Origin and brief history:
There are two kinds of Fox Terriers: Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers. They come from the early 19th century. They are traced back to several other breeds of the British terriers and are linked with many modern White Terriers. Other Terrier breeds such as the Rat Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier have come from the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox terrier. Appearance wise, the main difference between the Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier is their coat.
These dogs are usually, extremely alert and react quickly to danger. Depending on where they come from, they can be extremely bold, friendly and fearless, as long as they aren’t provoked.
The grooming method differs between the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier. The Smooth Fox Terriers have a very dense but smooth coat and very rarely do they shed. Hence, they seldom require brushing.
However, for the Wire Fox Terrier, as the name suggests, their coat is more wavy and wiry than smooth, because of which they need to be brushed more often. Due to the dense coat of both these breeds, care should be taken to make sure that their fur is well trimmed and tick free.
Due to their energetic nature, they playfully jump on their owners. To avoid scratching yourself by your dog during play, it is very important to give your Fox Terrier, regular nail trims.
Specification of breed:
The Fox Terriers are about 40cm tall and their weight is around 8kgs. Their life span ranges from 12 years to 15 years.
These dogs were initially bred for hunting foxes. They were specifically bred to chase the fox to the ground and then dig furiously to startle and annoy the fox, so that, the hunter could shoot the fox. Being trained for hunting, they have a high level of stamina and energy due to which they run around and chase moving objects and small animals for hours. The solution to this would be plenty of exercise for the dog to tire him out.
They are territorial by nature, due to which, only one Fox Terrier would be suitable per household. They tend to chase and kill other small animals like hamsters and ferrets and in some cases even kittens.
Outdoors, the dog must be kept constantly on a leash unless they are trained. As mentioned before, moving objects amuses them and it can be dangerous for them to be running behind cars, motorbikes or even skateboards.
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