Facts about Silver Fox Rabbits. The Silver Fox Rabbit is a domestic rabbit breed that hails from the United States. The Silver Fox Rabbit is a rare rabbit breed and it was created subsequent to 14 years of choosy breeding by Walter B. Garland of North Canton in Ohio. The Silver Fox Rabbit is the third rabbit breed developed in America and this breed started when a female black Checkered Giant Rabbit was bred to the English Silver Rabbit breed. At first, the Silver Fox Rabbit breed was called the American Heavyweight Silver Rabbit, but later in 1929 the name of the rabbit was changed to Silver Fox. Then, the Silver Fox Rabbit Club of America was established in 1971, with 18 members, who were the Silver Fox Rabbit breeders. Nowadays, the Silver Fox Rabbit breed is considered one of the most uncommon rabbit breeds in the United States. The American Rabbit Breeders Association approved the Silver Fox Rabbit as a multipurpose rabbit because it was chiefly raised for their fur, meat, and for show purposes.
Features of Silver Fox Rabbit
The Silver Fox Rabbit is a big size rabbit breed such that the female rabbits are slightly heavier than the male ones. As the body weight of the female rabbits ranges between 10 lbs and 12 lbs (3.6 kg and 5.5kg), the male rabbits will weigh from 9 lbs to 11 lbs (4 kg to 5 kg). The Silver Fox Rabbit attained its name because its thick fur has white markings and it closely looks like the pelt of the Silver Fox.
The Silver Fox Rabbit has a unique fur, which is longer than that of the normal domestic rabbit breeds. However, the Silver Fox Rabbit breed does not have fly back and the length of its fur ranges from 0.5 inches to 2 inches (1.3 cm to 5 cm). The Silver Fox Rabbit comes in a range of colors, like chocolate, blue, lilac, and a rarer variety of white. At first, the blue color was in the variety standard, but the color was eliminated during the 1970s, owing to a decrease in the amount of blue color Silver Fox Rabbit breeds being shown.
The Silver Fox is a good-looking rabbit breed, which stands separately from other rabbit breeds. Female rabbits are capable of producing huge litters and an ample amount of milk. They are outstanding mothers and they make fantastic foster mothers.
The young Silver Fox Rabbits are born either solid blue or black and they will start showing silvering of their fur after four weeks of their birth. The silvering course will take four months to complete. The fur of the Silver Fox Rabbit is one of the most beautiful and strange features of the breed. When the fur of the Silver Fox Rabbit is stroked from its tail to head, it will stand vertically until the fur is stroked in the reverse direction, which is the attribute that can be found in no other rabbit breed.
Temperament of Silver Fox Rabbit
The Silver Fox Rabbits are recognized for their passive and gentle temperament. These Silver Fox Rabbits are recognized to be friendly, take pleasure in attention, treatment, and are trouble-free to pose.
The average lifespan of the Silver Fox Rabbit ranges from 5 years to 8 years.
Silver Fox Rabbits have an outstanding sense of vision, smell and hearing. Having eyes on the side of their head and being so big, gives them nearly 360 degrees vision, allowing them to see predators from all directions. The Silver Fox Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
"Scientific name for Silver Fox Rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus". "Fear of Rabbits Leporiphobia". All rabbit breeds are "lagomorphs" various plant-eating mammal of the order Lagomorpha ; a hare, rabbit, or pika.
The male Silver Fox Rabbit is called a buck and a female Silver Fox Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Rabbits are comfortable living in groups. European rabbits like to live in burrows underground. Warren is known as a group of burrows. Cottontail Rabbits are the only rabbit that does not live under ground.
Pet Silver Fox Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a Silver Fox Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female Silver Fox Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Silver Fox Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. Silver Fox Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Silver Fox Rabbit teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Silver Fox Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Silver Fox Rabbits as pets enjoy wet food, carrots, hay or lettuce, dark leaf lettuce is a good one. (Iceberg lettuce contains too much water and too little fiber to be suitable.) Limit giving them fruit with sugar in it. Alfalfa provides the high caloric content necessary for baby bunnies development. Once Silver Fox Rabbits reach seven months of age, gradually switch them over to timothy hay, oat hay, or orchard grass. Avoid giving them yard clippings, since grass is often sprayed with fertilizer, insecticides, pesticides, and other chemicals rabbits should not be eating. Their diet should consist of 70% of Hay and make sure they have fresh water every day.
For bedding, give Silver Fox Rabbits wood pellets or aspen. You can use pelleted horse bedding. Do not give them pine or cedar. Clean the cage with either white vinegar or a cage safe cleaner; don’t use bathroom cleaner or other things that are toxic for the pet cage.
Silver Fox Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm). Silver Fox Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Silver Fox Rabbits are born without fur and its eyes are closed. Half of the rabbits in the world live in North America.
De-worming is a major concern and should be done in the spring and fall. A pea sized amount of de-worming paste in the rabbit’s mouth is sufficient for the Silver Fox Rabbit.