Fox Terrier Grooming (Wire)

Fox Terrier Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 7 – 8kg (15 – 18lbs).
Female – 6 – 7kg (13 – 15lbs).

Average Height:
Male – up to 39cm (15in).
Female – up to 39cm (15in).

Coat:
Double coat – wiry, dense outer coat and soft, dense under coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 15 years.

Average Litter Size:
2 – 3 puppies.

Fox Terrier Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
When starting wire Fox Terrier grooming, always begin from as young an age as possible.  An early start with grooming will help your dog learn to be well behaved during the whole process and the coat and skin will be healthier.  The wire haired breed of this dog requires slightly more care than its smooth haired counterpart, so owners should decide which one is best for them before purchasing.  Having the following supplies to hand will help with wire Fox Terrier grooming: a wire slicker brush, medium-tooth steel comb, a stripping knife, ear powder, nail clippers and scissors.

Many people use professionals when it comes to wire Fox Terrier grooming, simply because it is often easier than doing it yourself.  To keep the coat in the best condition possible, it will need to be hand stripped several times a year.  While this can be done at home, it is a delicate and time-consuming process so it is best done by a professional unless you are particularly confident.  By getting this done you will make the coat much more manageable and it is likely to need less regular maintenance.  However, weekly brushing is still required to remove any loose hairs and mats.  You should follow the grain of the hair, remembering to brush under the legs and the belly. Then, brush against the grain. Finally, use a comb to go through the coat and remove any additional loose hair.  This completes this aspect of wire Fox Terrier grooming for many.

There are other aspects of wire Fox Terrier grooming that owners can undertake too.  As this breed generally has light coloured coats, tearing is more obvious around the eyes and it can stain.  To remove this problem, simply wipe around the eyes with a grooming wipe every few days or so.  You can also use these around the ears to remove any dirt or debris that has gathered.  Like all dogs, these Terriers will need bathing from time to time.  You should use warm water and a suitable dog shampoo, and then thoroughly rinse them.  Afterwards, use a dog conditioner to whiten and brighten the coat.  Blow drying will leave your dog looking great after wire Fox Terrier grooming has finished.

Fox Terrier Quick Links

Fox Terrier
 
Fox Terrier
 
Fox Terrier
Fox Terrier
 
Fox Terrier
 
 
Newsletter Sign Up
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter