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Fox Terrier

Dog Breed - Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier





The term Fox Terrier was generic until the latter part of the 19th Century. It referred to a group of dogs of varying types which were bred for the hunt. The first Foxy, a dog called "Foiler" or "Old Foiler", was registered by the Kennel Club circa 1875-6.  The name now refers primarily to two different breeds of dog, the Smooth and the Wire Fox Terrier that were independently bred in England in the mid-19th century.   They were bred to assist in fox hunting. The Toy was developed by selected breeding from the smaller dogs of the breed. The breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1936.  There is also the Miniature.  Seldom used for hunting these days, they are more often pets. Their small size makes them appealing. 



This is an intelligent and active breed. They must be exercised, and kept stimulated, interested, and a part of the family. They are affectionate and playful. They have well-developed hunting instincts.  Left to their own devices and deprived of human companionship, undesirable behaviour may be exhibited, including digging, chasing small animals, or escape if ignored.


Dog Breed - Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier



The Fox Terrier is a sturdy dog weighing between 7 - 9.5 kg (15- 21 lb) and an average height of 38 cm (13 inches).

The Miniature Fox Terrier weighs between 3.5- 5.5 kgs (8- 12 lbs) and a height not exceeding 12 inches (30.5 cm).  

The Toy Fox Terrier weighs from 4 - 9 lbs (2-4 kgs) and height ranges from 8.5–11.5 inches (21.5–29.2 cm).

The Smooth Fox Terrier has a smooth, flat, but hard and dense coat, whereas the Wire Fox Terrier coat has a dense, wiry texture.  Predominantly white Fox Terriers have patches of tan or black and tan. 


The Fox Terrier is basically a low-maintenance dog in terms of grooming.

The smooth Fox Terrier should be bathed as necessary and brushed on a weekly basis as you will be surprised how much hair their short fine coat actually will shed. The Wire Fox Terrier will also require bathing only as necessary, however it will need regular combing and brushing of its coat two or three times a week plus clipping every three months. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your Fox Terrier, your local  dog grooming parlour provides these services.


Life Expectancy

The Fox Terrier generally lives 12 to 15 years.


Health Concerns

The breed is genetically quite healthy. Some known health problems are deafness, luxating patellas and variety of eye disorders such as cateracts.



Fox Terriers make excellent family pets!  This very loyal and  active breed needs regular exercise, stimulation and must be part of the family. Toy Fox Terriers adapt well to apartment living. They are active indoors, as they can usually take care of their own exercise needs.






Cover illustration of the

  first UK edition (1937)  

Fox Terrier

Bob, the Fox Terrier, features in Agatha Christie's book, Dumb Witness. The story about Emily Arundell, a woman of a considerable fortune is injured by falling down a staircase, and everyone believes that she tripped over a ball left by her pet fox terrier, Bob. Emily later dies of natural causes (or so it is believed). A letter written before her death to Hercule Poirot is too late to save her life, but it puts Poirot on the trail of a murderer.




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