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. 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. For your dog, you are the alpha, the leader and it is build in them that they have to obey the leader. The pleasure of its master is ingrained in a dog’s mind. 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 reality, however, falls short of this. While foxes become very attached and affectionate with their families, they are impossibly shy around visitors and strangers.
The dietary and exercise requirements of a fox are special and it is nothing like a dog’s. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. 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. 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.
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. Nothing could be farther from the truth especially with the larger species like red foxes. 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. A dog can be taught not to chew things, but a fox can be taught not to chew things only when you are watching.