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Fox Terrier Wire Standard

			Kennel Club, London 1994

			F.C.I. Standard No 169


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.  

Alert, quick of movement, keen of expression, on tiptoe 
of expectation at slightest provocation.  

Friendly, forthcoming and fearless.  

Topline of skull almost flat, sloping slightly and gradually 
decreasing in width towards eyes. 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.  
Excessive bony or muscular development of jaws undesirable
and unsightly.  Full and rounded contour of cheeks undesirable.  
Nose black.  

    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

    EARS - 
Small, V-shaped, of moderate thickness, flaps neatly folded 
over and dropping forward close to cheeks. Top line of folded 
ears well above level of skull.  Prick, tulip or rose ears highly

    MOUTH - 
Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, 
i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set 
square to the jaws.  

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

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.  

    BODY - 
Back short, level and strong without slackness, loin muscular, 
slightly arched.  Brisket deep front ribs moderately arched, 
rear ribs deep, well sprung.  Very short coupled.  

Strong, muscular and free from droop or crouch. Thighs long 
and powerful. Stifles well bent, turning neither in nor out.  
Hocks well let down, upright and parallel when viewed from rear.  
Combination of short second thigh and straight stifle highly 

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

    TAIL - 
Preferably docked. Set high, carried erect not over back nor 
curled. Of good strength and fair length.  

Fore and hind legs move straight forward and parallel. Elbows 
move perpendicular to body, working free of sides.  Stifles turning 
neither in nor out.  Good drive comingfrom well flexing hindquarters.  

    COAT - 
Dense, very wiry texture, & 3/4; in on shoulder to 1 & 1/2; in 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 andcrisp.  

    COLOUR - 
White predominates with black, black and tan or tan markings.  
Brindle, red, liver or slate-blue marking undesirable.  

    SIZE - 
Height: Dogs not exceeding 39 cms (15 & 1/2; ins) at withers  
Bitches slightly less  
Ideal weight  Dogs in show condition 8.25 kg (18 lbs); 
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.  

    NOTE - 
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully 
descended into the scrotum. 

		Terrier Group     A.N.K.C.     January 1998 

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