Side Note: Why not consider Adopting a Fox Terrier?
What You Should Know About Fox Terriers Before You Own One
Separation anxiety is common- Separation anxiety, to some degree, is a common trait with many breeds. With a Wire Fox Terrier, seperation anxiety could arise from simple boredom. An energetic dog left to his own devices could spell disaster for furniture, other pets, house plants, etc. Learn more about separation anxiety before adopting or purchasing any breed of dog.
High Maintenance- The coat of the Wire Fox Terrier is higher maintenance than that of it's smooth coated cousin. Special care needs to be taken to keep the coat from becoming soft and the color from dulling which clipping can do. To keep the coat of a Wire Fox Terrier in breed standard condition, it need to be hand stripped which a groomer will do. Hand Stripping means manually removing dead hair by pulling it out. Except for in tender spots, like bellies, it does not hurt the dog.
Chewing- This dog, especially in puppy phase, is known to be a destructive chewer. If you have a lot of nice possessions and if you're picky about not wearing chewed up shoes, you might only consider a puppy of this breed if you can be home with him most of the time. Crate training is an option at night, but never leave this breed caged for long hours every day. Serious psychological damage would surely be the outcome.
Housebreaking difficulties- Small breed dogs are among the hardest to housebreak. You'll need to be very patient and probably clean up several messes in the process of house training a Fox Terrier, puppy or adult. We recommend the positive and proven training techniques outlined on our dog training page.
Escape Artists- A fenced-in back yard is only a minor obstacle to a Fox Terrier. This breed has (what seems like) limitless energy and there is very little that can stop him from doing something when he sets his mind to it. He is a problem solver and will figure out a way to get what he wants. If it means digging his way out or learning to climb the fence, he'll get what he's after.
Very High Energy- This is a very high energy breed... You already know about the chewing and it's tendency to be an escape artist, but multiply that times 10 if you're the couch potatoe type who prefers a lethargic dog. A Wire Fox Terrier loves to play, so boredom can set in easily if he is not kept stimulated on a reguar basis. A bored Fox Terrier can quickly become a mischievious Fox Terrier.
Excitability and Behavioral Issues- If you do not have the time to spend with this dog, it may not be the best breed for you. This dog is going to require training to be good house pet and he is also going to require a great deal of daily stimulation. If you can't devote at least on hour of every day to a rousing game of fetch, swimming, running, jogging, etc, carefully weigh your decision to own this breed.
Training Difficulties Consistency in training is a must and the earlier you start, the better... but that won't necessarily ever lead to full submission on this dog's part. Somewhere deep in this breeds DNA is an inate instict to chase and hunt that you may never be able to train away...
Not a cat lover Fox Terriers are hunters and chasers and cats just cannot seem to appreciate that behavior. Taking (sometimes) rough playful habits, chasing instincts and high energy into consideration, smaller animals (of any sort) may not be safe around this breed. It would not be unheard of, with Fox Terriers, for you to return home one day to find the cat's been killed... even after several years of getting along before then.
-Health Issues Related to Smooth Fox Terriers-
While not all Fox Terriers are unhealthy, environmental factors like irresponsible breeding, for one, can make them more likely to develop any one or more of (but not limited to) the conditions listed below.
Hypothyroidism- A condition of the thyroid gland which causes weight gain, hair loss and scaly skin.
Eye Problems- This breed has the potential to suffer from several eye conditions including: Distichia(PPM), which are basically eyelashed growing in unusual places inside the eyelid, upper or lower and can lead to pain, scraching of the lens, etc. Also watch for Lens Luxation which is an irregular position of the lens. Cataracts are also not uncommon with a Wire Fox Terrier.
Hip Dysplasia is a developmental subluxation of the hip joints which can eventually lead to arthritis and/or lameness. It's causes are genetic as well as environmental. A secondary concern of this affliction is osteoarthritis.
Luxating patellas- A joint condition in which kneecaps dislocate. This is very painful for your dog and expensive to correct. This is a common complication among many small breed dogs.
The use of pet steps has been shown to significantly reduce the wear and tear on joints and even the occurence of hip and knee conditions in dogs of all sizes.
If you're looking to share your home with a dog and you've got a soft spot for an animal in need, check into volunteering at a rescue... or better yet, become a foster parent for a dog in need of a temporary home. There are countless animals in immediate need of someone like you who cares.
We hope you've found this page helpful in your search for your next best friend.
If you haven't done so yet, we urge you to read our FAQ page to learn how to find a reputable breeder... and why should NEVER buy a puppy from a pet store.