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Chilean Fox Terrier


The Chilean Fox Terrier is a hybrid of British Fox Terrier and the local dogs Chile that existed before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. It is the first Chilean breed that came into existence after the year 1870 and standardized for international recognition in the late 1990s. They were initially developed in the farms so that they could adapt well to the rural life.

Facts About Chilean Fox Terrier
Breed Group NA
Breed Type Crossbreed
Country of Origin Chile
Other Names Chilean Rat Terrier, Ratonero
Size Small
Height Male- 12-15 inches

Female- 11-14 inches

Weight Male-11-18 pounds

Female- 11-15 pounds

Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information NA
Shedding Minimal
Hypoallergenic NA
Litter Size Six puppies approximately
Colour White body, neck, and tail, head and ears may be blue and tan, brown and tan, or black and tan
Life Expectancy About 15 years
Coat Short-haired, tight, lustrous
Price NA

Temperament and Personality

Like other Terrier dogs, Chilean Fox Terrier also has similar behavior but is less sharp than most. It bonds well with its people making a great family dog. Being a mischievous breed, it can make people laugh with its antics. Their loyal, courageous and watchful nature makes them excellent watchdogs and is often used for hunting rats and small games in rural areas. They might not bond well with children, but proper upbringing can avoid aggressiveness.



As it is highly active, it requires 30-40 minutes of vigorous activity daily. Due to the inadequate options, it may develop behavioral issues like over-excitability, excessive barking or hyperactivity. Give them off-leash playtime in a yard or a fenced area to keep it fit both mentally and physically.


It does not require much maintenance due to its short fur. However, it needs occasional brushing to keep its coat clean and neat. Bathe them when their hair is filthy and brush its teeth on a regular basis. Its grooming session also includes trimming of nails and checking ears to prevent infection.

Health Problems

No such problem has been found in this dog except for some issues like hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and an eye infection.


The Chilean Fox Terrier tends to chase other animals, so allow them to wear the collar and give time to get used to the leash without any distraction. It requires firm, consistent and experienced trainer who teaches them with positive techniques like reward basis. The puppy needs to be trained to socialize at an early stage.


Serve the pet with high-quality dry dog food according to its size. Its diet should also contain an adequate amount of fat, carbs, protein, and calories.

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