Fox Terrier Breed Information

Fox Terriers are a member of the ‘Terrier’ breed group. Dogs in the Terrier group were originally bred for hunting vermin. They are hardy, brave dogs bred to pursue the likes of foxes, badgers and rats (to name a few) above and below ground.

Fox Terriers are energetic dogs that love to play and explore. They are known to have quite a mischievous streak! They generally get on well with other pets in the household providing they’re given adequate socialisation and training as a puppy. For more information on how to socialise your Fox Terrier and training using reward-based techniques, take a look at our dog behaviour page.

Fox Terriers will need grooming once or twice a week to keep their coat in tip-top condition. They may also need shaping every few months.

Breed-related health problems:

Owners are, understandably, upset when their dog develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Fox Terriers are prone to include:

For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. The Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, so it’s a good idea to check the parents of any puppy you’re looking to rehome have been screened under these schemes. We’d also recommend discussing the medical history of your potential puppy’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a dog with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line.

You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA's website.

Exercise requirements:

Fox Terriers need around an hour’s exercise daily and will happily play games that are on offer too. For this reason, they make excellent family pets.

Estimated lifetime cost:

The likely lifetime costs for a Fox Terrier are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:

The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.

Insure your Fox Terrier with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Fox Terriers that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost

*Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.

By insuring your Fox Terrier with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

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Average lifespan 12-14 years
Size Medium
Coat length Medium
Possible health problems Lens luxation, Legg-Perthes, Cataracts
Average price £300-£500
Estimated cost over lifetime £23,300-£27,000
Average weight Male: 7.5kg-8.5kg. Female: 6.5kg-7.5kg
Breed group Terrier
Minimum garden size Medium

Not sure if the Fox Terrier is the right pet for you?