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A fox is a passive nocturnal animal mob

Spawning

Foxes can only spawn naturally in taiga and snowy taiga biomes, in groups of 1–3, most commonly at night. They may spawn in either adult, or baby form. In the taiga, their coat is orange (resembling a red fox), whereas in a snowy taiga, they are white (resembling an arctic fox). A fox may spawn in a village if it is within one of the taiga biomes. When a fox spawns, there is a chance it will be holding one of the following items in its mouth: 

Behavior

During the daytime, a fox will try to find shelter to sleep (a space with a block above it). It will curl up and make snoring noises, slowly lift it's head every so often while lying down. If a player who is not sneaking (or a wolf or polar bear) approaches, it will wake up and run away.

At night, foxes will wander around, eating nearby sweet berry bushes, and will run from wolves, polar bears and players if they get too close.

Foxes will chase and attack small animals such as chickens, rabbits, baby turtles (and even fish, if they are close enough to shore). Foxes may even jump over fences and other blocks to get to their prey.

If an item is dropped near a fox, it will walk over and pick it up to hold in its mouth. Though, foxes will prioritize mostly food items.

Breeding

A player can breed two adult foxes by feeding them sweet berries while they are near each other. This will produce a baby fox.[1]

History

Biome Chooser - Which Biome Should We Update Next?

Biome Chooser - Which Biome Should We Update Next?

Fox mobs were revealed as a possible addition in the lead-up to Minecon Earth 2018[2]. Viewers were encouraged to vote for one of three existing biomes during the livestream (in a segment titled "Biome Chooser"), and the one with the most votes would be updated with various additions.

MCE-Taiga

Fox mobs appeared in the lead-up to Minecon Earth 2018.

In an animated video, developers Jens Bergensten and Agnes Larsson revealed foxes as a feature of a taiga update, if it were to get the most votes (campfires and sweet berry bushes were also mentioned). Jens also mentioned that they hadn't decided whether the fox mobs would be hostile.

Following the Minecon Earth livestream on September 29, 2018, Mojang announced the winner in a Twitter post:

"The winner of the MINECON Earth biome vote is Taiga!!!
Foxes, berries and campfires coming to an Overworld near you." 

Trivia

  • If a fox happens to be holding a totem of undying in its mouth and receives fatal damage, the totem will activate the same as if it were a player holding it. The totem will disappear, and the fox will stay alive.
  • Foxes won't attack chickens that are invulnerable.
  • Foxes wake up if a chicken, rabbit, or fish is nearby. 
  • Like other animals that produce offspring, using a spawn egg on a fox will spawn a baby fox that is trusting to the player.
  • Foxes that are holding any weapon with an enchantment will deal the same effect to the fox's victim when attacked (Ex. if a fox is holding a sword with a fire aspect enchantment, they will deal fire damage to their victim).
  • Foxes can eat a food item in its mouth. If they eat food with any side effect (Ex. Rotten Flesh), they will get the side effect after eating the said food.
  • Foxes are one of the first passive mobs that are nocturnal in Minecraft.
  • If a fox pounces on an area that has snow, it will get stuck on it temporarily and will dig out of the area.
  • Wolves and polar bears will attack nearby foxes. Though, foxes can usually outrun them.
  • The first texture of the fox is actually glitched, as it appeared as a flat box. This glitch is mentioned in a video of Minecraft's, Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About Village & Pillage.
  • Foxes are the only mob that will not take damage from sweet berry bushes. 

Gallery

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References

Mobs in Minecraft
Passive Mobs
BatFace Bat OcelotFace Cat ChickenFace Chicken CowFace Cow
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ParrotIconParrot PigFace Pig Big-rabbit-face Rabbit SheepFace Sheep
Snowgolemhead Snow Golem Squidface Squid 038792FB-22CE-4C7C-BD0A-ED191A6A0260Turtle Villagerhead Villager
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Neutral Mobs
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PolarBearFace Polar Bear BetterWolfFace Wolf ZombiePigmanFace Zombie Pigman Panda Face2 Panda
Hostile Mobs
Blaze Face Blaze CaveSpiderFace Cave Spider CreeperFace Creeper Enderdragon Face Ender Dragon
EndermiteFace Endermite EvokerFace Evoker GhastFace Ghast HuskFace Husk
Magma Cube Face Magma Cube DF3959D3-5B5D-40CC-B191-D2DA6A87FB68 Pillager Shulker Shulker SilverfishFace Silverfish
SkeletonFace Skeleton SlimeFace Slime SpiderFace Spider Spider SkeletonFace Spider Jockey
50px-WitchFace Witch WitherFace Wither WitherSkeletonHead Wither Skeleton Spider WitherSkeleton Wither Skeleton Jockey
ZombieFace Zombie Drownedheaad Drowned StrayFace Stray VexFace Vex
VindicatorFace Vindicator Illager Beast Face Ravager PhantomFace Phantom Guardian Guardian
Big-elder-guardian-face Elder Guardian Illusioner Illusioner
Unused/Removed/Unimplemented Mobs
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PigFace Pigmen 150px-Rana Rana 0A131A4C-9652-4579-87F5-1B7D308B0E0C Red Dragon 100px-SteveSteve
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