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Fox Terrier

Fox Terrier Dog Breed Information

Size 15-16 inch (38-39 cm)
Weight 13-18 lb (6-8 kg)
Origin Great Britain
Color White, brown, beige; multi-colored
Lifespan 10-13 years
Suitable as Family dogs, companion dogs
Personality Spirited, adventurous, loyal, boisterous, lively
Exercise Dog Exercise
Drooling Dog Drooling
Shedding Dog Shedding
Fur care Dog Fur Care

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Breed Characteristics

The Fox Terrier is a bundle of mischief. They’re known for tricks and playfulness, and will always make you laugh. It may be small, but it has a whole lot of energy, is very self-confident, bold and curious.

These dogs are friendly to people within its family and to strangers. But this does not apply to pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and so on, because the Fox Terrier used to be a hunting dog and it is too likely that it will try to catch them.

In addition, the Fox Terrier does not get along well with other dogs. It starts to mess with them too quickly, no matter if the other dogs are bigger or not. So this dog isn’t suited to trips to the park where it will meet lots of new dogs.

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In the US, Fox Terriers are rare. Even in Germany, they are not among the top 10. That's because sometimes particular dog breeds are "in" and sometimes not.

According to German Kennel Club VDH there were more Fox Terrier puppies in 2003 than Border Collie, Chihuahua, Beagle, Havanese or Bernese Mountain Dog puppies in 2018 (in Germany). We believe that this cute, little dog will soon come back into fashion - so this is a good reason to take a closer look at this guy!

After all, Fox Terriers won more titles in the „Best in Show“ category at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York than any other dog breed. In this competition, the winners of the each breed group compete for the title „Best in Show“.

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You should also be aware of a few things before you buy: Fox Terriers need a lot of exercise, they like digging, they can jump very high (risk of escape!) and they do bark a lot (high-pitched). In return, they are easy to train and make good watchdogs.


There are two types of Fox Terriers: the smooth and the wire-haired. The Smooth Fox Terrier is sleek and elegant, the Wire Fox Terrier is more pretty and curly-wurly.


The Fox Terrier originated around the 19th century and was used in fox hunting in England.

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Where Does the Name Come From?

Terrier comes from the French word for earth: terre. Some people say that Terrier comes from terror, but of course this is a joke. They just want to state that these dogs have a very lively character in a fun way.

Health and Care

While Smooth Fox Terriers hair shed more than Wires, the Smooth Fox Terriers' coat is easier to care for. The dogs have a white coat with black and/or brown fur markings.

Did You Know?

The British naturalist Charles Darwin had a Fox Terrier.

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