15 Dogs That Look Like Foxes aka Fox Dogs

Some dogs really do resemble foxes quite a bit, right? Let's take a closer look at these 15 fox-like breeds and learn more about them and what makes them ''foxy''!

Even though dogs and foxes are very different animals, they can sometimes look alike terribly!

Some dog breeds could easily be mistaken for foxes – that is how much they have in common.

Today we’re taking a look at 15 dog breeds that look like foxes!

15. Shiba Inu


The smallest of all Japanese Spitz breeds is the Shiba Inu. Shiba is small, but an incredibly strong-willed and even stubborn breed. The Shiba is energetic and intelligent and appreciates walks and mental tasks greatly.

However, it takes patience and experience to train a Shiba! If she’s not trained properly she can develop possessiveness issues and trust issues with strangers that can grow into aggression issues.

14. Akita Inu or Great Japanese Dog


The Akita Inu / Akita / Great Japanese dog is the biggest among Japanese Spitz breeds. The Akita was originally used as a personal guard and hunting dog, famously nicknamed “the silent hunter”.

This fox dog won’t bark a lot, but Akita Inu will always show a very strong temperament. This is why this dog requires training and is not the best choice for the first time owners. Besides these features, the Akita is also famous for its extreme sense of loyalty.

13. Samoyed


The Samoyed is yet another breed from the Spitz group. It originates from the Siberian area of Russia and was originally used for pulling sledges.

Samoyeds are excellent family pets, intelligent, loving and playful. They are also very good with kids. However, Samoyeds will have issues containing himself when it comes to chasing other small animals.

12. Finnish Spitz

The Finnish Spitz is also known as the Barking Bird dog, which kind of reveals these little fellows` favorite activities.

The Finnish Spitz is a very energetic, loving and intelligent family pet with a surprisingly strong need for exercise, both mental and physical. Otherwise – it will most probably pass the time and boredom by barking.

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11. Pomeranian Spitz

One of the favorite and most common toy pet breeds is the Pomeranian Spitz. Popular PomPoms looks like fluffy little foxes and are simply irresistible.

The Pomeranian doesn’t need extensive exercise, but it requires a serious approach to training since they are extremely prone to developing small dog syndrome. Small dog syndrome includes a lot of barking and even aggression in some cases.

10. Long Haired Chihuahua

Don`t be fooled by the tiny package and cute fox-like face, because Chihuahuas are very eager watchdogs, ready to bark at anything they consider intrusion, completely unaware of their size.

Chihuahuas must not be treated as toys for their small size but should be trained as any other dogs, especially because of their aptitude towards developing small dog syndrome. There are several types of Chihuahuas, but the long-haired one resembles foxes the most.

9. Welsh Corgi

This distinctive looking, long-bodied, fox-like herding breed comes in two varieties depending on coloring – Pembroke, and Cardigan.

The Corgi is a very active and exercise-loving, intelligent breed, easy to train and eager to learn. This breed is a perfectly loving and loyal family pet for outdoorsy and active families.

8. Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound represents the perfect mixture of hound breeds and Spitz breeds, being both protective, self-aware, intelligent and playful.

Although small, the Elkhound is very energetic and requires extensive exercise. It loves human company and it doesn’t handle isolation from the family or owner very well.

7. Papillon

This fragile and delicate fox-faced toy breed from France is not the type to sit on your lap the calmly entire time, but rather the one to roam around playfully and find something interesting to do. Papillon means butterfly in French which explains the restless character of this breed.

The Papillon is very intelligent and loyal, and takes great joy in attention and pleasing its owner, over and over again.

6. Eskimo Spitz / German Spitz

The Eskimo Spitz, also known as the German Spitz, is an excellent companion dog, for being friendly, loyal and loving. It’s also a quick learner and takes the role of being a watchdog very seriously.

This fox looking dog is very energetic, thus requires regular exercise. It enjoys human company and is very loyal to the family and good with kids.

5. Keeshond / Dutch Barge Dog

The Keeshond, also known as the Dutch Barge Dog, is a fox-like breed originating from the Netherlands. The Keeshond is extremely intuitive and attached to its owner, so it tends to react according to the owner`s attitude and reaction.

This is a very loving and loyal breed and can turn from spoiled attention craving pet to a guard dog in a split second if it feels that what it holds dear is endangered in any way.

4. Schipperke

Originally bred in Belgium, the Schipperke is also known as the Little Captain for its incredible ability to steal the spotlight at any time, as well for the instinct to chase pretty much anything that moves.

This dog looks like a little black fox and it`s very loyal and loving but extremely prone to barking, so no-barking training in absolutely necessary unless you live on a desert island.

3. Pulin

Bred as a herding dog, and remaining on top of the task to this day, the Pulin is an incredibly reliable working and herding dog.

Originating from the region of Vojvodina in Serbia, this black, fox-faced dog is also very loving and affectionate as a pet, but it requires extensive exercise in order to prevent either depression or become destructive.

2. Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Klee Kai resembles the Siberian husky, but it’s much smaller and therefore more fox-like. The Klee Kai is a very intelligent and energetic little dog that enjoys the company of those he’s familiar with very much.

However, the Klee Kai tends to be shy around strangers, so some extra effort regarding socialization is extremely welcome and highly recommended.

1. Volpino Italiano

In literal translation from Italian, Volpino Italiano means Italian Foxy. Small, pointy-faced and pointy-eared, with a slightly elongated body, the Volpino Italiano truly does resemble an Arctic Fox.

When it comes to choosing one dog that looks like a fox the most, Volpino Italiano is probably the best option. Their resemblance to the real-life fox is amazing. Despite their small size, they are excellent watchdogs, but when they’re not ”on duty” they take very seriously, they are loyal and playful family pets.