Is the silvering just interesting for pets or is it a showable color for a non silver fox breed? If so which one(s)?
You have soo many cool colors, remind me, are you breeding for show stock or pet/meat stock? I am usually in the latter camp, but with all your posing I assumed you were aiming for show stock? Your fun colors are making me want to return to meat mutts for the nestbox surprise factor, lol!
There are currently five silvered breeds accepted by the ARBA Standard of Perfection:There's only two breeds with silvering; silver fox and champagne.
Silver Martin, in usa, has silvering, but nothing like the two breeds above. Just some on the sides.
Breeding for meat that fit breed standard, but also 2 projects in the sf world; the Alaskan red fox, which is just a black tort with high rufus, and the broken sf.
The Rex, I'm trying to get size and speed of growth up, as it's abysmal in general in my area.
I don't like litters of all black, I love color.
The last 4 are the same breed, just different color, as far as I found. So I don't count them as separate breeds.There are currently five silvered breeds accepted by the ARBA Standard of Perfection:
Silver (by far the oldest of the bunch, accepted in black, brown and fawn)
Silver Fox (accepted in Black and Chocolate, with Blue under development)
Champagne D'Argent (black only)
Creme D'Argent (orange only)
Argente Brun (chocolate only)
A sixth is in the process of being accepted to the standard: Argent St Hubert (agouti colors).
The Silver has a flyback coat, the Argent breeds have rollback/commercial coats, and the Silver Fox has a stand-up coat that is unique to American rabbit breeds.
You can call them whatever you like of course. But many people rely on the ARBA SOP for defining breeds, and the ARBA definitely considers them separate breeds.The last 4 are the same breed, just different color, as far as I found. So I don't count them as separate breeds.
Cool. Not going to argue with you, I don't care about other breeds. At the end of the day, they're just rabbits made by humans, whose standards change as the judges preferences change.You can call them whatever you like of course. But many people rely on the ARBA SOP for defining breeds, and the ARBA definitely considers them separate breeds.
Champagnes, Cremes and Bruns have separate and different standards. As you can see below, the weights differ as much as the weights do among any other commercial-type breeds, and each of the Argente breeds has their own particular set of priorities. (And not appearing in the SOP are breed-characteristic temperaments.)
Drawn from the ARBA SOP:
Argente Brun Sr. Bucks 8-10 lbs, ideal 9lbs....Sr. Does 8.5 -10.5 lbs, ideal 9.5 lbs
General Type 50
Evenness of Color 10
Champagne D'Argent Sr Bucks 9-11 lbs, ideal 10 lbs....Sr. Does 9.5 -12 lbs, ideal 10.5 lbs
General Type 55
Head & Ears 5
Feet & Legs 0)
Creme D'Argent Sr. Bucks 8 - 10.5 lbs, ideal 9 lbs....Sr. Does 8.5 - 11 lbs, ideal 10 lbs
General Type 60
Feet & Legs 2
To even be considered as a separate breed, any line of rabbits proposed for recognition by the ARBA has to be distinctly different from all current breeds, as judged by several panels of ARBA judges, and must breed true to the proposed standard. According to the SOP, any new proposed breed, group or variety must have "qualities of individual merit unique to itself, identifying it as a separate breed, group or variety."
One could argue that Californians, New Zealands, Palominos, American Sables, Cinnamons, Blanc De Hotos, and American Chinchillas are all the same breed except for color differences: they're all commercial types within the same weight ranges, with commercial fur (though Am Chins and Am Sables have rollback fur, and the others call for flyback). In fact breeders will sometimes use one of those breeds to improve another one of those breeds, but each of those breeds has distinct enough characteristics to merit its own breed clubs and its own page in the SOP.