Overwhelmed by the Complexity of Pets? This May Help

Guide to Foxes as Pets

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. 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. Dogs want to obey their leader, their owner, their alpha, and this is how he sees his owner. Every dogs has only the pleasure of his master in mind. Foxes are intelligent but their core motivation is different from that of a dog. 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. 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 cannot be entirely eliminated but it can be lessened if the fox is neutered.

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.

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. They can leap as high as six feet in the air, climb up fences, and even cling 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.

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. There is no truth to this especially if you pet is a red fox. Foxes steal things, and they hide things that are small enough to carry, and they love destroying or shredding things with their teeth. If you have tried training your fox not to do this, you will find that it is impossible to do so. 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.