The image illustrates a small-sized dog, of the English breed called Fox Terrier, standing up, looking to the left.
The dog has an elongated head with a square snout and small, bent ears, a robust and medium-sized, elongated and square body, which ends with a short tail, raised up.
The fur is long, thick and rough, rendered full in relief.
Fox Terrier is a breed of dog originated in England. It can reach around 7-9 kilograms – with a maximum height of 36-40 centimeters. There are two different breeds of the Fox Terrier: with straight and wiry hair. They were considered the same breed until 1984. There is no difference between them, except the hair. Among the ancestors of the two breeds are the black and fawn Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the Greyhound, and The Beagle. The breed was officially recognized in 1860, but the Fox Terrier was represented in hunting paintings as early as the 14th century. The popularity of these two breeds declined in the last hundred years because they don’t adapt well to city life.
It is a small-sized, square-shaped, well-proportioned, strong dog. The skull is flat. It has a conical muzzle and a black nose, with small eyes and V-shaped ears, folded forward. The neck is brawny with a clear outline. The tail is set high, without being dropped on the back. The first breed has straight, rough, short, thick hair, close to the body. In the other breed, the hair is hard, wiry, thick, without being curly, at most wavy. It has tufts of hair around the muzzle and eyes and longer hair on the legs.
It is a very dynamic, tenacious, resistant, brave dog. It is not afraid to attack a larger animal; it is always ready to attack and bite, it barks at the slightest sound and has the tendency to dig. Devoted to its master, it loves children and gets along well with them, but care must be taken around small children, because it is a very lively and frisky dog. It accepts strangers but it will not hesitate to attack in case of danger. It gets along well with other dogs and other animals except the small ones, which will be considered prey, if it didn’t know them when it was a pup.
The fur of the breed with straight hair needs weekly brushing. The fur of the breed with wiry hair must be combed many times per week and trimmed 2-3 times a year. Also the beard and the moustache must be combed daily, not to get tangled.
These breeds manage much better outdoors, with a lot of space to move, with an active, athletic master. They adapt with difficulty in a flat.
These dogs are easy to train even though they are stubborn. The training must be firm, consistent, well-balanced, without being harsh or severe.
It is one of the best burrow dogs, nicknamed “the Attila of the mice”. It tracks and destroys all rodents, foxes and badgers. It has patience to dig even for a whole hour, deeper than one meter in order to find the hidden animal and drive it out. It is a good watchdog and a cheerful and lively companion.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the famous character Sherlock Holmes, was a close relative of the Fox Wire Terrier. The breed is known as an extremely strong one, which has no health problems. It can reach up to 12-14 years.
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- Wikipedia, available online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_terrier accessed October 18, 2019
- Pet Veterinarian, available online at https://www.pet.veterinarul.ro/fox-terrier-un-catel-indiscret-si-activ accessed October 18, 2019