Do Foxes Smell Like Dogs

Do foxes smell like dogs? This is a question that I get asked a lot and it’s not an easy one to answer. There are a lot of variables to consider including the species of fox the diet of the fox and the environment the fox lives in.

First let’s look at the different species of fox. There are over 30 different species of fox and they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The most common species of fox in North America is the red fox but there are also grey foxes arctic foxes and fennec foxes to name a few.

Each species of fox has a different diet and lives in a different environment which can affect their smell.

For example the red fox is a scavenger and will often eat dead animals which can make them smell bad. On the other hand the grey fox is an expert hunter and only eats fresh prey so they usually don’t smell as bad.

Arctic foxes live in cold icy environments and have a thick coat of fur that helps protect them from the elements. Fennec foxes are native to the deserts of Africa and have large ears that help them stay cool in the heat.

So as you can see there is no simple answer to the question of whether or not foxes smell like dogs.

It depends on the species of fox the diet of the fox and the environment the fox lives in…

John.E Nelson

J.E Nelson has written about foxes on occassions more than one, and the works are being enjoyed by many readers over the world. He was formerly of the Zoology Department, University of Queensland Australia, and now at the Department of Zoology and Comparative Physiology, Monach University, Victoria.

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