NO FOXES IN MY DOGS !
Follow along with me while I create the LOOK of a fox by breeding specific dogs together! As I have done with the Dire Wolf project (breeding dogs to recreate the look of the Dire Wolf) I am now going to do with the Vulpes/Vulpes.
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How can i do this?
First I study the bone structure, the conformation, the coat texture, the look of the Foxes around the world. Then I start with the very first breedings of domestic dogs that would get me to my end destination.
Why do this?
Because people like the look of wild animals. Because I want to do it. Because I can do it. Because I would like a dog that looks like this:
Temperament: I will be breeding only the laid back temperaments of the breeds of dogs already in exsistence. I do not know many folks that can handle a shy, hyper animal. So your answer to the question you have in mind is no.. we are not going to breed in a fox temperament. COMPANION DOG means the opposite of WILD.
When will this project be completed?
Since I will be breeding mostly dominate traits, it should not take too long. 6 years maybe?
Which dogs will you breed first to get this Fox look?
That will be a secret for the most part because it is hard enough to obtain my stock as it is. Many folks will not sell pups to me so i have to go around in another way to get the dogs i need to breed with. All my dogs are loved and only bred once, then i find great homes for them. None, let me repeat this NONE of my dogs or pups end up in pounds or homeless. Never have, never will.
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Naming of foxes can be confusing, as there are two different kinds of names -
1. registered marketing names and
2. names describing the genetic type of the fox.
Exact genetic names are generally not needed to be known by the consumers of pelts and people buying a fox solely for being kept as a pet.
Having a market name for similar colors makes it much simpler to refer to the colorations, and is especially helpful when there is a fox or pelt that cannot be reasonably identified with a specific genetic type.
Market names can refer to several different genetic types. For example, in red foxes, the marketing name ‘pearl’ will encompass all types of pearl, ‘burgundy’ encompasses all types of dark brown mutants, and ‘arctic fire’ is the name of not only fire factor gold foxes but also fire factor silver, gold and pearl cross foxes.
It is therefore not incorrect to call a pastel fox a burgundy fox, but it is not exactly accurate.
This can make it very confusing for those who don’t understand how these names work and end up inaccurately labeling a color or naming it a color that isn’t actually recognized.
If the color and genetics of a specific individual are uncertain, it is better to use a market name to encompass all possibilities of what it could be than use a specific and possibly inaccurate genetic name.
Similarly, wild foxes that are seen should generally not be assigned a very specific genetic name if the genotype is unknown, and can even be given a name based on standardized understanding of the color systems in mammals.
Another factor in wild foxes is the variation of colors across subspecies, which makes it complicated in a way that does not need be categorized as captive colors.