Fox Terriers were bred for fox hunting in England, they are probably the most intense of all the terriers. They are good-looking and intelligent dogs. They come in smooth short-haired or wire-haired varieties.
If you are looking for a playful, active, inquisitive and sometimes down-right naughty dog, this breed live every moment like it’s their last. This could well be your perfect match.
They need plenty of exercise and playtime, they could make the perfect jogging partner. This is not a breed for couch potatoes, you will need to be able to commit to long walks and endless ball games to keep them happy. A bored dog will usually become a mischievous dog, whether it be nuisance barking, chewing or digging. Try to make sure they are occupied with jobs, playtime or plenty of exercise to keep them out of trouble.
They love their families and good with kids, however they have their limits and probably best to avoid young children with this breed. For older kids though they will spend hours running around the back garden with them. This breed tends to bond more with one special person.
They make great watchdogs and you will always know about who is at the door and anything suspicious or exciting going on outside. This breed has amazing hearing and will always sound the alarm. They are a little un-trusting of strangers and as with most dogs will need good socialisation to combat this.
They are terriers and will normally be OK with other dogs and animals brought up in the same household. Strange dogs might be unacceptable and these guys will never back down and are quite likely to start a fight, irregardless of size and shape, they think they can win everything. Small animals and neighbourhood cats will probably get chased out the garden, with one of these around.
They are very intelligent and easy to train. Try to keep training both interesting and fun for the best results and avoid being harsh with them, identifying their motivation reward early will get you the best results and it’s normally food. You may not be able to let them off the lead without suitable training, their love for picking fights and chasing small animals, with their self-confidence sometimes means they think they know whats best.
Depending on the coat the shedding is moderate for the short-haired. Wire-haired require regular brushing and visits to the groomers unless you are prepared to learn how to do it yourself.
Fox Terrier Stats
A Fox Terrier requires a lot of company, plenty of exercise and preferably some time for relaxation. In return your Foxie will give you undivided loyalty. When walking your dog, always have it on a lead. Fox Terriers can be very single-minded when they see something of interest, perhaps across the road and will chase after it – often with disastrous consequences.
- Weight -7kg –8kg
- Size – 33cm – 39cm
- They live for 10-14 years