How Pet Foxes are Different from Pet 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. 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.
A strong pack mentality is within a dog when they are born. Dogs want to obey their leader, their owner, their alpha, and this is how he sees his owner. Dogs live to please its master. Foxes are intelligent but their core motivation is different from that of a dog. The dog wants to please you and make you happy but foxes want 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. 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. 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.
The dietary and exercise requirements of a fox are special and it is nothing like a dog’s. Foxes need loads of exercise everyday because they are very energetic. 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. 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. Even if your train foxes, it is difficult to break this behavior. 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.