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Can a fox be owned as a pet in Canada?

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Jan 8, 2011
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It could depend on the province and even the city. In Vancouver foxes are prohibited, and don't believe they are allowed in BC either unless you can get a permit to keep just the one.

Foxes tend not to make great pets. They are still to be considered as a wild animal. It wouldn't be so much does a fox suit you as do you suit a fox? Do have a lot of time, money and commitment to spend? Do you have the patience to train one? Foxes can come across as neurotic, destructive and very smelly. They have instincts to tear things up, cache food, get into everything of interest and scent mark. They can be very playful, mischievous and loud. They can be difficult to housebreak. Depending on the fox, despite how cute it may have seemed while young, if it has a strong instinct to flee it can become a very stressed animal. I've read that gentler foxes that have been selectively bred as pets for a few generations are easier to manage, but then it can be tricky to find one. When it comes to exotics how do you know if you have a good breeder or someone only looking for profit? These are things I particularly recall involving red foxes.

Someone used to breed Fennec Foxes on Vancouver Island. They're tiny and adorable and they seem to be much more manageable as a pet but still will have instincts to dig, scent mark and potentially could have fragile nerves or prefer to be mellow on its own.

The only foxes that I know of that seem to bear up extremely well to being treated as pets are the silver foxes that were selectively bred in a Russian genetics experiment, where only the tamest foxes were selected in trying to create an animal that was easier for fur farmers to handle. After about 50 years they succeeded in getting tamer foxes, yet in various foxes their features had started to become more dog-like, involving features like floppy ears, curled tails and white markings. The fur farm aspect had failed but they learned some very interesting things involving genetics and domestication. Sibfox is the company that acts as the go-between for the Institute and general public for these "siberian foxes" and will ship them to North America, but it is all so very very expensive.

Another matter would be if you have any vets nearby or within a reachable distance who could treat a pet fox. What about neutering/spaying and vaccinations?

Here's a few handy links about keeping foxes as pets:
http://www.thepetfox.net/
http://sybilsden.com/caresheet/fox.htm
http://www.ehow.com/how_2046502_care-pet-fox.html
http://members.shaw.ca/petitepaws/fennec.html
http://aliciac.hubpages.com/hub/Fennec- ... xotic-Pets - danged cute videos
http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/05/07/pet- ... %E2%80%99/

About the Russian foxes:
http://www.sibfox.com/
http://exoticpets.about.com/od/fennecfo ... er-Fox.htm
http://exoticpets.about.com/od/fennecfo ... an-Fox.htm
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Dec 27, 2009
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Amoux wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2012 5:39 am
It could depend on the province and even the city. In Vancouver foxes are prohibited, and don't believe they are allowed in BC either unless you can get a permit to keep just the one.

Foxes tend not to make great pets. They are still to be considered as a wild animal. It wouldn't be so much does a fox suit you as do you suit a fox? Do have a lot of time, money and commitment to spend? Do you have the patience to train one? Foxes can come across as neurotic, destructive and very smelly. They have instincts to tear things up, cache food, get into everything of interest and scent mark. They can be very playful, mischievous and loud. They can be difficult to housebreak. Depending on the fox, despite how cute it may have seemed while young, if it has a strong instinct to flee it can become a very stressed animal. I've read that gentler foxes that have been selectively bred as pets for a few generations are easier to manage, but then it can be tricky to find one. When it comes to exotics how do you know if you have a good breeder or someone only looking for profit? These are things I particularly recall involving red foxes.

Someone used to breed Fennec Foxes on Vancouver Island. They're tiny and adorable and they seem to be much more manageable as a pet but still will have instincts to dig, scent mark and potentially could have fragile nerves or prefer to be mellow on its own.

The only foxes that I know of that seem to bear up extremely well to being treated as pets are the silver foxes that were selectively bred in a Russian genetics experiment, where only the tamest foxes were selected in trying to create an animal that was easier for fur farmers to handle. After about 50 years they succeeded in getting tamer foxes, yet in various foxes their features had started to become more dog-like, involving features like floppy ears, curled tails and white markings. The fur farm aspect had failed but they learned some very interesting things involving genetics and domestication. Sibfox is the company that acts as the go-between for the Institute and general public for these "siberian foxes" and will ship them to North America, but it is all so very very expensive.

Another matter would be if you have any vets nearby or within a reachable distance who could treat a pet fox. What about neutering/spaying and vaccinations?

Here's a few handy links about keeping foxes as pets:
http://www.thepetfox.net/
http://sybilsden.com/caresheet/fox.htm
http://www.ehow.com/how_2046502_care-pet-fox.html
http://members.shaw.ca/petitepaws/fennec.html
http://aliciac.hubpages.com/hub/Fennec- ... xotic-Pets - danged cute videos
http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/05/07/pet- ... %E2%80%99/

About the Russian foxes:
http://www.sibfox.com/
http://exoticpets.about.com/od/fennecfo ... er-Fox.htm
http://exoticpets.about.com/od/fennecfo ... an-Fox.htm

Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesticated_silver_fox

Also .. check out dogs decoded - a short Nova doc. It talks about the domesticated fox.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8NGDT1oPkY
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Don't mean to hijack the thread, but are macaque monkeys allowed in Ontario? Anyone know people who've had one?
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Lucky0810 wrote:
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Don't mean to hijack the thread, but are macaque monkeys allowed in Ontario? Anyone know people who've had one?
Animal ownership laws are generally only at the municipal level. Anyone wanting to own one would need to find an area without a bylaw against them and even so you'd have to keep it on the down low because anyone who finds out could complain and then a bylaw could writ added forcing you to move or give the animal up. That goes for any animal. Monkeys, foxes, snakes, bats, lions etc even things like rabbits, number of dogs and cats...
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Amoux wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2012 5:39 am
It could depend on the province and even the city. In Vancouver foxes are prohibited, and don't believe they are allowed in BC either unless you can get a permit to keep just the one.

Foxes tend not to make great pets. They are still to be considered as a wild animal. It wouldn't be so much does a fox suit you as do you suit a fox? Do have a lot of time, money and commitment to spend? Do you have the patience to train one? Foxes can come across as neurotic, destructive and very smelly. They have instincts to tear things up, cache food, get into everything of interest and scent mark. They can be very playful, mischievous and loud. They can be difficult to housebreak. Depending on the fox, despite how cute it may have seemed while young, if it has a strong instinct to flee it can become a very stressed animal. I've read that gentler foxes that have been selectively bred as pets for a few generations are easier to manage, but then it can be tricky to find one. When it comes to exotics how do you know if you have a good breeder or someone only looking for profit? These are things I particularly recall involving red foxes.

Someone used to breed Fennec Foxes on Vancouver Island. They're tiny and adorable and they seem to be much more manageable as a pet but still will have instincts to dig, scent mark and potentially could have fragile nerves or prefer to be mellow on its own.

The only foxes that I know of that seem to bear up extremely well to being treated as pets are the silver foxes that were selectively bred in a Russian genetics experiment, where only the tamest foxes were selected in trying to create an animal that was easier for fur farmers to handle. After about 50 years they succeeded in getting tamer foxes, yet in various foxes their features had started to become more dog-like, involving features like floppy ears, curled tails and white markings. The fur farm aspect had failed but they learned some very interesting things involving genetics and domestication. Sibfox is the company that acts as the go-between for the Institute and general public for these "siberian foxes" and will ship them to North America, but it is all so very very expensive.

Another matter would be if you have any vets nearby or within a reachable distance who could treat a pet fox. What about neutering/spaying and vaccinations?

Here's a few handy links about keeping foxes as pets:
http://www.thepetfox.net/
http://sybilsden.com/caresheet/fox.htm
http://www.ehow.com/how_2046502_care-pet-fox.html
http://members.shaw.ca/petitepaws/fennec.html
http://aliciac.hubpages.com/hub/Fennec- ... xotic-Pets - danged cute videos
http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/05/07/pet- ... %E2%80%99/

About the Russian foxes:
http://www.sibfox.com/
http://exoticpets.about.com/od/fennecfo ... er-Fox.htm
http://exoticpets.about.com/od/fennecfo ... an-Fox.htm
Bummer i've always wanted a pet fox...
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a fox is pretty much a red dog
i bet you can domesticate it and most idiots wouldn't even know
just tell them that little sparky has big ears and was recently playing in ragu sauce and it is hard to clean out
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virgilaug wrote:
Feb 18th, 2012 9:32 pm
A Chicken, LMAO.
What is so funny?
In kindergarten we had a project where we incubated some eggs, anyways once they hatched they told the class anyone who wanted it could take it home. So I asked my mom and we took 2 of them home as pets. They were awesome pets.. extremely social, just as much as a dog. They would go over to my neighbors and chat with them (cluck cluck cluck), then my neighbors would talk back, and they would sit there and listen, then start talking back.
They loved playing with the cats, they would go up to cat food bowl and try to eat just like the cats lol. Plus it was awesome having some fresh eggs to eat every day. We had them as outdoor pets (first couple months obviously kept them indoors)..After 2 years I think a fox might have got to them one day cause we never seen them after.
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We lost 2 cats the last 5 years due to foxes. Dont live in the city so just the way it goes.

There was a National Geographicn awhile ago abotu the domestication of dogs and had a lot of people that were domesticating foxes and wolves too.

A skunk I have heard makes a great pet, one you descent it. They are like a cat if you get them from very little
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Parth wrote:
Mar 12th, 2013 9:58 pm
a fox is pretty much a red dog
i bet you can domesticate it and most idiots wouldn't even know
just tell them that little sparky has big ears and was recently playing in ragu sauce and it is hard to clean out
And a racoon is pretty much a black and white cat? Have you ever even seen a fox in the wild?

Just consider the disaster people are having trying to own Wolf/dog hybrids, after thousands of years of dog domestication. Not for the feint of heart, and everybody loses.
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HandsomeRob wrote:
May 3rd, 2013 4:23 am
And a racoon is pretty much a black and white cat? Have you ever even seen a fox in the wild?

Just consider the disaster people are having trying to own Wolf/dog hybrids, after thousands of years of dog domestication. Not for the feint of heart, and everybody loses.
I think he was trolling. No one can be that dense.
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virgilaug wrote:
Feb 18th, 2012 11:56 pm
I wouldn't mind these wolves as well.

Wow. its people like you...

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