|Temperament||A friendly and fearless breed with plenty of excitable energy.|
|Suitable||An active family who loves to get out and about.|
|Health||A healthy breed. However, Fox Terriers, like all breeds, can be prone to some health problems.|
|COMMON CLAIMS||MAXIMUM CLAIM|
|Tissue Damage or Fracture||$412.95|
|Gastrointestinal Tract Conditions||$2,720.60|
|Ingestion of Foreign Body or Toxin||$1,629.75|
*Pet Insurance Australia Data 2022/2023
One thing is for sure: Fox Terriers make wonderful training companions. They are quick to learn and love to work alongside their adoring owners. Being an intelligent breed, they will require good training to ensure they keep out of trouble and are entertained. Excelling in all obedience and dog sporting activities, they are ideally suited to an energetic family. Early socialisation and training are essential to ensure your wee pup grows into a well-rounded dog. Exposing your young pup to as many sights, sounds and experiences as possible will provide a well-balanced and happy dog. Puppy preschools are a great way to safely allow your pup to learn all the critical aspects of the world in a secure and nurturing environment. This breed loves to play, so keep your training sessions fun and light. This will guarantee your dog will stay enthusiastic and eager to learn new tricks. Like with all dogs, they need consistency and patience regarding training.
The Foxy comes in two different coat types, requiring weekly attention. A good brush once a week will suffice for the Smooth Coated Fox Terrier. As for the Wire Coat Fox Terrier, enlisting a professional groom to ‘strip’ or ‘pluck’ the coat will be needed. Your professional groomer or breeder can teach you how to groom your wire coat variety correctly. They are not a smelly breed, so they will only need a bath occasionally or if – in true Terrier fashion – they’ve found something extra stinky to roll in. Trim your dog’s nails frequently and get your young puppy used to being touched on the feet, face and ears. If you are unsure of how to clip your pup’s nails, ask your vet to show you at your next check-up.
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Fox Terriers are generally a healthy and very active breed. However, like all dog breeds, they can be prone to specific health conditions.
The Fox Terriers love to run and play and will need a fair amount of exercise to keep them happy. Two brisk walks daily will keep him content. It’s good to remember that their hunting instinct is pretty strong, so care must be taken when running off-leash. A good fenced area to play is much more appropriate to prevent your pup from ‘taking chase’ and being almost impossible to call back. Training a strong ‘recall’ is also good advice to avoid runaways. Foxy’s love to play and teaching them various new tricks alongside toys will keep him entertained for hours.
A brilliant breed that, if not correctly exercised and entertained, will undoubtedly get into mischief. They are masters at creating their own games and fun. This breed loves to play with toys, so having a good ‘home alone’ collection and rotating these daily can help prevent boredom when you are not at home. These dogs have a wonderful sense of humour and will create much laughter in the home. However, when bored, their form of entertainment may not be so funny – cue the destructive behaviour. Like with all breeds, considering this and ensuring your dog is well-trained, exercised and entertained is essential. Creating a stimulating environment full of enriching ‘jobs’ will help prevent problems when you are not at home.
The Fox Terrier makes an excellent play companion for a busy household. They love to be integral to the pack and will adjust well to family life. However, it’s essential to do your research on the history of the breed and train accordingly. They have been known to get over-excited and protective over food and toys. With good training, this part of their behaviour can easily be avoided. As with all breeds, it is important to teach your dog how to interact with children correctly and also to teach children how to behave around a dog correctly. They make great animal friends if raised with cats and other dogs, but they are probably not the best option for other small animals, such as rabbits or hamsters, remembering first and foremost they are a terrier.
Despite their small size, these dogs are not well suited to apartment living and will need a good fenced yard to run around in. Check fences regularly for any escape routes. They love to run and frolic about with or without you and will need a good-sized area to burn off this exuberant energy. Like with all dogs, providing ample shade and water during the warmer months and a nice warm area during the cooler weather is vital. They will not take well to endless hours left alone in a dog-run or kennel area and will pine for their beloved family.
It is imperative to only source your new Fox Terrier from a reputable breeder who puts the love of the breed and its healthy bloodline first. When talking to a breeder, it is also vital you ask all the important questions about hereditary problems and, if possible, ask to view Mum and Dad. Contacting your local breed club can also help you choose a desired breeder. Your Fox Terrier breeder should have paperwork to show that they regularly test their breeding dogs for genetic diseases. This does take a little more time than a quick purchase; however, it will save you unimaginable heartache and pain dealing with a sick puppy or dog.
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