I have two labradors living outside in kennels and a run. When I went into the yard today I was amazed to see a fox sitting in the run!! The two dogs were sunbathing as usual and completely unperturbed! The fox was sitting no more than two feet away and very relaxed. After watching for a while I opened the gate to let her out but she decided to dash up the chain link fence and was off across the yard. I can still hardly believe it!
Years ago in my pony owning days four of us after 'doing' our horses in the mornings used to run our dogs - our springer, a retriever, a terrier cross and a lab type Heinz - over the fields behind the livery stables. On several occasions a fox would join them and run with them. They all seemed happy to see him. We wondered if it would have been different if one of the dogs had been a hound or whether hounds have to be trained to hate foxes.
That sounds lovely, to see them running together! I think it must be genetic for the hound to chase the fox, but I still think the labs could have shown a bit more interest in the interloper!!! They bark loud enough at any passing hedgehog.