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Intraspecies Relationships
***Fox Couples*** 

With roughly 35% of Vulpes total population, Fox couples are the most common intraspecies couples on the planet.
Relationship Traits
How male and female foxes usually meet: Like most canine species, foxes are generally very playful as pups.  However, foxes tend to be the most playful among all the canine species (especially vixen pups).  Many young fox pups bond to another fox pup during grade school.  These relationships are not physical in nature, but they often do develop further later on in life.
Developing a meaningful relationship: Most of the time, a young male fox will come across a vixen that he likes and he will immediately try to get her interested in him (No...not in that way).  If she is interested, the couple will date several times (usually during high school and early on in college).  Then by the time that the couple is in their early 20's, if their emotional bond is strong enough, the couple will get married.
Special Emotional Traits: Their are a couple of traits that male and female foxes use to show their emotions to a potential mate.

1. The "ear tug": Foxes (and all other canines) will occasionally gently tug on the ear of their partner with their teeth.  Foxes also do this with non-canine species every now and then, but usually keep it amongst themselves and other canines.
2. Variable temperature tongues: Foxes (and all other canines) have tongues that can change temperature to suit a certain emotional state.  Usually, only vixens have this ability among foxes and they don't develop it until they are sexually mature.  The tongue has essentially two different temperature levels.

Warm and Friendly: This is true about 99% of the time.  At this stage, it usually means that a fox is in a normal mood and not feeling overly yiffy.  When a fox tongue kisses another, the tongue feels warm and soothing with only a little amount of moisture.
Hot and Spicy: This is predominately reserved for vixens and usually only occurs during the winter months (mating season).  At this stage, the vixen is usually in heat and in the mood to yiff.  She can be extremely playful and passionate at this time, especially towards a male that she likes.  Her tongue feels very warm and moist when she uses it to lick males to get them to want to yiff her.  Most of the time, it works rather quickly.

It is important to note that all foxes have a third setting which is a combination of the two previous settings.  This "Hot and Friendly" setting is common in fox couples with young pups (generally less than 3 years old).  The warmer tongue is supposed to give the young pups the feeling that their parents love them and it helps them grow faster and stronger.
Mating Season: January-March (usually peaking in late January to early February)
Male fox reproductive characteristics: A male fox's penis can change temperature from its normal range (around 100 degrees) to the mating season range (usually 110 to 115 degrees).  In addition, like all canines, male foxes have a knot near the sheath that reacts to vaginal juices while inside a vixen.  When it is at normal size, the typical fox knot is about the size of a ping-pong ball, but usually grows to be about twice that size when fully grown.
Vixen reproductive characteristics: When a vixen is sexually interested in a male fox, her vulva will swell to double its normal size.  During mating season, the swelling is even greater (in some cases the vixen vulva can swell 3 to 4x its normal size), also during the mating season, the vixen's vulva will also darken, becoming a purplish color with brighter pink spots around the opening to her vagina.  Internally, the vaginal walls become very hot (around 105 degrees most of the year, 110 to 120 degrees during mating season*).
The yiffy experience: 99% of the time, the male fox will mount the vixen from behind and yiff her doggy-style (naturally).  Once the couple is excited enough, the male fox will put his knot inside his mate and will let it grow while the vixen clamps down on it with her vaginal walls.  Eventually, the knot will become locked inside the vixen and unable to be removed until the male finishes inseminating her.  As soon as the male is locked inside a vixen, he will dismount her and turn around facing opposite directions, resulting in the copulatory tie that is a trademark of all canine species.  During the tie (which usually lasts between 15-30 minutes) the male will slowly and leisurely inseminate the vixen until his biological urges have been satisfied and the couple can break free from the tie.
Male foxes
> Typical sperm count per yiffy encounter: 1 to 3 billion
> Typical "batting average"**: about 20%
> Average time needed for recovery between yiffy encounters: 1 to 2 hours
> Average age of reaching sexual maturity: 14
> Average age of first sexual encounter*: 16
> Average number of egg cells released during yiff (if any): 6-12
> Average litter size: 4-8
> Maximum litter size: 9-12
> Typical number of litters a vixen will give birth to in her lifetime: 2 to 4
> Gestation: About 9 weeks
> Average age of reaching sexual maturity: 13
> Average age of first sexual encounter*: 16
Parental Roles
Male foxes and vixens that have families are strongly bonded together (mainly as a result of the copulatory tie...each time a fox couple is tied together, the stronger their relationship will be).  Male foxes and vixens both play significant roles in raising the pups (usually the pups will bond strongest with the parent of opposite gender**).
Typical Male Fox Parental Role: Most male foxes help to teach the pups to do things for themselves, like hunt and fish (should they ever need to use it).  Male foxes will often be highly protective of their daughters (especially when the young vixens are just reaching sexual maturity).  Although many male foxes don't tend to be highly emotional towards their pups, they can be gentle and loving if they need to be.  No matter how emotional a male fox is to the pups, all male foxes love their pups and will do damn near anything for them.
Typical Vixen Parental Role: In general, the vixen's parental role is far more important than the male foxes role (though they try to share the responsibilities as much as possible).  Aside from the typical maternal behavior (nursing young pups, etc), Vixens are fiercely defensive of their pups.  If anything or anyone were to threaten her pups, she would to anything (and I mean ANYTHING) to protect them, even giving her life should it be necessary.  Let's put it this way, it's best NOT to piss off a vixen w/pups by threatening her family, because she will be EXTREMELY hostile >:}.  In addition, vixens also provide most of the emotional support for the pups, which often includes nuzzling, cuddling and licking her pups.
Overall: Fox couples are typically very close and devoted parents, male foxes and vixens try their best to share the responsibilities of family life equally and very rarely have serious conflicts.
Overall strength of relationship (on a 0-10 scale*): 9

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*: Fire vixens and Blue vixens can get even hotter (up to 140 degrees)
**: Batting average = approximate amount of sperm cells that make it to a female's fallopian tubes while still having a chance to fertilize any available egg cells.
*: Remember, on Vulpes, Vulpines are considered adults at 16.  High school age teens that have not yet reached official adulthood are allowed to yiff as long as the parents of both individuals consent and the couple uses contraception (it is required by law that all 14 and 15 year olds that do yiff between each other to use contraception)
**: Sons usually bond to their mother while daughters usually bond to their father.
*: Using this scale 0 = Impossible (Male and Female too hostile to be together), 5 = Average, 10 = Inseperable (Male and Female are extremely close and wouldn't want to be apart for any reason...not even death).