Welcome To The Silver Fox Jackalope Farm!
Proud Purveyors Of The Prestigious Antlerless Jackalope!
Ok so we dont really have any Jackalopes, BUT we do have Silver Fox Rabbits which are about as rare. Please take the time to explore our site and thanks for your interest!
We breed blue, blue carrier, and black lines. Our silver foxes are purebred, pedigreed, and tattooed. We have a small six rabbit herd, with just two bucks and four does. Although we are new to the rabbit world, having bought our first rabbits in February 2012, we have found great pride in breeding and raising them. This year we hope to also take pride in showing them. After the expansion of our herd in the Fall of 2012 we now hope to regularly have; kits back in the nest boxes by January 2013, a steady number of juniors available by the end of February 2013, and available intermediate does and proven bucks of potential show quality by July 2013.
We are members in good standing with both ARBA and the NSFRC, we are a registered rabbitry, and participate in the Global Pedigree Project.
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About The Breed
The Silver Fox rabbit is the third breed developed in the United States. It was created by Walter B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio. The Silver Fox is truly a multi-purpose breed, raised for meat and fur. The breed was recognized and a standard approved in 1925 under the name American Heavyweight Silver. In 1929 the name was changed to the American Silver Fox and later to Silver Fox. The breed has always been recognized in two varieties - blue and black. During the 1970s, however, the blues were dropped from the American Rabbit Breeders Association standards due to lack of numbers being shown.
The genetic make-up of the breed has never been divulged. What is known is that Garland was one of America’s earliest breeders of the Checkered Giant breed and kept Champagne D’ Argents as well. Crosses in more recent years using Champagne D’ Argents with self-colored rabbits have produced reasonably nice examples of a Silver Fox type rabbit. It is likely that Garland used self-colored Checkered Giants for the very large size; Champagne D’ Argents for the silvering, fur length, and meat qualities; and perhaps an infusion of American Blue to improve on the meat producing qualities and the blue color.
The Silver Fox is a beautiful rabbit, which stands apart from other breeds. It was the first large breed produced that dressed out at 65% of its live weight. Does have large litters, produce plenty of milk, are excellent mothers, and make wonderful foster mothers. Silver Fox are known for their docile and gentle nature. The young are born either solid black or blue and begin to show silvering of their fur at about 4 weeks. The silvering process takes 4 months to complete. The fur is one of the most attractive and unusual features of the breed. It is extremely dense and 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length. When the fur is stroked from tail to head, it will stand straight up until stroked in the opposite direction. This trait is found in no other breed and greatly resembles the pelt of the silver fox of the Artic.
The Silver Fox is a large breed with bucks weighing up to 11 pounds and does reaching 12 pounds as adults. The breed is not recognized in other countries, although in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom there is a breed called Silver Fox, which is actually the same rabbit breed as the Silver Marten in America. Recently the Silver Foxes status was moved from critical to threatened. (this information courtesy of The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/silverfox.html )