
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