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Foxes

The Fox is a mammal related to the common Dog and their range varies from region to region. The Red Fox is most common.

Fox eyes are gold to yellow and have distinctive vertical-slit pupils, similar to domestic cats. Their behavior, eye-slits, and extreme agility for a canid, warrants them to be referred to as the "cat-like canine". Its long bushy tail provides balance for jumps and complex movements. Its strong legs allow it to reach speeds up to 45 mph.

Their pelt has long, soft hair. During the autumn and winter, Foxes will grow more fur. This winter fur keeps the animal warm in the colder environment. The fox sheds this fur at the onset of spring, for the duration of the summer. While some breeds such as the Red and Silver never change color, others like the Arctic have 2 very different color patterns. This change in color between Summer and Winter is due to the chnage in their enviornment in the wild. In winter Arctic are solid white except their nose and Summer they change to a dark/light pattern.

Marbled Fox

Marble foxes are actually genetic mutations (also called color phases) of the Red Fox. These have been successfully bred to create a beautiful white colored fox with patches of tan and black patterned across the face and body. Although similar, no two are alike.

Marble foxes are slightly larger than standard Red Foxes but like all fox breeds, when properly trained and worked with as kits, can be as tame as a common dog. This is by no means a definite as foxes are still wild animals.

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Pearl Fox

The Pearl is another genetic mutation of the Red Fox. They are completely grey except for the white tip at the end of their tale and a patch of white fur on their breast. Slightly smaller in size than the Red.

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Red Fox

It is the largest of the foxes but does vary from region to region. The Red Fox is most commonly a rusty red, with white underbelly, black ear tips and legs, and a bushy tail usually with a distinctive white tip. The "red" tone can vary from dark chestnut to golden, with bands of red, brown, black and white on each individual hair. There are two other color phases; the first is silver or black, the second is seen as having additional dark patterning on the face, with a stripe across the shoulders and down the centre of the back. The stripes form a "cross" over the shoulders, and these foxes are therefore often called cross foxes.

Some mutations outside of the Marbled variety have produced very unique animals. Cinnamon Red Fox are nearly a rust color while others such as the Red Pearl Fox has a pearl gray color where a red fox would normally be black (the ears, feet and sometimes tail).

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Silver Fox

Occurring naturally in the wild, the Silver Fox is a grey morph of the Red Fox. It is nearly all black with white ends on the fur giving it a gray look. As with the Red Fox, it has a white tip on it's tail. Most silver foxes will also have a patch of white fur on their breast.

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Cross Fox

Occurring naturally in the wild, the Cross Fox is a silver and red morph of the Red Fox. WIth the classic white tip at the end of the tail, the fox gets its name from the color pattern on its body. When viewed from above, the silver coloring forms a cross extending down the back and across each shoulder. The fox is not "crossed" with any other species.

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