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The Origin of our Furs: Fox

Wild fur

Fox populations can be found on almost all continents populated by mankind. The fox can be seen most frequently in the northern hemisphere. Decades ago it was set free in Australia to fight the preveiling rabbit plague. Despite the variety of places the fox lives in, many of the fur features are being helt in common among different breeds. Still, there can be changes in color and structure of the fur. Foxes are widely admired due to it being said that they are mentally and physically capable of performing complex tasks. The most common fox is the Redfox which is mostly present in Europe.

 

The European Redfox

Presence: Europe - The high-quality fur is retrieved from mountaineous regions such as Switzerland, Pomerania and Tirol and from Northern Germany as the fox is usually strong in presence over there. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species understands the Redfox as least concerned which is the least worrying categorisation to be issued. In the regions named above the Redfox is a dangerous pest and has to be hunted due to the absence of natural enemies. As yet, the number of Redfoxes shot due to environment and sustainability reasons whose fur is actually used only amounts to approximately 5-10%.

Size: The European Redfox measures 60 to 100cm in bodylength while its tail measures 35 - 40cm.

Hair and color: The fur is caracteristically redish (partly brick-red). On the frontside of the abdomen colors can range from white to light grey. No two foxes have the same hair color. It requires the skillset of our master furriers to create a uniformely looking blanket out of variating fur colors.

 

American Redfox

The American Redfox is very similar to the European Redfox altough the American counterpart shows a more plain and simple fur pattern.

Presence: The darkest and densest fur (flame red) can be found in North America while the lighter colors (yellowish fur) are to be found in the southern parts of North America.

Size: The European Redfox measures 65 to 100cm in bodylength. Its tail measures 40 - 45cm.

Hair and color: The hair coat is to be described as dense and silky. Best qualities can be found in Alaska where the fur color varies in the most beautiful deep red tones.

 

Silverfox

The wild Silverfox is an independent breed of fox. Its size is similar to the size of the American Redfox while its fur is more dense and finer than the common fox’s fur.

Presence: The Silverfox is mainly present in Canada (Labrador, British Columbia, Alaska) and Russia (northeastern part of Sibiria).

Hair and color: The hair is long, silky soft and shimmeringly dense - unfortunately the fur tends to mat over time if not cared for appropriately.

 

Bred foxes

Favourable mutations can be reached though natural selection or breeding. In many cases different fur colors can emerge that can be bred further. Through controlled breeding of the naturally existant foxes, such as the Redfox, Silverfox, Polar/Whitefox and the Bluefox, controlled mutations developed.

In the course of time the following fox fur colors developed: Blue Fox - Blue Shadow Fox - Blue Frost Fox - Shadow Blue Frost Fox - Arctic Marble Frost Fox - Safir Frost Fox - Amber Frost Fox - Golden Island Fox - Golden Island Shadow Fox - Fawn Light Fox - Arctic Golden Island Fox - Silver Fox - Gold Fox - Gold Cross Fox - Cross Fox - Smokey Fox - Fire Gold Fox - Platinium Fox - Platinum Gold Fox - Arctic Marble Fox - Sun Glo Fox - Arctic Marble Cross Fox

By clicking this link you will find an overview of the bred foxes’ fur colors offered by SAGA Fur Helsinki.

We only process Scandinavian and North American bred foxes' fur from SAGA Fur, Kopenhagen Fur and NAFA. We do not work with Chinese, Eastern European and Russian fox furs as local lifestock breeding is not executed in a sustainable way in which we find our idea of animal welfare represented. Unfortunately there is still fur like this on offer in Europe - mainly because it is cheap in purchase.

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