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Breed:

Fox Terrier
Smooth and Wire Haired

Group (AKC):

Terrier

Country of OriginEngland, 18th century
Type of coatsmooth and wire considered separate breeds: smooth -  short, shedding wire - short, wiry, shedding, undercoat
Groomingregular brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming, hand  stripping and periodic clipping for the wire hair
Average height14-15.5 inches
Average weight15-20 pounds
Activity levelvery high indoors and out
Watchdogvery high ability
Intelligencemedium
Trainabilitylow, stubborn, willful, high pain tolerance - no harsh  methods
Compatibility with childrenmay not tolerate small children, older children OK, no  roughhousing
Charactersuspicious
Ideal home environmentapartment is OK if exercised daily
Ideal ownerconfident, capable, active, patient leader with time to  train and exercise
Suggestions:early socialization and obedience training, no small  children, needs daily activity and exercise, loves to  retrieve
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Additional notes:

Terriers in general require patience when training. No harsh methods. If harsh methods are used the dog will appear to be abused whining, shaking and looking overly submissive. Terriers hate to be submissive and they are good actors.

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