Russian Foxes: Good House Pets? Probably Not
Never mind Kristen Stewart's wolf-dog hybrids: now you can own a pure-bred Russian fox. Las Vegas-based company Sibfox is offering tame Siberian foxes for sale as house pets.
The company bills itself as "a distributor and a point of contact between North America pet lovers and Siberian tame fox breeders. We work with the farm directly and have Russian speakers on our team." They want to establish a "non-consumptive relationships between foxes and people."
In other words, they'd like it if foxes and people didn't try to eat each other. Russian researchers claim to have accomplished this goal by creating animals who are "maximally adaptable to captivity." Tests indicate that Sibfox's domesticated animals have much lower stress-hormone responses than farm foxes - they're calmer in captivity.
Opponents of taking foxes as pets cite several reasons why it's a bad idea.
First, foxes aren't particularly sociable. The average fox displays about as much affection to a human as an aloof housecat. Second, they have a lot of energy, and they love to dig. Without a large outdoor enclosure for them to tear up, they'll probably end up ripping your home to shreds. Third, they don't smell very good, and are almost impossible to house-train. Finally, it's hard to find a vet who will treat them, should they need medical care.
Each tame Russian fox costs $5,950 from Sibfox.
See video of tame foxes below: