13 Dogs That Look Just Like Foxes — No, Seriously

And all of them make great companions too!

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Foxes are adorable — they have cute pointy noses, fluffy fur that you want to run your fingers through, and they look like they'd make good pets because of how social they are. But, unfortunately, having a fox as a pet is illegal in a majority of U.S. states and they’re too wild to domesticate. So, why not settle for a dog that looks like a fox? Not only are you going to get all the physical characteristics of a fox, but with you'll also get the loyalty of a dog.

Dogs that look like foxes come in a variety of sizes and colors. You can get a smaller breed, like a Long-Haired Chihuahua or a Volpino Italiano, or a bigger one, like an Akita Inu or Norwegian Elkhound. And because they're so closely related to foxes, these dog breeds are playful, protective of their family, wary of strangers, and love spending time outdoors.

So before you try to figure out how to domesticate a fox, opt to adopt one of these dogs that look like foxes.

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Akita Inu

The Akita Inu, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), is friendly towards its family but wary of strangers and other dogs — especially same sex dogs. They also have a special place in Japanese culture.

When a child is born in Japan, the family will receive a miniature Akita figurine from loved ones, because it represents happiness, health, and long life.

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Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Klee Kai can be as vocal and energetic as a fox. As Dog Time notes, they are prone to expressing all of their emotions with whines and barks. They also demand lots of playtime and physical activity, making them the perfect companion for someone who loves the outdoors.

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Basenji

Similarly to the Alaskan Klee Kai, the Basenji needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation. According to Pet Finder, they can be destructive if they get bored. They also howl, yodel, and shriek to get your attention.

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Finnish Spitz

The Finnish Spitz is described by the AKC as friendly, lively, and good-natured, making them great family dogs. They also make good alert dogs, who are wary of strangers but not totally shy.

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Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz's pointy nose and black eyes make them look just like foxes. According to the AKC, they make great companion dogs and they're always up for adventures like taking car rides, going to the beach, and hiking.

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Keeshond

The Keeshond, as Dog Time notes, doesn't do very well with being alone because they love to keep their owners company. They'd be the perfect option for a retiree, a stay at home parent, or someone that works from home.

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Korean Jindo

The Korean Jindo is described by Pet Finder as alert, watchful, and intelligent. Because of its independent nature, this dog breed is more of a one-person companion and does well in small families.

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dogs that look like foxes - Long haired chihuahua
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Long-Haired Chihuahua

If you're looking for a smaller fox look-a-like, the Long-Haired Chihuahua is the right option for you. According to AKC, they are not into roughhousing with children and need special care during the winter.

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dogs that look like foxes - Norwegian Elkhound
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Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound, according to Pet Finder, is the perfect dog for someone that lives in cold temperatures. Their thick top coat and wooly undercoat keeps them warm during the winter.

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, as the AKC notes, benefits from moderate exercise daily and will be excited to accompany you on long walks.

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Schipperke

The Schipperke is the most fox-like dog in this list. Their black coat, pointed nose, and black eyes resembles a black fox. According to Dog Time, they are fearless, devoted, and a great guard dog.

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Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu's fur and colors make them look just like foxes, according to the AKC. They love playing and spending time with their owners. Unfortunately, they tend to get separation anxiety, so they'd do well with someone who spends a lot of time at home.

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Volpino Italiano

The Volpino Italiano is a great family dog, who is friendly and energetic. You can also expect them to live for 14 to 16 years, according to Pet MD.

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