Fox Terrier

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Height: 36 - 41cm M | 33 - 38cm F
Weight: 7 - 9kg M | 6 - 8kg F
Life Expectancy: 15 - 17 Years

Considering getting a Fox Terrier?

The Fox Terrier is a British canine classic that emerged in the late 18th century. There are two types of this breed: Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier. This kind of dog breed is used to hunt quarry into narrow burrows and dens. Fox Terriers are known to be friendly but fearless, which boasts of infinite energy. They are considered to be among the best watchdogs and form a strong attachment with families.

Looking for a fiercely protective watchdog like the Fox Terrier? Here is a brief background of this dog breed.

book icon History

The Fox Terrier is a classic English breed believed to be a cross between several dog breeds includingOld English Terriers, Bull Terriers, Greyhounds and Beagles. The earliest record of this breed was a dog named Pitch in 1790. It was owned by Colonel Thomas Thornton and was the subject of a painting by Sawrey Gilpin. The Fox Terrier became widely popular because of its fox hunting skills.

Fox Terriers are separated into two breeds: the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier. Albeit developed separately, both have the same origins. They are basically the same except for the characteristics of their coats and slight variance in colours and markings.

In 1876, the Officers of the Fox Terrier Club of England established the first breed standard.

comb icon Appearance and Grooming

The Fox Terrier is an energetic, and watchful dog breed, always ready to pounce and give chase, owing to its hunting instinct. Weighing 15 to 19 pounds and standing 33 to 41 centimetres, it displays strength despite its small form and always wears keen expressions. It has a flat head that narrows with a slight stop. It sport a black nose and strong muzzles.

This dog breed has dark, round intelligent eyes. It has small V-shaped ears that lie close to its cheeks. Boasting a perfect scissor bite, Fox Terriers have upper teeth that slightly overlap the lower teeth. They have proud necks that are muscular and quite long, supported by its wide, sloping shoulders.

When it comes to physical characteristics, Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers are very similar except for their coats. The Smooth Fox Terrier has a longer coat that is smooth and flat but also hard and dense. Whereas, the Wire Fox Terrier has what you call a broken appearance due to its dense and wiry coat. Coat colours are similar, with a base coat of white, although they often have slight variations in markings such as black, tan or a combination of these two colours.

Since both Fox Terrier breeds have different coat characteristics, it follows that they require different coat care. For Smooth Fox Terriers, occasional brushing with a firm bristle will suffice. However, Wire Fox Terriers will require hand stripping, where hairs are plucked out rather than cut with clippers. The latter breed is best to be taken to a professional groomer. Other grooming needs such as dental care, ear care and nail trimming are similar.

bulb icon Temperament and Intelligence

Fox Terriers are lively, spirited and overenthusiastic characters, but should never be aggressive. They are sociable, very receptive to training and excel at agility trials. They are determined dogs, alert and protective, which make them excellent watchdogs. They get on well with children, but strict supervision by an adult must still be observed to avoid accidents during boisterous play or interaction.

This breed will require a steady handler to provide consistent training, so it does not exhibit negative behaviours such as digging, excessive barking and more. With that said, this type of dog is not ideal for first-time dog owners. Fox Terriers form strong bonds with its family and is known to suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for extended periods.

Proper socialisation when young will also helps them get along well with other dogs, however, small animals may be a bit of a stretch. Fox Terriers, originally bred as gundogs, will be quick to give chase smaller animals every opportunity it gets.

food icon Nutrition and Feeding

A typical serving for an adult Fox Terriers is 1.5 to 2 cups of quality dry dog food daily, divide into two meals – morning and afternoon. Each dog has unique nutritional needs that will mainly depend on its size, age, activity level and metabolism. Ensure your Fox Terrier get the proper nutrition it deserves by consulting with a veterinarian for guidance.

Typical daily calorie needs of an adult Fox Terrier that weighs 17 pounds:

  • Senior and less active: up to 520 calories daily
  • Typical adults: up to 590 calories daily
  • Physically active/working dogs: up to 650 calories daily

Fox Terriers should be fed with high-quality food formulated for its size. There are popular and reliable brands in pet shops and even online. However, it is best to get the recommendation of a veterinarian.

stethoscope icon Health and Exercise

Fox Terriers are a healthy breed in general with a lifespan of 13 to 14 years. However, some dogs are affected by hereditary health conditions. These health issues include Deafness, Cataracts, Legg-Perthes Disease, Lens Luxation and Canine Hip Dysplasia. Although not all Fox Terriers will develop the diseases mentioned above, awareness is crucial for preventive measures. Always consult a veterinarian for any abnormalities.

Fox Terriers are energetic dog breeds that require the right amount of exercise. At the same time, they also need adequate mental stimulation to avoid boredom that only results in troublesome behaviours. They love the outdoors so taking them for long walks will make them happy and content, especially if they get to engage in activities such as flyball with their family.

pound icon Cost of Ownership

Dog ownership signifies a large financial obligation. Buying the puppy is just the beginning of the journey. The only way to reduce the financial burden of dog ownership is preparation. Let us examine the costs associated with owning a Fox Terrier.

Initial cost for a well-bred puppy is around £500 to £1,000. Veterinary cost is arguably the most expensive part of owning a Fox Terrier, which can quickly add up to £1,000 a year. Pet insurance is another cost that can be considered as a veterinary expense, but worth every penny of your £20 to £40 considering it will offset costs of medical emergencies in the future.

In addition, quality dog food is a large portion of the monthly budget that will cost around £30 to £40 a month. Considering all the mentioned costs, a rough estimate to care for a Fox Terrier is anywhere from £70 to £100 a month.

Is a Fox Terrier Right for You?

  • Fox Terriers are lively, spirited and overenthusiastic dogs.
  • There are two types of Fox Terriers: Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier.
  • Fox Terriers are ideal for experienced dog owners to provide consistent training.
  • It is known to be the best watchdog since it is quick to bark to alert.
  • It forms a strong bond with the family and is prone to suffer from separation anxiety.

Are you sure the Fox Terrier is the best breed for you? Take the Pet Breed Selector Quiz to find your perfect breed match.

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