What No One Knows About Foxes

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. Many people make a mistake of buying a pet fox thinking that is it just going to be like a dog but foxes can be a great pet for someone who has the time and resources to care for them.

All dogs have a very strong pack mentality. 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 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.

Foxes has a strong smell from their bodies. 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 would like to think the best of foxes as pets, something that they can show off to their friends and neighbors. The reality, however, falls short of this. Foxes are said to be impossibly shy to strangers and visitors but not to the family that has adopted him.

Unlike a dog’s a fox has special dietary and exercise requirements. They are extremely energetic and require loads of exercise everyday. 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. 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.

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. A dog can be taught not to chew things, but a fox can be taught not to chew things only when you are watching.