Foxes as Pets Compared to 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. 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. 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 pleasure of his master is what the dog is after but for a fox it is the pleasure of getting the treat.
Foxes have very strong odor. After a few weeks without a bath, dogs stink, but foxes smell 24/7. 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. IN reality, there is no truth to this thinking. 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. They are extremely energetic and require loads of exercise everyday. 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. If you mean to keep a fox in an enclosure then it must not only be large, but it must be impossible to dig out of and 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. They will steal and hide anything small enough for them to carry, and shred just about everything they can get their teeth into. Even if your train foxes, it is difficult to break this behavior. 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.
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