SIBERIAN CUPCAKES: All the cute and none of the calories!

What is a Siberian cupcake

A Siberian Cupcake is a very rare and unique animal. 

Siberian Cupcakes are Russian Domesticated foxes (RDF) that are imported into the US from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics (ICG) in Novosibirsk, RU. The Siberian Cupcakes were obtained to better understand the use of the RDF for utility work, in particular search and rescue work. Foxes have a keen sense of smell and very acute hearing, much like dogs.  Foxes also have additional physiological and  behavioral adaptations that allow them to locate potential prey items under many feet of snow with pinpoint accuracy, unlike dogs.  These unique abilities would enable them, if trained appropriately, to locate people who were unfortunate enough to be caught in an avalanche and trapped under the snow.   The problem was that no one had ever attempted to train a fox to the degree necessary to accomplish this sort of utility work.  The consensus was that while foxes were certainly intelligent enough to do many useful things, foxes were not capable of forming the deep human/animal bond that is required to be successful in such activities.  This is where the Russian Domesticated foxes come in.  The ICG was leaps and bounds ahead of anyone else in breeding animals that had an intrinsic desire to interact with humans and form deep bonds, but the question was would it be enough?  Thus commenced a quest to import a few of these animals and see what their abilities actually were.  After many months and countless hours of effort, two Russian domesticated foxes were on a plane speeding toward America to begin their new lives as Americans.   When they were first met them at the airport their human family were, no doubt, more nervous then them, as they really did not know what to expect.  They were certainly not wild foxes, certainly not dogs, not cats, extremely intelligent, friendly, independent, and adorable. But how trainable are they? Well, with proper motivation, they would pick up new behaviors quicker than a dog.  They learned to sit, come, down, stay, and give me your paw. Of course, they were a bit more clever than a dog and certainly more independent, so without a treat, they would only perform the command if they "felt like it". And don't try to trick them and pretend you have a treat in your hand- as they would just give you a dirty look and walk away.  The work continued with them to fully understand their abilities and limitations.  Unfortunately these Russian domesticated foxes were not able to be brought to the America until they were over 6 months old.  Beginning their training much earlier would be helpful in achieving success in utility work.  In addition, incorporating the sufficient amount of nurture (socialization) at the appropriate time in development is critical to understanding the true potential of the RDFs.  The Founders of JABCECC decided to work with the ICG to implement socialization with the kits within their socialization window.  Two additional foxes were selected and additional socialization applied.  These two foxes were selected for our center (Viktor and Maks).  Prior to coming to their new American home, the Founders heard about another fox at the ICF that needed a home and they elected to purchase the third fox (Mikhail). All three foxes were not imported until they were about 10 months of age, and thus the JABCECC still has significant obstacles to truly understanding the effect of both the nature and nurture combination in the RDF. That being said, you will certainly fall in love with these three gorgeous foxes.

The JABCECC is incorporating the RDFs in their interactive educational programs, animal assisted therapy programs, and efforts to eliminate the use of them as fur bearing animals.  Siberian Cupcakes are the best Russian import since vodka.  They are all the cute and none of the calories of cupcakes!! 

Boris, the first RDF imported by the founders: Russian Domesticated Fox, Georgian White Color

Boris, the first RDF imported by the founders:

Russian Domesticated Fox, Georgian White Color

 

 

Sophia, the first RDF imported by the Founders Russian domesticated fox, Georgian White color

Sophia, the first RDF imported by the Founders

Russian domesticated fox, Georgian White color

JABCECC FOX AMBASSADORS

Ambassador Maksamilian: Russian domesticated fox.

Ambassador Maksamilian: Russian domesticated fox.

  • Registered name: Maksamilian
  • Given name: Maksamilian
  • Nickname: Maks
  • Gender: female
  • DOB: April 2016, ICG Novosibirsk, RU
  • Color Morph: Georgian White with Red
  • Personality: Sweet
  • Favorite food: Jerky treats
  • Favorite toy: My phone
Ambassador Viktor, Russian domesticated fox

Ambassador Viktor, Russian domesticated fox

  • Registered name: Viktor
  • Given name: Viktor
  • Nickname: Cheeky Monkie
  • Gender: Male
  • DOB: April 2016, ICG Novosibirsk, RU
  • Color Morph: Red
  • Personality: Cheeky - mischievious
  • Favorite food: chicken
  • Favorite toy: my paper towels
Mikhail, Silver Russian domesticated fox  

Mikhail, Silver Russian domesticated fox

 

Registered name: Atik

Given name: Mikhail

Nickname: Chompers

Gender: Male

DOB: April 2016, ICG Novosibirsk, RU

Color Morph: Silver

Personality: shy, but loves toys and to play

Favorite food: marshmallows

Favorite toy: everything

Russian domesticated foxes in Russia

Russian platinum

Russian domesticated fox in Russia, Platinum color

Russian domesticated fox in Russia, Platinum color

 

Russian white flank

Russian domesticated fox in Russia White Flank Color

Russian domesticated fox in Russia White Flank Color