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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. 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.

All dogs 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. Foxes and dogs are both intelligent but they have different things that motivate them. The pleasure of his master is what the dog is after but for a fox it is the pleasure of getting the treat.

Foxes has a strong smell from their bodies. Dogs stink after a few weeks without a bath, but foxes stink all the time. You can somewhat lessen the strong, stinky smell of a fox is you neuter it, otherwise, the smell cannot be entirely eliminated.

People think that foxes as pets can be shown off to friends and neighbors. The reality, however, falls short of this. 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. They are extremely energetic and require loads of exercise everyday. It is a must to build your fox a large, carefully-built enclosure outdoors.

Foxes have great proficiency at getting out of enclosures and they can beat a dog on that. 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. The enclosure for your fox should be with a roof, it must be large and it must be impossible for a fox to dig out of it.

One thing that people are mistaken with is to think that foxes can be good indoor pets that can be left alone in the house while they are away at work. If you pet is a red fox you will soon realize your mistaken impression about foxes being a good indoor pet. 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. 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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