FOURCHE TERRIER

History

Fourche ( pronounced “fush” rhymes with “push” ) Terrier is a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier. It is a small dog with a big personality, and its flexible nature makes it particularly suitable for guarding and watching. They have a round face covered with fur, pointed ears, short and tight jaws, and a pair of bright almond-shaped eyes. Its origin remained undocumented and unknown, but most dog researchers believe that they came into existence in 1990s, when breeding two purebreds to get an offspring that is blessed with the very best genes of both the parents became a fad.

Temperament & Personality

The Fourche Terrier bonds strongly with humans, love to entertain them with funny behavior and makes a perfect friend. It is fond of children but may get angry if any kid pulls its tail or ears, and should always be kept under adult supervision when little ones are around. The genes of Terrier parents make Fourche Terrier a terrific and curious watchdog. Care.

Fourche Terrier Characteristics

Adaptability To Apartment Living

Good for 1st Time Owners

Sensitivity

Tolerance Levels

Affection towards Family

Kid Friendliness

Stranger Friendliness

Ease of Grooming

General Health

Trainability

Prey Drive

Exercise Needs

Energy Level

Exercise

Fourche Terriers require frequent physical activities like playing in the yard or walking with their owners.  As they have a strong liking for toys, throw a ball or frisbee and watch them chasing those toys like a whirlwind.

Grooming

You should regularly brush your Fourche Terrier's coat, and occasionally trim all those hairs surrounding its ears, feet, and eyes. Bathe them whenever they need to and check their ears every week for infections. You may also pluck hairs from its head to make the dog's face look round for the beauty contests.

Health Problems

Some of the most common inherited diseases are hypoglycemia, Legg-Calve-Perthes', Progressive Retinal Atrophy, tracheal collapse, cataracts, patellar luxation, portosystemic shunt, and craniomandibular osteopathy. Minor health concerns include sicca, seborrhea, and keratoconjunctivitis. Occasionally diagnoses for deafness and atopic dermatitis. Occasional tests for your Fourche Terrier are X-ray, MRI, CT-scan, eye examination, skin evaluation, auditory tests, blood tests, ultrasound and complete physical checkup.

Training

These courageous and strong-willed dogs need positive reinforcement based training ( including but not limited to obedience and crate training ) accompanied by funny activities. If it has the nagging habit of barking unnecessarily when someone comes, teach the “QUIET” command. Knock on the wall or ring your doorbell to condition the dog, wait for a couple of seconds, and then say clearly and slowly - “QUIET.” Repeat this exercise a few times and give your Fourche Terrier a treat for every successful completion of your order.These dogs are hardwired into their brains to dig holes and make dens. Hence, it is vital to train them to use crates. Use a comfortable blanket and put some treats in the crate in such a fashion, so that the sojourn looks appealing to your pet, and say “SLEEP or CRATE” when the dog enters its resting place.

Feeding

A grown-up Fourche Terrier consumes half to one cup of dry dog food daily and in two installments.

Fourche Terrier Facts

Fourche Terrier

Group:

Breed Type:

Characteristics:

Other Names:

Westie Yorkie Mix, Yorkie West, West Highland Terrier

Height & Weight:

9 inches & 12 – 15 Pounds

Color:

White or cream, grey, brindle, spotted, merle, light brown or golden, black, chocolate or dark brown

Competitive Registration / Qualification Information:

DBR, ACHC, DDKC

Shedding:

Low Shedding

Hypoallergenic:

Average Litter Size:

3 – 5 puppies

Lifespan:

12 – 15 years

Coat:

Thick, rough, harsh, dense

Price:

$900 – $1,200

Adaptability To Apartment Living
Good for 1st Time Owners
Sensitivity
Tolerance Levels
Affection towards Family
Kid Friendliness
Stranger Friendliness
Ease of Grooming
General Health
Trainability
Prey Drive
Exercise Needs
Energy Level
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