Fourche Terrier Dog Breed

Other names:
Fourche Dog
Westie Yorkshire
Westie Yorkshire Terrier

The fourche terrier (pronounced "fush" rhymes with "push") is the a cross between a purebred West Highland White Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier. As a hybrid dog the fourche terrier will have traits of both parent breeds which can result in physical and behavioral variations between fourche terrier puppies (even from the same litter).

Fourche Terrier Breed Details

Below are some of the expected characteristics of fourche terriers:

12 - 15 yrs.
7 - 12 in.
15 - 22 lbs
OverallFamily FriendlyChild FriendlyPet FriendlyStranger Friendly
Easy to GroomEnergy LevelExercise NeedsHealthShedding Amount
Barks / HowlsEasy to TrainGuard DogPlayfulnessWatch Dog
Apartment DogCan be AloneGood for Busy OwnersGood for New OwnersIntelligence

Fourche Terrier Breed Description

Fourche terriers are intelligent family oriented dogs that are good with children as well as adults. Their small size makes them perfect indoor dogs and unlike other small dog breeds they do not bark frequently.

They are energetic playful dogs which are perfect for playing fetch or going for short jogs. They have a lot of energy for a smaller dog breed, so it's important they receive moderate daily exercise to prevent them from becoming hyperactive.

Fourche Terrier Breed History

As a hybrid dog breed, the fourche terrier does not have an official history. While the breed's birth date is for the most part unknown, it is likely the breed originated between the 1980's and 2000's when crossbred dogs became popular.

Fourche Terrier Appearance

Fourche terriers are small sturdy dogs with a dense coat. If left unclipped the coat can begin to resemble the coat of a sheepdog. The breed comes in several color variations, however the breed's hallmark is white patches of fur on the chest, beard, and toes.

Fourche Terrier Colors

The images below represent the coat colors and patterns associated with Fourche Terriers.

Additional Coat Colors
Black and Tan
Black Brindle
Rust and Black

Fourche Terrier Temperament

The fourche terri is an intelligent dog which makes a great addition to any family. They are loyal and are great with children and adults. Unlike many small dog breeds, the fourche terrier does not bark frequently and is not yappy.

Fourche terriers do well with training and can be very obedient if trained properly. They are willing to please their owners and are usually eager to learn, but can be a bit stubborn at times. The breed responds best to positive reinforcement with a gentle attitude.

Fourche Terrier Maintenance

The fourche terrier will need regular clippings and while its coat is low shedding, it will need to be brushed regularly to prevent matting. Even though it is a small dog, fourche terriers need daily exercise to hinder hyperactivity (which can lead to destructive behaviors).

Grooming Requirements

The fourche terrier's coat is considered a no-shed/low-shed coat, but it will require weekly brushings to prevent tangles and matting. The fourche terri will also need its coat clipped as needed since it will continue to grow.

Exercise Requirements

Even though fourche terriers are small dogs, they have a decent amount of energy. They will need a daily walk, however long games of fetch and other energy driven activities can be enough to satisfy the dog's daily exercise requirements.

Living Requirements

The fourche terrier does best as an indoor dog. Left outside it's coat can quickly get matted. Since fourche terrier rarely bark they make great apartment pets. They are also friendly towards visitors so they make good companion dogs to bring with you.

Fourche Terrier Health

Fourche terriers are considered healthy dogs. Since they are somewhat uncommon it is hard to determine any health issues associated with the breed. However, as a hybrid dog they will be healthier than either of their purebred parent breeds since they will have more genetic diversity.

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