Foxes as Pets Compared to Dogs
Many people are enchanted by the idea of owning a pet fox. 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. 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.
When dogs are born, they 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 are intelligent but their core motivation is different from that of a dog. The dog wants to please you and make you happy but foxes want the treat.
The odor of foxes are very strong. 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.
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. A large enclosure is what a fox needs for his exercise.
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. 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.
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. 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. If you have tried training your fox not to do this, you will find that it is impossible to do so. A dog can be taught not to chew things, but a fox can be taught not to chew things only when you are watching.
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