Fox Terriers were originally bred to flush foxes out of their hiding places during fox hunts. Today they’re primarily family companions and show dogs, although you’ll occasionally find them in the hunt country of the northeastern United States, still performing their traditional role.
Dog Breed Group:Terrier Dogs
Height:Up to 1 foot, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:15 to 19 pounds
Life Span:10 to 15 years
- Fox Terriers like to eat and can become overweight. Be sure to monitor their food intake and give them regular exercise to keep them in shape.
- Fox Terriers can be hard to housetrain — crate training is recommended.
- Fox Terriers bark a lot and their barks typically are high-pitched.
- Fox Terriers are prone to chasing rabbits, birds, cats, and even other dogs. They’re scrappy and will pick fights with other dogs, even those that are much larger than they are. Be sure to keep your Fox Terrier on leash when he’s not in a secure area.
- Fox Terriers should not be trusted alone with non-canine pets unless they have been trained to get along with them.
- Fox Terriers are highly energetic and need about 30 to 45 minutes of vigorous exercise each day. If they don’t get a chance to burn off their natural energy, they can become destructive or turn into nuisance barkers.
- While they’re loyal to their families and love to play, Fox Terriers are too rough and energetic to play with young children.
- Fox Terriers are escape artists. They can jump higher than you might think and will dig holes or otherwise try to escape from their yards.
- Fox Terriers are a fairly rare breed. If you’re buying a puppy, you may find it hard to track down a good breeder — and even when you find one, you may have to wait several months for a litter to be born.