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Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier is a small dog full of energy, confidence, and alertness. They are very similar to their cousin Smooth Fox Terrier but they are separate dog breeds. Originally bred for flushing foxes and today you can find them in some areas performing the same job. Most of these dogs are now primarily family dogs and companions. Wire Fox Terriers have a lot of personalities but as most of the terriers, they are independent and feisty.

These dogs are very challenging to own, and although they are smart, training them can be a bit tough. Wire Fox Terriers have plenty of energy that needs to be spent outdoors if you don't want your dog to develop behavior problems.

Wire Fox Terrier Height

Height:

14-15 in (36-39 cm)

Wire Fox Terrier Weight

Weight:

15-18 lb (7-8 kg)

Wire Fox Terrier Origin

Origin:

Great Britain

Wire Fox Terrier Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Breed History

Fox Terriers started to develop in the 1700s in the dogs that we know it today. Their job was to bolt the foxes from their dents to allow hound dogs and horsemen to pursuit them in the open area. By the end of the 19th century, Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers became two separate dog breeds.

FUN FACT: AKC acknowledged the separation of these two dogs breeds in 1985.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Trainability
Intelligence
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI Standard

  • Group 3 Terriers. Section 1 Large and medium-sized Terriers. Working trial optional.
  • Height at the withers not exceeding 15 in (39 cm) for males, females are slightly smaller
  • Ideal weight: 18 lb (8 kg) for males, females are slightly smaller 

AKC Standard

  • Height: 14-15 in (36-39 cm)
  • Weight: 15-18 lb (7-8 kg)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Terrier Group

Grooming

These dogs have a hard, dense, and wiry coat that needs a fair amount of grooming to keep the dog looking good.

Allowed coat colors by the breed standard:

  • White should predominate
  • Brindle
  • Red
  • Liver
  • Slaty blue

FUN FACT: The white color was favored in these dogs because white dogs were easier to sport during hunting.

Grooming needs depend on the use of this dog. If you plan to exhibit your dog you will have to hand strip his coat. This is a pretty demanding task to do, so many people decide to let professional groomer do it.

These dogs don't shed much and regular brushing will be enough to keep his coat clean.

You can also clip their coat but you must know that coat clipping will change the texture of their coat – it will be soft instead of wiry.

Regular care is also required with these dogs and that includes:

  • nail trimming
  • teeth brushing
  • occasional baths
  • ears check-up

Excercise

Like most terriers, even these dogs are very active and require a lot of activities to keep them satisfied and happy. Long walks, chasing the ball, or playtime in a secure area will do the trick and will be enough for this dog to spend his energy.

TIP: These dogs like to explore and it is advised that you never let them off-leash in the unsecured areas. These dogs have a strong prey drive and they could easily get away while chasing smaller animals.

Is it hard to train Wire Fox Terriers?

While training these dogs you should be consistent, firm, and have a lot of patience. Wire Fox Terriers are independent dogs that can get bored easily and because of that, you must make training fun, and different.

They react best to training with a lot of treats and praises. Never use harsh training methods because you will not get anything done with this dog. These are very challenging dogs to train and if you are a first-time owner or you are not sure how to properly train your dog we advise you to seek professional help.

Socialization

Wire Fox Terriers demand early socialization in order to become well-behaved dogs. As soon as your puppy arrives home expose him to many situations, people, dogs, sights and sounds so he could learn how to react in many different situations.

Wire Fox Terriers and children

These dogs are best suited for older kids who know how to properly play with the dog. Since these dogs have a lot of energy and love to play rough they could easily unintentionally hurt smaller children if you let them play. Older kids will understand what are the boundaries and will not cross them while playing with the dog. That is why is extremely important that you teach your kids how to interact with the dog from an early age.

Wire Fox Terriers and other animals

Wire Fox Terriers can live with other dogs or cats if they are raised together from puppyhood, but they are not best suited for houses with smaller animals such as rabbits and hamsters because of their high prey drive this dog will look at them as dinner.

Health problems

Wire Fox Terriers don't have any major health concerns but you must know that some of the dogs can develop health problems and it's best that you are aware of them so you can react on time in case of an emergency.

Wire Fox Terriers can suffer from:

  • hip dysplasia
  • cataracts
  • deafness
  • lens luxation
  • Legg-Perthes disease

To be sure that you will end up with the dog who has the best possible health we advise you to buy a dog from a responsible and official dog breeder. Those breeders regularly check their breeding dogs so they can be sure that their puppies will be without inherited diseases.

Wire Fox Terrier breeders

If you are considering this dog to be a part of your family you will not make a mistake. Wire Fox Terriers are loveable and friendly dogs with whom you will enjoy each day of their life. To be sure that your dog will be in the best possible health, only buy it from responsible dog breeders. It is far better to take time and to find a good breeder because it will payout in the long run. If you have any questions about these dogs you can always ask the breeder and most of the good ones will gladly welcome and answers all your questions because it is in their best interest to sell the dog to a good family.

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World Dog Finder team

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Updated at11.05.2021.

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