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Fox Farm Study on Canid Domestication

Belyaev designed a selective-breeding program to reproduce a single major factor, strong selection pressure for tamability. He chose as his experimental model a species taxonomically close to the dog but never before domesticated: Vulpes vulpes, the silver fox. Belyaev’s fox-breeding experiment occupied the last 26 years of his life.

Farmed Blue Foxes’ (Vulpes lagopus) Need For a Sand Floor

Blue foxes used all the available area, irrespective of the floor materials. Juvenile blue foxes preferred to stay on a mesh floor when they were offered a free choice between the mesh floor and a sand floor. They valued a floor material with a manipulatable substrate (sand) more than a mere solid (concrete) floor….Other manipulatable resources, e.g. wooden block and nest box, may provide the same amount of enriching properties as the sand floor and may be more practical modifications for incorporation into the current housing environment. 

Inter- and intraspecific competition between the fox species Alopex lagopus and Vulpes vulpes: an evaluation trial under penned conditions

This study compared competition capacity and dominance relations between arctic foxes (Alopex lagopus) and red foxes (Vulpes vulpes). Experiments were carried out in semi-natural earthen floor enclosures using farm-bred colour types of both species (blue fox and silver fox) as subjects. Results of the dominance scoring and open field behaviour after weaning in August-September showed that blue foxes dominated over silver foxes.


Coccidiosis in farmed silver foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and blue foxes (Alopex lagopus) in Finland

A case report on an outbreak of clinical enteric coccidiosis was encountered at a fox farm with silver foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and blue foxes (Alopex lagopus) in intensive farming district of Osthrobothnia in Finland during summer 2008.

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