How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet Dogs
Having a fox for a pet has enchanted a lot of people. 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. 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.
A strong pack mentality is within a dog when they are born. Dogs want to obey their leader, their owner, their alpha, and this is how he sees his owner. The pleasure of its master is ingrained in a dog’s mind. Foxes and dogs are both intelligent but they have different things that motivate them. While dogs are happy to please their master, foxes are happy to get a treat from their master.
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 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 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. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. A large enclosure is what a fox needs for his exercise.
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. 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. 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. This behavior is nearly impossible to break even if you have tried training your fox. 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.