How Much Does a Fennec Fox Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff

A Fennec fox, the smallest of all foxes, is a small nocturnal animal which can be found in the Sahara of North Africa.  The Fennec fox can be easily identified by its unusually large ears.  A Fennec fox can live up to 12 years in the wild and is bred commercially as an exotic pet animal, living up to 15 years in captivity.  The price for a Fennec fox depends on its breed, its age, the breeder and quality.

Fennec Fox by Keith Roper, on Flickr
Fennec Fox” (CC BY 2.0) by  Keith Roper

How much does a fennec fox cost?

A Fennec fox is considered as an exotic pet and is not easily found in regular pet stores.  On average, a Fennec fox can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $3,000 each.  Even if you can find one, be prepared to be placed on a waiting list for up to a year.  This is due to the fact that there are limited USDA-approved breeders and these foxes will only have two litters per year.

On GoPetsOnline.com, for example, they sell hand raised baby Fennec foxes for $1,000 to $1,500.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable sellers should include up-to-date vaccinations, a health certificate from a reputable vet and a license for the pet.

What are the extra costs?

If necessary, it will have to be registered with local city and counties, similar to a dog or cat.

A Fennec fox’s diet consists of a high-quality cat food or vegetables, so plan on budgeting at least $50 per month to feed.  In the wild, this fox would feed on eggs, insects, reptiles, birds, fruits and seeds.

While it may not use it, litter is highly recommended for bathroom use.  Plan on budgeting $20 per month for litter.

A harness, if you want to walk your fox, can cost $30 to $45 for a securable brand.

A “fox proof” enclosure/room is highly recommended to house your pet when you’re not home to supervise it.  These rooms, whether it’s outside or indoors, should prevent the fox from digging or squirming its way out because if there’s a way out, the fox will find it.  If you were to build an enclosure, the sky would be the limit, and the costs would all depend on the size and complexity.

Since they are sociable at times, it’s recommended to purchase some toys to pass the time.  Keep in mind they won’t “play” like dogs and cats do, but once in a while, they may chase something or play with a toy.

Like any animals, be sure to factor in routine/surprise vet visits.  Depending on the reason, the average vet visit, without any procedures being done, can start at $50.

If a Fennec fox is purchased outside of the state, shipping fees may apply depending on the conditions of the animal.  Each breeder will have his own guidelines in terms of shipping this type of animal, but most airlines will charge about $250 to $400, depending on how far the animal needs to be shipped.  Keep in mind, though, that most breeders won’t ship and will ask for you to pick them up locally.  If this were the case, then you need to factor in transportation/hotel fees.

ExoticAnimalsForSale says these foxes are extremely sociable, and in the wild, they can be seen in packs as large as 15.  If considering one, highly think about purchasing more than one to keep it company, but if keep alone, studies have shown they are still happy since some foxes won’t even acknowledge each other.

Tips to know:

Its coat is extremely soft to the touch and will be beige in color.  The soles of its feet will be covered in longer fur to allow the fox to walk on the hotter desert sand easier.

This fox is known to be very shy and most of the time, they won’t seek attention; however, there may be times when they dart up to someone as if they want to be pet, but at the last minute, they will flee. If they do allow you to pet them, they enjoy having their ears stroked, along with the top of their head and back of their neck.   Most of the time, they like to be near you, but don’t want to be touched.

Before considering the adoption, make sure these foxes are legal in your local city and state.  Many states have guidelines and rules that forbid owning an animal such as this one.  To see your local laws, refer to this Fennec fox law page.

Be sure to research a vet that is qualified to work with foxes.  Many vets are uncomfortable working with these types of animals, so it’s best to make sure that there is a qualified vet in your area that can take care of them.

These animals are extremely fast, and if they do escape, they can be rather hard to catch.  If they did escape, could you catch one?  Also, since these foxes love to dig, they can easily fit underneath a chainlink fence, especially if it’s surrounded by dirt.  For housing, it’s best to build an enclosure to keep it from being dig proof.  Most owners will dig a trench about eight to 10 feet deep around the enclosure with wire so the fox can naturally dig.

If trained, they can walk on a leash with a harness; however, if they were to get loose and run, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to catch it.  Once gone, most owners never see their fox again.

JuliesJungle.com recommends not getting a Fennec if you have children younger than six.  Since most children may not handle it appropriately or have too much energy, they may scratch or bite.  Their sharp needle-like teeth do hurt and when startled, they may bite without warning.

Since this fox is built for a desert environment, it’s essential to keep its habitat between 70 and 85 degrees at all times.

How can I save money?

Breeders are going to be few and far between.  Your best bet is to try to find a local breeder that can show you the animals personally.  Many airlines have strict policies in place when it comes to transporting exotic animals.


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