I'll take a pet fox, please!

  I have always been fascinated by the fox, well before the world began to wonder what the fox says. In my simplistic mind, they seemed a majestic blend of dog and cat, the most common domesticated animals in American households. I began to wonder how animals are chosen for domestication and whether or not anyone had thought about domesticating foxes...the search for my future pet fox began!

   They began the domestication of foxes with the Soviet Union in the late 1950s. Many were scientists that wanted to unlock the key to domestication, although a few admitted that foxes were cute and fluffy and just wanted one was a pet. They claimed success and began selling them for $8,000, claiming that while not exactly like your fido or feline at home, they were good pets. "They're a little unconventional, and they require a little bit of extra attention, but if you want a pet fox, you can have a pet fox," claimed the research institute.

   What they really learned, however, was the key distinct differences between taming a fox and truly domesticating a fox. There are numerous examples of people rescuing an injured fox, gaining its trust and eventually raising at a pet of their own (see here: http://www.youtube.com/user/foxalbiazul). They found that, while taming is possible, a true wild, albeit tamed fox, will never cuddle with you like most furry friends we currently have at home. And of course, with the "taming" of any wild animal, there are potential drastic consequences...at any point they could return to their wild routes and become incredibly destructive, or worse, even turn on their owner.

   Domesticating foxes, they found, even with the emphasis on behavior, created strange results. They were breeding solely to create domesticated behavior and nothing more, hoping the looks would stay the same; after-all, there is something beautiful about that wild fox look. After generations of domestication FOR BEHAVIOR, they found new PHYSICAL TRAITS. The tail began to curl over, different coat patterns occured...almost as if a new breed of animal was created.

  So where can I get one?! Not a tamed wild one, a true domesticated fox for myself. The company in Russia doesn't sell them anymore (in fact it is unclear if any American ever got one from them). There is a company in Serbia but from all reports, it is a very sketchy business and far from reputable. That's not the worst news though...in most states having a pet fox is illegal, domesticated or wild. For now, it appears that is as far as one can get...and no domesticated foxes will start appearing in American living rooms any time soon. 

As unfortunate as this news was, they are still learning more and trying new ways to domesticate so not all hope is lost yet!

But I mean really, who doesn't want one of these?!?!


What does the fox say...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE

Sorry, I had to include that. Foxes are really cool and cute, but I'm not sure I'd want to have one as a pet. Sometimes I think people push the boundaries of domestication too much, and that can be dangerous. For instance, more people are trying to keep racoons as pets, and it turns out they're great with people...until they turn about 4 years old, at which point they get extremely violent. Foxes are really cute, but I would say that they belong in the wild.

I have never heard of foxes being domesticated until I read your article. I found it fascinating that once foxes were domesticated their tail began to genetically mutate. This could definitely insinuate that animals that we have domesticated (like dogs, cats) had much different physical traits when they were in the wild. For more information check out this article here:

Foxes seem like interesting animals - especially like you said, because they can be tamed. It's interesting because many animals cannot be domesticated. There's actually a lot of criteria that animals must meet in order for them to be able to be domesticated! Things like growth rate, demeanor, flexible social hierarchy, and breeding are really important things that must be considered. Read more here: http://io9.com/5756178/why-can-some-animals-never-be-domesticated

Foxes are cute and all but I don't understand the need for domestication. Animals that are meant to be wild should stay in the wild. These are reasons why

I do agree with Julie, but they are so cute, I would absolutely love to have a fox as a pet if I could! I also always wanted a wolfdog, which are the result of a gray wolf and a dog mating. Wolfdogs are technically wild animals who are tamed and trained to be domestic pets; they are so gorgeous. But the only thing stopping me, and probably hundreds of other people, from purchasing a wolfdog is the fear of it turning on their owner or anyone else around them. Their life expectancy is 13-16 years, so purchasing a wolfdog as a pet is a huge commitment. I strongly believe that if you train any domesticated dog correctly, that it will love, adore, and protect their owner forever. Wild animals clearly aren't domesticated and will always have a little bit of wild instincts in their behavior, not matter how much a person trains them, so I'm still unsure about ever owning a wolfdog or fox. You have to keep your children in mind with a risky decision like this.


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