How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet Dogs
It would be a wonderful thing to have a fox for a pet. 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. You don’t treat a pet fox like a pet dog because they are different and foxes are ideal pets for someone with time and resources to take care of 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. 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. The dog wants to please you and make you happy but foxes want the treat.
Foxes have very strong odor. Dogs stink after a few weeks without a bath, but foxes stink all the time. 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 sad reality is that this is not true. While foxes can get really attached to the family they are staying with, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.