Wire Fox Terrier

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Is the Wire Fox Terrier right for you?

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Other name(s): Wirehaired Fox Terrier; Wire Hair Fox Terrier; Fox Terrier; Foxie

The basics:
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

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