We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

  • Published on:  9/11/2018
  • We met the very cute and very bizarre result of an almost 60-year-long experiment: they’re foxes that have been specially bred for their dog-like friendliness toward people. We do a little behavior research of our own, and discover what scientists continue to learn from the world’s most famous experiment in domestication. The fox experiment continues under the supervision of Lyudmila Trut at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics. Her book “How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)”, co-authored by Lee Alan Dugatkin, details the history and science behind the experiment.Subscribe: http://bit.ly/2FqJZMlLike Verge Science on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2hoSukOFollow on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Kr29B9Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/7ZeLvXRead More: http://www.theverge.comCommunity guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D0hlAvSubscribe to Verge on YouTube for explainers, product reviews, technology news, and more: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs gene editing


  • Verge Science 9 months ago

    Should we be domesticating wild animals?

  • Pickcomb 18 days ago

    My answer would change if we ever gain the ability of space travel and could move species onto many planets. Currently, what we have is sufficient, unless there is some job that "only a fox can do", and such.

  • Beatrix Benitez 19 days ago


  • Madd Snork 9 months ago

    This is literally fox news

  • The Orca 2 hours ago

    @Sunny Lovetts 👌🏻

  • Declan Thawley 3 days ago

    @Sunny Lovetts ree

  • Antie Cuteness 3 months ago

    Animals: *Exist*Humans: *_It's free real estate._*

  • nniuq yreed an hour ago

    Wait until it starts multishining

  • Killkor 19 days ago

    Wild animal: _(minding their own business)_Human: "love me!"Wild animal: "nah..."Human: _(uses selective breeding and genetic engineering)_ "Lo V e mE ! !!"

  • Darren Atm an hour ago

    @FivePointOhVic We are interventionists by nature. Those who doesnt socialize, will live faster than those who do.

  • OH YEAH 3 months ago

    Normal foxes: "Whine"Russian foxes: "Cyka blyat"

  • Are u Dylan

  • ye 6 days ago

    A Russian fox will hunt with an AK

  • smew 3 months ago


  • Rigil Kent Angeles 10 days ago

    @watersbey25 Rude.

  • watersbey25 1 months ago

    @Yawg moth I do, you don't.

  • Dr. Tex 3 months ago

    Genetic foxes: Walked up, interacted, then moved on.Wild foxes: Nope, not going near him.Dog: *FRIEND!*

  • IC Dub 23 days ago

    This supposed to be funny?

  • Prin-Prin 1 months ago

    You want a dog? You want a cat? Boom you got a fox

  • Arien Van Stralen 2 months ago

    Now if only they could isolate the "table pooping" gene

  • Petal Pool 9 days ago

    jacky zhu Foxes can use a litterbox, but they can't be scent trained. They'll try to mark the place and their pee is very strong. So yeah they can be litter box trained but they'll still pee everywhere.

  • Harm Won 3 months ago

    Didn't address the fact that dogs/wolfs have a pack mentality and foxes don't?

  • Dale Eastern brat an hour ago

    @Reg Fife Carolina dogs, Dingoes, and long term feral morphotype all have strong pack organization, a lot like wolves , with one breeding pair.

  • Murphy Murphy 2 days ago

    Harm Won so what you’re saying is.....Lions are fair game for domestication😏