Foxes as Pets Compared to 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. 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.
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. Dogs live to please its master. 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.
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. The reality, however, falls short of this. 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. It is a must to build your fox a large, carefully-built enclosure outdoors.
Foxes are very proficient at getting out of enclosures than even the most determined dog. 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.
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. Nothing could be farther from the truth especially with the larger species like red foxes. 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. 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.