Should Foxes be Domesticated?
Web have to blame it on the Bambi syndrome(a
disorder where rational thought is thrown out
the window) narcissism, novelty, aggression or
cuteness. Whichever your pick is, it definitely
has an impact on the increasing number of foxes
being brought into peoples homes as pets.
Although highly unconventional , it is not
impossible to own a fox. For $8000 you can
import one of these furry creatures into your
home from Russia,which pioneered domestication
of wild foxes so that they could be easy to
handle in their fur industry. Domestication, is
not the same as taming- domestication is
breeding of specific genetic characteristics
while taming is just conditioned behavior. This
is the kind of information you would need to
know if planning to acquire a fox for a pet.
The Russian variety(the silver fox), after
selective breeding of about forty generations
has produced a strain of foxes that are very
similar to dogs in behavioral traits and partly
their appearance except they are still
foxes-just not wild, which is very good news to
pet lovers. However, there are a number of
considerations to determine just how well foxes
are suited to be pets.
Unlike dogs,foxes cannot be trained to perform
tricks. Granted, they can obey certain commands
but they naturally have a short attention span
which makes teaching them tricks really
challenging. Just like other pets, you would
need to pet-proof your home so that they
don't ruin furniture or drapes with
their nails or their nasty smelling urine.
They are definitely not for everyone. If you are
allergic to other animals then foxes are
probably not an exception. Foxes need special
attention- first, you would need to find a good
vet who has experience in dealing with foxes and
if you cannot then there goes your dream pet.
They need to be brushed regularly as they shed
heavily during summer. They also need special
outdoor enclosures that allow them enough room
for playing and digging as foxes have a stronger
impulse for digging than dogs.
Foxes are also considered rabies factors so
unless you are willing to take the risk then it
would be advisable to keep them away from your
home and especially other pets.
On the plus side, they do not need regular baths
as that is harmful to their skin. However, they
need to be maintained clean with clipped nails
and flea-free fur. They are also omnivorous
which is an advantage as they can eat a large
variety of foods but steer clear of those that
would make your other pets sick. Most
importantly, make sure the law in your area of
residence allows for exotic pets to avoid
trouble with animal control.
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