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The Silver Fox

 

Silver Fox - The Lap Bunny

K-Zed Michael J

In New South Wales, this rabbit is very rare.  Like the Chinchilla, which is very closely related, it seems to have disappeared from the show table and the backyard alike.  Possibly because, at the moment, people are looking for smaller rabbits to live in smaller spaces, and so a large, fur rabbit is not in vogue.

 

However, as a breed the Silver Fox has a great temperament being docile and very loving towards their particular person, making them great companion animals.  The females, being one of the most maternal of rabbit breeds, will happily raise a large litter way past the age when most rabbits would have considered it was time for the kits to leave home. 

Silver Fox Rabbits are quite large, with bucks averaging between nine and eleven pounds with nine and a half pounds being ideal. The does are slightly larger at between 10 and 12 pounds; the ideal weight is 10.5 pounds. They are accepted in black or blue. The fur of the Silver Fox grows to about one and a half inches in length, according to the American breed standard. When the fur is brushed from back to front, it will stand erect but must be stroked from front to back to lay it back down. The fur should have a slightly coarse texture that should resemble the pelt of a fox, hence the name. Silver tipped or white hairs will be present along the flanks and all over the body including head, feet and tail. Black Silver Foxes have brown eyes; blue have blue-grey eyes. The black colour should run deep to the skin with a slate under colour. The body of the Silver Fox Rabbit is medium in length with well-filled shoulders and hindquarters, and should be medium boned. Being a commercial breed, medium bone is preferred to heavy bone. They have medium sized heads and ears, and their necks are quite short. Silver Foxes also have slightly arched backs and broad legs.

 

It is a shame to see this breed die out, and a few of us dedicated breeders are trying to keep them around for when people realize what they are missing by having a nice, solid bunny to love.


A Silver Fox rabbit is a great pet for children. No, not easily carted around by a child, and so less likely to fall victim to accidental injuries caused by rough handling, but certainly able to walk on lead, or want pats and cuddles in the backyard, playing A Silver Fox rabbit is a great pet for children.  No, not easily carted around by a child, and so less likely to fall victim to accidental injuries caused by rough handling, but certainly able to walk on lead, or want pats and cuddles in the backyard, playing