How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet Dogs
Many people are enchanted by the idea of owning a pet fox. 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.
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. Dogs live to please its master. 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 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. IN reality, there is no truth to this thinking. Foxes are said to be impossibly shy to strangers and visitors but not to the family that has adopted him.
Unlike a dog’s a fox has special dietary and exercise requirements. Foxes need loads of exercise everyday because they are very energetic. 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. It is truly amazing what foxes can do like leaping as high as six feet in the air, climbing fences, clinging 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.
The mistaken impression of people is that foxes can be kept as an indoor pet, left inside the house while they go to 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. 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.