The Dogs and the Fox

The Dogs and the Fox

Those who love Aesop’s Fables might know the story of the “The Dogs and the Fox“. It is is one of the not so well known stories from the very large collection of the stories from Aesop’s Fables. It is the story of a a few dogs which were very vain and wants to pretend to be mighty…..

The Dogs and the Fox
The Dogs and the Fox


Once upon a time, there was a great lion who ruled all of the forest. All the animals were afraid of him. When he became old and died, the hunter took his skin and kept it outside the cave as a mark of respect to the king.

One day, a dog saw the skin and thought, “This king used to frighten us so much. We must punish him.”

The other dogs said, “Yes, he must be put to shame. We must show him how strong we are.”

Saying this they began to attack and tear the skin. A fox was walking and saw the dogs attacking the skin of the Lion. He asked what they were doing.

The dogs said, “Look at how brave we are. We are tearing the skin of a lion. We are paying him back for all that he has done.”

The fox scorned at them and laughed, “If the Lion had been alive, this story would have been very different. He would have shown you how sharp his teeth and claws are against yours.”

Moral of the story:

“It is easy and also contemptible to kick a man that is down.”


Other stories which you can read

The Dog and the Hides
The Cock, The Dog and the Fox
The Farmer and the Snake
The Farmer and the Stork
The Cat and the Birds


Questions on “The Dogs and the Fox

  1. Who are the main characters of the story?
  2. What happened to the lion?
  3. What did the dogs do to the lion’s skin?
  4. What happens at the end of the story?
  5. What is the moral of the story?



  1. The main characters of the story are some dogs who were very arrogant.
  2. The lion grew old and died.
  3. The dogs began to attack and tear the skin
  4. The fox laughed at them and said that they were only being arrogant towards a dead lion and would not have dared to do this if the lion were alive
  5. The moral of the Aesop’s Fable is that “It is easy and also contemptible to kick a man that is down.”


The Dogs and the Fox – PDF

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