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    Just watched a fox cruise past our house, we are semi rural, the dogs weren't in the area at the time, but wondering if anyone has experience with the reaction of dogs and foxes together.

    I am concerned, as after some research, foxes if cornered with go into survival mode and attack, which is a natural instinct, but I own two huskies, which would naturally react also.

    Not really knowing much about foxes, am I over- reacting or should this be a concern.

    Thanks for any advice

  • #2
    Most dogs I know like to chase foxes.

    Foxes can carry tape worm and other parasites- so if they're in your area - make sure your dogs are wormed regularily.

    I'm not sure it's any different to having wandering cats around.
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    • #3
      My dogs chase foxes too.....They hate their weird yapping at night. One of our kelpies once caught one and there was one almighty fight. We had to intervene and the fox took off. That same kelpie was the friendliest dog around cats and other dogs, but hated foxes. Newfies chase but are too slow and the most minimal fence stops them, whilst the fox goes through
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      • #4
        I think a fox would be long gone before an average dog would catch it, unless its a sight hound type dog, I think you're right.
        Like Hyacinth said, it's probably no different to cats wandering around, so unless your dog is killing every cat in your area, I wouldn't worry about it

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        • #5
          Thanks for the advice, just wasn't sure, my furbabies are regularly wormed so I really don't need to be too concerned.

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          • #6
            Interestingly enough, my old sighthound would chase foxes, and she did manage to stop one once and then didn't know what to do with it. Eventually she just walked off and let him escape. And I saw this dog kill rabbits and possums without hesitation. But once she caught up with the fox she just didn't seem sure if it was prey or what.

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            • #7
              I saw a one eyed gsd once that had cornered a fox ,but then again a friend has a big Ginger cat which will chase them?

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              • #8
                We get these jappy little crappers come right past our place late at night.
                With our other dogs they never paid too much towards them but they were in the back yard.
                So they had no way of getting to one anyway.
                At the moment we have not heard a fox for a short while so to this I am happy.
                don't know what Murphy would think of one, but it might be, oh well just another friend.

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                • #9
                  But I thought that foxes and dogs got along!!?? Wasn't Disney's" Fox and the Hound" based on a true story???hehe
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                  • #10
                    Mine will hunt them, and not be fazed if the fox tried to put up a fight - but they were wolfhounds originally so to be expected.

                    They can carry hydatid tapeworms in the right areas so make sure you use the right wormers if your dogs come into contact with their remains or droppings.
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                    • #11
                      I was walking Lady just a couple of weeks ago at 2 in the afternoon and a fox ran out in front of us. Lades chased it but it was too agile, even for a Kelpie, and ducked under a fence and was gone.
                      At night if we hear the chooks/ducks going of their head we let the dogs out and they run down the back and after a few barks from the dogs the chooks/ducks settle down so its a good assumption that the foxes would much prefer to flight then fight.
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                      • #12
                        Foxes can also carry mange so be on the lookout for that aswell.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks to everyone for the information, we are in the proccess of fencing our boundrary so the fox won't be able to cut through our property for much longer, just want to keep my fur kids safe til then.

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