Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 14-16 years
Weight: Male: 6-7, Female: 5-6
Height: Male: 13-13.5, Female: 12-12.5
Origin of Name: The Chilean Terrier is the first breed of dog from Chile.
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The Chilean Fox Terrier was first developed in the 19th century by crossing two different groups of dogs, the Fox Terriers of Britain and the native Chilean dogs. It is not clear when this breed first developed. Development probably began between 1790 and 1850, picking up the steam worn on time. The breed was well established by 1870, although some development and outcross almost certainly continued for several decades. Although the Chilean Fox Terrier is less than 200 years old, its ancestors can be traced back several centuries.
Although the modern Fox terrier can trace its lineage only in a few centuries, it is descended from a much older lineage. Originally, terriers were mainly kept by poor British farmers. Although it is not clear when the Terriers were first developed, they seem to have existed since at least the Roman Times, and probably earlier. Terriers were responsible for eradicating rodents and other small pests, an act on which these dogs excelled. The underground turret was named for being small enough to chase the mine, the terrier loosely named ""the one who goes to the ground."" In the 16th and 17th centuries, British nobility began seriously hunting foxes for sport. Because English foxheads are too large to penetrate the fox's burr, these early foxes began to use terriers to continue the chase. Eventually, a specific terrier developed specifically for fox hunting is known as the fox terrier. The fox terrier was quite a different animal at the time when members of the first breed were imported to Chile. The breed was almost always smooth-coated, and significantly more variable in appearance. In fact, many modern breeds were considered Fox Terriers at the time, including Jack Russell Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers and Smooth Fox Terriers. The Fox Terrier became so popular with the British upper classes that a large number of these dogs were kept mainly as companion animals. Despite individual dog's primary use, in the 19th century almost all Fox terriers possessed the vermin eradication abilities of their ancestors, and many also used for fox hunting and companionship got rid of a barn or house of rodents Will get it done.
It is not entirely clear how the Fox Terrier was introduced to Chile, but it was the result of Chilean students studying in British schools, British traders active in Chile, and a small number of English and Irish immigrants. Shipping in the 19th century is very different than it is now. Under the best of circumstances, the journey from the United Kingdom to Chile took several weeks, and the trip was both quite expensive and quite dangerous. This meant that very few individual fox terriers would have arrived in the country. The first fox terriers in Chile were almost certainly confined to the country's major ports, but they quickly spread to the surrounding rural areas. Although fox hunting has not become a popular sport in Chile, Chile quickly discovered that fox terriers were still quite useful. Just as their ancestors had been doing for untold centuries, Fox Terriers hunted in Chile and killed countless mice, rats, and other vermin. The small size and incredibly active nature of these dogs meant that they were equally suited to life in both the country and the city. In rural areas the breed helped prevent starvation and monetary losses from agricultural pests, and in urban areas the breed helped to prevent the spread of communicable and foodborne disease by killing potential carriers. Because not enough population arrived to maintain the Fox Terrier population, especially in more remote areas, they were heavily crossbred with local Chilean dogs.