The History of the Silver Fox
The Silver Fox Rabbit was the second truly American bred rabbit, the first being the American Blue. In each of these breeds, a Checkered Giant sport was involved. What is now known is that the Silver Fox was originated and developed during the 1920's
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Mr. Garland had a black self Checkered Giant doe. She had the unusual quality of having a large number of white hairs scattered over her body. He also had some English Silvers. The Silver had a 6 pound weight limit for showing, its fur was coarse, and similar to that of a guinea pig, and it was a cobby and compact rabbit. This trait was a feature that caught his fancy. He envisioned a blocky "Hereford" type rabbit, similar in color to the English Silver, but with a desirable fur and more practical utility size.
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In September 1971 the National Silver Fox Rabbit Club was officially chartered with the ARBA, with 15 members. The Silver Fox had been on the verge of extinction and were successfully brought back. They are currently being worked on again to improve type and color and to increase their numbers. Most breeders are hard pressed to fill the demand for this breed and waiting lists are not uncommon at the present time.