Dog Profiles - Description of Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier

Description: The Wire Fox Terrier is a gay, lively, active dog. Identical to the Smooth Fox Terrier except for his coat. He is affectionate and trainable making the ideal child's companion. Never refusing to play he does everything with full force such as scrambling over furniture to reach a ball. Eager to please and clean in his household habits he makes a delightful companion for active people.

Height: 15 inches

Weight: 16-18 lbs.

Colors: White with tan or black markings. White should be predominate.

Coat: Dense and very wiry.

Temperament: Alert, determined, eager, trustworthy, affectionate. Gets along well with children and is always ready to play. Small pets such as cats may be fair game and he may try to dominate other dogs. Vermin hunter and family pet. Very good watch-dog. Poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Regular brushing with a natural bristle brush or glove and comb. He requires stripping to remove his old dead coat twice yearly. Teeth and nails need regular attention. Bathe only when necessary. Exercise should consist of on-leash walks and off-leash play in a yard.

Training: Responds well to a firm hand with love and plenty of exercise. Can be stubborn at times so remain consistent in your training. Learning Rate: High. Obedience: Medium. Problem Solving: Very High.

Activity: Indoors - Very High, Outdoors - Very High

Living Environment: Apartment is adequate if given sufficient exercise but ideal is a home with a fenced backyard as he is an active terrier. Do not leave alone in the yard as he may bark and try to dig his way out. To own a Fox Terrier you need to be a confident leader who prefers an active, feisty breed, not a couch potato.

Health Issues: Skin allergies, genetic eye diseases.

Life Span: 12-14 Years

Litter Size: 3-6

Country of Origin: England

History: He first became noticed as a breed in the 1860's. He was originally bred to hunt vermin. His descendants are other terriers from the English counties of Cheshire and Shropshire with maybe some Beagle blood. Wires resulted from the breeding of a Smooth Fox Terrier and an unknown female with wire-hair. Both the Smooth and the Wire share the same conformation and were recognized as the same breed until 1984 when separate breed standards were approved.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC(GB), UKC