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Post by lililovestheworld on Fri May 06, 2011 6:23 pm

I was just wondering because mine seem to get this hunter instinct if I'm out walking at night and they spot one. I then have to drag them away quickly. Always wonder what would happen if they were off leash and chased one and caught one. Anyone know????

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Re: Does your staff chase foxes?

Post by janey on Fri May 06, 2011 7:10 pm

Moo hasn't seen a fox....yet!! She chases squirrles and is mighty fast, she's caught and killed 4 now, chased a deer but it out run her, just, and now its bunny season but they stay too close too there sets so thankfully no injuries there. x


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Re: Does your staff chase foxes?

Post by Guest on Fri May 06, 2011 7:32 pm

Dempsey will chase almost anything, badgers, squirrels, rabbits.............but not foxes. If he sees one, he sort of looks the other way as if he was pretending he hadn't seen it! I think he knows his match!

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Post by Guest on Fri May 06, 2011 8:11 pm

lol my lot aren't interested really they would rather sit on their fat **ses and watch them, except when there are rats down the allotments Cassie goes nuts trying to catch. I'd never let her though i don't know what she could catch. They have seen and heard a few foxes especially over the last few months alot of foxes fighting and darting around my lot jump into alert mode and keep it in sight till it goes. I don't mind watching them either stand around the woods three in the morning hearing watch them.

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Post by Guest on Fri May 06, 2011 8:26 pm

The foxes round my way have gone quiet again - the cubs are being born. But a couple of months ago they were really vocal - the dog foxes 'barking' (don't know how else to describe it - not a good description) and the vixens screaming.

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Post by Nosipho on Wed May 11, 2011 5:05 pm

I wouldnt like to think what would happen if s staff caught up with a fox. I can imagine it would cost a lot in vets bills anyway, foxes are vicious and wiley fighters! My girls act differently when they see or smell fox, they actually seem a little frightened something I have never seen from them in any other situation!

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Post by shakespearesdog on Mon May 30, 2011 7:43 pm

The one thing my boy gets aggressive over is foxes. He chased one the other day, and the fox ran for its life. He then tracked it down by scent down another road. It saw him coming and hopped over a fence. If a staffy met a fox, it would be one dead fox.
That said i do love foxes, don't get the impression i'm some mad animal hunter Tongues

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Post by Guest on Tue May 31, 2011 9:23 am

I havent had any run ins with foxes but did have an experience with a deer (completley my hubbys fault). We saw one in a field and my hubby told Ty to "go get it" and he did Blushing To be fair he honestly didnt think Ty would get near it as it was a long way away but before we knew it Ty was on its heels snapping. Luckily his recall is good even with adrenilin pumping and a soon as he saw us waving and shouting he came straight back and no damage was done but had he had another few seconds i am under no illusion on what would of happened! A well learnt from experience let me tell u! x

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Re: Does your staff chase foxes?

Post by JoNaThAn on Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:01 pm

madam goes mad for them, devil

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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:23 am

Russell hasn't really been interested in chasing things yet, except for children haha. my other dogs often used to chase kangaroos while walking through the bush and it took a long time for me to get them to listen when I called them back, so I will have to do some work with Russell on that part because the roos can be really dangerous, my lab was almost drowned in the dam by a roo a few months ago it was very scary.

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Post by Nosipho on Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:20 pm

Mine will chase most small furries, they wont even back down from vicious dogs but if they see or smell a fox they act really weird and have no intention of getting any close to it. I think they have a really strong, powerful smell which basically says 'dont mess with me!'

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Post by Guest on Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:19 pm

We don't have them or at least they are not prevelant. Suki is wild for birds and ducks though. I imagine if she ever caught one it would not be preety so we keep her away.

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Post by Guest on Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:48 pm

Harvey has seen a fox twice but only once was he off the lead, he shot off after and wouldn't come back as he was far to interested init.

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Does your Staffy chase Foxes.

Post by izzyrose on Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:06 pm

Yes Yes Yes, Thankfully never caught one, they are always too fast. But they come into our garden at night , and he goes absolutely mad, if he could get through the door he would, furniture thrown around , and he is so angry, and yes he barks and snorts huffs and puffs, and I do talk to him and try to calm him down, as i don't think getting so upset is good for him. The ones we see on walks, are fair chase and he soon gets tired, but on his own territory that is taking the mickey

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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:25 pm

russdogmum wrote:Russell hasn't really been interested in chasing things yet, except for children haha. my other dogs often used to chase kangaroos while walking through the bush and it took a long time for me to get them to listen when I called them back, so I will have to do some work with Russell on that part because the roos can be really dangerous, my lab was almost drowned in the dam by a roo a few months ago it was very scary.

Far out.... that would have been terrifying!! I have heard a few horror stories of roos cornering dogs in a dam and holding them under the water and drowning them.. scarey stuff. We get roos around here, but they normally hop away from us.. ( phew!! )

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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:16 am

yeah well Charlie has had a few run ins with the roos down at our dam, and one night he came running after we called him for ages, drenched in water and so exhausted he could hardly walk, so I'm pretty sure thats where he was.

needless to say we are a lot more vigilent of his whereabouts now.

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Post by i love leah and lois on Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:58 pm

Milly likes chasing birds around the field and also likes chasing our cats around Laughing

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Post by Tyler&megsmum on Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:11 pm

Tylers recall has always been excellent,until about 3 years ago....
O/H took him on a late night walk around our local lake,he was offlead and hubby stopped to sit on the bench and have a ciggie.A fox came trotting down to them, Tyler got it's scent and off he went,O/H shouted and shouted him but he didn't stop,he ran all around the lake across a dual carriageway,accross the railway line and eventually hubby caught up with him by the docks.

He came back home and was totally shattered LOL,he said he hadn't dare come back without the dog LOL.

We worked on his recall,as he reminded us that he is still an animal with instincts.We are extremely careful now when we let him offlead and make sure it's not late at night when there is a chance a fox will be about.

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Re: Does your staff chase foxes?

Post by Keith on Sun May 20, 2012 2:02 pm

Marley has met the odd fox on our estate - they come in from the woods in search of food - but doesn't react.
When we go up the local fields, where there are lots of rabbits, he stays concentrated on finding his stick - he's been very close to rabbits and not given them a second thought.
He'll chase the magpies which land on the garden fence and bird table though.

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Re: Does your staff chase foxes?

Post by Kathy on Sun May 20, 2012 2:06 pm

Rocky hasnt come across a fox yet, but I think it would be very interesting to see what happens.


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Re: Does your staff chase foxes?

Post by Guest on Sun May 20, 2012 2:34 pm

Tilly's never seen one yet

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Post by mattbaileystaff on Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:34 pm

everytime mine sees a fox and hes off the lead he will chase the fox n wont stop. hes farely good tho nothin a quik whistle cant sort out !!!! Big Grin

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Post by Guest on Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:38 pm

Would but don't allow it.

Ramsey will chase squirrels though lol


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Post by janey on Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:40 pm

mattbaileystaff wrote:everytime mine sees a fox and hes off the lead he will chase the fox n wont stop. hes farely good tho nothin a quik whistle cant sort out !!!! Big Grin


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Re: Does your staff chase foxes?

Post by BoroGTI on Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:17 pm

My dogs chase deer all the time, but the deer seem to taunt them, they'll run like hell then stop and let the dogs catch up then run again, the only dogs IMO that stand a chance of catching a deer are Lurchers/deerhounds/irish wolfhound. Its all just fun and games for my two

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Post by Gee on Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:53 pm

When walking Troy I see them occasionally and the scamper off. Troy rarely see's them but smells them! When he picks up a fox scent he goes absolutely crazy and I have no doubt he would chase one if he was off lead.

Wouldn't be pretty and his recall would be none existent lol

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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:55 pm

Only thing Loki chases are birds, and even then he'll come back when called. He's seen a fox once, he was scared of it Laughing

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Post by izzyrose on Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:21 pm

I somehow canno find my way to ask question on Health forum.

Sorry maybe some on can redirect this please.

My 11year old staffy seems to have stiff back legs and very reluctant to walk, I shall be going to vet, but would love to hear from anyone whose dog has had similar problem

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Post by Birdy44 on Mon May 19, 2014 10:41 pm

Hi everyone I'm afraid to say it but foxes come out worse against staffy's Sad
My 8 yr old has killed two now one being just today,we live next to a school field witch is directly behind my garden,loads of foxes basically live in it. 2 months ago both my staffs were in the garden in broad daylight when I heard my plant pot crash,I looked outside my window and to my horror they had hold of this fox,I ran downstairs and got my daughter,kyza the youngest of the 2 stopped when I called him but my Gazza would not stop,I was in tears and had to flee into the kitchen,my daughter went out and was hitting Gazza over the head with a chair but he wouldn't give in till it was over Sad I wanted to get rid of him there an then it broke my heart as to why he could be so evil.
My daughter said mum it's nature and the fox should never have come in the garden in the 1st place yet even now i can't forget and then today it happens all over again yet this time he jumped my fence because he must of seen one,I could hear him in the bushes and just knew he was fighting again.
I had to climb my fence and retrieve Gazza I could hear him panting and parted the bushes to call him then see the fur lying down and my heart just sank,lifting him over the fence I then had to go in and wash the blood from my chest I'm so disturbed by this as I love all animals and I'm getting to the point now where I'm debating on giving him up,my other staff is good as gold and they both love my grandson whom I know there never hurt but as for killing foxes I just don't know what to do anymore to stop this and I'm dreading letting them in the garden now.

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Post by Guest on Tue May 20, 2014 5:52 am

We don't get foxes here - sounds like it's a good thing! Smile

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Post by Guest on Tue May 20, 2014 8:22 am

RoxysMum wrote:We don't get foxes here - sounds like it's a good thing! Smile

I've never seen one here either Smile

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Post by Steve on Tue May 20, 2014 8:24 am

none of my would chase a fox maybe xena  Laughing but the fox be safe


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Re: Does your staff chase foxes?

Post by Rupertsbooks on Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:38 am

Birdy 44 - I don't think it was evil, necessarily, of your dog to kill a fox. The other way around - perhaps the fox would have won. Foxes have killed several swans in our local park. They just behead them and leave them there, don't even bother eating them.

However, I can understand that it upset you.

Perhaps there is some kind of training you can practice so he knows you will not like it if he chases them.

A Staffy's hunting instinct can be a Godsend in some circumstances - for example if you have rats etc.

My Staffy has never faced-off a fox but a friend had a fox make a hole in her very small garden where, presumably, the fox was going to breed. She asked for my dog to come round to sort the problem, basically by urinating everywhere so the fox went away. Rupert did his job expertly and then started burrowing frantically around the fox hole. Just these two things meant the fox upped sticks and found another home. Perhaps some people would see that as cruel but the garden was too small and the fox would be in it all the time, staring at my friend's mum.

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