So, I’ve got more details on how you can get a tame fox puppy from Russia. In an earlier post, I explained how you can buy one directly from the lab in Siberia for about $3,750. Now I’ve gotten more details from SibFox, a company just set up in Nevada that will handle the considerable paperwork and deliver you a domesticated gray fox puppy for $6,950.
Either way, it’s expensive. But I’m guessing if you’ve got $4,000 for a fox puppy, you probably have $7,000.
Only five have been imported so far, but the National Geographic story “certainly sparked a lot of interest,” says David Garside at SibFox in Las Vegas. SibFox is extremely tight-lipped about the details of the process. You you can glean from their contract that the lab wants to tightly control who gets one of these special foxes that they have turned into domestic animals in a few decades–an amazing acceleration of the process that probably took thousands of years.
The biggest hurdle–the one SibFox will manage–is meeting the state licensing requirements. They refer prospective fox parents to Born Free’s grid of state regulations on exotic pets. If you live in Wisconsin or West Virginia, you could probably handle the paperwork yourself because these two states have basically no rules whatsoever on exotic pets. On the other end, Alabama, Maryland and Nevada specifically prohibit importing foxes or keeping them as pets. Arkansas, oddly, limits you to six foxes. The rest either ban exotics, but don’t specifically name foxes, or they require various licenses.
I’m normally against most exotic pets, but these guys are like lab rescues. Each one bought gets saved from a fur farm. They’re unusual, but not dangerous like most bears, big cats or monkeys people keep as exotic pets. Since they’re all neutered, you can’t breed them. I’d much rather that anybody out there considering keeping a cougar or chimpanzee as a pet get a pet fox from Russia instead.
Read about getting a fox straight from Siberia