Fox Terrier

What is certain is that the breed standard was set in Great Britain in 1876. Find out everything about the behavior, character, activity and exercise needs, education, and care of the dog breed Fox Terrier (smooth-haired) in the profile.

The origin of the fox terrier is dated to the 18th century, but there are pictures from the 14th and 15th centuries showing dogs that are very similar to today’s fox terrier. What is certain is that the breed standard was set in Great Britain in 1876. At that time, the two variants developed short-haired and wire-haired fox terriers. The fox terrier was used, among other things, as a hound for fox hunting and was also internationally known for its intelligence and endurance shown here.

General Appearance

The fox terrier is a small and very lively dog, with a strong but never clumsy build. The Fox Terrier’s coat can be white with tan or black in color. Characteristics of this breed are the small floppy ears, the elongated snout, and the cheeky look.

Behavior and temperament

Fox terriers are real dogs of character who, with their enchanting charm and contagious cheerfulness, will wrap any doubter around their fingers. In addition to courage, perseverance and a good portion of the will to attack intelligence, vigilance, and attachment are among their character traits. Fox Terriers can be excellent hunting companions as well as playful family dogs. However, every Fox owner has to sacrifice a lot of time for his dog: for training as well as for games and cuddles.

Need for employment and physical activity

This breed needs a lot of exercises. The fox terrier accompanies its human when riding and cycling without any problems, but then also wants to be mentally challenged. Games and dog sports are excellent ways to redirect this dog’s hunting instincts.


Training a fox terrier is a real challenge: with this dog, you have to be careful that you remain the master of the house yourself. Fox terrier owners have to be prepared for a lot of tricks from their friends: His intelligence is combined with cleverness, cleverness, and charm. At the same time, this dog lurks for mistakes or inconsistencies on the part of the owner, in order to immediately and mercilessly exploit them.


The Fox Terrier’s hair should be brushed daily to keep it looking healthy. Otherwise, the smooth-haired fox terrier requires little grooming.

Disease Susceptibility / Common Diseases

Fox Terriers have a predisposition to Terrier Ataxia and Myelopathy. These are neurological diseases that, among other things, result in the destruction of the spinal cord.

Did you know?

The smooth-haired fox terrier was particularly popular for a long time. It’s now the other way around: Today, twice as many wire-haired Fox Terriers are born as smooth-haired Fox Terriers.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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