Foxes as Pets Compared to Dogs
Having a fox for a pet has enchanted a lot of people. Foxes are charming, intelligent animals and if you have them as a pet then there is a lot of appeal in having a special animal as a pet than 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.
A strong pack mentality is within a dog when they are born. 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. Foxes and dogs are both intelligent but they have different things that motivate them. The dog wants to please you and make you happy but foxes want the treat.
The odor of foxes are very strong. Dogs stink after a few weeks without a bath, but foxes stink all the time. The strong, musky odor of the fox cannot be entirely eliminated but it a fox is neutered is can somewhat be lessened.
A lot of people imagine a fox to be an awesome pet that they can show off to their friends and neighbors. The reality, however, falls short of this. 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. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. They need a large, carefully-built outdoor enclosure.
Foxes have great proficiency at getting out of enclosures and they can beat a dog on that. 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. Nothing could be farther from the truth especially with the larger species like red foxes. They will steal and hide anything small enough for them to carry, and shred just about everything they can get their teeth into. 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.