How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet Dogs
Many people are enchanted by the idea of owning a pet fox. Foxes are charming and intelligent animals and if you have them as a pet then you will be proud to be one of the few who owns something that 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.
All dogs 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. While foxes are intelligent, their core motivation is different than that of a dog. While dogs are happy to please their master, foxes are happy to get a treat from their master.
Foxes have very strong odor. 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.
People think that foxes as pets can be shown off to 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.
Unlike a dog’s a fox has special dietary and exercise requirements. With all of their energy, the exercise requirement of foxes are really great. They need a large, carefully-built outdoor enclosure.
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. 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.
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. They will steal and hide anything small enough for them to carry, and shred just about everything they can get their teeth into. This behavior is nearly impossible to break even if you have tried training your fox. A dog can be taught not to chew things, but a fox can be taught not to chew things only when you are watching.