Fox Terrier Puppy Facts

There is actually no such breed as a Fox Terrier. What we have are several distinct terrier breeds with some common traits but different backgrounds and ancestry.

Two of these breeds originated in Great Britain in the 19th century. Several more breeds were developed later by crossing one of these two breeds with other dog breeds.

The two original breeds are Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers. The wirehaired terrier has longer coat with a wiry texture. The smooth terrier has shorter and smooth coat. In both cases, the coat is extremely dense and hard. In the early days, both were considered varieties of the same breed and many Fox Terrier breeders were interbreeding them.

Some of the breeds developed from the Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers include the American Toy Fox Terrier and the Miniature Fox Terrier. Actually, another breed, the Jack Russell Terrier, was also developed from the original Fox Terrier but because of its distinctive name it's not lumped into the Fox Terrier "breed".

The Miniature Fox Terrier was developed in Australia at the end of the 19th century; the Toy Fox Terrier was developed in the first half of the 20th century in the United States. Like Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers, these two breeds were developed to hunt.

  Wire Fox Terrier Smooth Fox Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier Miniature Fox Terrier

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