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Postby tokyo » Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:50 am

Hi everyone!

I had some questions about foxes.

What is a "ranch" coloured fox? Does it include the red fox?
What kind of fox would be a great first?


About myself, I'm going to school. I have a golden retriever, rabbit and a ferret (family pets).

Next year, I might just want to get a fox. A red or pearl/platinum cross. Fennecs looks pretty cool as well. Any tips on how I would prepare and set up for keeping a fox as a pet?
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Re: Hello!

Postby pat » Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:04 am

welcome to sybils message board.
for future fox questions, please post in the "fox" forum.
(you will get more views there and lots of info there)

What is a "ranch" coloured fox? Does it include the red fox?

yes, red fox family foxes come in many different colors.

if you are still in school, I really don't recommend a fox at this point.

there is a lot to be said about preparing for a fox. they are not like dogs.
a fox will kill your rabbit and ferret. (basically, anything smaller than them)

red foxes or alike will need an outdoor pen. however, a fennec don't, but, they don't litter train well.

here is a care sheet for red fox family:

Q&A on red foxes:

a care sheet for fennecs:

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Re: Hello!

Postby Ash » Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:35 pm

"Ranched" basically means bred in captivity--either on a fur farm or at a breeder's. So anything that's captive born as opposed to wild.

The first step in preparing for a fox is to be make sure they are legal where you live. This includes country--state--county--city--and sometimes even your zone. That's step number one for sure.

The second step is making sure you can provide an enclosure for the fox. Garage, basement, or outdoors. Outdoors is best because the other two are VERY time-consuming and will help to stink up the house. You definitely don't want a fox living 100% of the time in your living quarters. They can have supervised visits, but they need their own place to do whatever they wants: destroy stuff, mark, dig, scratch, play.

And of course, the third is making sure you understand a fox and its needs. That can be done through research and by asking questions. Pat's Q&A is a GREAT source of information. Reading through that will give you lots of helpful tips and ideas as well as answer basic, often-asked questions.

Before bringing a fox home, assess where you will be for the next 10-15 years. Are you willing to make life choices revolving around your animal? If you move, will you be sure to move to a location where your fox is legal? Do you own your own house? Do you rent? Those are all questions you must ask yourself and give honest answers to. If you cannot care for a fox for the entirety of its life, it is best not to get one since they can be difficult to rehome for a number of reasons.

Anyway, welcome to the board! :) Hopefully we can help answer your questions!
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