a post where I explain with images how foxes are the best thing ever, and how if you disagree you are obviously wrong
i’ve been told it only takes one generation to domesticate a fox and that they go from feral to adorable cat-dog without a hitch.
i’ve also been told they’re stinky.
Ah, I’m pretty sure you were lied to, because the only truly tame pet foxes developed for human companionship you can get are from a half-century old Russian institute developed to run a long-term experiment in animal domestication. They were bred by professionals selecting the tamest and most non-agressive fur farm (so already partially domesticated) foxes in an ongoing effort that started in the late 50’s.
The authorized resellers of these foxes worldwide also urge people not to expect them to just be like owning a cat or dog, because they are their own animal and expecting them to just be like a mashup of two popular housepets that were domesticated thousands of years ago just leads to a lot of frustration and mistreated foxes.
I think I remember a guy on Plus 4 who had a pet fox, I don’t know if it was a Domestic Fox Project one or if it was one of the less-tame socialized fur farm rescues (I know he got it as a baby and carried it around in his hoodie to get it used to being handled), but I think he compared it to owning a ferret.