This breed was first recognized in 1925 under the name “American Heavy-weight Silver”, then later became “American Silver Fox”. It is now shortened to “Silver Fox”, though it is not the same rabbit as “Silver Fox” in other countries. “Silver Fox” in other countries is actually the rabbit breed Silver Marten. This particular breed is not recognized in other countries.
The Silver Fox are known for their docile nature, and the kits are born solid black or blue. Kits start to show silvering at 4 weeks, but can take up to 4 months for their coloring to complete. Adults weigh from 9-12 lbs. They average 9 kittens per litter.
The breed is valued as much for its fur as it is for its meat producing. The fur is extremely dense and will stand up when stroked in the wrong direction. This is one of the few rabbits that have this trait, and is a telltale sign of this breed.