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Lucid McCloud

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i had an idea yesterday about getting a fox as a pet. i knew there would be a lot of hell to go threw but honestly im a dog/cat person which is basicly what a fox is. wouldnt you think that to be kinda cool?

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id be something to think about when i have my own house/land and have the money. im not an adult but im not stupid either  :? just like a lil goal to get when im 30 or something

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Pet foxes are hard to take care of than Dog's ,but it is possible I've seen youtube video's of pet foxes.

I highly suggest researching Fox's before you get a pet one.

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On topic, pet foxes are a bad idea. They smell really bad and they dig. Also, in many states it is illegal to be in possession of a fox without a wildlife care permit. If the fox bites anyone, it falls under the "keeper of wild animals" doctrine of civil law. This is one of those strict liability things in many jurisdictions. Strict liability means liability without fault. Even if the person is stupid and breaks into your fox's cage and then puts their hand in its mouth, they can sue you for their medical bills and possibly putative damages.

On a more interesting note, I remember reading about a study on domestication where they attempted to domesticate the fox through selective breeding to see how domestication effects a species. The domestic foxes ended up looking a lot like dogs.

EDIT: http://thoughtfulanimal.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/russian-fox-study/

http://images.google.com/images?q=fox%20domestication%20study&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

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Wolf's breed's are easier to take care of, because Fox's are independent, wheras wolf's go in packs, you just have to make sure your wolf dog KNOWS you are the ALPHA MALE. Don't be a pushover, don't let it sleep on you, if you want him/her to be in your room while you sleep, keep it at the foot of the bed. don't let it walk in front of you, walk in front of the canine, don't let it yell/bark at you. You don't wanna get an adult... Get a cub and you can train it, animals learn with a... shoot I forgot the word, it's like guess and check in math. You try one method, if you like the result, you continue with that method, if the result = bad, you don't do it. Say your a canine, you bark at the neighbor, and your master pets you, you go ow if I bark at the neighbors the Alpha male will give me a reward, and then whenever the neighbor may walk by it will bark, even without after long enough, even without a reward, it's reward is knowing it did something good for you, and you taught it that it was good.

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Wolf's breed's are easier to take care of, because Fox's are independent, wheras wolf's go in packs, you just have to make sure your wolf dog KNOWS you are the ALPHA MALE. Don't be a pushover, don't let it sleep on you, if you want him/her to be in your room while you sleep, keep it at the foot of the bed. don't let it walk in front of you, walk in front of the canine, don't let it yell/bark at you. You don't wanna get an adult... Get a cub and you can train it, animals learn with a... shoot I forgot the word, it's like guess and check in math. You try one method, if you like the result, you continue with that method, if the result = bad, you don't do it. Say your a canine, you bark at the neighbor, and your master pets you, you go ow if I bark at the neighbors the Alpha male will give me a reward, and then whenever the neighbor may walk by it will bark, even without after long enough, even without a reward, it's reward is knowing it did something good for you, and you taught it that it was good.

Foxes are only independant untill mating.
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Well, yeah, some species even stick with the same mate for the rest of their lives, but they don't fallow an alpha male, they don't pack up.

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A pet fox...I guess you could say you have chosen a unique animal. Might want to do a little research before getting this fox.

And out of curiosity, what are you going to name him/her?

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its just a little thought to keep me going. if i want to get serious about it i will but that will be in like, 10 years? and by then I will not want a fox anyways.

and for the name thing id probibly be jake.

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Guest Matt macdowel

well its gonna be hard getting a fox to begin with but hey mike tyson got a tiger so i don't see why you can't get a fox!

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its just a little thought to keep me going. if i want to get serious about it i will but that will be in like, 10 years? and by then I will not want a fox anyways.

and for the name thing id probibly be jake.

why not  james :P
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I've heard that a fox's smell is similar to a skunk's, though the idea of having a fox for a pet is cool, a domesticated fox is no different from a smelly dog. The fox loses what makes it a fox.

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one thing id like to make clear is i wouldnt just want a fox because of Star Fox... foxes just have always been my fave animal.

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I've heard that a fox's smell is similar to a skunk's, though the idea of having a fox for a pet is cool, a domesticated fox is no different from a smelly dog. The fox loses what makes it a fox.

Not entirely true mah boy. If it where, you would expect to see a lot more Fox's as pets, for they are very beautiful animals, but you don't see this very often. People do selective breeding, not only to make dog's look fancy, but because they want to change their attitudes, make them easier to handle in the household.

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Really? A fox is a wild animal and it should always be a wild animal, it does not need to be imprisoned in a human's home no matter how well you take care of it.

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Really? A fox is a wild animal and it should always be a wild animal, it does not need to be imprisoned in a human's home no matter how well you take care of it.

No, it doesn't need to be imprisoned in a human home, and neither do tigers, and other various wild animals, but is that gonna stop us? I really don't think so... The way I see it, animals should choose there masters :) because of there learning system, they will always go back to where they get the most love, so if no one owned them, and they just roamed free, they'd go to the people they like as they please, but, it don't work like that.

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No, it doesn't need to be imprisoned in a human home, and neither do tigers, and other various wild animals, but is that gonna stop us? I really don't think so... The way I see it, animals should choose there masters :) because of there learning system, they will always go back to where they get the most love, so if no one owned them, and they just roamed free, they'd go to the people they like as they please, but, it don't work like that.

^This <3

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Pet foxes are hard to take care of than Dog's ,but it is possible I've seen youtube video's of pet foxes.

I highly suggest researching Fox's before you get a pet one.

I totally agree with Kursed! You gotta be careful, foxes and vixens aren't as used to living so close to humans as a typical dog or cat would be, plus foxes and vixens can be very destructive, and they like to go to the bathroom in random places.

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Having experience with my closest neighbours who ran a fox pelt farm for several years, and also domesticated some of the cubs, I think I can say pretty sure that foxes don't make very good pets.

They're aggresive, demanding, smell to bad to keep indoors and aren't cuddly, at all.

Really? A fox is a wild animal and it should always be a wild animal, it does not need to be imprisoned in a human's home no matter how well you take care of it.

Second this. The fact of the matter is that no matter how well one keeps a wild animal like a fox, it would really rather prefer to be living wild like it has evolved to do. Keeping them because they supposedly "need and love" you is egoistic and stupid. They'd much rather live wild, and I think one who like animals should respect that and stick to dogs or cats, which we're allready sort of "ruined" if you think of it.

But dogs are quite different in that they are social pack animals in a much higher deegre than foxes, if you do take well care of it and establish yourself as the leader of the pack, it will love you and stick with you til it's last breath.

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Don't forget the strict liability I mentioned earlier. One kid gets bitten and you could lose your house, even if the kid breaks into the cage.

If you want to get close to animals, volunteer/apply for a job at your local zoo.

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well  I hate to burst yoru guys bubble but no matter what  humans have dominion over the animals.....although mistreating them is wrong....we have dominion over them. i will not get into reasons why as that will get religious

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