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Fox Terrier

Size: Small

Weight: 12 - 14 lbs.

Height: 14" -15.5"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Deafness; Legg-Perthes disease; mast cell tumors

Origin: England (1700s)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Fox Terrier is an active dog that needs daily exercise. This dog enjoys long walks and games, and thrives on human interaction.

Grooming Needs

The Fox Terrier requires brushing once to several times per week depending on the coat style (wirehaired or smooth).


The Fox Terrier is an enthusiastic dog that adapts well to most environments. It gets along well with gentle children over the age of five, especially if provided with early socialization and obedience classes. The breed does not always integrate well into families with other pets. Do not play aggressive games with your Fox Terrier. If not properly trained, this breed can develop behavioral problems.

Compatibility with Kids

Best with older children.


The Fox Terrier originated in England during the 1700s, where it was developed to hunt foxes. These dogs love to hunt, dig, track and crawl.

Pet Facts

There are two varieties of the Fox Terrier: the wirehaired and the smooth coat. Both are usually white with black, or black with tan, markings.

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