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Fox Terriers are two different breeds of the terrier dog type: the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier. Both of these breeds originated in the 19th century from a handful of dogs who are descended from earlier varieties of British terriers, and are related to other modern white terrier breeds. In addition, a number of breeds have diverged from these two main types of fox terrier and have been recognized separately, including the Jack Russell Terrier, Miniature Fox Terrier and Rat Terrier. The Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers share similar characteristics, the main differences being in the coat and markings. Not much is known of early 19th-century breeding practices that came to create the modern Fox Terrier. However it is thought that the Beagle, Old English Bulldog, English Toy Terrier, Pointer and even Dalmatian were all used. – WIKIPEDIA
When I was eight, my mother brought home a Wire-Haired Fox Terrier puppy (pictured below, 1963). I named him “Peppy” and was in dog heaven, having begged for one since bonding with my grandparents’ dog four years prior.
Peppy was a cute little guy who lived up to his name, but he had a few problems. My father built a pen for him, similar to a baby playpen, ie. four mesh walls and open at the top (this was before dog crates became popular). Puppies need to be confined until they are properly trained, otherwise, your house will be in shambles. Peppy didn’t mind being put into the pen, but anyone who dared try to reach down and take him out was likely to get bitten, myself included. It’s known that dogs can feel threatened with hands above them, but this usually applies to strangers, not the dogs’ families! Peppy also hated to be left alone and would bark non-stop until somebody came home. We didn’t realize this until a neighbour called the fire department one day when we were out. Imagine our surprise at finding a broken front door and no dog! The rationale was, they thought the dog was in distress, which apparently he was. Fortunately, my mother didn’t have an outside job, so we were able to cope with the situation for awhile. When we went on holidays, Peppy was put into a kennel and we hoped he would be okay as there were people and other dogs around. Unfortunately, he barked so much, his vocal chords became damaged. At that point, my mother decided to find him another home (or so she said – remember I was still a child). When I came home from school one day, Peppy was gone.
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Like humans, dogs can suffer from mental illness. As you read in the “B” post, there are tranquilizers and other meds available, but they weren’t in common use back then and such dogs were often euthanized. (My mother insisted Peppy went to a farm, but he likely “bought the farm”. Sad, isn’t it?)
Have you ever dealt with a problem dog? What was your solution?
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