As the name might suggest, Fox Terriers were originally bred as hunting dogs, with a particular focus on foxes.

Their agility and small size made them perfect to get right deep into a fox’s den and scout the prey for their masters. Today, they are mainly popular as family dogs, and they make for friendly, sweet and loving four-legged pals.


  • Highly Intelligent
  • Playful
  • Independent

Fox Terrier Temperament & Size

There are actually 3 different types of fox terriers: smooth, wire and miniature). Each type differs in size, with the miniature arguably being the smallest of the three. Smooth terriers are often white, with a long head. The wire terrier has a double coat with a more coarse texture, perfect to handle the cold weather. It is also notable for its facial hair.

These dogs are known for their extraordinary intelligence and playfulness.

Fox Terrier Life Span & Health Problems

Fox Terriers can live up to 15 years.

Terriers can be prone to hereditary degenerative muscle disorders.

Smooth fox terriers are particularly subject to cataracts, more so than any other fox terrier type.

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