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Fox Terrier – Information, Behavior and Facts


Breed characteristics
Kid friendly  Dog friendly Cat friendly  Intelligence Easy to train Grooming Shedding  Adaptability


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.

Breed information

Name                         Fox Terrier

Other names            Wire Fox Terrier; Smooth Fox Terrier

Origin                        United Kingdom

Size                             Small

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.

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