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Foxes as Pets Compared to Dogs

Having a fox for a pet has enchanted a lot of people. Foxes are charming, intelligent animals and if you have them as a pet then there is a lot of appeal in having a special animal as a pet than not many people have. Many people make a mistake of buying a pet fox thinking that is it just going to be like a dog but foxes can be a great pet for someone who has the time and resources to care for them.

When dogs are born, they have a very strong pack mentality. Dogs want to obey their leader, their owner, their alpha, and this is how he sees his owner. The pleasure of its master is ingrained in a dog’s mind. While foxes are intelligent, their core motivation is different than that of a dog. The pleasure of his master is what the dog is after but for a fox it is the pleasure of getting the treat.

The odor of foxes are very strong. Dogs stink after a few weeks without a bath, but foxes stink all the time. The strong, musky odor of the fox cannot be entirely eliminated but it a fox is neutered is can somewhat be lessened.

People would like to think the best of foxes as pets, something that they can show off to their friends and neighbors. The sad reality is that this is not true. While foxes become very attached and affectionate with their families, they are impossibly shy around visitors and strangers.

Unlike a dog’s a fox has special dietary and exercise requirements. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. They need a large, carefully-built outdoor enclosure.

Foxes are very proficient at getting out of enclosures than even the most determined dog. What foxes can do is lead as high as six feet in the air, climb fences, cling upside down to climb along a chain links ceiling for short distances. If you mean to keep a fox in an enclosure then it must not only be large, but it must be impossible to dig out of and have a full roof.

The mistaken impression of people is that foxes can be kept as an indoor pet, left inside the house while they go to work. Nothing could be farther from the truth especially with the larger species like red foxes. Foxes steal things, and they hide things that are small enough to carry, and they love destroying or shredding things with their teeth. This behavior is nearly impossible to break even if you have tried training your fox. The difference of foxes with dogs is that dogs can be trained not to chew things but foxes will not chew things only if you are there and watching.

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