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A Comprehensive Guide to the Silver Fox:
Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Silver Foxes

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Please Note:

It is considered breech of  the Animal Welfare Act 2006, Protection of Animals Act 1911 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to take foxes from the wild to be kept in captivity as pets.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a wild fox which requires rescue and rehabilitation for release, then please contact your local wildlife charity, (search the British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council database), a dedicated fox charity such as the National Fox Welfare Society, The Fox Man, The Fox Project, or the RSPCA as soon as possible. Do Not attempt to take on the responsibility yourself. 

Captive silver foxes however, are domestic farm animals that were once bred here for the fur trade and have since been bred and kept as exotic pets, the release of which is prohibited. There are limited resources available for keepers of silver foxes. This guide serves to provide information on their care and welfare so that those who may consider taking on the responsibility of caring for a silver fox are fully informed, prior  to committing to the responsibility. If you are concerned about the welfare of a silver fox, please contact Black Foxes UK, the RSPCA or your Local Animal Warden

Natural History

  • Natural History of the Silver Fox

Taxonomy and Distribution
Habitat and Ecology
Convergent Evolution and The Cat-like Canid
Divergence and Speciation

Man's Forgotten Friend
Farming and Domestication
Fox Genetics and Colour Mutations
Keeping Foxes and the Law
Silver Foxes and the Future of Fox Keeping

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Silver Fox

Physical Characteristics and Life Cycle
Prenatal Development
The Integumentary System
Skeleton and Muscular System
The Digestive System
The Respiratory System
The Urogenital System
The Endocrine System 
The Nervous System
Circulation and The Lymphatic System

Brain and Cognition
The Ears and Audition
The Eyes and Vision
The Nose and Olfaction
Dentition and Gustation

Sensing Temperature and Touch
Vomeronasal Organ and the Seeking Circuit

Keeping Silver Foxes

Silver Fox Behaviour

Social and Territorial Behaviour
The Importance of Territory
The Solitary but Social Silver Fox
Agonistic Behaviour in Foxes

  • Reproductive Behaviour in Foxes

Bonding and Family Life
Learning Friend From Foe
Adolescence and the October Crazies
Courting and Mate Selection

  • Communication and Vocalisation

Scent Communication
Silver Fox Body Language
Vocal Communication
Inter-Species Communication

  • Training & Socialisation

Silver Fox Development
Socialisation Periods in Foxes
Understanding Behaviour
Handling & Bite Inhibition
Toilet Training & Basic Commands
Harness & Lead Training
Clicker & Target Training
Veterinary & Welfare Training
Developing a Training Plan
Dealing with Problem Behaviour

Recommended Resources 

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