Depending on the breed, foxes may run between 30 and 40 miles per hour at their top speed. The common red fox, for example, has a top running speed of nearly 48 kilometres per hour, or over 30 miles per hour. Another example is the grey fox, which has a top speed of roughly 42 miles per hour.
According to the University of Michigan, the red fox can run at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour and jump over obstacles as high as two metres. They have claws on both their front and back feet to help them grip the ground. They have five claws on their front feet and four on their hind foot.
Foxes’ fast sprinting ability allows them to acquire prey while also avoiding larger predators. When they are being pursued, their ability to jump allows them to employ obstacles as a way of escape. The average lifespan of a red fox in the wild is three years, however they can live up to 15 years in captivity. For several weeks, fox mothers and fathers look after their children in dens, and siblings assist as well.