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The Canidae Family – Foxes and Basal

By Paige

Red fox on the beachThe Canidae family is a big one, but unfortunately it is shrinking every day.
Forced to compete with man for their habitat and food, they are slowly being squeezed out.

Here is a look at the true foxes of the family or those that belong to the Vulpes genus and their cousins the Basal Caninae.

Both display different characteristics from the wolf family which is thought to be the ancestor for the domesticated dogs of today.

True Foxes

Meet the true foxes of the world, each one shaped by where they live.

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

Vulpes lagopus
Image from raptortheangel
Red Fox

Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes
Image from Kamia the Wolf
Swift Fox

Swift Fox

Vulpes velox
Image from Greg Lasley
Kit Fox

Kit Fox

Vulpes macrotis
Corsac Fox

Corsac Fox

Vulpes Corsac
Cape Fox

Cape Fox

Vulpes chama
Pale Fox

Pale Fox

Vulpes pallida
Bengal Fox

Bengal Fox

Vulpes bengalensis
Image from cedoindia
Tibetan Sand Fox

Tibetan Sand Fox

Vulpes ferrilata
Image from cheesebadger
Blanford’s Fox

Blanford's Fox

Vulpes cana
Image from Eyal Bartov
Ruppell’s Fox

Ruppell's Fox

Vulpes rueppelli
Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox

Vulpes zerda
Image from kaibara87
Grey Fox

Grey Fox

U. cinereoargenteus
Image from mandj98
Island Fox

Island Fox

U. littoralis
Image from My Science Box

Basal Caninae

Other species found in the Canidae family but not classified as a true dog or a true fox.

Bat-Eared Fox

Bat-Eared Fox

Otocyon megalotis
Image from tim_ellis
Raccoon Dog

Raccoon Dog

Nyctereutes procyonoides

Be sure to check out the true dogs of the world too.

9 Responses to “The Canidae Family – Foxes and Basal”

  1. Haruka says:

    Thanks! This beats looking through a mammal encyclopedia.

  2. Beekie says:

    Great! This is very useful for my anatomy study of canines and felines :)

  3. zoe101 says:

    Thank!!!!!!! For that now i now about the Arctic Fox

  4. astob says:

    very bad

  5. NIAMH says:

    got pet fox loke offine home see soon too :)

  6. NIAMH says:

    at homes all fox night to night see like fox is :-)

  7. Lady Fair says:

    Very Very insteresting, thank you, excellent subject and photography.

  8. joram07 says:

    fox and domestic dogs interbreed?? bcoz they are from the same family, arent they?

  9. Arthur C Greenfield says:

    Thank you for this. Foxes are the most magnificent of all feral animals. Their beauty, intelligence and overall shrewdness makes them a pleasure to observe. Here in South Florida, we have many Grey Foxes roaming about. And there are NO hunts allowed. I hate that barbaric practice, and would throw a few of the hunters to the hounds!

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