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10 Dog Breeds That Look Like Fox

Updated on February 2, 2018
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Foxes are often considered pests or nuisance creatures for their opportunistic attacks on poultry and other small livestock. Many foxes adapt well to human environments, with several species classified as "resident urban carnivores" for their ability to sustain populations entirely within urban boundaries.

As fascinating as it sounds, it is not easy to pet a fox(see the video below). And as always, dogs come to our rescue. Here is a list of top 10 dog breeds that look like foxes.

If you are fascinated by the thought of petting a fox and also uncomfortable of their nature, this list can help you find a nice dog.


The Kugsha is an ancient dog breed with a history that dates back to 1000 years. It is a breed of rare, domesticated dogs that were previously used as working dogs. They are characterised by a large, well-defined body with the looks of a wolf having a massive head with erect, pointy ears, almond-shaped eyes, and a broad muzzle. Their legs are sturdy and well-built, while the tail is long and bushy.

Korean Jindo

The Korean Jindo is a breed of hunting dog that originated on Jindo Island in South Korea. Brought to the United States with South Korean expatriates, it is celebrated in its native land for its fierce loyalty and brave nature.

Jindos are double-coated spitz-type dogs. Distinguishing the Jindo breed from mixes and other breeds is often done by close examination of cranial and facial features and by analysing the proportion of the head to the body. In addition, the breed exhibits sexual dimorphism with females having more angular heads than males.

The keen and alert appearance of the Jindo gives the impression of intelligence, strength, and agility. Other features include forward-pointing upright ears and a double coat.

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six original and distinct spitz breeds of dog from Japan.

A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting. It looks similar to and is often mistaken for other Japanese dog breeds like the Akita or Hokkaido, but the Shiba Inu is a different breed with a distinct blood line, temperament and smaller size than other Japanese dog breeds.

The Shiba is double coated, with the outer coat being stiff and straight and the undercoat soft and thick. Fur is short and even on the fox-like face, ears, and legs. Tail hair is slightly longer and stands open in a brush. Shibas may be red, black and tan or sesame, with a cream, buff, or grey undercoat.

Icelandic Sheepdog

The Icelandic Sheepdog is a breed of dog of spitz type originating from the dogs brought to Iceland by the Vikings. They are commonly used to herd sheep in the Icelandic countryside.

Icelandic Sheepdogs are tough and energetic. Hardy and agile, they are extremely useful for herding and driving livestock or finding lost sheep. However, the dogs are not known for hunting. They are very alert and always give visitors an enthusiastic welcome, without being aggressive. Friendly and cheerful, the Icelandic Sheepdog is inquisitive, playful, and unafraid. They generally get along well with children, as well as other pets.


The Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. The Akita has a short double-coat similar to that of many other northern spitz breeds such as the Siberian Husky, but long-coated dogs can be found in many litters due to a recessive gene.

The Akita is a powerful, independent and dominant breed, commonly aloof with strangers but affectionate with family members. As a breed, Akitas are generally hardy, but they have been known to suffer from various genetic conditions and can be sensitive to certain drugs.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a cattle herding dog breed which originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The corgi is one of the smallest dogs in the Herding Group. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are famed for being the preferred breed of Queen Elizabeth II, who has owned more than 30 during her reign. These dogs have been favored by British royalty for more than seventy years, but among the British public, have recently fallen into decline in terms of popularity and demand.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been ranked at #11 in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs, and per source, is considered an excellent working dog.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi sheds extensively, often daily with coat "blow outs" often twice a year. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has erect ears which are proportional to the equilateral triangle of the head. The ears should also be firm, medium in size, and tapered slightly to a rounded point. The head should be foxy in shape and appearance.

Finnish Spitz

A Finnish Spitz is a breed of dog originating in Finland. The breed was originally bred to hunt all types of game from squirrels and other rodents to bears. It is a "bark pointer", indicating the position of game by barking, and drawing the game animal's attention to itself, allowing an easier approach for the hunter. Its original game hunting purpose was to point to game that fled into trees, such as grouse, and capercaillies, but it also serves well for hunting elk. Some individuals have even been known to go after a bear. In its native country, the breed is still mostly used as a hunting dog. The breed is friendly and in general loves children, so it is suitable for domestic life. The Finnish Spitz has been the national dog of Finland since 1979.

The proper conformation is a square build, meaning that the length of the body is the same or slightly shorter than the height of the withers to the ground. The length of the body is measured from the point of the shoulder or fore-chest in front of the withers to the rump. Females are usually a little longer in the back than males. Both sexes should appear slightly longer in the leg than the back.


The Samoyed is a breed of large herding dog, from the spitz group, with a thick, white, double-layer coat. It takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding, and to pull sleds when they moved. An alternate name for the breed, especially in Europe, is Bjelkier.

Samoyeds' friendly disposition makes them poor guard dogs; an aggressive Samoyed is rare. The breed is characterised by an alert and happy expression which has earned the nicknames "Sammie smile" and "smiley dog." With their tendency to bark, however, they can be diligent watch dogs, barking whenever something approaches their territory. Samoyeds are excellent companions, especially for small children or even other dogs, and they remain playful into old age. When Samoyeds become bored, they may begin to dig.


The dhole is a canid native to Central, South and Southeast Asia. Other English names for the species include Asiatic wild dog, Indian wild dog, whistling dog, red dog, and mountain wolf.

The dhole is a highly social animal, living in large clans without rigid dominance hierarchies and containing multiple breeding females. Such clans usually consist of 12 individuals, but groups of over 40 are known. It is a diurnal pack hunter which preferentially targets medium and large sized ungulates. In tropical forests, the dhole competes with tigers and leopards, targeting somewhat different prey species, but still with substantial dietary overlap.

It is listed as Endangered by the IUCN as populations are decreasing and are estimated at fewer than 2,500 adults.

Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Klee Kai is a spitz type breed of dog, developed in the 1970s to create a companion sized dog resembling the Alaskan Husky. It is an energetic, intelligent, dog with an appearance that reflects its northern heritage.

It is intended that the Alaskan Klee Kai remain a small to medium-sized dog. Height is measured from the withers to the ground. An Alaskan Klee Kai should not appear heavy or too thin. Weight should be proportionate to height. This breed is part of the Spitz family and looks like a miniature Alaskan Husky.

Alaskan Klee Kai come in three recognised colour varieties: black and white, grey and white, or red and white.

Honorable Mentions

  • Vopino Italiano
  • Indian Spitz
  • American Eskimo
  • Japanese Spitz
  • Basenji
  • Longcoat Chihuahua

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    • Sam Dreiberg profile image

      Sam Dreiberg 5 weeks ago from India

      Thanks Larry..

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 5 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      Always enjoy dog related articles. Interesting read.