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!!
Viktor with his Foxy Friend, Camden.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Brown.
OUr Foxy Friends
The Russian Domesticated Foxes (Belyaev Foxes)
Boris, Russian domesticated fox, Georgian White
Boris and Sophia were the first two Russian domesticated foxes imported by Amy and Dave Bassett, the Founders of the JABCECC. To date, Boris remains the most friendly of all the foxes and is always eager to come up to new people and demand they scratch his belly! He is truly an amazing Ambassador and is always the first one we introduce new people to! Boris is fairly food motivated and will gladly perform tricks for a treat! He is also the most confident of the foxes and has no issues sleeping in the princess tent!!!
Sophia, Russian domesticated fox, Georgian White
Sophia, well, the folks at the ICG called her tender. We are pretty certain translated to English that means VERBAL! Sophia is the most verbal of all the foxes. She is our diva. She is constantly telling everyone what they need to be doing and not doing! She is the queen and lets everyone know it! Sophia is the most likely to loose her mind with happiness if you approach her enclosure. She will roll on her back and squeal happiness!! She is also very toy motivated and loves her babies....
The New Russians in Town!!!
- 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
- 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
Registered name: Atik
Given name: Mikhail
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