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Fox Terrier Dog Breed

The Fox Terrier generally refers to four different breeds or varieties: the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Wirehaired Fox Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier and Miniature Fox Terrier. In show circles, it is only the Smooth and the Wire Fox Terriers that are referred to but in most other areas around the world the name encompasses even the descendant breeds of Toy Fox and Miniature Fox Terrier. The breed was developed by crossing old Dachshund breed, English Hounds, with later additions of the Fox Hound and the Beagle. In terms of weight and height, the following are the standards: for Smooth Coat and the Wirehaired, height is 13 to 16 inches and weight is 13 to 20 pounds; the smaller Toy Fox Terrier weighs 3 to 7 pounds and stands at about 10 inches; and the Miniature Fox Terrier stands from 9 to 12 inches. The Smooth and the Wirehaired Fox Terriers have similar physical attributes except for the coats. Where the former has a flat, dense, smooth coat (hence the name), the latter has a dense, wiry texture with a short and soft undercoat. A flat skull, slight stop, black nose and small V-shaped ears are characteristics of the Fox Terrier breed.

A versatile dog breed, the Fox Terrier can perform tasks such as hunting, tracking, watch dog, agility and performing tricks. They are cheerful, lovable and affectionate house pets who like nothing more than to be hugged and carried by their owners. They get along well with children and other animals.

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