When Your Dog Turns Out to be a Domesticated Fox

  • When you go to the pet store and buy a dog, you want it to be a dog. But in this case, it's not a dog at all.

What do you do when you realize that your pet dog is actually a pet fox? This happened to a woman in China when she questioned her dogs weird behaviors.

(Shanxi Television)

According to her, it all started when the dog continued to show odd behaviors. She stated the dog never barked and as of three-months-old, refused to eat dog food.

“The fur got thicker when it reached three months old. Its face became pointy and its tail grew longer than that of a normal dog,” Ms. Wang said.

She also noticed how her pet was seen by other animals. “Other pet dogs seemed to be scared by my pet so I walked it with a leash.” she commented.

She wanted answers and went to get the dog tested. When tested, she found out her Japanese Spitz dog was in fact a white-haired domesticated fox. She had bought the “dog” for $190 from a Chinese pet shop.


Wang took her pet to Sun Letian, an expert in epidemic prevention at Taiyuan Zoo. “Based on the size, it is a domesticated fox. It carries a smell in their body and the smell can get stronger as it grows older,” Letian explained to Wang.

After finding out her dog was a fox, Wang offered to give it to the zoo. The fox is currently 12 inches long and expected to get bigger. Wang reasoned that the fox could  receive a more suitable diet and have a “better living environment” there.

So, that’s the plan. The fox is going to the zoo to live out its best life. It will be placed in quarantine for a month before entering the enclosure at the zoo. This strange story has a happy ending. Aww.