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How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet 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. 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. Dogs live to please its master. 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.
Foxes have very strong odor. After a few weeks without a bath, dogs stink, but foxes smell 24/7. The strong, musky odor cannot be entirely eliminated but it can be lessened if the fox is neutered.
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 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. Foxes need loads of exercise everyday because they are very energetic. A large enclosure is what a fox needs for his exercise.
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. 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.
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. There is no truth to this especially if you pet is a red fox. 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. 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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