The Misconception of Shiba Inus as Red Foxes

Dog lovers and enthusiasts often discuss the similarities between a Shiba Inu and a Red Fox. Yet as similar as they look, they are distinctly different.

Let’s discuss the misconceptions about the Shiba Inu and the Red Fox. 

The Misconception of Shiba Inus as Red Foxes 

Scientifically speaking and as far as Biology and Taxonomy are concerned, Shiba Inus and Red Foxes are two different animal species. They do have something in common and they have undeniable similarities, that is why it is common for these two to have misconceptions. 

The intent of the first part of this article is to explain the origin of the misconception of Shiba Inues as Red Foxes, as well as to draw the line on their differences. 

Here are 8 similarities between the Shiba Inu and the Red Foxes that are often the reason why people are so confused about the two. 

1.The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes share the same facial and color appearance. When these two share similar physical appearance, it is difficult to distinguish both of them. If you are not a seasoned dog enthusiast, it is easy to mistake a red fox for a Shiba Inu. 

2. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes both have cat behaviors such as wanting to curl on the lap of their owner and racing up around the house as a direct expression of their random outbursts of energy. 

3. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes howl and mouth-yelp. 

4.  The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes are vocally expressive of their feeling of discomfort and anxiety. As well as a way of calling, provoking, and warning. 

5. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes share a common ability to retract their ears, as a means of submission to their owners. This practice of the two animals is universally known as the so-called “airplane ears”. 

6. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes are both “escape artists.” These two share a high interest in escaping if they are given the opportunity. 

7. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes are both intelligent, independent, and speedy creatures. 

8. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes enjoy hunting games. 

These eight similarities and commonalities have led to the birth of the misconception that Shiba Inus are misunderstood as Red Foxes. 

The Differences of the Shiba Inu and the Red Fox

To put a stop to these misconceptions and also as a way to educate the readers, here are 6 differences between the Shiba Inu and the Red Fox. 

1.The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes differ in terms of their scientific classifications. 

The scientific classification of Shiba Inus is “Canis Lupus Familiaris”, while the scientific classification of Red Foxes is “ Canidae Genus”. 

2. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes differ in terms of their physical characteristics, as vividly seen in their height, weight, and the color of their coat. 

3. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes differ in terms of genetic level as these two animals not connected at all. 

4. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes differ in terms of behavior. 

Red Foxes are more inclined to being non-submissive and non-attentive, in comparison to the Shiba Inus who are submissive and attentive as highly influenced by their domesticated behavior as dogs.  

5. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes differ in terms of sound production. 

The Red Foxes obtain an ability of vocalization that can reach to five-octave levels; while on the other hand, Shiba Inus have the ability to produce a distinct ability of vocalization, which is the so-called, “Shiba scream”. 

6. The Shiba Inus and Red Foxes differ in origin for the reason that Shiba Inus are domesticated animals while on the other hand; Red Foxes are wild animals by nature. 

The Top 5 Dog Breeds that are Closely Similar to the Shiba Inus 

Shiba Inu is a unique dog breed in terms of personality. They feel superior, strong-willed, and independent, which makes them reliable in instances that they need to be left alone for a period of time. This particular dog breed is also an excellent guard dog. They are attentive, vigilant, and only barks when threatened or suspicious of an unknown presence. 

However, they are not advisable in the company of little children or other animals. Shiba Inus are headstrong, territorial, and protective of its belongings. One wrong move on the part of a child could lead the Shiba Inu’s protective nature to attack and harm little ones. 

With their territorial nature, a prospective owner might think getting a Shiba will be quite overwhelming. But, if the breed is really what a soon-to-be owner wants but is disheartened by its protective nature, there is a whole group of dogs that shares some of the characteristics of the Shiba but also possess traits that it doesn’t have. This group is called the “Spitz breed”, which are distinguishable by their pointed ears, pointed muzzle, and thick fur. 

The second part of this article will list down similar dog breeds with the Shiba Inu. They might share their origins and appearance but not all will have the traits of the Shiba. 

1. The Akita Inu

Shiba Inus as Red Foxes

The Akita Inu is known for its image and reputation as “Japan’s Most Faithful Dog”, and are often the apple of the eye to Japanese who are looking for a pet dog. 

The Akita Inu is the largest dog among all the Japanese Spitz group. It shares some of Shiba Inu’s personality, such as being very determined, strong, and steadfast. It has a long history of being a loyal guard dog and was bred for hunting. 

However, despite such a brave front, Akita Inu has a tendency to act silly in front of their owners as well as being very vocal about their feelings. 

2. Samoyed 

The Samoyed is a medium-to-large working dog that is commonly found in the coldest areas of Northwest Siberia. 

Despite their high prey drive, the Samoyed is a joy to everyone’s eyes and they are tremendously reliable as a pack leader as well. However, they are not good guard dogs. Samoyeds are too friendly and too approachable and in the worse case, will even help a burglar rob the house. 

The prospective Samoyed owner should keep in mind that this dog breed needs to exercise regularly and that includes a wide space to run and be free. 

3. The Korean Jindo

The Korean Jindo is both an affectionate pet and a loyal watchdog. Korean families would recommend and consider this dog breed as a home pet. 

The Korean Jindo is used by the Korean Army as a guard dog because of its fearless nature. They are dedicated and loyal to their owners and have the ability to hold unknown individuals and other dogs. 

As for advice for individuals who are looking forward to having a Korean Jindo as a pet, practice caution when introducing the dog to a new presence, most especially children and other pets. 

4. Japanese Spitz 

The Japanese Spitz, despite being smaller than the other Spitz dog, has an amazing personality. These dogs are kind-hearted, friendly, and family-oriented. 

When it comes to their company with children and other dogs, there is no need for worry since they are an approachable breed. However, one thing to note is Japanese Spitz can be wary in the presence of strangers or new faces. But, when introduced properly, they will immediately welcome individuals as friends. 

Japanese Spitz is a great choice for first-time dog owners. 

5. Pomeranian Spitz 

The Pomeranian Spitz is known as the smallest dog breed among the Spitz breed. They’re cute, fluffy, and can be mistaken as a pom-pom when carried. 

However, despite their small size, their personality can be quite large. Pomeranian Spitz is highly protective of their owners. They are oftentimes nippy with strangers, other dogs, and children. 

Their fearlessness is endearing but their small size is not exactly the best partner for their brave personality. 

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