Wild Fox Experiments

Wild fox experiments. They wanted to see if domestication was a breed-able trait and how long it would take. So they took wild foxes and bred them and then only re-bred the most friendly pups - and so on until they actually started to act like little puppies. It wasn't how they were raised but they were born that way. Unlike a wolf that requires to be 'tamed' by being handled before a certain age - they were like dogs - which are born friendly or "Domesticated." What they didn't expect was that this also led to physical 'deformities' such as spots, different types of coats, markings, curly tails, flippy ears - and other traits that we find in Domesticated dog breeds. This means that "Domestication" is potentially inheritable and not with only canines...It also means that domestication could be regressive meaning that some of them could be born without the 'domestication' and they would act much different than their siblings and the rest of those who were domesticated around them. Think about how that could relate to humans and those born less social, friendly, or - 'domesticated.'  


The domesticated silver fox (marketed as the Siberian fox) is a domesticated form of the silver morph of the red fox. As a result of selective breeding, the new foxes became tamer and more dog-like.
The result of over 50 years of experiments in the Soviet Union and Russia, the breeding project was set up in 1959[1] by Soviet scientist Dmitri Belyaev. It continues today at The Institute of Cytology and Genetics at Novosibirsk, under the supervision of Lyudmila Trut.
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