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Fox Terrier Dog Breeds


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Height at the withers: Males 36 – 41 cm, Females 33 – 38 cm

Average weight: Males 7 – 9 kg, Females 6 – 8 kg

Fox Terriers are lively, alert little dogs that always give the impression of being ready to take chase after anything that takes their fancy. They exhibit a lot of strength in a small package and always have a keen expression in their eyes. Their head is flat and quite narrow with just a slight hint of a stop. They have strong, muscular muzzles and neat black noses.

They boast having dark, smallish circular eyes that boast an alert and intelligent expression. Their ears are small and V-shaped which drop forward close to a dog’s cheeks with the leathers being moderately thick. They boast a perfect scissor bite where the upper teeth neatly overlap the lower ones and their necks are muscular, longish, being wider at the shoulder.

The Fox Terrier has well laid back, long, sloping shoulders with fine points. Their withers are clean cut and front legs nice and straight with strong bone from the elbow down to a dog’s feet. They have deep chests and short, level backs and powerful, slightly arched loins. Their foreribs being moderately sprung whereas their back ribs are deep.

Hindquarters are muscular and strong and Fox Terriers have long and powerful thighs and strong back legs. Their feet are compact, round and small with hard pads and moderately arched toes. Tails are set high and carried happily but never over a Fox Terrier’s back.

When it comes to their coat, the smooth coated Fox Terrier has a flat, straight, thick and hard to the touch coat. The accepted breed colours for Kennel Club registration are as follows:

  • Black & White
  • Tan & White
  • Tricolour
  • White
  • White & Black
  • White & Tan


When a Fox Terrier moves, they do so with their front and back legs moving straight forward in a parallel motion. A dog’s elbows move in a perpendicular motion to their body and their stifles do not turn inwards or outwards while their hocks remain nicely apart. Fox Terriers have a lot of drive from their hindquarters when they move.


The Kennel Club frowns on any exaggerations or departures from the breed standard and would judge the faults on how much they affect a dog’s overall health and wellbeing as well as their ability to perform.

Males should have both testicles fully descended into their scrotums and it is worth noting that a dog can be a little lighter or heavier as well as slightly taller or shorter than set out in the Kennel Club breed standard which is given as a guideline only.

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