|Group:||Terriers (Group 2)|
|Club:||Fox Terrier Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mr Ken Campbell|
Background The gentry and working class alike owned Fox Terriers. During the hunt, when the fox went to ground, Fox Terriers (which were carried in saddlebags on the horses) were brought up and sent in after the fox. Their job was to chase the fox out of its lair so the hunt could recommence. They were not required to kill the fox, for if they did, the hunt would be unable to continue. The working class also bred these dogs to keep vermin down - a job they excel at and which also provided much sport. Fox Terriers have retained this hunting instinct until this day and some are still working as rat and rabbit catchers.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Fox Terriers live up to 14 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Fox Terrier is gay, fearless, a clown and a devoted friend.
Compatibility with other pets Good.
Care Requirements A Fox Terrier requires a lot of company, plenty of exercise and preferably some time for relaxation. In return your dog will give you undivided loyalty. When walking your dog, always have it on a lead. Fox Terriers can be very single-minded when they see something of interest, perhaps across the road - often with disastrous consequences. There are two types of Fox Terrier - one with a Wire coat and one with a Smooth coat. The Wire coated variety has a harsh wiry jacket which requires a lot of attention if the dog is to be kept looking smart. The coat needs to be clipped into shape about four times per year, combined with regular brushing. The Smooth variety has a short dense coat which requires far less maintenance to keep it looking smart and clean.
Please Take Note Being intelligent and independent, a Fox Terrier pup is likely to be mischievous and may wander off to find its own fun if you do not have a secure yard.
Ideal Owner/s The Fox Terrier makes a good companion and watchdog for families and the elderly, and an excellent children’s dog, joining in ball games, catching Frisbees, going skate boarding, even swimming and surfboard riding at the beach. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Fox Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.