13 Dog Breeds That Look the Most Like Foxes

Ever spot what you thought was a fox, but it turned out to be your neighbor’s dog? It’s no surprise that some dog breeds are often confused with foxes, as today’s dogs descended from wolves, a close fox relative. But unlike their wild cousins, dogs have evolved to understand and communicate with humans.

Many dogs that look like foxes are spitz breeds. They tend to be intelligent, active, and high shedders. Spitzes are colder weather, double-coated dogs with perky ears, pointy muzzles, and curly or bushy tails. These predominant spitz qualities are what give these dogs a foxy look.

Here are 13 dog breeds that look just like foxes.

1. Shiba Inu

Initially bred for hunting, the shiba inu is a spitz breed of Japan. These intelligent, independent dogs can be a challenge to train and can sometimes develop issues, including possessiveness and aggression. They’re an affectionate, loyal breed with their families, however, although they might be wary of strangers. They need plenty of mental stimulation to keep them happy.

2. Akita

Often referred to as a “silent hunter,” the Akita is the largest Japanese spitz breed. They’re quiet, temperamental dogs that can be difficult to train. But they also tend to be fiercely loyal and have long served as guard and hunting dogs. As a high-energy breed, Akitas require rigorous daily exercise. While often aloof with strangers, the Akita can be silly and affectionate with their family.

3. American Eskimo

The American Eskimo dog looks similar to the snowy white Arctic fox. These dogs tend to be affectionate, loyal, protective watchdogs for their families. They also love to play outdoors, even in cold weather, and they generally get along very well with children. Their heavy coats shed a lot and require diligent grooming.

4. Schipperke

The independent, spunky schipperke looks like a small black fox. While these dogs are usually loyal and loving, they’re prone to barking. They love to be involved in daily activities, especially outdoor exercise, with their families, and are curious and playful. A pet peeve is that they will take off to chase a squirrel or other wildlife, however.

5. Samoyed

The Samoyed is another spitz breed that originated in the Arctic, primarily the Siberian area of Russia. These solid and intelligent dogs were historically bred to pull sleds on polar expeditions. Today, they are mainly kept as affectionate and playful family pets, though they have retained their strong instinct to chase small animals. They get along very well with children and other dogs, but they can be barkers.

6. Finnish Spitz

Often called the barking bird dog, the Finnish spitz is a highly energetic breed that requires a significant amount of daily exercise for both its physical and mental well-being. These dogs make loving family pets but are prone to barking out of boredom, especially when their exercise needs aren’t met. Still, with the right family, especially one with active children, this is a fine canine companion.

7. Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian elkhound is a hound and a spitz. It’s a playful and protective dog that makes a loyal pet and a good watchdog. It craves human companionship and can be prone to separation anxiety. The Norwegian elkhound is a highly energetic breed that requires rigorous daily exercise. These dogs generally get along well with children and other dogs, and they respond well to training.

8. German Spitz

Also known as the Eskimo spitz, the German spitz makes an exceptional companion because of its friendly and affectionate nature. These dogs tend to be loyal to their families and great with children. They’re also a quick-learning intelligent breed, but they require a lot of daily exercise. They are not fond of strangers and make good watchdogs. They are typically easy to train.

9. Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan klee kai looks like a lap-sized husky. These dogs are intelligent, playful, and highly energetic. They’re usually loving and loyal to their families, but many are cautious around strangers. Although they come in various colors, the red-and-white version looks strikingly similar to a red fox. Generally, this breed requires less intensive exercise and playtime than many other spitz breeds.

10. Chihuahua

Many Chihuahuas, especially those with long fur, look strikingly similar to the tiny, big-eared fennec fox. These dogs tend to bond closely with their favorite humans but might be standoffish with other people and animals. Despite their small size, they need a fair amount of mental and physical exercise to remain happy, although they do best with adults and older children. They also are quite protective and make good watchdogs.

11. Pomeranian

The Pomeranian might be little in size, but it’s big in spunky personality. These small, fluffy dogs have adorable, foxy faces that match their inquisitive, outgoing, friendly personalities. Although they require regular grooming, they aren’t tremendous shedders, unlike some other spitz breeds. This energetic canine can be many different colors, but red or orange are the most common, adding to the Pomeranian’s fox-like appearance.

12. Keeshond

The Dutch Keeshond is a spitz breed that often has markings resembling spectacles on its foxy, furry face. This is an intelligent, alert, and energetic canine that needs plenty of playtime and exercise. They are friendly dogs, but are protective of their family, making them a good watchdog as well as companion. Generally, Keeshonds get along well with children, other dogs, and dog-friendly cats, making them a fine family dog. They do require regular brushing, but don’t shed too excessively.

13. Icelandic Sheepdog

Although not such a well-known breed, the Icelandic Sheepdog is a very devoted, affectionate, and intelligent dog that almost always has a happy, alert expression on its foxy face. These dogs were originally bred to herd sheep, but today mostly serve as family companions, thanks to their good nature and ability to get along very well with children, other dogs, and dog-friendly cats. They can be barkers, however, and do require a lot of attention and exercise to feel their best.

Breeds to Avoid

If you have your heart set on a foxy-looking canine, then certain breeds are at the opposite end of the doggy looks spectrum, such sighthounds and scenthounds; bully breeds; and giant breeds like Newfies, Great Danes, and Saint Bernards.

Published On: May 25th, 2023Categories: Dog News