Foxes as Pets Compared to Dogs
Having a fox for a pet has enchanted a lot of people. Not many people have a fox for a pet and so there is a lot of appeal in owning one besides foxes being charming and intelligent animals. 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. Dogs sees their owners as their alpha and they are hard-wired to want to obey the leader. 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 has a strong smell from their bodies. 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. IN reality, there is no truth to this thinking. While foxes become very attached and affectionate with their families, they are impossibly shy around visitors and strangers.
Outside of a dog, foxes have special dietary and exercise requirement. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. They need a large, carefully-built outdoor enclosure.
Even the most determine dog cannot beat a fox in getting out of an enclosure. 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.
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. There is no truth to this especially if you pet is a red fox. Foxes steal things, and they hide things that are small enough to carry, and they love destroying or shredding things with their teeth. 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.