Fox terriers are active and inquisitive hunters. They are smart and intelligent, need attention and understanding and will reward their owners with love and affection. They make wonderful family pets, they like children (although they are best suited to children 7 years and above) and are generally friendly to everyone they meet. They can, however, often be aggressive to other dogs or, in fact, to other animals of any size.
Although small in stature, measuring approximately 15in. to 18in at the shoulder, in their own minds they are much larger!
Fox terrier care and grooming is similar to that for many short-haired dogs. They will require regular brushing and bathing and their toenails need to be checked from time to time, however, since they are such an active dog their toenails tend to stay short. As with all dogs, a fox terrier’s ears may require cleaning on a regular basis. An annual veterinary check is recommended for all dogs.
Your fox terrier will require a securely fenced yard and will need to be walked on a leash. Due to their inquisitive nature they are likely to get into mischief if let out alone.
Fox terriers were bred to be hunting dogs and their instinct is to work alone, unsupervised by man. This can make fox terrier training an interesting experience! Training needs to be positive and fun; they are quick to pick up new things and do not respond to negative treatment. Because they have been bred to work alone they do not require constant approval as adult dogs, although as puppies they require a great deal of attention and will not like to left alone during the day.
You can expect your fox terrier to live a long and healthy life – often to 15years or more. They are strong and seldom get ill if properly protected from contagious disease by regular vaccinations and sensible precautions. Annual veterinary check-ups are always recommended for all dogs.
Your fox terrier will consider itself to be a part of the family and will want to be with you wherever you are and whatever you are doing!