Fox Terrier - Wire
Fox Terrier - Wire
These dogs are well-suited for living with families as they are playful and affectionate with children if socialized while young. They will become attached to a single person if not properly socialized and thus can make difficult companions if they do not receive enough attention from their humans. Because some breeds have less tolerance for activity than others, it is important to match the puppy with a family that will provide both physical and mental stimulation.
These Terrier dogs were bred to chase prey into their underground dens; therefore hunting instincts are still strong in these dogs. They have been known to go after rabbits, squirrels and other small animals. Fox Terriers need constant attention from their owners or they may become bored which can lead to negative behaviors like chewing or digging. Training them may be difficult as they tend to be stubborn but are very intelligent. These lively dog breeds require daily exercise which has contributed to the popularity of dog sports such as flyball, agility and competitive obedience trials for this breed. It is required that when training Fox Terrier puppies not allow them to become excited as it can lead to an aggravation of the dog's inherited epilepsy condition.
These Terrier dogs are one of several different types of terrier breeds and were originally bred for hunting small animals such as foxes, badgers, otters or rats. They have long tails which they use quite strikingly in their natural hunting technique where they will seize their prey by biting the back of its neck and shaking vigorously until the animal is dead. This behavior was developed when Fox Terriers would hunt foxes in deep earth dens - throw dirt down a hole as fast as possible to get at the fleeing quarry. Many Fox Terrier owners are now involved with dog agility competitions that allow them to display these natural instincts
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