Dogs Which Look Like Foxes
January 6, 2019
Since owning a pet fox isn’t exactly a viable option for most people, the next best option would be to seek out a dog which looks like a fox.
Even though you wouldn’t exactly mistake these breeds for a fox, there is enough of a resemblance in their foxy appearance which generally comes from the long-pointed nose, triangular pointed and fluffy tan coloured coats.
We fully appreciate just how cute a fox can be and seeing rescue foxes integrating themselves into family homes is more than enough to give us envy. Yet, when it comes down to it, although they may be furry and of a very similar size, having a fox in your home really wouldn’t be that much fun – for the most part.
Here are just a few reasons why foxes don’t make for the best pets:
- Foxes have a devastatingly short lifespan of 2 to 4 years. Although it is possible for them to live significantly longer in captivity – which can be difficult as you’ll see from reading the next point.
- Foxes are almost impossible to train. No matter how intelligent the dog you try to train, it is guaranteed that they will be able to learn more commands than a fox. This doesn’t mean that the fox is less intelligent than a dog, it means that they’re a wild animal and the wild doesn’t require them to have a large attention span.
- Foxes cannot be house trained. And if you think cat or dog urine smelt bad, you’ll be in for a shock when you smell fox urine which is comparable to how terrible skunks smell. Along with the urine smell, foxes also have their own distinctive musk scents – and there is no way to descent them as you can do with ferrets.
- Foxes are shy animals. If you’re looking for a pet I’m guessing you’d also like to interact with it from time to time, which not all foxes will be happy to do on a regular basis. While they do have the potential to get attached to their families and those who are familiar with them, they will always be elusive when it comes to the presence of strangers or visitors.
- It is illegal in many countries, states and towns to have a pet fox in your home and own it as a pet. Depending on where you live, foxes may be protected by local wildlife regulations.
- Don’t like being bitten? You definitely don’t want to invite a fox into your home. Along with being nippy occasionally, they can also make a fair amount of noise!
Hopefully, that’s put you off the idea of having your own pet fox. While they may be infinitely adorable, they should still be respected and treated as wild animals who are not waiting to be captured and domesticated.
It is very easy for a fox to get stressed out in a domesticated environment, this is especially the case if you have other domestic pets. While you might have seen some adorable clips on YouTube as foxes getting along with other domestic pets these are VERY rare cases.
And before you go in search of fox/dog babies – know that crossing the two species is impossible due to the different amount of chromosomes in both of the species.
Yet, don’t despair, there are many breeds of dog which resemble foxes and are also perfect family pets.
We’ve listed the top breeds for dog fans who are also fox fans!
Dogs that look like foxes
- Shiba Inu – The Shiba Inu is Japan’s most popular dog, as well as being the smallest and oldest Japanese breed. As they are well built to be hunters, today they are more popularly seen as a family pet due to their charming and loyal personalities. There is probably no more photogenic dog alive than the Shiba Inu.
- Finnish Spitz – The Finnish Spitz is yet another form of Spitz which makes the list which was originally bred to hunt everything from bears to squirrels. Yet, as a pet, they are loyal, intelligent, playful and as you’d expect from a bark pointing dog, they are an incredibly vocal breed.
- Jindo – A Korean breed of dog which looks strikingly similar to the Shiba Inu, yet, they have their very own distinctive personalities They are very fierce and loyal protectors. Their bravery has contributed to the breed’s popularity across the globe, especially in America.
- American Eskimo Dog – Okay, the American Eskimo dog may be slightly fluffier than a fox and come in lighter colours, but their sweet pointed faces and ears still put them on the lists of dogs which look like animals. Personality wise, they make for great companions and are almost unparalleled when it comes to agility.
- Long-haired Chihuahua – The Long-haired Chihuahua may be considerably smaller than your average fox – but if you’re looking for a cub-sized doppelganger there’s no better option. Chihuahuas may not be as smart and wily as foxes, yet, no one can deny that they are just as adorable! There tends to be a lot of variation with the long-haired Chihuahuas, so you may have to look long and hard for those which look almost like a fox.
We hope we’ve quenched the thirst for you to own your very own fox. Always remember that it is best for both you and the fox to leave them in the wild!