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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-20-2006, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Any fox people out there?

Red, grey, fennec, just any fox. I'd like to hear your pet story.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-22-2006, 09:21 PM
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Had a friend who owned a fox. She said he was extremely tame, but she ended up giving him to the zoo..
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I love foxes, but cannot look at them as pets! I never even knew ppl had them as pets until my best friend told me she wanted one and told me there is a fennec breeder right here in Canada!




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I love foxes, but cannot look at them as pets! I never even knew ppl had them as pets until my best friend told me she wanted one and told me there is a fennec breeder right here in Canada!
Yeah, they're supposed to make real good pets =3 They tame easy and are affectionate and smart.
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I love foxes but don't feel they should be kept as pets. Many people get them because they are very sweet as babies but when they're older they often become destructive and agressive and end up being given away or euthanized .




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I worked with and trained a couple of Fennic foxes at one time. I don't think they'd make good pets for most people.

Calling them tame means they won't run from you on sight or attack you. They accept you as part of their family, but they still have the instincts and reactions of wild animals. They are friendly, but not near as affectionate as most dogs. Over thousands of years, we have bred most of those type of reactions out of dogs. In foxes, they are still right on the edge of being wild.

They are can be very shy in some situations. They also have a tendencey to be a bit high strung and skittish. A wrong move by you or another animal can result in a nip. They don't bite hard, but they can draw blood quite easily. They are smart (not near as smart as a smart dog), but are still ruled by instincts. You have to always be aware that this is NOT a dog. Treating it like one will get you, and the fox, into trouble.

They are more for people who have a lot of time to work with them. They are a novelty. You won't get the attention and affection out of them that you will get out of any mutt you pick up out of the pound. Nor will they ever be as smart. You can train them to do some things, but not overly complicated behaviors ....like agility courses, herding, ...or even to fetch your slippers.

I expect more from an animal I call a pet. JMO

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Hmm, I guess the fennec foxes and red foxes have entirely different personalities, my friend's even slept in the same bed as her ^^
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The only Red foxes I've ever played with were some that were at a state game farm, and they were used for education. They were much less sociable than the Fennics. That seems to be the consensus among people who have worked with both.

Sleeping with someone is a natural urge, they'd do it in the wild with each other. It's not really an 'affection' thing. They (foxes0 just don't the bonding capability that dogs do. Foxes don't live in packs, theirs are more of a loose family structure.

All in all, I'd equate a fox more with the behaviors of a friendly cat than a friendly dog. JMO

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So I started talking to my friend about it, and she agrees he was like a friendly cat, but was real scared around strangers, although tame with her and her mom.
She also refutes your claim against their intelligence 8D
Er scratch that, she just told me of a black fox who acts just like a dog, and since a black fox is actually a red fox..
Mixed information here.

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Hmm, I guess the fennec foxes and red foxes have entirely different personalities, my friend's even slept in the same bed as her ^^
That's what I've heard. Their are a couple of fennec and red fox owners here. http://www.sybilsden.com From what they told me, fennec foxes are a lot different in captivity than reds.
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I have a friend who has a fennec. Although he's the cutiest little thing in the world, I could NEVER tolorate one in my house for more than 2 minutes! She's had him since he was itty bitty, but Lord help us all if you look at him! He'll start screaming high pitched bloody murder until you avert your eyes! yeah, it was funny the first 2 minutes, but after that...nope, never in THIS house!

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I think it was in Russia not sure,but they fur trader people were breeding foxes,for thier fur, and it got to the point were the foxes would run over wag their tells and yelp to get petted so thepeople ecided they couldn't kill them anymore(yeah!) and started selling them as pets.
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post #14 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-01-2006, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I've heard too, but Russia would not give them to anyone in the USA because they were afraid their foxes would get abused or neglected like many dogs and cats today. Why can't America make a domesticated fox? They would melt animal lovers' hearts.
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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-03-2006, 10:37 PM
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Oh come on now, we aren't THAT bad in caring for our animals, infact many peoples would say we care too much!

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