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. Dogs sees their owners as their alpha and they are hard-wired to want to obey the leader. Every dogs has only the pleasure of his master in mind. Foxes are intelligent but their core motivation is different from that of a dog. While dogs are happy to please their master, foxes are happy to get a treat from their master.
Foxes has a strong smell from their bodies. 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 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.
Unlike a dog’s a fox has special dietary and exercise requirements. They are extremely energetic and require loads of exercise everyday. A large enclosure is what a fox needs for his exercise.
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. 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. If you have tried training your fox not to do this, you will find that it is impossible to do so. 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.