Wire Fox Terrier

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Female

Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Tessa, Our Wire Haired Fox Terrier


United States

Posted March 30, 2015

Tessa was our wire haired fox terrier that we owned for 14 years. I will start off by saying that she was a very unusual fox terrier and not at all like others of her breed. The family has owned 3 fox terriers at different times so we have been able to compare and contrast.

Our first terrier was only with us a short time. We got her as a baby and by the time she was one she had already been killed by being hit by a car. She was a major runner and had slipped through a crack in the door when it was opened for a delivery man, run out into the street and was struck by a car, dying instantly.

Our second terrier ended up having to be put down due to a skin condition that the vets were not able to cure. She was also young, about 2 years old, but wire haired fox terriers have very sensitive skin, and as we live in FL the humidity is not a good climate for their skin. She would scratch and chew herself till she had open sores all over her body, and it eventually got so bad that the vet could do nothing to stop her suffering, so we put her down.

Our third terrier, Tessa, which we had in conjunction with our second terrier also had skin issues but not as bad. She was saved from being put down when we found a groomer who had developed a special shampoo for skin conditions which worked on Tessa. She was groomed about twice a month and never had trouble with skin issues again.

Now Tessa was quite a different wire haired fox terrier as I mentioned before. First, she wasn't a runner due to the fact that one of her legs had been injured during birth. She never walked with a limp but her leg was always sensitive to touch; this kept her from running. She also had a much different demeanor and attitude than the other wire fox terriers we had owned. She never expressed any interest in even wanting to run.

While our previous wire fox terriers were very high strung and rambunctious, Tessa had a very laid back demeanor and only got excited around balloons, which she loved to play with.

Our previous terriers were barkers at any and everything, but the joke in the house about Tessa was that she only barked twice a year, or when she was given a balloon to play with. She was very mild mannered, never high strung or nervous, extremely friendly to all strangers. She could be protective if she had to and might growl, but she never snapped at anyone her whole life.

One of the traits about Tessa we loved the most was that she was a wonderful babysitter. When my brother and I were babies and young children she made it her task to keep an eye on us. She would sit in the room with us watching us play, let us squeeze her in hugs and play with her, even though she was more advanced in age by this time. We lived on a cul-de-sac at the time, and when my brother and I would play outside she would sit in the middle of the head of the street, facing out to guard against anyone or any car trying to come down the street while we were out playing; if a car came she would make sure we were out of the street before she moved. She was the perfect nanny dog!

She had a well developed, gentle personality. She wasn't just a dog but had intelligence and understanding. She was easily trained as a puppy simple obedience and house training.

In the late stages of her life she developed cataracts and dementia; she fell in our pool twice and almost drowned. We eventually put her down at age 14, which is a good age for a larger dog. She is sorely missed, and my non-dog-loving dad still says she was the best and most perfect dog ever.

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