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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2007, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone here have a pet fox(es) I'm really curious to know about their perssonality and what they are like to keep as a pet..

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-30-2007, 06:21 PM
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I don't know if anybody on here has a pet fox,but they really should not be kept as pets.They are wild animals,even when born in captivity.The fox has not been domesticated,as the dog has.




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yes yes that's very true, well said

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What kind of fox are you refuring to?

There are some kinds that have been breed in captivity by scientists for awhile now (since the 1950's), but they're still not at the level of domestication as a dog would be. They're not really wild animals anymore either though, and look more like dogs then they do foxes in my opinion.

Fennec foxes arn't considered domesticated either but can do fine in a domestic setting with a lot of time and patience on the owners part.

But if you're considering getting one as a pet, make sure to do some serous research! They're not easy to take care of like a dog would be. Also, they are illegal to keep in a lot of places.


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Some people in Denmark's got foxes...

These guys' got all sorts of different animals, but here is the link to their foxes
I think this is the way a fox should be kept
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wow that site is great!! ^^^ i can't read it, BUT the pics of the foxes and setups are amazing. i've never seen anything like that! just gorgeous

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I can't read that web site either but the pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing them with us... Now I want a fox...


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I don't know anyone who owns a fox, but by my daughters scool there is a family of them in the orchard...they are so funny to watch...we see them when we drop her off, they aren't afraid of people but at the same time want no part of anyone lol...

I would definatly research it big time...I know where I live its illegal

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If you try and contact the guy who ownes the site, I'm sure he would love to tell you all about foxes
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-07-2007, 04:25 PM
 
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I am unsure obut I think Fennec foxes are Cites listed and as such are only obtainable with a specilaist license and paperwork.

Obviously, that depends on where you live.

I know there area couple of private keepers here in th eUK with Fennecs
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CITES only matters if they are going to cross a national border.


Fennecs are better than other species but lots of people do keep reds you just need to expect to have your house trashed and give them a big out door area to play.

There are a lot of fox owners on this forum. It's te best place to go to learn about them. Not trying to lure people away but honestly if they want one it's better for the fox that they go learn.
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First ting to do always for exotics, or native wild animals, is find out if they are legal to own in your state, county, and city and if you need to get a permit ect.

Actually vulpes vulpes is domesticated. They ave been bred to differ from their wild counter parts and to be much tamer. When they first tried to bred foxes for fur they couldn't survive unless in big natural like enclosures. They ave been bred to be tame enough to survive in little fur farm cages now.

Domesticated does NOT mean puppy dog tame. Many dog breeds don't even meet tat notion. In tack male horses, Stalions, are dangerous. You wouldn't keep a cow in your apartment. And a goat in the house may do as much damage as a fox. All of te above though not a good pet for most people are considered domesticated.

Actually the dictionary definition of domesticated is Tame or accustomed to living with people or suited to a specific purpose by humans.

For the record hamsters have not even been kept as long as foxes have by people. But no one argues they are wild animals. Every species or breed a person may get will ave it's own positive and negative traits and instincts to deal with. Just telling someone a fox is a wild animal, especial since the ones people keep as pets aren't, tells them nothing.

Back on topic. Foxes smell skunky, worse than a ferret or something like that. Actually getting a domestic skunk would be less skunky(also genetically domesticated on fur farms). They are super energetic and supper smart and will be into everything. They will see any small pets even kittens as prey or play toys and hurt or kill them. Assume they will bite you at some point. Heck my dog has even bite me. Once they get fully adult around 2 they start calming down.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-20-2008, 07:23 PM
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Ive worked with foxes at the alaska zoo and almost every one of them was taken away from their owners because 1. they are illegal (which they should be everywhere!) and 2. they were not properly fed and cared for.
They need much larger habitats than most people can give them, they need really good nutrition and lots of enrichment. They are wild animals, they are not like small dogs. They still have that instinct to hunt and kill, no matter how much you train them.
We have a arctic fox Kuluk who had been raised as a TINY kit. Yet, she still acts wild, bites and stalks like wild foxes do.
They are harder to care for properly than they seem.
Anyways i know this is old but i HIGHLY discourage anyone from getting a fox as a pet.
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