Fox Terrier – Two Different Breeds of the Terrier Type
The term “fox terrier” refers to two different types of dogs: Smooth Wire Fox Terriers (also known as Toy Fox Terriers) and Smooth Wire Hounds. The first type are bred primarily for their coat color, while the second breed is bred mainly for their temperaments.
Both types have been used in various forms since ancient times. They were originally used for hunting and guarding livestock. Today they are still used in many parts of the world, but their popularity has declined due to a number of factors such as increasing urbanization, increased use of other types of dogs, and the fact that some people do not like being around them.
What Is A Wire Fox Terrier?
A wire fox terrier is a dog with long hair on its body and tail which makes it look like a fox or coyote. These dogs are usually white in color, although there are black and gray varieties. Their coats vary from light fur to very thick and coarse. Some of these dogs may even grow beards! There are several types of wire fox terriers, including those with short hair on their bodies and tails, those with medium length hair on their bodies and tails, those with long hair on their bodies only, and others that lack any kind of patterning whatsoever.
How Are Fox Terriers Treated?
Breeding and training of wire terriers is not very different from other dog breeds. They are trained to obey commands in order to make them easier to handle, although the process is different for each dog. The most important thing is to keep them under control and prevent them from wandering away, which can be hard if they are especially excitable.
What Are the Life Expectancies of Wire Terriers?
Most wire terriers live for about 15 years. Some may even live for longer than that, as long as their health is properly maintained.
How Are Wire Terriers Bred?
Because the characteristics of wire terriers vary from one dog to another and from one litter to another, it is difficult to make generalizations about how these dogs are bred. Most of them are bred for the purpose of hunting, including not only animals but also vermin such as rats and wild boars. When they are not being bred for these purposes, they are usually bred to maintain a sustainable population size and prevent genetic problems from cropping up within their ranks.
How Are Wire Terriers Used?
These dogs have been used for various purposes throughout history and in various parts of the world. Some of the most common uses include hunting, watching over belongings, guarding livestock, and simply being companions. Some wire terriers can fulfill multiple roles if need be. For example, a dog with a keen sense of smell may be used to hunt game, while another with strong protective instincts may be used as a guardian.
What Are the Major Health Problems Among Wire Terriers?
The most common health problems among wire terriers are gastric torsion (bloat), osteosarcoma, canine hip dysplasia, and entropion. Bloat is a medical condition in which the stomach becomes twisted, blocking the passage of gas and causing the stomach to fill up with fluid. It can be life-threatening if immediate action is not taken. Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that most commonly affects bone tissue. It is especially common among older wire terriers. Canine hip dysplasia is a condition in which the dog’s hip joints are malformed, causing discomfort and lameness. Entropion is a condition in which the eyelid is rotated inward, causing the eyelashes to irritate and ultimately damage the eyeball.
What Should I Know About Wire Terriers?
Wire terriers are highly energetic, but also tend to be quite independent and stubborn. They are loyal to their owners, but do not always enjoy being handled or touched by strangers. These dogs are most comfortable when they can work and exert their energy. Because of this, these dogs need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation in order to thrive. They can thrive either in an urban or a rural setting, as long as their basic needs are met. Because of their tendency to roam, they are not well-suited to living in an apartment setting.
Breed-Related Health Concerns
Wire terriers have a few medical issues that occur with higher frequency within the breed. Fortunately, most of these are manageable with some careful monitoring on the owner’s part.
Bloat: Bloat, also known as gastric torsion, is a condition in which the stomach becomes inflamed and filled with gas. The stomach then twists on itself, preventing the gas within from escaping and causing the stomach to fill up with fluid.
This cuts off the blood supply to various parts of the stomach, damaging or killing those parts. Bloat can be fatal if not treated within a few hours. Susceptible dogs are inclined to begin eating rapidly, drink large amounts of water very quickly (more than their stomach capacity), and engage in vigorous exercise immediately before or during the bloat event. If any of these behaviors are observed in your dog, get them to a vet as quickly as possible.
Osteosarcoma: Osteosarcoma is a form of cancer that primarily affects the bones. The first sign is usually a visible lump or swelling caused by the cancerous lesion.
This swelling may occur on the bone itself or in the surrounding tissue. Osteosarcoma is most commonly found in older dogs and those with congenital bone abnormalities.
Canine hip dysplasia: Canine hip dysplasia is a painful condition that is caused by malformation of the ball and socket joint of the dog’s hind legs. The cause is unknown, but large breed dogs are especially prone to it.
The most common sign of the condition is difficulty in walking or lameness in one or both rear legs.
Entropion: Entropion is a condition that occurs when the eyelid’s furrow creates a fold in the upper or lower eyelid. This fold then turns inward, causing the hair on the eyelashes to irritate the surface of the eye.
The result can be irritation, scarring and potential blindness.
Dogs may be prone to ear infections: Dogs have hollow, tubular bodies. This design feature causes vibrations in the air (such as loud noises and high pitched noises) to be amplified for a dog’s sensitive hearing system.
While this is beneficial to a dog’s ability to hunt and locate prey, it also means that it’s more prone to damage from loud noises. Prolonged or repeated exposure to loud noises can lead to hearing loss or damaged ears.
Living With a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Regardless of whether your wire haired pointing griffon is a hunter or just a pet, he will need at least an hour of exercise every day. This should include both aerobic and muscle-toning exercises for the dog’s whole body.
Walks, jogs and runs are ideal for aerobic exercise. Playing fetch involves both aerobic and muscle toning aspects. These exercises will also help your dog burn off excess energy, which is especially important if you live in a city apartment.
Your dog will probably also enjoy engaging in interactive play with you such as hide-and seek, fetch or just playing catch in the yard. If you do not have the time to engage in these games with your dog, then it is best if you find someone else who will be able to fulfill this need.
This is especially important for a dog that has been bred to hunt. Failure to provide your dog with an outlet for these sorts of activities can result in behavior problems such as obsessive barking, chewing and even self-mutilation.
Your wirehaired pointing griffon will also need training. While these dogs are known to be intelligent and eager to learn, they do not come fully trained and still require a bit of effort on your part.
Training should start as soon as you bring your dog home. It is never too early to start.
Training should be done in a calm but consistent manner. Your dog should know and respect the hierarchy in your “pack”.
You need to be the leader of the pack in order for your dog to behave properly. This sort of training should involve firmness, but not brutality. Never use any sort of physical punishment such as hitting or choking. This will simply result in your dog becoming fearful of you and may even become aggressive. This could have serious repercussions for you, as some dogs will not hesitate to bite in defense if they feel their safety is threatened.
The best way to train your dog is through positive reinforcement. This means that you should only reward your dog when it does something good.
It is best to praise the dog when it does something right as this serves as verbal positive reinforcement. Most dogs like praise and attention, so they will do more of what made you praise them in the first place. If you must scold the dog for doing something wrong, it is best to use negative punishment. This means that you remove your dog’s attention (and hence praise) when it acts inappropriately and give it back when the dog is displaying the behavior you want to see. By doing this, your dog will soon learn what behavior you desire from it and what behavior you don’t.
As a hunting dog, your wirehaired pointing griffon will no doubt have an instinct to chase and hunt other animals. As such, it is important that you start training your dog to only hunt under strict supervision when it is still a young puppy.
You need to train your dog not to hunt in areas where hunting is prohibited and not to kill any wildlife other than what you tell it to kill. This means that you should only hunt with the dog under your direct supervision. Hunting over your dog when it is out of your sight would be irresponsible and could lead to problems with both the law and your fellow hunters.
When training your dog, it is important to keep in mind that these are dogs, not humans. You cannot expect quick or even noticeable results from its training.
Be patient and consistent with your training and that of anyone else who works with the dog and you should both see results in as little as a month. However, these dogs have a much shorter attention span than humans or even some other breeds of dogs. You may have to repeat lessons and always keep training sessions short and interesting.
Another important matter is exercise. Your dog was bred to have a lot of energy and hence will require regular exercise.
A wirehaired pointing griffon that does not get to let out its energy is likely become destructive and noisy. This can lead to problems with your neighbors. It is your responsibility as a dog owner to always provide your dog with the means to release its energy. This does not mean you need to take it hunting every day, although that would be ideal. It could run around outside on its own property or simply be taken on longer walks. If you do not have the time to exercise your dog, you will need hire someone else to do it for you or simply don’t get one in the first place.
Housing a wirehaired pointing griffon is not much different than housing other dogs. They are quite adaptable as far as living arrangements are concerned.
They can survive in an apartment if they are taken out regularly. They can also live outside as long as they have a shelter from the elements and are nearby people. In this situation, a wirehaired pointing griffon is likely to want to hunt anything it can and this might inclue children or other pets that happen to wander by. For this reason, if you decide to let your dog live outside, it is best that you have a fenced in area for it to run around in. This way it can at least be confined to an area and you can ensure that no small children or other animals wander into its territory.
Overall, the wirehaired pointing griffon is a very healthy breed. However, like all breeds they are susceptible to certain ailments.
If you intend on getting a dog, it is your responsibility to learn about care for that breed. This includes learning about possible health problems that they may have. Ignorance is never an excuse.
As a hunter, you are likely going to encounter several different kinds of animals in the wilderness. Most of the time these will be hostiles that wish to do you harm but there are also those that have been turned into mindless beasts through corruptions or other such unnatural means.
It is your job to hunt down and kill these creatures before they can harm anyone. However, there are also times when you will need to hunt down animals that have been corrupted in some way through the use of demonic influence or other such dark arts. While these may once have been harmless creatures, corruption has turned them into something dangerous. To find such animals, you must first learn what animals commonly inhabit the areas that you adventure in and learn what behavior is out of the ordinary for those animals. This will help you identify potential targets and it is then up to you investigate or ignore them.
Possessed animals are a lot more common that most people would believe. Many hunters like yourself spend their lives tracking down such creatures and few successfully complete the task as these types of creatures can be very cunning.
They also have the advantage of already being familiar with the wilderness so they know all the best hiding spots and how to survive. Still, you are better prepared than most having this book to guide you along with your own experienced gained from years of hunting.
One thing possessed animals all tend to have in common is a much higher level of aggressiveness compared to their normal brethren. This makes them much more dangerous to hunt as they will actively seek out the source of whatever disturb their environment.
If you make too much noise while hunting in their territory, they are quick to investigate and if you happen to get cornered by one or even a group of them, you had best be prepared to defend yourself.
When dealing with a possessed animal, it is best to not think of it as the animal you knew. The second you let your guard down or hesitate, will probably be the second that it kills you.
As a rule of thumb, if you are not certain that the creature is possessed then assume it is and take the necessary precautions. If you know for certain that a creature is possessed then it is your duty as a hunter to exterminate it.
A very common occurrence of possessed animals are were-creatures. In fact, the most common type of were-creature is a human infected with the lycanthropy curse.
However, there are many other types of were-creatures out there from people that have been cursed by everything from demons to even witches. While these creatures may start out humanoid in appearance, their animalistic traits tend to grow more exaggerated the longer they are infected. Eventually, they will completely lose their humanoid appearance becoming nothing but animals. While were-creatures are certainly the most common type of possessed animal, you still need to exercise caution as not all possessive creatures are infected with a curse like lycanthropy or even a demonic curse. There are certain magic spells and rituals out there that can do the same thing as a demonic curse if not more.
While you have yet to encounter any were-beasts while hunting, you have heard about them from many other hunters. Some of these stories have been second hand from people you know while some have been first hand from people you don’t.
As with any information coming from an unknown source, it pays to be skeptical until you can confirm it yourself.
One of the second hand stories came from a barfly you once talked to in a tavern. He said that he knew a guy who knew a guy who was hunting one.
Apparently, the hunter and his crew were after a werewolf for quite awhile but they didn’t know it until one of their team was badly injured by their target one night. They managed to kill it with several concentrated gunfire assaults to its heart when it finally charged them. When they brought the corpse back, it had resumed its human form but the injuries were still there indicating that the other team members had been badly mauled by a human-like form. Another story came from a hunter you met once in a diner. She said she was part of a team that was hired to take care of a young girl who had been infected with something similar to lycanthropy. Hunters are not normally “hired” by anyone but there are exceptions as there are times when a non-hunter can do things that a hunter cannot or should not get directly involved with. The girl they were hired to kill had horrific claw marks across her chest and back but no other wounds or even any indication that she was in any pain. They brought her corpse back and just like the werewolf hunter, she resumed her human form but again, the injuries were still there.
Most of the other stories were first hand accounts from those you met in person. One hunter you met in a restaurant told you he was part of a team that was hunting a wendigo.
Wendigos are creatures that possess human beings and turn them into soulless monsters that have a hunger for human flesh and whose existence is constantly plagued by an endless hunger. This hunter said they had the wendigo targeted but their shots didn’t seem to be slowing it down. It wasn’t until a large fullauto blast from an M249 SAW ripped through the wendigo’s chest that it finally collapsed. Upon closer inspection, they realized the wendigo had been a former team-mate of theirs. This has happened on other occasions as well, hunters becoming infected and attacking their former team-mates. Most of the time, hunters become quick to kill once they know their former team-mate is infected. On the odd chance that the infection hasn’t spread immediately, it soon begins to as the body begins to shutdown. As this hunter put it “If you got time to blink, you got time to die”.
The last story that you can recall is one you witnessed yourself. One night during a full moon, you tracked a werewolf into the forest by its scent.
You stalked it for hours and it circled around and managed to get ahead of you while you were following its trail. It suddenly appeared from out of the darkness and attacked. The two of you fought tooth and nail and even though you were armed with silver weaponry, the werewolf had the advantage due to its speed and strength. You managed to put up a good fight but eventually the werewolf bit into your throat and tore out your carotid artery. You attempted to shoot the werewolf as it fled but you were already bleeding out and you collapsed shortly after. You died and when the next night came around, you rose again to resume your hunt.
These are just a few of the stories that you’ve heard over the years. Your name means nothing now, your family is dead and you will forever be forced to wander this earth in search of human flesh to sate your hunger.
The only thing that keeps you going is the faint hope that you may one day see your wife and daughter again. Until that day comes, you will continue to wander as a Hunter of Hunters.
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