Fox Terrier Wire

FCI standard Nº 169

Origin
Great Britain
Group
Group 3 Terriers
Section
Section 1 Large and medium-sized Terriers
Working
Working trial optional
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Friday 13 May 1955
Publication of the official valid standard
Thursday 26 March 2009
Last update
Tuesday 19 May 2009
En français, cette race se dit
Fox Terrier à poil dur
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Fox Terrier Drahthaar
En español, esta raza se dice
Fox Terrier de pelo alambre
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Fox Terrier Draadhaar

Usage

Terrier.

Brief historical summary

Both varieties of Fox terrier, smooth hair and hard hair, were British and they probably owe their existence to the same type of dog that produced the Bull Terrier and Manchester Terrier (formerly called the Black Terrier and light). The homogeneity of the kind was established in the late 1800s and the first standard of the Fox Terrier was written in 1876. One of the most lively and alert burrows, he remained very healthy despite the refinement that has him to be present excellent show dog. It is able to withstand prolonged exercise and is always ready to deal with rats, rabbits and, of course, foxes.

General appearance

Active and lively, bone and strength in small compass, never cloddy or coarse. Conformation to show perfect balance ; in particular this applies to the relative proportions of skull and foreface, and similarly height at withers and length of body from shoulder point to buttocks appear approximately equal. Standing like a short-backed hunter covering a lot of ground.

Behaviour / temperament

Alert, quick of movement, keen of expression, on tiptoe of expectation at slightest provocation. Friendly, forthcoming and fearless.

Head

Cranial region

Skull
Topline of skull almost flat, sloping slightly and gradually decreasing in width towards eyes. 
Stop
Slight.

Facial region

Nose
Black.
Muzzle
Little difference in length between skull and foreface. If foreface is noticeably shorter head looks weak and unfinished. Foreface gradually tapering from eye to muzzle and dipping slightly at its juncture with forehead but not dished or falling away quickly below eyes where it should be full and well made up. Full and rounded contour of cheeks undesirable.
Jaws and teeth
Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Excessive bony or muscular development of jaws undesirable and unsightly.
Eyes
Dark, full of fire and intelligence, moderately small, not prominent. As near circular in shape as possible. Not too far apart nor too high in skull nor too near ears. Light eyes highly undesirable.
Ears
Small, V-shaped, of moderate thickness, flaps neatly folded over and dropping forward close the cheeks. Top line of folded ears well above level of skull. Prick, tulip or rose ears highly undesirable.

Neck

Clean, muscular, of fair length, free from throatiness, broadening to shoulders, presenting a graceful curve when viewed from side.

Body

Back
Short, level and strong without slackness.
Loin
Muscular, slightly arched. Very short coupled.
Chest
Brisket deep ; front ribs moderately arched ; rear ribs deep, well sprung.

Tail

Previously customarily docked.
Docked : Set high. Carried erect, not over back or curled. Of good strength and fair length.
Undocked : Set high. Carried erect, not over back or curled. Of good strength and fair length to maintain a balanced appearance.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Seen from front, shoulders slope steeply down from junction with neck towards points which should be fine ; viewed from side, long and well laid back and sloping obliquely backwards. Withers always clean cut. Chest deep, not broad. Viewed from any direction, legs straight, bone strong right down to feet. Elbows perpendicular to body, working free of sides, carried straight when moving.

Hindquarters

Generality
Strong, muscular and free from droop or crouch. Combination of short second thigh and straight stifle highly undesirable.
Upper thigh
Long and powerful.
Stifle
Well bent, turning neither in nor out.
Metatarsus
Upright and parallel when viewed from rear.
Hock
Well let down.

Feet

Round, compact with small, tough and well cushioned pads, toes moderately arched. Turning neither in nor out.

Gait and movement

Fore- and hindlegs move straight forward and parallel. Elbows move perpendicular to body, working free of sides. Stifles turning neither in nor out. Good drive coming from well flexing hindquarters.

Coat

Hair
Dense, very wiry texture, 2 cm (3/4 in) on shoulder to 4 cm ( 1 ½ ins) on withers, back, ribs and quarters with undercoat of short, softer hair. Back and quarters harsher than sides. Hair on jaws crisp and of sufficient length to impart appearance of strength to foreface. Leg hair dense and crisp.
Colour
White predominates with black, black and tan or tan markings. Brindle, red, liver or slate-blue markings undesirable.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Height at the withers not exceeding 39 cm ( 15 ½ ins ) in dogs, bitches slightly less.
Weight
Ideal weight in show condition 8,25 kg (18 lbs) for dogs, bitches slightly less.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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