11 Dogs That Look Like a Fox
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Dogs (Canis familiaris) are the descendants of wolves and are classified as a subspecies of the grey wolf (Canis lupus). Foxes are omnivorous mammals belonging to several genera of the Canidae family. Because of their close genetic similarity, dogs and foxes share many physical traits.
Domesticated dogs are reliable pets and companions. Foxes are not reliable as pets., but if you long to run with the foxes, I'd suggest getting a dog that looks like a fox instead. You can use this article to help decide which one would be the best fit for you.
1. The Finnish Spitz
The Finnish Spitz is a medium-sized dog of a non-sporting group originating in Finland. Finnish Spitz are the national dogs of Finland. They were bred to hunt, and are known as "bark pointers." Barking is a major part of its hunting activity, as it is a way to signal the hunter that the dog has located prey in the forest. A Spitz has a square build, red coat, and small, ascendant ears that give it a fox-like look.
Finnish Spitz is an intelligent, active, alert, and lively dog that tends to be protective of its owners and aloof with strangers.
Fox vs. Finnish Spitz
The Dhole, or Indian wild dog, is also known as a red dog or red fox dog. This dog is not a canid from the family of “Canis familiaris.” It’s a canid of “Cuon alpinus.” It is native to Central, South, and Southeast Asia. Dhole has a look like the Indian and Arabian fox.
Dholes are very similar to African wild dogs. They can kill a prey up to ten times their own size. They have high running speed of about 34 miles per hour. This species can jump seven feet straight up into the air, and skilled swimmers. Dhole dogs are highly social animals and live in packs of between 8-12 dogs. They are classed as endangered dogs.
Indian Dhole vs. FoxClick thumbnail to view full-size
3. Korean Jindo Dogs
3. Korean Jindo Dogs
Jindo dogs originated from Jingo Island, Korea. These medium-sized, athletic, and sturdy dogs are available in almost any colour: white, yellow, red, red and white, tan, tan and white, black, black and tan, and brindle coats. Red and white with tan coloured Jindos look like Asian Red Foxes.
Usually, a Jindo is a stubborn dog with a mind of its own, but they like being with the family and owner. They are territorial dogs and do not like other pets in their territory. Jindos need regular walks or exercise. A minimum of 30-minute, brisk walks are necessary for this dog. If they are not getting sufficiently exercised they may become stubborn.
Korean Jindo vs. Fox
4. Indian Spitz
Indian Spitz are one among the most intelligent dog breeds. They are small- or medium-sized Indian home dogs. These dogs are very active, alert, and naturally healthy dogs that are very suitable for extreme weather, like that of the Indian subcontinent.
Indian Spitz are very similar to the German Spitz in appearance, and look like a small fox. They are very bright dogs that love to be around family and kids, but do not welcome other pets. Indian Spitz are still not recognized by any major kennel club, but they are identified as a separate Indian breed by the Kennel Club of India.
Indian Spitz vs. Fox
5. Alaskan Klee Kai
Alaskan Klee Kai were developed in the 1970s to create a lap-sized versions of the Huskie. In 1988 they got recognition by most of kennel clubs. They are energetic, intelligent, playful, and very energetic dogs that love to be around their family. They are commonly friendly, but can be aloof and cautious around strangers. Alaskan Klee Kai don’t welcome outsiders openly like Siberian Huskies do.
These dogs are available in many colors, including black and white, grey and white, red and white, and all-white. A red and white Alaskan Klee Kai is rare and looks very similar to a red fox.
Red Alaskan Klee Kai vs. Fox
6. Japanese Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu is the smallest Spitz breed from Japan. They look very similar to other Japanese dog breeds, like Akita Inu. Shiba Inu were originally bred for hunting and are one of the few ancient dog breeds still in existence in the world today.
Shiba dogs are alert, confident, courageous, and bold. They are loving, kind, easily trainable, and brave dogs. These dogs are good with children and other pets and are not hostile with guests or strangers.
Fox vs. Shiba Inu
7. Volpino Italiano
Volpino Italiano are small Spitz-type dogs originally from Italy. In spite of its small size, this dog was originally kept as a guard dog. It is very energetic and lively. Volpino's job was to alert the large mastiffs to an intruder.
For some unfortunate reason, Volpino Italiano were about to die out around 1965. Only five dogs from this breed were left. But efforts to protect them were quite successful, and in 2006 approximately 2,000 dogs of this breed were counted. Most are in Italy, but they are also bred in Scandinavia, the U.K., and the U.S. In 2006 this dog was recognized by the UK Kennel Club and is now registered with most renowned kennel clubs.
Volpino Italiano look very much like white Arctic Fox.
8. American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo is a small dog from the Spitz family. Originating in Germany and bought to America in the 1930s, these were circus dogs. American Eskimo Dog is an Intelligent, friendly, alert, and protective breed.
With their straight, wedge-shaped ears and distinctive black points (lips, nose, and eye rims) these dogs have a look like the white Arctic Fox. They are also among the most trustworthy dogs to keep around children, and are considered a most reliable and loving companion dog.
American Eskimo Dog vsx Arctic Fox
9. Long-Haired Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is smallest dog in the world. Originating in Mexico in 1850, these dogs are eccentric it their disposition. This dog is best-suited for warm climates. Chihuahuas require minimal grooming and exercise, making them a good choice for older owners.
Chihuahua is an intelligent dog breed. These dogst enjoy playing with toys and being around family members. The KC in the United Kingdom and the AKC in the United States recognize two varieties of Chihuahua: The long-coat and the short-haired or short-coated. These dog is available almost in all colors, but the long-haired red Chihuahua looks very similar to a small red fox.
Longcoat Chihuahua vs. Fox
10. Icelandic Sheepdog
Icelandic Sheepdog is a very healthy dog breed of Spitz type. As its name suggests, this dog originated from Iceland and is an ancestor of the Shetland Sheepdog and the Welsh Corgi.
This is a very active breed that needs daily exercised and walking. These dogs don’t like to be left alone, as they have "home-alone anxiety" concerns. Icelandic Sheepdogs are friendly with other pets and outsiders, but need to be socialized at an early age. Their upward-facing, triangular ears and red fur with white and tan patches make them look a lot like a fox.
Icekandic Sheepdog vs. Fox
11. Khugsa Dog
Kugsha, or Amerindian Malamutes, are native to the United States and are wolf hybrids. These dogs are very alert, quick, and intelligent. They learn exceptionally quickly.
Khugsa is born travellers. Their long legs and strong bodies are well-suited to carrying heavy loads across long distances. Because they're only recently domesticated, they are very independent with lots of spirit. Though Kugsha is loyal and protective to owners, is not a good dog for families with small children due to a predatory nature.
The coat colour, erect ears, and lean body give them the look of tan arctic fox, but they also resemble wolves.