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Chilean Terrier

Chile’s first breed, the Chilean Terrier, has the Smooth Fox Terrier, and the Spanish breed Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz as its parents. Lean and agile, this breed sports a white body with black and brown markings all over, enhancing its cuteness to the fullest.

Their hanging ears and brown, round eyes bearing a gentle expression gives them an all the more charming look.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Chilean Fox Terrier
  • Colors:White with black and brown markings
  • Life Expectancy:10 – 12 years
  • Height:Male – 13 to 15 inches; Female – 11 to 14 inches
  • Weight:Male – 11 to 18 lb;Female – 9 to 15 lb
  • Temperament:Docile, energetic, and alert
  • Good with Kids:Yes; not with younger ones though
  • Exercise requirements:High
  • Hypoallergenic:No
  • Litter Size:6
  • Barking Capacity:High
  • Health Problems:Patellar luxation,Progressive retinal atrophy,Legg calve Perthes disease
  • Trainability:Easy
  • Origin:Chile

Chilean Terrier’s History: Timeline

    1800s

    Development of the Chilean Terrier by crossing the Fox terrier with the local Chilean breeds

    1900s

    Left their rural lands and came to cities as many farmers after Industrial Revolution migrated to urban areas with their family and pets

    1990s

    Efforts were made to increase its popularity worldwide

    2004

    Attempts were on to give it recognition, with a group of breeders, working with the Association of Chilean Dog Breeders and Exhibitors for this purpose.

    2007

    Formation of the National Chilean Terrier Club

    2011

    Alianz Canine Worldwide (ACW) gave it a group 3 classification

Chilean Fox Terrier Dog
Chilean Fox Terrier Puppies

Care

With the terrier gene running in its blood, the Chilean Terrier would for sure need ample exercise for overall fitness. A walk two times a day, along with a little run or jog, is all that it would need to be up and about. Small rodents could excite them, so don’t forget the leash when taking your Chilean Terrier for a walk in the park. On days you cannot take it out, cheer them indoors by playing “catch the ball” or “find the treat.”

Their short coat would undoubtedly save you the hassle of brushing and combing regularly. Weekly brushing with a frequent rub down using a moist cloth would suffice in keeping the coat spic and span. Bathe your pet monthly or on occasions when a lot of mud and dirt piles up on its body. Do not miss out on the routine hygiene check of cleaning its eyes and ears and trimming its nails to ensure overall cleanliness. 

You can feed your Chilean Terrier readymade or store-bought food. If opting for the commercially manufactured ones, Blue Buffalo and Nulo would be the preferred option.

Like most other terrier breeds, one may notice streaks of stubbornness inherent in them. Besides, they are even known for their high barking ability. So, obedience training, mainly teaching them to follow commands, may help instill discipline in them. Keeping their strong chasing instinct in mind, which is an outcome of their terrier lineage, teach them to wear a leash since their puppy days.

Chilean Fox Terrier
Chilean Fox Terrier Image

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