Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Wirehaired Fox Terrier; Wire Hair Fox Terrier; Fox Terrier; Foxie
The Wire Fox Terrier dates back to the old English and Welsh rough-coat black-and-tan terriers bred to dig in and flush out foxes in their dens. As a result, this breed tends to be both fearless and capable of independent action-- a high energy dog that might get the urge to dig and destroy if you don't channel that energy wisely into activities like jogging and agility training.
The Kennel Club (UK) notes that this breed thrives on the spotlight, which has resulted in their appearances in many movies, TV shows, and even commercials. One Wire Fox Terrier, Skippy, appeared in literally dozens of movies in the 1930s, including The Thin Man, which resulted in a surge of interest in this breed.
However, this isn't an animal for everyone. You need to be able to handle the terrier personality, or you could have a problem pet that digs, barks, and chases other animals. They may not be right for a home with other small pets. But the properly trained Wire Fox Terrier can be a true prize. Indeed, this breed is by far the "winning-est" breed at the famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, having taken Best in Show a mind-boggling 14 times as of 2016.
Appearance / health:
The Wire Fox Terrier is a small terrier. The skull is flat, tapering, and narrow. The eyes are small, deep set with a lively experession. The triangular ears fold forward. The tail is carried well on the back and is straight or slightly curved
The Wire Fox Terrier needs to be brushed and combed several times a week to keep the coat clean. The coat may need to be hand stripped wherein the hairs are pulled out rather than cut with scissors or clippers. Hair stripping is done several times a year. Standard care is needed for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.
Wire Fox Terriers require moderate exercise in the form of long walks or jogs. A midsized yard is ideal as it provides an outlet for their excessive energy.
The Wire Fox Terrier is a hardy breed and does not suffer from many health problems.
Behavior / temperament:
Wire Fox Terriers require lot of activity to burn their excess energy. They are also possessive and can be jealous if ignored. They are very curious and are quick to escape in search of adventure. They have a protective instinct and need to be socialized from an early age to prevent them from resorting to defensive biting.
The Wirehaired is intelligent and is fast at learning new tricks. However, they tend to be self-willed and dominating and require firm, consistent, training.
The Wire Fox Terriers have a high-pitched bark and may tend to bark out of sheer boredom. Training is necessary to curb this tendency.
smartest dogs, joyful temperment, active family, trainable, perfect family dog
it's hunter nature, sedentary people, smaller furry animals, rambunctious breed
agility, especially tennis balls, therapy work, great watchdogsguard dogs
Cheerful, loveable and downright fun.
Without a doubt one of my favorite dogs that I have ever had the pleasure of working with is our wire fox terrier Maurice. He has been very simple to train and work with and is a fantastic "babysitter." You must remember, however, that these dogs are meant to hunt.
If you live in the country or in a place with small animals such as rabbits, be prepared that your terrier might chase or even kill it. However, these dogs are exceptionally intelligent and can easily be taught to back off as necessary. For us, we worked immediately to assure that Maurice knew what "let it go" meant. Starting with even basic toys, we gradually moved onto moving toys such as the robotic raccoon-tails. With us adopting various animals of all shapes and sizes, this was a necessity and one that paid huge dividends.
We also discovered early on that leaving a television on or even just some music helped ease any separation anxiety he might have when we left the house. He is very sociable and if left alone too long will absolutely come looking for attention. While I have heard of jealousy issues with other pets in the family, we have had no such issues.
We take our dog every ten weeks to the groomer and have him stripped to assure his coat stays gentle and beautiful. We have heard recommendations of every six to twelve weeks from various vets but found ten weeks is just the right amount for us. And while this breed is often associated with epilepsy, a regular visit to the vet to make sure your pup is in good health should assuage any fears.
My only regret with Maurice is that I wish I could spend more time working outdoors with him other regular exercise. I have a strong desire to let him hunt and to teach him to work more independently in that regard. However, I simply do not have the time nor provisions to train him properly. For those of you who have the space and time, I highly encourage it!
Maurice has been an absolute pleasure to have in our family and loves to spend time around kids. He is very trustworthy and seems to understand the size difference with smaller children. He is patient and never attacks, even when smaller children play a little too rough. We would welcome another wire fox terrier into our household in a heartbeat..
From jarodmt Mar 18 2014 12:22PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 58 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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