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Are there any health problems with smooth fox terriers?

Are there any health problems with smooth fox terriers?

The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 400 Smooth Fox Terriers and found 12% dysplastic, which is very high for a small breed. The affected rate is lower in Wire Fox Terriers, but then again, fewer of the Wirehaired dogs have been tested for it, so those stats are less useful.

What should a wire fox terrier look like?

“This Variety of the breed should resemble the Smooth sort in every respect except the coat, which should be broken. The harder and more wiry the texture of the coat is, the better. On no account should the dog look or feel woolly; and there should be no silky hair about the poll or elsewhere.

What kind of health problems does a wire Terrier have?

Fox Terriers are at higher-than-normal risk for epilepsy, bladder stones, and bladder cancer. Fox Terriers with a lot of white on their head are at higher-than-normal risk for inherited deafness. Wire Fox Terriers are at high risk for a devastating neurological disease called degenerative myelopathy,…

Why are so many wire Terriers being abandoned?

Often, wire fox terriers are abandoned or surrendered for reasons that may include: running away instead of coming on a command; chasing cars, bicycles, other dogs, etc.; or taunting and then attacking other animals, including a household’s cats and other dogs –and they are able to do serious damage.

What kind of care does a wire fox terrier get?

WFTRM fully vets each dog prior to placement and gives them the highest degree of medical attention, procedures and treatments. Each Wire Fox Terrier receives the best possible care during their stay in Rescue.

When did the wire fox terrier become a breed?

The Wire Fox Terrier was recognized by the AKC in 1885 along with 14 other breeds. Although considered one breed for many years, interbreeding of Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers ceased in the early 1900s. Except for coat, however, the two breeds are essentially identical.

What kind of health problems do wire Terriers have?

Wire Fox Terriers are healthy dogs generally, and responsible breeders screen their stock for health conditions such as eye disorders (cataracts, primary lens luxation, and glaucoma), luxating patellas, elbow and hip dysplasia, and a neurological condition known as “wobbler’s gait.”

Often, wire fox terriers are abandoned or surrendered for reasons that may include: running away instead of coming on a command; chasing cars, bicycles, other dogs, etc.; or taunting and then attacking other animals, including a household’s cats and other dogs –and they are able to do serious damage.