While it is true that domestic foxes are gaining popularity around the world, this species still takes the place of the popular dog. So instead of welcoming a wild animal into your home, why not opt for one of these fox dog breeds?
1. Finnish Spitz
|Weight||20-28 pounds (female) or 25-33 pounds (male)|
The Finnish pitz is one of the less common dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, but they are incredibly cute. This hunting dog is native to Finland, as the name implies, and has a distinctly fox-like red coat. Their faces also incredibly resemble a fox.
Finnish Spitz are famous for their alert barking, with many owners entering their dogs in barking contests! Still, they are surprisingly friendly to strangers and incredibly intelligent. The breed is also quite intelligent and independent, so it can be a challenge to train.
2. Shiba Inu
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Shiba Inu is quite popular, gaining notoriety from its use in internet memes. These dogs are bred as hunters, but have since taken on a comfortable role as companion dogs. Their golden red coat and pointed face make them very fox-like.
Shiba Inu are surprisingly athletic and strong for their small size and are also quite aloof and independent. If you let your Shiba Inu loose, you can expect to lose it in a matter of seconds! Doors, gates and other escape opportunities should be watched carefully.
|Weight||less than 6 kilos|
The Chihuahua might not be the first breed you think of when it comes to fox lookalikes, but you have to admit that the long-haired Chihuahua is a strong contender.
These toy-sized dogs are known to be stubborn and full of attitude, but they can make great companions when given proper training and socialization. While their small size means they are far from intimidating, a Chihuahua will still try to protect their territory whenever possible.
The pomeranian certainly has a lot more fur than a common fox, but their faces are remarkably similar. This breed, serving as a companion to royalty for centuries, is at home on your lap or playing in the backyard.
Regular and consistent training is a must for any Pomeranian. While the breed is not purposefully stubborn, it can take a bit of repetition to get a command to follow. The breed can also be distant with strangers.
5. Italian Volpino
The Italian Volpino may be a little-known breed of dog, but it’s a face of the charming Arctic Fox. In fact, their name translates to Italian fox.
These dogs, which have been popular in Italy since the 15th century, are a type of Nordic Spitz. The Italian Volpino may be beautiful, but it is also an avid barker. If you prefer a quiet home, this is probably not the breed for you.
6. American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo is another Arctic Fox imposter, though not as impressive as the Italian Volpino. Like the previous breed, these dogs are a type of Spitz, which gives them their pointed face and ears.
This breed is incredibly friendly and trainable, in large part because of their history as circus dogs. However, make sure that you can meet your fairly high exercise needs.
7. Alaskan Klee Kai
Often confused with miniature Huskies, the Alaskan Klee Kai is an energetic breed that is quickly gaining popularity. Many homeowners are choosing them over crosses from popular designers like Pomsky.
While the Klee Kai is a complete pet, they need regular mental and physical stimulation to succeed in any household.
The Jindo is a Korean breed that resembles a cross between a fox and a wolf. These dogs are excellent for guarding, hunting, and general companionship, although they are much more independent than other popular breeds.
Although Jindo is not very popular in the United States, it is revered in its home of South Korea. When kept as pets, Jindos prefer to bond with a single person over an entire family.
9. German Spitz
After looking at the adorable fox-faced German Spitz, it should come as no surprise that it is related to several other breeds on our list. While the German Spitz comes in a variety of colors, the red coat variety is more reminiscent of a traditional fox.
This dog is incredibly easy to train and loves his family, although he does not like the company of strangers. The breed is also known for barking, so training is needed to avoid excessive noise.
|Weight||70-100 pounds (female) or 100-130 pounds (male)|
At an average of 100 pounds, the Akita is much larger than any real fox. Still, their charming, slightly pointed faces earn a spot on our list.
The Akita came from Japan, where the breed is known for being extremely brave and loyal. These dogs are quite protective of their families and are valued as companions all over the world.
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The wild fox may be distantly related to our canine companions, but the two still share many similarities. For most families, owning a fox is far from a reality, but there are countless dog breeds that resemble charming, mischievous creatures!
Do you own any of the breeds we mentioned? Do you think they look like wild foxes? Or is there a worthy race that you think we’ve forgotten? Let us know in the comments!