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Fox Terrier Breed Information and Photos

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Originally used for flushing foxes, these dogs are now popular as house pets due to their loyalty and skills as watchdogs. This page contains Fox Terrier breed information and photos.


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April 3, 2006
Breed Description: Fox Terriers are short, compact dogs with long, sloping shoulders, deep chests and long, tapering muzzles. These small dogs are lively and alert and carry their distinctive, short tails in a gay, upright fashion. Originally used for flushing foxes, these terriers are now popular as house pets due to their loyalty and devotion and their skills as watchdogs.

Group: Terrier Group

Purpose of Breed: Flushing foxes

Country of Origin: England

Average Size: Around 15 1/2 inches and 16-18 pounds.

Color(s): Fox Terriers are predominantly white with patches of any color, but liver, red, or brindle are common.


Coat Type: The double coats are tight and either wiry or smooth, and very dense. The hair on the undercoat is fine.

Grooming: Fox Terriers need regular grooming-the wiry haired variety more so. They are average shedders. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.

Exercise Needs: In general, Fox Terriers need a great deal of exercise to maintain their physical and mental well-being. They need to be kept on a lead when in public due to their strong desire to chase.

Temperament: Fox Terriers are energetic and upbeat breed. They are courageous and devoted and make excellent watchdogs. This breed is happiest when near its family and does not like to be left alone for long periods. Fox Terriers are hunters by nature and can be aggressive toward other dogs. Care should be taken with small family pets who may at times appear to them like prey. They should be exercised on a lead or in a safe, enclosed area.


Common Ailments: Susceptible to deafness, nasal drip, lens luxation, distichiasis, cataracts, Legg-Perthes, shoulder dislocation and skin problems.

Life Expectancy: 15 or more years.

Trivia: The Fox Terrier was originally bred to go to ground and harass a fox out of its hole. Their innate sense to dig comes out unless taught otherwise.

More Information: American Fox Terrier Club

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October 19, 2010

Here is Toby, Ty, and Tiny (she's the one with the great ears) Tiny will turn 9 in November. Toby Just turned 7 in October and Ty will be 3 in November. Tiny and Toby are Fox Terriers and Ty is a Jack Fox (Jack Russel-Fox Terrier mix). We got all 3 of the babies when they were about 4-5 months old. We got Tiny at a Flea Market, Toby at a pet store in the Amish country, and Ty at another pet store.


Tiny and Ty play with each each other regularly, chasing each other around and playing tug of war with any type of toy available. They are the 2 with all of the energy. Toby on the other hand is a lover, not a toy player:). He's more laid back and relaxed, just likes to watch everything happen around him.

Our pets are our life, family photos, they're in them. They weren't shelter dogs, or beaten, or fought. Actually I believe the only hardship they have shared was possibly coming from a puppy mill. We bought them all from different places but each one came with their very own personality.

By Judy

Toby, Ty, and Tiny (Fox Terriers)

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June 4, 2010

Zoey is a 9 year old purebred Wirehaired Fox Terrier. She became "my" pet when my roommate and I moved in together.


8 years ago, my roomie had just lost a wire hair and went to venture a "give-away" wire hair.

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February 3, 2016

Your Pet's Age
15, 13, 10

Your Pet's Breed
Fox Terriers

How and when did you get your pet?
We got all of our babies when they were 8 weeks old.

What does your pet like to do for fun?
They like to run, jump, and play.


Do you have anything else to share about your pet?
Toby the guy, past away due to kidney failure a year ago. I tell you it still hurts today even though he is in a better place, the pain never goes way.

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