Make no bones about it, it’s hard not to fall in love with a Foxingese! A mix between a feisty Fox Terrier and an adoring Pekingnese, these sweethearts are as cute as a button. They’re also friendly little fellows that make ideal family companions -- though they may not do well with small children.
That’s not to say that Foxingeses don’t come with challenges, though. Their intelligent nature makes them stubborn and a little sensitive, and they need a lot of mental stimulation to stay sane. Your Foxingese will also most likely have inherited their Pekingese parent’s drive to be a constant companion -- they often don’t like to be left alone. Read on for a list of activities designed to keep your four-pawed pal as healthy and as happy as can be!
The drive-in movie theater has staged a major comeback in recent years, as Americans flock to experience its retro, fifties-esque charm and take advantage of the convenience of a big-screen experience from the comfort of their own cars. But did you know that many of these theaters welcome wagging tails with open arms? If there’s one in your area, you might be able to catch this summer’s biggest blockbuster with your furry film buff by your side!
Of course, this activity is rather location and weather dependent. If you live in the middle of a large urban area, chances are that your nearest drive-in is quite some distance away, and while your car may be waterproof, you could miss out on some of the action if you’ve got the windscreen wipers going all the way through!
Teaching your pooch how to play the shell game is a furrific way to give their brain something to chew on! The shell game for dogs works the same way as the shell game for humans -- you put something under a cup (in this case, a treat with a strong scent under a paper or thin plastic cup), move the cups about, and tell your pupper to find it!
One word of warning -- this game is extremely challenging, and bright as your buddy is, it might take them a while to get it right. The time estimate above refers to the time per training session, and it will take quite a few of those for your pupper to get this trick down pat!
While Foxingeses are fiercely loyal to their owners, they can be wary and/or snappy around other dogs. It’s absolutely essential to put a lot of effort into socializing them if you want to avoid trouble further down the line!
Your Foxingese’s attitude towards other puppers will usually depend on what characteristics they’ve inherited from each parent. While Haveneses are generally a little more friendly, Fox Terriers were bred to work alone.
Depending on your pooch’s temperament, starting off socializing at the dog park might be jumping into the deep end. If you know some fellow pet parents, why not ask them to bring their doggos over to play? This way, your pup can get to know other dogs while in an environment where they feel comfortable.