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How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet Dogs

It would be a wonderful thing to have a fox for a pet. 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. Many people make a mistake of buying a pet fox thinking that is it just going to be like a dog but foxes can be a great pet for someone who has the time and resources to care for them.

All dogs have a very strong pack mentality. Dogs sees their owners as their alpha and they are hard-wired to want to obey the leader. 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. Dogs stink after a few weeks without a bath, but foxes stink all the time. 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. Foxes are said to be impossibly shy to strangers and visitors but not to the family that has adopted him.

Unlike a dog’s a fox has special dietary and exercise requirements. Foxes need loads of exercise everyday because they are very energetic. It is a must to build your fox a large, carefully-built enclosure outdoors.

Even the most determine dog cannot beat a fox in getting out of an enclosure. 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. If you pet is a red fox you will soon realize your mistaken impression about foxes being a good indoor pet. Foxes steal things, and they hide things that are small enough to carry, and they love destroying or shredding things with their teeth. 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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