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Question: The Pet Fox
Can you have a pet fox?

Yes, some of you can. Depending on where you live, you can have a pet fox. To see your state's laws, go to "Exotic Pet Laws".

A pet fox may fall under different categories in different states depending on state regulations and what type of pet fox you are looking at.

Fennec Fox

The fennec fox has been kept as a pet for a long time. They are known for their small size, large ears, and sweet personalities. The fennec fox falls under the "exotic animal" or "non-domesticated species" description in state regulations.

Red Fox

The red fox is not as popular as a pet fox as the fennec fox, but those who have them can't say nicer things about them. Although they are not domesticated and they do have their downsides, many red fox owners argue they can be as sweet as a housecat. The red fox is considered a "native species," an "exotic animal," or a "non-domesticated species" in state regulations.

Arctic Fox

A variety of the red fox, the arctic fox is very similar to the red fox, but is typically smaller and not as commonly seen as pets. They are considered non-domesticated.

Silver Fox

Also referred to as the tame Siberian fox, the tame Arctic fox, Sibfoxes, the domesticated fox, and other names, the silver fox is a true domesticated fox from Russia. These foxes have been bred for specific characteristics and have genetic differences from red and arctic foxes. Currently, the true silver fox is only available from Russia, but a U.S. based company works with the Russian fox farm to acquire foxes for Americans. For more information, including contacts to purchase, housing, behavior and the history of breeding silver foxes, visit the Tame Siberian Pet Fox page or the Sibfox page.

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