10 fox dog breeds

Originally bred for hunting, the Shiba Inu is a loyal and affectionate Spitz breed from Japan.

1. Shiba Inu

Known as the "silent hunter," the Akita is the largest Japanese Spitz breed.

2. Akita

Resembling the arctic fox, American Eskimo dogs are protective and playful companions.

3. American Eskimo

The courageous Schipperke looks like a small black fox. They are loyal and involved in family activities but have a tendency to bark.

4. Schipperke

Originally bred as sled dogs, Samoyeds are intelligent and playful family pets.

5. Samoyed

Known as the "barking bird dog," the Finnish Spitz is a highly energetic breed that needs a lot of exercise.

6. Finnish Spitz

A combination of hound and Spitz traits, Norwegian Elkhounds are playful, protective, and energetic.

7. Norwegian Elkhound

Also called the Eskimo Spitz, the German Spitz is friendly and affectionate.

8. German Spitz

Similar to little huskies, Alaskan Klee Kai are intelligent and highly energetic.

9. Alaskan Klee Kai

Many Chihuahuas, especially longhair ones, resemble the fennec fox.

10. Chihuahua