The Silver Fox rabbit was created by Walter B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio in the 1920s. The Silver Fox is a multi-purpose breed, raised for both meat and fur. The breed was recognized and a standard approved with the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) 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 was recognized in two varieties - blue and black. The genetic make-up of the breed is unclear. 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. Silver Fox rabbit is on the Slow Food Ark of Taste due to its unique culinary attributes. The Silver Fox had been on the verge of extinction and are being successfully brought back. They are currently listed as "critical" on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy with fewer than 50 annual registrations and an estimated population of less than 500. They are being worked on again to improve type and color and to increase their numbers.