Wire Fox Terrier
- AKC recognized in 1885
- Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 30” dog crate*
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The ancestor of the Wire Fox Terrier was traced to English hunting dogs around mid-19th century. Though they are said to descend from Rough Black and Tan Terriers from Wales.
This dog was skilled at dislodging game, jumping, and seeking cover. They became popular during fox hunting season in England.
The wire-haired Fox Terrier is an escape artist since they are able to jump high and dig holes in an attempt to escape and explore.
This dog breed can be a good companion and loyal to its family but they may be too energetic and rough for young children.
Add to this their strong instincts as a hunting dog, they will often chase and potentially injure small animals such as birds, cats, rabbits, and others.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Wire Fox Terrier in 1885. These medium energy dogs are one of the Terrier breeds.
These are not to be confused with their cousins, the Smooth Fox Terrier, as they are thought to be separate breeds.
This dog is smart, lively, and very alert. They are also can be very aggressive toward other dogs, often refusing to back down, and even picking the fight. They also have a strong prey drive.
The Fox Terrier is very intelligent and can be taught some tricks. They require vigorous exercise to keep them happy and healthy.
The classic barking trait of Terriers also is true with this dog. They tend to bark a lot. This makes Wire Fox Terrier a good watchdog.
A common health issue is lens luxation.
Wirehaired Fox Terriers are lively and active dogs with short black or white colored fur. This small dog is very powerful and has well-defined muscles.
The skull is tapered, flat, and the ears are folded into a V shape. As the name suggests, they have a dense double coat that is wiry and textured.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated for small-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
The dense coat of the Wire Fox Terrier requires regular stripping to maintain the texture and shape. For the non-show dog, the coat can be clipped but this process can change the coat texture.
This also can change the color of the dog. This dog requires brushing every week to prevent mats. Owners can bring their dog to a professional groomer if time or ability is an issue.
This medium-energy dog requires vigorous daily exercise in form of a game, walking, and as often as possible, off-leash running in a securely fenced area.
When they are in a securely fenced area, this dog can exercise on their own. They can live indoors as long as they have access to a fenced yard, sufficient space, and are not located in a harsh climate (too cold or hot).
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 30” dog crates* for most adult Wire Fox Terriers.
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