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Old 03-05-2011, 03:21 AM
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Default Domesticated foxes.

Hope this is the right place and just wanted to share because I think it's cool.
You can buy a fox as a companion here that has bred for many generations as a part of an experiment in domestication. I encourage reading up on some of the details of the experiment. Fascinating stuff, though the "failures" were sent off to fur farms to be killed for fur which is sad.

Sibfox – Our foxes

I wonder if they are compatible with chihuahuas?.
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I have seen a TV show on this experiment. It is fascinating...its like they fast forwarded the domestication of dogs. While I don't really care for how the foxes were kept, I think there are definite benefits to what they learned/are learning. Those little fox pups are adorable!
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:04 AM
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Wow! I just checked out that whole website.

6 grand and Fox from Russia can be yours!

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Old 03-05-2011, 04:33 AM
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Now they just need to start selectively breeding the smallest foxes so we can have the vulpine equivalent of a chihuahua. ..
If I am correct in guessing part of how chihuahuas were originally created.
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Nope, chis are not related to foxes They have 99% of the same DNA as wolves or something like that, and wolves/dogs can't be crossbred with foxes.
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Thanks, I do know that, Maybe my post wasn't clear enough.
If chihuahuas are basically mini wolves, then mini foxes could also be created?.
Then again along this same line, I'm not sure I would want it done if more rejects go to be killed for fur.
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:17 AM
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Kristi what about the fennec fox correlation? is that an old wives tale?
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Kitty I used to really think they came from Fennec's! LOL actually about a year ago on here I posted asking what people thought...since then, I actually learned more about the DNA, and it seems impossible to me that they could be related to the Fennec...sad But I considering the amount of DNA they share with wolves and the inability to be bred to something like a Fennec makes me think they just resemble each other.
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