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Mr. Fish

I first noticed Silver Fox in a carrier at a show and fell in love...it took me many years to be able to have a place where I could raise them and to locate breeding stock. I purchased my base breeding stock in 2009. My first rabbit was already named "Mr. Fish", which fits him well. From the very start, he has been everything that is likeable about the Silver Fox rabbit. He is a true character with tons of personality who seeks attention and meets me at the front of the cage...except when there has been a change. Mr. Fish is not fond of any type of change. He exhibited this soon after he came to live with me. I was anxious to start showing Silver Fox at shows in my area and took Mr. Fish to a local show. He showed well...but pouted at the back of his cage for several days after the show. He repeated the pouting routine after the next show. I retired him from showing to be "just a herd buck". He is happy with this except when you move his cage - he pouts.

Silver fox are a heritage breed, listed as critical by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy with fewer than 50 registered animals in the US and less then 500 worldwide in 2010. The Silver Fox is the second oldest breed developed in america and still recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Assocaition. The breed was developed in the 1920's by Walter B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio. In 1925 the breed was recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association under the name American Heavy Weight Silver. The name was changed to the American Silver Fox in 1929 and later to Silver Fox. The Silver Fox is a larger breed with bucks weighing between 9 and 11 pounds and does between 10 and 12 pounds. Silver Fox are raised for meat and are the first breed with a dressed out weight 65% of live weight. They are known for their gentle, easy-going nature and make an excellent pet for someone with the space for a larger rabbit. Silver Fox does are typically excellent mothers. My Silver Fox average 8 kits per litter and the does typically raise all kits born to weaning age.

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