By Kelli Bender
Nov 29, 2012
The institute began breeding foxes in the 1950s, and, after 50 generations, now has animals that wag their tails and adore human attention, just like dogs.
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hey idiots, these foxes are from a facility that has bred domesticated foxes. these animals are not wild and never have been. take the effort to read for 3 seconds before you start criticizing ****, you hippy morons
Horrible idea !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEVER try to raise a wild animal as a pet. Wild animals, unless permanently injured deserve to be free to live like they are meant too.
I am confused why there is so much effort to make a fox like a dog when one picture showed a very timid looking dog in a cold outdoor kennel. So, just give the dog you already have a loving home instead of keeping it in an outdoor kennel. Dogs are very social and want to be part of the family. I am confused by your efforts when this is how you keep you dog.
You're an idiot. That's a fox.
Also, some dogs are better suited as outside dogs, especially in the country. Some dogs need to burn more energy then others, so letting them run outside as often as the want lets them do so. Also, foxes are WILD, meaning they can't really be tamed. So the fact the person has made a string of tamed/domesticated foxes is evolution in a short span, instead of over thousands of years in the wild. Also, in the experiment, the foxes kept to mate due to their calmer personalities ended up changing the color of their offspring's fur, which also makes the fact that genes are connected, more interesting. There shouldn't really be much confuse as to why scientists are studying things like this...
Animals are happy in captivity if they are really cared for and loved. Who wouldn't appreciate being loved, warm and fed, and having constant ear scratchs and hugs?
I have a fox that lives close to my home and comes in the yard at night to eat bird seed I have on the ground. If I forget to bring in the dog's toys he/she will always take them.
I have a fox that comes in my yard at night and if I leave my dogs frisbees outside he will always steal them.
Wow...how neat! I love foxes...they are so playful and smart. Good job gal...keep up the great work! I've got red & silver foxes on my property. The hunters want to shoot them, but I won't allow!!!
In Russia, there is a very long running experiment breeding foxes for various characteristics. It started with breeders breeding for pelt quality and lack of aggression, but scientists became involved when it became evident that there were other interesting outcomes. One was that some foxes behaved a lot like dogs and were not at all "wild." Interestingly, white markings seemed to come along with the doglike behavior in many cases (not good if you are after pelts). So the breeding of "friendly" foxes seems to be now a scientific endeavor. The "it's wild, leave it alone" people need to get over themselves. Every situation is different. I had a wild turkey as a pet when I was a child. She lived a long and happy life and never hurt anyone.
There are domestic foxes that are bred to be pets. And they are legal in many states (I know Ohio allows them)