It seems like more and more people are willing to pay for exotic pets such as the Pomeranian or American Eskimo dog breeds. I say, if your going to shell out the big bucks for a dog you may as well consider get something cool. Now come on, what's cooler than having your own fuzzy little exotic fox. Not many people even know you can own a fox, let alone have one. So just think for a second . . . you could be the only one around with a fox. You'll be an instant spectacle.
The arctic fox (vulpes lagopus) can be found throughout the arctic (the entire arctic: Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Finland, Russia, etc.) It has developed thick fur and counter-current circulation in it's paws to retain heat. Its fur changes from white to a brownish grey depending on the season, although; kits are usually born grey. It feeds on a diet of mostly lemmings, but; they also eat rabbits, eggs, birds, etc. It has a rather low population due to excessive hunting, but; they have recently been gaining popularity with commercial breeders as an exotic pet.
In what states is it legal to own a fox?
Brown = Legal Pink = Illegal Aqua= legal with permit Green = Different Within the State
Note: even if you're not one of the lucky states their are various legal loopholes that can be found to obtain practically any animal
Do Arctic Foxes make good pets?
You don't have to be a genius to know that you should never buy a pet without knowing what you're getting yourself into. So it's good to do a little research before you commit to owning one. For example, if you are going to own an arctic fox you need to build an outdoor cage for it so it can play outside safely. Also, foxes tend to have a pungent urine smell which is another reason they need access to the outdoors. Although, they can be litter trained much like a cat. If you want to keep your fox indoors you'r going to need to keep him on a specific diet to keep the smell down (cherries help.) Other than that they can be either great or terrible pets depending on how they are raised/trained. This is due to the fact that they have only recently become commercially available as house pets and still have all their wild instincts somewhat intact. So if your willing to put in the work i.e. the specified diet, constant care, and the training then the arctic fox is the pet for you.
Arctic "polar" Fox
- Lifespan: 12 years
- Mating: Sept-May (53 day gestation)
- Litter size: 5-8 kits
- Height: 12 in
- Weight: 8 lbs
- Length: 33 in
- raw meats, eggs, meaty cat/dog foods, etc.
- broccoli, lettuce, mixed veggie, berries, etc.
Where: Foxes can only be bought through private breeders.