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.