The Silver Fox Rabbit displays a large commercial type body which can weigh up to 12 lbs when fully grown. It has a medium length body with matching well-built hindquarters and shoulders. Its coat is similar to the coating of the Silver Fox breed found in the Antarctic. The fur is short, dense, and will stand up once stroked – a characteristic that is unique to this breed. Although very special, its coat requires no special treatment and demands low maintenance. During shedding season, brushing the coat at least once or twice a week is enough.
Although the Silver Fox Rabbit comes in various colors including blue, chocolate and lilac, the black silver fox is the only one accepted by ARBA. Unfortunately, in the 1970’s, it was removed because there was a decrease in the number of blue colorway being shown.
Behavior and Temperament
Due to the fact this breed is known for its relaxed, docile and friendly nature, Silver Fox rabbits are highly recommended for both kids and adults searching for their first rabbit pet. In addition, this breed demands low maintenance, which makes it suitable for people without too much time and money. Although it was once used primarily for its meat, this breed is now also a common participant in various shows because of its one of a kind coating.
Silver Fox Rabbits also love to interact and play with people especially children. It enjoys being handled or sitting on laps while being stroked. It is safe even for small children. To make it more suitable for people, it is recommended to start interacting with people and other animals at an early age. Using toys specially designed for rabbits will also make it more enticed for interaction.
There are many kinds of toys available in pet shops for rabbits. Some are as simple as plastic balls or cardboards, while others are more complexed and provide more brain stimulating effects. This breed enjoys all kinds of rabbit toys as it is always active and at the same time, intelligent.
With regards to training, all rabbit breeds require a lot of patience and effort to master training goals. The same goes for this breed. The trick is to make sure not to lose focus and temper to prevent distractions on your pet’s part. After a few months of proper training techniques, your friend will eventually understand and master the concept of proper litterbox training and others.
Health and Care
Overall, this breed is considered healthy and is not susceptible to any particular disease. However, you must always practice proper diet and grooming to maintain overall good health. In terms of diet, you must provide 70% hay for its daily consumption. The rest of its diet must contain a steady mixture of pellets, greens, fruits and vegetables. However, avoid food items that contain high levels of sugar and acids because these can lead to various health issues. Also, make sure that the food items you give provide high doses of vitamins and minerals.
Due to its large body, this breed requires a large enclosure where it can move freely and play around comfortably. When this is realized, your pet will stay happy and will probably maximize its lifespan. Furthermore, make sure to provide a soft and clean bedding to increase comfort. Some commercial cages have hard and pointy flooring which can cause pain and discomfort to your pet. Last and most importantly, make sure to place the cage in a safe location – high enough so any predators can’t reach. If you are keeping your pet in an outdoor area, make sure to install a solid fence which will prevent predators from entering.
In terms of outdoor activities, your pet requires a considerable amount of time out from its cage to explore its surroundings. Doing this will prevent boredom and inactivity, which can lead to self-inflicted harm.
History and Background of Silver Fox Rabbit
Known as the second rabbit breed to originate from the USA, Silver Fox rabbit was the creation of rabbit enthusiast Walter B. Garland, who is from North Canton, Ohio. In the beginning, this breed was called American Heavyweight Silver due to its large size. It was later changed to Silver Fox and was accepted by ARBA in 1925.