Since the dawn of civilisation, fur has shielded man against the
cold and has remained an attractive commodity throughout the
centuries. To this day, fur continues to be an attractive
commodity, driven by fashion as much as the desire to use nature's
own material as a shield against the cold.
The first sources regarding the sale of fur in Denmark dates back
to 1294. In the Middle Ages, it was statutory which types of fur
the nobility were allowed to wear and which ones were reserved for
the king. Fur farming began in the 1800s, especially in Russia and
Canada. The interest in fur farming quickly spread to Europe,
especially to the Scandinavian countries.
Interest in fur farming accelerated during the agricultural crisis
in the 1930s, with farmers on the lookout for new production
possibilities. In 1928, the first silver foxes were imported to
Denmark and a few years later the first mink arrived.
The Danish Fur Breeders' Association was founded in 1930. In 1946,
the association acquired 'Kjøbenhavns Pelscentral' and renamed it
Danish Fur Auctions. The auction house, which moved to Glostrup in
1963, now has 400 employees. Kopenhagen Fur is the name both for
the association and the auction house.
The number of mink farms rose constantly until the end of the
1980s, when it peaked at 5,000. Today, there are approximately
2,000 fur animal farms in Denmark, but the average farm size has
increased and fur farming is now the third largest animal
production in Denmark.