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a breed of hunting dog developed in Great Britain. The fox terrier, sturdily built and with a square trunk, measures 35–40 cm in height. There are two varieties: the wirehaired and the smooth-haired. The coat is wiry and somewhat curly and broken in wirehaireds and stiff, straight, and short in smooth-haireds. Wirehaireds have brushlike whiskers on the underjaw and the sides of the muzzle, which give the head a rectangular form; the front extremities are covered with a stiff, curling coat that gives them a column-like appearance.
The tail in both varieties is cropped to one-third its length. The coloring is white with black, tan, and gray spots. The dogs have a strong hunting instinct. The fox terrier, one of the dogs most commonly used to hunt burrowing animals, is bred in many countries, including the USSR.