To promote the breeds of pure fox terriers; to define precisely the true type and to urge the adoption of such type by breeders, judges, dog show committees and others as the only recognized standards by which fox terriers should be judged, and to do all possible to protect and advance the interest of the breeds.
Founded in 1885, the AFTC was the first specialty club to become a member of the American Kennel Club in 1888.
Originally two varieties of one breed, they were divided into two Breeds in 1985. Now there are two Fox Terrier breeds, Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers under one parent club.
Fox Terriers are outgoing, alert, active dogs, originally bred to be independent hunters. Although Fox Terriers have minds of their own, they are very affectionate and companionable. With their intelligence and determination, Fox Terriers careers today include obedience and agility winners, search and rescue, drug detection and circus performer as well as service dogs for the disabled. They love the spotlight and have appeared in many films, TV shows and commercials. Fox Terriers are a high energy breed, very lively, cheerful and funny. But after running and playing, they will sleep all night on your bed or cuddle next to you on the couch watching TV. Fox Terriers from reputable breeders are extremely healthy and hardy.
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