Fox terrier

Other names: Smooth-haired Fox Terrier, Wire-haired Fox Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Fox Terrier Wire

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The Fox Terrier is a small dog full of energy and strength, despite its small size. It is harmoniously constructed and gives off an impression of great pride, especially when it is in a standing position. Its stature then evokes that of the hunting horse. There are 2 varieties of Fox Terrier: the smooth-haired one (FCI standard N ° 12) and the wire-haired one (FCI standard N ° 169). The latter is recognizable by the beard and mustache worn by the dog.



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Hair type Short
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 6 kg to 8 kg From 33 cm to 35 cm
Male From 7 kg to 9 kg From 35 cm to 39 cm
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History of the breed

Of British origin , the Fox Terrier is one of the oldest breeds of terriers . She probably descends from the same type of dog that fathered the Manchester Terrier and the Bull Terrier. The first breed standard was drawn up in 1876. If the Fox Terrier is today an excellent show and companion dog, it is mainly for hunting that the breed was developed.

As its name suggests, its specialty is to flush out the fox hiding in its burrow in order to allow hunters to continue their task. It is also good at dislodging rodents and all kinds of pests. The qualities sought after for the job are therefore speed, small size, determination and courage. The smooth-haired Fox Terrier breed was definitively recognized by the FCI in June 1993, while the wire-haired one in May 1955.

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Physical features

His coat: smooth, straight, flat and dense in the smooth-haired Fox Terrier. Hard and dense in the wire-haired Fox Terrier , with a length of 2 cm on the shoulders and 4 cm on the back, withers, hindquarters and ribs. In the wire-haired variety, always, the texture is rough on the level of the jaws and the limbs.
Its color: predominantly white with tan and / or black markings, in both varieties.
His head: flat skull whose width narrows as one gets closer to the eyes. The stop is very slightly marked, the nose is black and the jaws are endowed with strong musculature.
His ears: V-shaped, small in size, falling forward and against the cheeks.
His eyes: dark in color, rounded in shape, well set in the orbit and displaying an expression of vitality and intelligence.
His body: short, horizontal and solid back. The kidney is powerful, the chest well let down without being broad, the rear ribs slightly arched and the posterior ones of good length.
Its tail: strong, set on high, carried straight and cheerfully, never curled. Was cut short in the past.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Fox Terrier is a dog bursting with energy and liveliness . Alert, courageous and intelligent , he knows how to show himself to his advantage when he keeps his master’s house. This does not prevent him from being an excellent companion dog , especially with regard to children thanks to his pronounced taste for the game. His understanding with his congeners and other animals depends on the quality of his socialization , because the Fox Terrier is a strong head who likes to gain the upper hand over those around him.

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The Fox Terrier requires firm upbringing , as the dog is quite stubborn and dominant . It is not, however, a question of seeking the balance of power, but rather of showing him very early the limits not to be exceeded. A well-behaved Fox Terrier will always seek to please its owner. Appropriately socialized, they will coexist better with those around them. Beware of his very pronounced penchant for barking!

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Fox Terrier is much happier in the countryside than in an urban environment . Although he is small, he appreciates apartment life much less than living in a house with a large fenced garden, giving him the opportunity to roam freely and to stand guard, a role he particularly enjoys. The Fox Terrier would be suitable for an active master , able to devote time and energy to him on a daily basis.


Ease of gaining weight

The Fox Terrier is a particularly resistant dog. However, it is recommended to monitor the condition of his vertebrae , his eyes and his heart health . The Fox Terrier is, moreover, one of the breeds predisposed to congenital megaesophagus , just like the German Shepherd, the Golden-Retriever, the Labrador-Retriever or the Irish Setter.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Fox Terrier is, on average, between 10 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Fox Terrier moult is very little marked in the 2 varieties. Maintenance is not very restrictive in the smooth-haired Fox Terrier, but more tedious in the wire-haired one.

Brushing should be at least weekly . At the Fox Terrier   wire-haired, waxing (approximately every 3 months) and grooming are essential, because this care depends not only on the appearance of the dog, but also the health of his skin. However, they must be performed by professionals: if they are poorly done, they risk altering the quality of the hair and its color.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
1000 €

The purchase price of a Fox Terrier is between 600 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

900 €
950 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Fox Terrier is between $ 900 and $ 950.

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The diet of the Fox Terrier must be based on high quality kibble . A balanced ration in line with his energy expenditure will suit him and meet his daily needs.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Fox Terrier needs a lot of exercise to maintain physical and mental balance. It is a dog overflowing with activity and therefore must be able to exercise. The games that adorn his long daily outings allow him to fully express his qualities of alertness and intelligence.


Classifications & Standards
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1993


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