Dog vs Fox
Dog and fox are animals found in the Canine family. The dog is actually part of Canis lupus and they are closely related to the wolves. Foxes, on the other hand are part of the Vulpes genus. A closer look will reveal more of their differences.
The dog is actually the domesticated form of the wolf. In early times, wolves were captured and trained by our ancestors to help them with hunting. Dogs have been carefully bred over the last millennia and over the years, breeding has produced over 85 breeds further classified into 4 clusters. Dog has been indeed man’s best friend since time beginning, but recent discoveries may prove that the fox may be man’s first best friend.
The fox is the common name for a variety of species classified under the Canidae family. There are about 37 species, but only 12 of them are considered as ‘true foxes’. Foxes are small to medium-sized omnivores that are found almost everywhere in the world, commonly in the Americas and in Europe. Some even live in the Arctic Circle.
Difference between Dog and Fox
A recent dig in the Middle East has shown that humans and foxes were close before man and dog were.
As they are cousins, foxes and dogs share similar physical characteristics, although foxes have a narrower snout than dogs and have a bushier tail than most dog breeds. Also, foxes were actually sport for dogs in the old days. Now, some fox species are endangered because of hunting practices in the past. Dogs also are domesticated creatures while foxes are largely present in the wild. In terms of size, dogs are generally larger than foxes, although there are some dog breeds, especially toy dogs, which are smaller. Foxes also tend to live alone in the wild, while dogs are pack creatures.
While it’s not established that foxes were man’s first best friend, hopefully this has helped you in differentiating the two.
1. Dogs are domesticated forms of the wolf and there are over 85 breeds of dogs, classified into 4 different clusters. Their sizes range from small to large. Most are kept as pets.
2. There are different species of foxes, about 37 actually, but only 12 are considered as true foxes. They are small to medium sized omnivores and they are found almost everywhere in the world. Some species are also considered as endangered because of hunting practices in the past.