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Foxes as Pets Compared to Dogs

Many people are enchanted by the idea of owning a pet fox. Foxes are charming and intelligent animals and if you have them as a pet then you will be proud to be one of the few who owns something that not many people have. You don’t treat a pet fox like a pet dog because they are different and foxes are ideal pets for someone with time and resources to take care of them.

When dogs are born, they have a very strong pack mentality. Dogs sees their owners as their alpha and they are hard-wired to want to obey the leader. 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 dog wants to please you and make you happy but foxes want the treat.

Foxes has a strong smell from their bodies. After a few weeks without a bath, dogs stink, but foxes smell 24/7. You can somewhat lessen the strong, stinky smell of a fox is you neuter it, otherwise, the smell cannot be entirely eliminated.

People would like to think the best of foxes as pets, something that they can show off to their friends and neighbors. The reality, however, falls short of this. Foxes are said to be impossibly shy to strangers and visitors but not to the family that has adopted him.

Outside of a dog, foxes have special dietary and exercise requirement. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. A large enclosure is what a fox needs for his exercise.

Foxes have great proficiency at getting out of enclosures and they can beat a dog on that. They can leap as high as six feet in the air, climb up fences, and even cling upside down to climb along a chain link ceiling for short distances. Foxes need a special enclosure if you don’t want him to escape and this enclosure should not only be large but it must be impossible for the fox to dig out of it or to jump out of it so it must also 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. What foxes do when you are away is to get small things and hide them and shred anything that they can get their teeth into. Even if your train foxes, it is difficult to break this behavior. You can train your dog not to chew things and he will learn but a fox will not chew only if you are there are and watching, otherwise, he will chew things.

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