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
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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
I never recommend inflatable collars.
Inflatable collars are not effective at preventing dogs from licking their incision sites. The only time I have ever used these is to put them on in addition to a hard e-collar to keep it pushed forward. I never recommend inflatable collars as a standalone preventative..
From Rachel_Muur_DVM 4 days ago
The younger, the better.
Dogs learn by repetition: PATIENCE.
Dogs can also be annoyed if we demand tricks or obedience all day long.
PATIENCE, PERSEVERANCE and FIRMNESS are key when it comes to educating our puppy.
Make allowances for the ill.
The wellbeing of the whole family, including the pet, will depend on educating at an early age, and that requires TIME. Do you have it?
From 8-12 weeks of age on, your pup should start learning the difference between what is right and what is wrong. Decide now what will be allowed at home: some people do not mind having the dog on furniture or beds; for others this is unpleasant; the same applies to beggin at the table, jumping over people, chewing on furniture, and any other unwanted behavior. If you want the dog to learn certain habits, make sure that your rules are obeyed from the beginning.
Use a firm voice and short simple commands such as: don't, stop, sit, stay.
Do not use long human phrases like: why are you doing this to me, what's wrong with you, Fido, sweet heart, didn't I tell you a thousand times not to pee on the carpet?! Your dog will probably not understand!
On the other hand, rewards and scoldings should always be given at the moment of the action, or they may not be associated with such actions.
Avoid physical abuse. Never use violence. You will only get a fearful -and perhaps- injured dog. Remember that a firm "no" works for him to realize that something is wrong with his behavior..
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