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How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet Dogs

Having a fox for a pet has enchanted a lot of people. Not many people have a fox for a pet and so there is a lot of appeal in owning one besides foxes being charming and intelligent animals. 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. Every dogs has only the pleasure of his master in mind. Foxes are intelligent but their core motivation is different from that of a dog. While dogs are happy to please their master, foxes are happy to get a treat from their master.

Foxes have very strong odor. After a few weeks without a bath, dogs stink, but foxes smell 24/7. The strong, musky odor of the fox cannot be entirely eliminated but it a fox is neutered is can somewhat be lessened.

People think that foxes as pets can be shown off to friends and neighbors. The sad reality is that this is not true. While foxes can get really attached to the family they are staying with, they are impossibly shy around visitors and strangers.

The dietary and exercise requirements of a fox are special and it is nothing like a dog’s. Foxes need loads of exercise everyday because they are very energetic. They need a large, carefully-built outdoor enclosure.

Foxes are very proficient at getting out of enclosures than even the most determined dog. It is truly amazing what foxes can do like leaping as high as six feet in the air, climbing fences, clinging 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.

People think that foxes can be kept as an indoor pet which can be left free to run around the house while they are away at 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. This behavior is nearly impossible to break even if you have tried training your fox. 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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