Fox Terrier (Wire Haired only)

portrait of a purebred fox terrier sitting on a table

Fox Terriers are probably the liveliest and most energetic of all the terrier breeds. Very intelligent, curious, cheerful and love their families. Very stubborn, limitless energy and requires an active and confident owner. Not for first time dog owners.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: High. 2 hours per day or more. This is a breed with limitless energy, as a result of its fox hunting heritage. It will dig in the garden, especially if not kept physically active. These dogs love to play and will chase a ball or Frisbee for hours on end. Do well at agility, flyball and other activities.

Size: 14-15 inches

Weight: 13-18lbs

Colour: Creams, fawns, tan and black

Town or Country: Country. High activity needs.

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Country dwelling, active outdoorsy families with older children, or singles and couples, who relish the idea of doing fun, stimulating and energetic things with their dog. Not for first time dog owners.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: England

Original Purpose: Working. Hunting foxes and estate vermin, rabbiting

Living Space: Medium to high – active indoors and out. Requires much more space than its small size suggests. Large fenced garden is a must.

Coat: Short to medium, dense, hard and wavy.

Grooming: High. Must be hand plucked 2-3 times per year. Also needs twice weekly brushing and combing, and also regular trimming.

Children: Great with older children (7/8 years upwards) who will keep it entertained

Sociability with strangers: Medium

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Medium to low. Must be socialised early to avoid problems. Have in the past had a reputation as being snappy. Can be possessive.

Trainability: Medium. The breed has a stubborn streak and socialisation and training should be started when they are puppies and continued into adulthood. Requires firm alpha pack leader.

Noise Level: High. This breed barks a lot.

Known Health Issues: Eczema and skin allergies. Less common health issues include: heart problems, seizures and digestive problems.

Lifespan: 13-15 years

Special Needs: Risk of separation anxiety – can cause distress and destructive tendencies if left alone too long. Fox Terriers can be possessive of their food and toys. Risk of sheep worrying

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