How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet Dogs
Many people are enchanted by the idea of owning a pet fox. Foxes are charming and intelligent animals and if you have them as a pet then you will be proud to be one of the few who owns something that not many people have. 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.
All dogs have a very strong pack mentality. For your dog, you are the alpha, the leader and it is build in them that they have to obey the leader. Dogs live to please its master. 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.
The odor of foxes are very strong. 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 would like to think the best of foxes as pets, something that they can show off to their 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.
Unlike a dog’s a fox has special dietary and exercise requirements. 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. 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. 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. 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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