Could a red fox eat a small dog?

@guss2000 (2234)
United States
April 16, 2008 4:44pm CST
We have a min-pin dog, which is very small. Well, we just moved and I've noted red foxes outside of our house in the early morning hours and late at night. I don't normally leave our dog outside unattended, but at times she may be out there a few minutes alone. My boyfriend said that the fox could kill/eat our little dog. Is that true? Would a fox go after my dog? I figured someone on here might know.
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@uath13 (8227)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Foxes usually go after mice, moles rabbits & small rodents but if desperate might go after a very small dog if it thought it had the advantage. I wouldn't risk a small dog in that situation. Foxes usually try to avoid other carnivores but when pushed might find a small sleeping dog an interesting target.
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
17 Apr 08
A fox definitely would have the advantage over my dog. The thing is, my dog is kinda dumb--- and I'm afraid SHE will think that she can take on the fox, or maybe intimidate the fox into attacking her. I'm just going to be really careful.
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Dumb dog, desperate fox... I could see that going bad real quick. Especially if she was defending her litter. It is spring you know.
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
29 Apr 08
That is true. Abby (my dog) could probably hurt a baby fox, but definitely not a momma. If she did do that, that would tick the mom off, and I'm sure it would attack! Luckily, I havent seen the fox in a while. Maybe it's nesting....
@asgtswife04 (2483)
• United States
17 Apr 08
it's possible if the fox had rabies or something like that, but in all honesty fox are so skiddish around people and other animals that unless it was sick then i wouldn't think that it would go after your dog. i would think it would run away, but i've never had to go through that so i can't be 100% sure. God bless
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Thanks for your comment. I'm also a little concerned about rabies too. She has had her rabies vaccinations, but I don't know if that defends her from an animal biting her with rabies. I'm not sure how the whole vaccine works. I'm just being real careful out there until I figure out how dangerous these fox are.
• United States
18 Apr 08
yeah, it's definitely to be concerned about. i know where i live we have had an outbreak of foxes with rabies. been really scary here lately and it's even made the news. there have been two so far and a man got bit by one and is having to take the shots to the stomach. hope they get it resolved soon. you might wanna call animal control and see what they suggest as to what needs to happen to get them out of the way. God bless
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
29 Apr 08
That's what my neighbors suggested too. I think they will set out traps to catch them. However, I don't know if we are dealing with one fox, or several. I haven't seen him since that night, and all together we've seen it twice.
@julievy (595)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I don't know if a fox could kill a small dog or not. Foxes are not very large themselves. However, you never know if a fox could be rapid or not and still cause quite a bit of damage to your pet. I would not leave your minpin outdoors alone. We have coyotes in our area and do not let our dogs outside alone, even though our yard is fenced.
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
16 Apr 08
You know, I'm wondering if since we have fox in our area, your post is making me wonder if we have coyotes too! I've never seen one, but I guess that doesn't mean they don't exist. I'm really wondering what other animals we have. That fox was pretty scary. I'm not used to seeing much nature. I lived in the city, and we barely had squirrels! Now I'm seeing fox, and bunnies all of the time I wonder whats next! LOL
@julievy (595)
• United States
16 Apr 08
We just moved out to a rural area too, the coyotes are new to us as well. Thankfully the previous owner of the house warned us about them. I have not seen them, but we do hear them. You will know if you have coyote in the area, because you will hear them howling. They make a very distinct sound. It'll definitely raise the hairs on the back of your neck!
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
17 Apr 08
You got me thinking now. The other night I was outside with the dog. It was really late, and I DID hear a howling noise outside. I was thinking it was the fox. But I dont know if foxes howl? I don't think they do. That is really bizarre! I've also heard ALOT of owls in the woods! I'd love to see an owl up close, they are pretty neat looking. It sure is weird having all of these animals near me now.
@ShepherdSpy (8565)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Apr 08
I live in a semi rural area with fields behind my house-There are foxes and Badgers in this area,and I saw a small hawk one time in a nearby forest park..but I've never heard of a fox taking on a dog,even a toy one..It'd be Poultry farmers around here that would have the most concern.
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Thank you for your response. I don't know what a badger is. I am now wondering what other wild animals we have around here.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Apr 08
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• United States
17 Apr 08
ohh I don't know if that can happen, but if I were you I wouldn't risk it, if you are gonna let your dog out then go with her but don't leave her alone...
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Thank you, that's what we have been doing and I'll make sure we continue.
• United States
17 Apr 08
I have a tea cup puppy and if she sees a fox she would die lol, hehe
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@blackbriar (9095)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Never heard of foxes attacking dogs or even cats but it is possible if the dog is small enough or the fox hasn't eaten in several days. Coyotes, now they wouldn't think nothing of killing/eating our beloved pets. Think I would be more worried bout the coyotes than I would the foxes. BTW, when I used to let my cats out, I would often find my one cat playing with a fox late at night. Playing, not being attacked. They are strictly indoor cats now.
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Wow, that is crazy that the cat played with the fox. I guess foxes aren't any more vicious then dogs. I guess it all depends on the fox, I guess. That sure is reassuring!
@Pitgull (1523)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Foxes are omnivores. They typically eat rabbits, bugs, fish, rodents, small reptiles, worms, carrion, etc. Dogs are of the species Canidae, Foxes are as well. Usually when a dog approaches another dog (considering a fox is of the same species) it barks. This will cause a fox to flee. Foxes are scavengers, dog is not on their menu.
@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Hmmm, that's a good explanation. My dog didn't bark at her the other night when she came thru, but she did growl and want to run after her. I quickly put her in the house because I didn't know what the fox's reaction would be. It did look at us and stick up it's ears, but it kept walking past.
• United States
17 Apr 08
NEVER leave your small dog unattended! If you are living in an area that is rural enough for foxes, then there are other predators around. Hawks (and owls at night) would be my biggest concern because they are not frightened away by human scent as coyotes and others are. In fact, my neighbor was sitting on her porch when a hawk swooped down and bit the heads off two of her cockatiels in their cages before she even realized what was happening. And the dangers of rabies is another consideration. Wild animals, including skunks, have been known to be carriers and the disease makes even docile animals dangerous, due to brain alterations. Again, I beg you, NEVER leave your small dog unattended. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
17 Apr 08
You know, I was just posting about hearing owls at night--- There is probably hawks around here too. Man, now I'm almost scared to go outside at night by MYSELF! LOL
@98765m (1023)
• India
17 Apr 08
Well,I am not sure whether a fox could eat a small dog. Why take the risk? Always accompany your dog when it goes out.Try taking your dog in lead,when it goes out. I am sure that he won't like it.But,its for his best. Well,I also have a dog,which resembles fox in more than one aspect. The two aspects that prove him to be a dog was #His collar belt #His bark! Its color is light red. Its short like a fox It also has a number of hairs like a Pomeranian dog. Its face is remarkably like that of a fox Also,its sensing power is greater than the rest of the dogs. Also,its a lot more stronger than the rest of the dogs,although the dog is a female! The only thing it fears is loud sound ! There is a mighty doubt whether her father is a fox![Her mother is a dog in a farm house] Well,every one is that possible? Cheers ! Good day to you and your dog.
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Yeah, I'm being careful. We do leash her when she goes out because we don't have a fence. At our old house in the city we had a fended yard and she was free to play. Now, we have to leash her to keep her with us--- not just because of the fox but because we don't want her running off. Even before the fox came around we were out there with her, but now we are being even more careful. Thankfully, right now the fox is only out there late at night or really earning in the morning. So far I have only seen one fox at a time, but I'm still wondering if it's the same fox we are seeing of if there is a lot of them that we don't know about yet.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
17 Apr 08
Well, I think it is quite possible. We have foxes in our area, & they have been known to injure pet dogs & cats. A cat I had many years ago was bitten on the tail by a fox. I think if she is only out unattended for a few minutes this is okay, as long as you are sure she wont wander. She must be son tiny.
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
17 Apr 08
My neighbor said that she didn't think it would eat our dog, but she did think that it might possibly fight with each other. My dog would probably lose the fight. Not only is she a small dog, but she is kinda stupid (for lack of words). I swear she has NO common sense. Dogs are usually pretty smart, but Abby is short a few marbles or something. I dont think she has it in her to defend her self. She plays with my cats like she is a cat, so I really cant see her defending herself againt a bigger fox. Abby is about as big as a cat, but she is getting fatter. She is hungry all of the time. We recently put her on a diet because really min-pins shouldn't be fat. LOL
@stephcjh (32388)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I think that fox could definitely kill your small dog. Fox are hunters and they will prey on small animals, even dogs. I would be careful to watch your dog and get them back inside quickly so the fox does not have a chance to go after it.
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Thanks, that's what my boyfriend said too. My neighbor says that the fox seems to be after the bunnies we have around here... but my dog really isn't too much bigger then a bunny!
@walijo2008 (4661)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Yeah, I'm not too sure about foxes either, I think they are more scared of us, than anything. I've never heard of a fox eating or killing a small dog, now I coyotes will. There is this elderly lady I know, and she had a chihuahua, and he was outside one day, and a chicken hawk came down and picked him up. She said there was nothing she could do, but watch the bird take the dog up in the air. She tried to make noise and scare the bird, but it didn't work. I just thought that was crazy..what can you do? but watch your little dog get taken away...that was sad
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Wow you are right, that is crazy and sad. I seen a big hawk do that once to a squirrel. It was very weird!
@sedel1027 (17873)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I don't know 100%, but I would think that since you dog is small that if a fox was hungry enough that it would go after it. I have heard of Hawks and Eagles attacking small pups, so why wouldn't a fox.
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
16 Apr 08
That's what I thought too. My boyfriend suggested we let animal control know, but really what would they do? I'm only seeing one fox at a time, but for all I know there could be a family of them! I have seen hawks go after squirrels before, and pick them up and fly away. My dog is a bit bigger then a squirrel, but really not by much. Thanks for responding.
@carolscash (9506)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I have never heard of a fox attacking a dog and killing it or eating it. I know that coyotes will but I don't think that foxes are that aggressive. I would not worry about it too much but I would be careful of them being out there.
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@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I'm not sure how aggressive they are either. This fox the other night turned it's ears up at us in a point the other night, but it didn't really look vicious. I'm really curious about it though.
@suganrekh (264)
• India
17 Apr 08
yes it does we had a small dog it was bitten by its own race an elder dog bit and ate it then what sure i have heared red fox eating small puppies.
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@p_vadla (1689)
• India
17 Apr 08
Without going into the details I would like to say that a small deadly microbe can destroy or eat away the biggest of organisms.
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• Kottayam, India
17 Apr 08
Beware of Mozilla Fire Fox, it come to you this night?????