Frequently Asked Questions
We often get questions from individuals wishing to own their own fox. This is just some general information and answers to questions we receive daily. Please remember that foxes are inherently wild mannered and while they do portray characteristics similar to cats and dogs, they are still a fox.
“Is it legal to own a fox? Where can I get one?”
Foxes are illegal to own in many areas. Just because they are legal in your state, does not mean the same is true for your city. Legality depends on permit regulations based on your state, city, and county ordinances. You do need a permit in most states in the U.S.
“Can you house break them?”
Foxes have a very strong odor. You can smell the foxes the moment you step onto our porch. Their urine and feces smell like skunk mixed with ammonia. There is no way to “de-scent” a fox. Foxes can be house broken to an extent, but it is impossible to house break them 100%. This is because it is their natural instinct to mark their home and things they find valuable such as food or toys. There will always be “accidents”.
“Can I have a fox in my apartment?”
Foxes can not just be kept in your back yard. Or in your home. They require their own enclosure and most permits state that they must have an enclosed outdoor space. Foxes are avid diggers and will most likely destroy your flooring, furniture, clothes, bed, and cannot be trusted indoors to act like a house pet. They can dig under any fence or climb over it.. Easily, and thus cannot be kept in a back yard. When kept in captivity they require a dig proof enclosure with a secure roof.
“What do you feed them?”
Foxes need a special diet and must be fed some raw meats and bone content as well as a small amount of fruits and vegetables. They require taurine in their diet, or they can go blind, suffer from seizures, and even die.
“How do they do with other people?”
Foxes are easily stressed by new situations and people. They usually bond to one person and find exposure to new people and loud noises to be frightening. Every fox is different and while some are more friendly most are stand offish and aloof the majority of their lives, preferring to be alone and sleep throughout the day.
“I want a fox friend for my dog"
Foxes do not always get along with dogs, and in fact, dogs are pretty likely to hate them. Foxes have a wildly different body language than dogs and this causes confusion and anxiety for most dogs. It is advised that if someone has a fox in captivity with dogs, to not keep them together unsupervised. Even though Juniper and Moose have an amazing relationship, they are still never left unsupervised together because of the drastic difference in their behavior.
“Do they bite?”
Foxes naturally guard their resources, this means they are prone to biting when you're near something they find valuable and don't want you to take. This is a natural instinct for them and not something you can or should punish them for. Raising foxes I have experienced many bites, most of which have drawn blood. This is part of raising any wild creature.