Silver Fox Rabbit

The Silver Foxs rabbit breed is named after the grey coloured mutation of the red fox, the silver fox, whose coat its fur resembles.

Size and weight of the Silver Fox rabbit

The Silver Fox is a large rabbit weighing on average 4.8- 5.8kgs

Colour varieties of the Silver Fox rabbit

The breed comes in a small variety of colours including:

  • Black (the desired colour for showing)
  • Lilac
  • Blue
  • Smoked pearl
  • Chocolate

Country of origin

The Silver Fox was developed in the United States in the 1920s.

Silver Fox rabbit breed introduction and overview

This rabbit got its name because its coat resembles the pelt of the silver fox, itself a mutated form of the red fox making it melanistic (the opposite of albinism), this breed was developed in the Unites States in the 1920’s for showing, meat and its distinctive fur. The breed is now quite rare.

The Silver Fox is a  large and docile breed of rabbit. The female is heavier than the male. Its dense black fur has white ticking giving it its resemblance to the fox. This fur is up to 5 cms deep and, unusually in rabbits, it will stand up if stroked the wrong way. The fur takes on its ticking once the kits start to mature. The Silver Fox  rabbit has a large rounded body of medium length. Its ratio of muscle to bone explains why it was bred for meat initially.

Habitat and feeding requirements of the Silver Fox rabbit

This large rabbit needs plenty of space to move around and exercise and a hutch that is large enough for it to stretch to its full height and length in all directions. Even a house Silver Fox rabbit should have time to have a good run and explore in a safe place outside.

Feed a standard rabbit diet to ensure good digestion, avoid obesity and give proper wear on the rabbit’s continually growing teeth. See our article on feeding your rabbit.

Does the Silver Fox rabbit make a good pet for smaller children?

Despite their ‘cute’ appearance rabbits are not ideal for very small children to handle unless they are closely supervised together. Rabbits should be socialised young to human company and young people should be told how to hold a rabbit properly, so that it feels secure. If any rabbit becomes frightened, the rabbit’s desire to escape means that its powerful back legs can injure the human handler and can cause the rabbit to be dropped and injure itself. This is a big rabbit and is proportionally quite powerful.

A placid good natured and solid rabbit with a good deal of intelligence, the Silver Fox makes a good family pet. It is happy to receive lots of attention. It will also benefit from plenty of stimulation (toys and games) and a run outside in all but cold weather.

This is an ideal breed to keep as a house rabbit, as it is so large it can move around easier in the home, and it does not find it too easy to squeeze into tight spots that you cannot remove it from. This breed can be trained to use a litter tray. Your rabbit will need plenty of toys and stimulation and regular access to run outdoors in a run.

Always keep your rabbits safe from dogs and cats who may harm them. Even where pets ‘get on’, they should be supervised when together and you should ensure that your rabbit is not stressed by being exposed to other pets or people.

Grooming requirements of the Silver Fox rabbit

The full coat, reasonably coarse compared to many rabbits needs a good brush at least once a week and more during moulting. Additionally, as rabbits’ teeth keep growing throughout their lives, eating the right food will help to keep the teeth properly ground down, but you do need to check, on a frequent basis that this is happening properly, or your pet may need to have its teeth ground down by the vet.

Health issues in the Silver Fox rabbit

This rabbit is a reasonably healthy breed being not to large nor too tiny and with average length fur. As with all rabbits, however, check that its bottom is clean of any debris and is kept dry to avoid the danger of flystrike.  Keep your rabbit at the correct weight so that it can move easily to groom itself.

Teeth and also toe nails should be checked frequently to ensure they are not growing too long.

Female rabbits (does) should be neutered if you do not intend to breed from them to avoid cancers in later life. Males (bucks) will become less aggressive if neutered too.

As with all pedigree pets, it is very important to obtain a young rabbit or rabbit kit from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding any inherent problems found in the breed.

Average lifespan of the Silver Fox rabbit

A healthy Silver Fox can expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 7 – 10 years and sometimes more.

Estimating how much it will cost to keep your Silver Fox rabbit

A pedigree Silver Fox rabbit will cost around £50 and they are not easy to find

While the initial cost of a pedigree rabbit may seem very low compared to pure bred dogs or even cats, the costs of the following items and procedures make the cost of owning a rabbit mount up:

  • buying a sufficiently large hutch and run
  • specialised feeding and bedding
  • annual inoculations
  • neutering
  • on-going dental care
  • insurance

Rabbits should also be kept in pairs. It is estimated that two rabbits together could cost around £1800 a year throughout their lives, including the initial outlay. See our article on working out the cost of keeping a pet rabbit.