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Foxes as Pets Compared to Dogs
Many people are enchanted by the idea of owning a pet fox. 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. Foxes can make a decent pet for someone who has the time and resources to take care for them but a lot of people think that taking care of foxes is just like taking care of a dog, which is really a mistake.
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. Dogs live to please its master. Foxes are intelligent but their core motivation is different from 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.
Foxes have very strong odor. Round the clock there is never a time that a fox will smell good, unlike a dog that smells good unless he has not taken a bath for weeks. You can somewhat lessen the strong, stinky smell of a fox is you neuter it, otherwise, the smell cannot be entirely eliminated.
A lot of people imagine a fox to be an awesome pet that they can show off to their friends and neighbors. IN reality, there is no truth to this thinking. While foxes become very attached and affectionate with their families, 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. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. They need a large, carefully-built outdoor enclosure.
Even the most determine dog cannot beat a fox in getting out of an enclosure. 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. 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.
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. They will steal and hide anything small enough for them to carry, and shred just about everything 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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