Is there a difference?

With animals, for instance: I feel like one refers to the taming of an individual. While the other refers to the adaptation of an entire (sub)species for integration with humans; via multiple generations of selective breeding.

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As defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "domesticize" is simply the transitive form of "domesticate". The two do not differ in meaning.
It also shows that "domesticize" is used less frequently than "domesticated".

The Free Dictionary also simply gives the definition of domesticize as

tr.v. To domesticate.

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