Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Fox Terrier puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Wirehaired and Smooth Fox Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Fox Terrier puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Smooth and Wirehaired Fox Terrier dog breed

Fox Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Fox Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Fox Terriers:

Allergies (which cause itchy skin and often lead to pyoderma) are very common in all of the terrier breeds.

Orthopedic diseases in Fox Terriers include Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Wobbler's syndrome, luxating patella, luxating shoulder, and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 200 SMOOTH Fox Terriers and found 9% dysplastic. That's high for a small dog, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Breeders of WIREHAIRED Fox Terriers, unfortunately, aren't bothering to test their dogs, so we have no way of knowing how many of them have hip dysplasia, too.

Lens luxation and glaucoma are the eye diseases causing the most concern in Fox Terriers. Cataracts can appear before 3 years old and often progress to blindness. Eyelash abnormalities also occur, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) has been reported.

Heart disease (especially pulmonic stenosis) is becoming a concern in Fox Terriers.

von Willebrand's blood-clotting disease and hypothyroidism occur in Fox Terriers.

Wirehaired Fox Terriers are at higher-than-normal risk for epilepsy and bladder cancer (transitional cell carcinoma).

Smooth Fox Terriers with a lot of white on their head are at higher-than-normal risk for inherited deafness.

Rare health issues include myasthenia gravis, megaesophagus, and cerebellar ataxia.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Fox Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Fox Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Fox Terrier puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Fox Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Fox Terrier puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Fox Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Fox Terrier
The best diet for feeding your Fox Terrier is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Fox Terrier. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Fox Terrier
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Fox Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Fox Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Fox Terrier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Fox Terrier. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Fox Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Fox Terrier.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.