Can Dogs and Foxes Breed?

Ive gotten a number of calls, comments, and texts from people who believed they had found a coyfox, a hybrid between a coyote and a red fox. Its an understandable mistake to make. Many people, especially here in the Southeastern U.S., might encounter an animal that looks too big to be a fox but has reddish fur and a big, bushy tail.

Can foxes mate with dogs?

Can foxes and dogs make babies? Short answer: no, they can’t. They simply don’t have compatible parts. … Foxes and dogs diverged (that is, veered off from their common ancestor and became separate species) over 7 million years ago, and have evolved into very different creatures that cannot cross-breed.

Can a dog and a fox produce fertile offspring?

Answer- NO. Because they belong to other species.

Can a wolf breed with a fox?

No, a fox-wolf hybrid does not exist, because wolves and foxes have different numbers of chromosomes, making it impossible for the two species to interbreed. Even though both foxes and wolves belong to the Canidae family of animals, they cannot breed with each other. …

A fox cannot breed with a dog. They do not share a compatible number of chromosome pairs, or genetic materials needed to interbreed. Science has not documented a single case of hybridization between a fox and a dog.

There is a lot of false, or inaccurate information out there, so we are going to break down exactly why a fox cannot breed with a dog . The difference between the two is that the fox diverged from the wolf lineage 12 million years ago.

Many of the differences in genetics between foxes and dogs , has a lot to do with the geographical territories that they come from. Foxes, on the other hand, have evolved through a longer period, into a completely separate genus. Zoologist Reginald Innes Pocock Heinrich Heck Hellabrunn Zoo Rev.

J. Conway Walter Horncastle Wilhelm Niemeyer Hannover Zoological Gardens Some of them may have even been proven to be fake assumptions, based on an internet website ran by a cryptozoologist. The strange fact is, there has been some interbreeding in species, that produced hybrid offspring, such as with horses and donkeys, to create a mule .

Some of these accounts may have been considered jumping to conclusions for their lack of data and scientific study. The fact is, the idea might be romantic to some, but not factual.Can foxes breed with dogs, no, not even Chihuahuas. Wolves, coyotes, dingos, jackals, and domestic dogs, all have the same count of 78 chromosomes, in 39 pairs.

Foxes have an incompatible number of chromosomes and genetic material to interbreed with a dog. This makes them unable to breed with a dog, for the lack of compatibility in genus, DNA, and genetics . Foxes evolved into their own genus after they diverged from wolves millions of years ago.

Likewise, for two species to breed, there must be compatible gametes with equal parts of genetic material. In biology, gametes are sex/reproductive cells, that contains half of the genetic material used to complete an organism. There just arent enough compatible pairs of chromosomes in foxes and dogs to interbreed .

With this, science proves that breeding between a dog and a fox would be considered impossible . There has been no proven account of a dox that has been verified by the scientific community or brought forth to be studied. But foxes that have been raised as pets and tamed, to some degree, do seem to get along with other animals including dogs.

Dogs and foxes cannot breed because there are too many differences between them. Although from the same family, they are from two branches that separated many years ago.

They emerged around 3 to 4 million years ago and have a different number of DNAchromosomes to the much older Canidae. Foxes are wild and solitary animals and have manydifferent breeding patterns to dogs.

Along with the differences between dog and foxchromosomes and DNA, there are other reasons why interbreeding doesnt happen. Breeders have spent years ensuring dogs have all the desirable traits, calmness, behavior and health that we like. The average lifespan of a domesticated dog is much longer at 10 to 13 years.

Domestic dogs can be trained to a very high standard and can do amazing things on command. Foxes have a much more limited ability because they are naturally wild and have short attention spans. Fox urine has been described as cat pee, but a million times worse and the most pungent smell in the universe. Thinking back to house training my dog as a puppy, I dont want a fox anywhere near my house.

They dig constantly and are highly strung, making them stress out easily. Most people dont realize this because they havent been close to a fox. Some people mistakenly think their dog has fox DNA in them simply because they look a little like one.

Icelandic Sheepdog: With a fox-like face, this dog is completely different to foxes in that it has a friendly and loyal nature. Basenji: Unlike foxes, this is a very clean dog, and they love children. Its believed that the floppy ears, curly tails, and other friendly features came about due to the friendliest dogs gaining an advantage.

The domestication of dogs really is a fascinating set of circumstances that has given us our wonderful pooches we have today. Sadly, there are breeders who breed all the bad things like aggression and temper into dogs. Some individuals over the years have claimed to have produced offspring from a dog and fox, but no one has ever proven that is what they were.

This is just an appearance thing and possibly related to the fact some dogs have been bred to look like foxes, rather than have the same DNA through interbreeding. As wonderful as some people think it would be, foxes and dogs cant breed. Their DNA is too different, and their mating patterns make it incredibly unlikely that even if it was possible, they probably wouldnt breed.

Foxes dontmake very good pets, so if their habits and traits were a part of a dogs makeup, they wouldnt be a desirable pet like dogs are today.

Foxes Have Different Lifespans and Behaviour

There are two branches to the dog family and although similar in many aspects, including appearance, they are actually very different. The two branches and their types are:

The Canusis a relatively recent branch in scientific terms. They emerged around 3 to 4 million years ago and have a different number of DNAchromosomes to the much older Canidae.It’s this difference in chromosomes that stops the interbreeding between a dog and fox.The different paths were simply too long ago.

Foxes Don’t Make Good Pets

Although foxes look cute and the thought of a dog/fox (dox) hybrid sounds nice, foxes don’t make good pets. A dog and fox hybrid would still retain many of the characteristics and traits of a fox.Depending on where you live, some places consider it illegal to have a fox as a pet.People who have had foxes as pets have usually done so because they’ve rescued a baby fox and cared for it, and even they don’t recommend foxes as pets.Foxes tend to bite. They dig constantly and are highly strung, making them stress out easily. They won’t get on with other pets and need very large enclosures.It’s not just their urine that smells. Foxes themselves smell too. They have a very pungent musky odor that is impossible to stop. There is no way to de-scent them.Most people don’t realize this because they haven’t been close to a fox. We assume that they smell like our well-groomed and cared for pet dogs.

Your Dog Comes From Wolves, Not Foxes

Some people mistakenly think their dog has fox DNA in them simply because they look a little like one. This isn’t the case. The dogs just have certain features bred into them that bear a similarity to fox features.Those breeds that look like foxes include:

Dogs Can Breed With Wolves

Dogs and wolves can breed and have offspring, which can then go on to breed themselves. This is possible because dogs and wolves followed the same evolution path.Dogs evolved from wolves and became close to humans. Wolves remained wild and kept the traits of a wild animal.But, even now, because of the similarity between dogs and wolves, they can still breed, although this is unlikely due to different breeding patterns and territorial behaviors of wild wolves.In some parts of the world, the separation of dogs and wolves may not be too far apart due to some dogs being wild and living close to where wolves live. This breeding is the exception to the rule.Generally wolves are shy towards other animals and people and keep their distance, although there are reports of intentional breeding between wolves and dogs.