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. 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. 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.
The odor of foxes are very strong. Round the clock there is never a time that a fox will smell good, unlike a dog that smells good unless he has not taken a bath for weeks. 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. While foxes can get really attached to the family they are staying with, 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. 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. 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.
One thing that people are mistaken with is to think that foxes can be good indoor pets that can be left alone in the house while they are away at work. There is no truth to this especially if you pet is a red fox. 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. This behavior is nearly impossible to break even if you have tried training your fox. 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.