Can you tame a fox?

Cats and dogs, as well as all kinds of birds and fish, are the most common pets in Spanish homes. There are also reptiles such as chameleons or snakes; amphibians like frogs and newts and even people who keep insects.

Among all the exotic animals that can be kept at home, although it is not very advisable, the fox is becoming popular. In Spain you can have a fox as a pet – it is considered a wild animal kept in captivity – as long as it does not belong to one of the subspecies protected by the CITES agreement as it is in danger of extinction.

Foxes are becoming popular as pets

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Of course, fox owners must have all the relevant documentation in order.


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What is a fox like as a pet?

In any case, not all foxes can be tamed. The ones most likely to be educated are those that are descended from foxes bred in captivity to wear their fur. These mammals were born far from the wild and are relatively used to contact with humans.

Wild foxes are aggressive and territorial. On the other hand, foxes that can be tamed have not developed all their natural instincts so, despite being a great challenge, they can have a behavior similar to that expected of a dog. Of course, it must always be clear that a fox will never be a dog or a cat.

It is preferable to have two copies instead of one so that they can interact with each other

It is preferable to have two copies instead of one so that they can interact with each other

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In the event that someone wants to have a fox as a pet, they must know that they will be in charge of a life. And it will be an animal that will need much more demanding care than any other domestic animal. Therefore, foxes are not for everyone.

Despite being docile foxes, they are still foxes. They need to do fox things. That is, you can not have them all day at home. You have to give them a large space to run, dig and play. In this sense, the optimal thing would be to have two copies instead of one, since they spend much of the day socializing with others of the same species.

As a general rule, they will not get along very well with other animals at home. They can become friendly with other species but it is unusual and it is better not to try it for the good of both animals.

Also, they don’t eat feed. They should be fed a carnivorous diet based on raw meat and bones that are high in taurine.

A couple with their tame fox

A couple with their tame fox

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Domestic foxes began to be ‘created’ in 1958 when a Russian geneticist named Dimitri K. Belyaev initiated the first investigations to find out if foxes, in the long run, could end up being man’s best friends, taking as an example the transition from wolves to dogs. .

To do this, select specimens from fur farms and select the calmest and the most aggressive. In this way, two lineages were created that ended up being very different from each other, even physically. These two groups were compared with a third lineage that was bred without any specific trait and as close as possible to a wild population.

The investigations made it possible to isolate the SorCS1 gene, which is the one that has an effect on the behavior of the fox and is responsible for making it docile, where it was very present, or aggressive.

Breeding of tame foxes continues today, especially in Russia

Breeding of tame foxes continues today, especially in Russia

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Another more recent study from the Laboratory of Evolutionary Neuroscience at Harvard University has picked up the baton from Russian research and concluded that the brains of foxes bred to be tame or aggressive are larger and have more gray matter than of the third group formed by neutral foxes.

These results are the complete opposite of other domestic animals such as dogs and cats, which have smaller brains than their wild ancestors.

The breeding of domestic foxes, despite having started decades ago as a result of Belyaev’s research, has continued to this day. Domestic foxes can be bought from that same Russian lineage to keep as pets. You just have to fill out a form or call

The debate, therefore, is not about whether or not you can keep a fox as a pet. It is clear that yes because it is legal and provided that all their needs can be optimally covered. However, the question is: is it right to keep these animals as pets?

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Can you tame a fox?


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