Fox Terriers are canine classics that emerged back in the 18th century when fox hunting became a popular sport in the United Kingdom, and they were employed by hunters to flush out the foxes from their hiding spots. The breed has remained practically the same today as it was back then.
Name Fox Terrier
Other names Wire Fox Terrier; Smooth Fox Terrier
Origin United Kingdom
Group Terrier dog breeds (AKC)
Height Males: about 14 – 16 inches (approx. 36 – 41 cm); Females: about 13 – 15 inches (approx. 33 – 38 cm)
Weight About 15 – 19 lbs (approx. 7 – 9 kg)
Color White; Black and White; White and tan; Tri-color
Litter size –
Life span About 12 – 15 years
Fox Terrier Behavior
These dogs are known for being alert, lively, as well as smart. Fox Terrier is charming but also sly. It can outwit you and still leave you laughing at his innovative antics. They have a vigilant nature which accounts for them being perfect watch dogs, however it also means they usually are nuisance barkers. The breed generally reacts in a friendly manner towards people but when it comes to other dogs the Terrier won’t hesitate to start a fight. Which naturally leads you to the conclusion that the dog park is not a good place to take your Terrier. Like any dog, the Fox Terrier requires early socialization when it’s young in order to make sure that it grows up to be a normal and healthy dog.
As well as being intelligent, Fox Terriers are also willful, so they can prove to be a real challenge regarding their training. The breed typically thrives on routine and consistency, so if you set up some clear rules and enforce them continually in a positive but firm manner you will achieve a fair share of progress. If you manage to find out what motivates your Terrier, you will be able to teach it almost anything you want.
Smooth Fox Terriers have hard, smooth and dense coats that usually don’t shed much. You have to brush their coat only occasionally with a firm brush in order to keep their neat look. The Wire Fox Terrier’s coat is also dense but it’s wiry. It does not shed very often, but they should be brushed regularly too in order to keep them clean and neat-looking.