A woman from Jinzhong in the Shanxi Province in China purchased a Japanese spitz last July. Ms. Wang thought she spent £140 on a little white dog but turns out; she didn’t buy a dog at all.

The pet grew a long fluffy tail at just three months old. This told the woman her so-called puppy might not be what she thought. She fed it chicken breasts and dog food until it grew its tail; it stopped eating the food she gave it around the same time.

What was up with this animal? It wasn’t a dog but a domesticated fox.

She told Shanxi Network Television: “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.

“Other pet dogs seemed to be scared by my pet, so I walked it on a leash.”

Sun Letian, an expert in animal epidemic prevention at Taiyuan Zoo told Wang her pet was actually a fox.

He went into greater detail: “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.”

The fox is 12 inches and will grow larger. Wang has since sent it to a zoo to receive proper care. Sun said the animal would be quarantined for a month as workers conduct health checks.

If you’re considering getting a Japanese spitz, be sure you’re getting what you ask for.