Wire Fox Terrier

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
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Exercise needed:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Terrier    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 15-20 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & Brown, Brown & White


Life Expectancy: About 15 years.    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Wire Fox Terrier originated in England and was bred to hunt down rodents and foxes. Their job would be to scare the animal out of its den while their master would be ready to shoot. This dog is similar to the Smooth Fox Terrier but they are different breeds that are used today as companions.

This breed has a medium length coat that has a dense, wiry texture and a long rectangular muzzle. They have an athletic body and muscular legs that give them their speed and incredible reflexes. Naturally the Wire Fox Terrier?s tail is long but for show purposes will be docked. Their ears are triangular and they stay pricked upwards giving them a soft yet curious appearance.

The Wire Fox Terrier is a confident, feisty breed that will bite first and ask questions later. These dogs are animated with their masters and will be good family pets. They adore children but can be very rambunctious so it is recommended that older kids interact with these dogs as very young children might become overwhelmed or frightened.


The Wire Fox Terrier will come in white with patches of brown and black on their body, face and tail. Different lines might produce dogs that are mostly white with only one marking colour being a brown or black.


This breed has a hard, brittle textured coat that will need a moderate amount of grooming to upkeep. Weekly brushing, and bathing every couple of months will be perfect but they should have their fur stripped multiple times per year to remove the dead coat.


The Wire Fox Terrier is an energetic, outgoing dog that will need an owner who has experience raising and training dogs because this breed needs an extensive amount of socialization, training, exercise, attention and time. They make great pets but just need more time spent with them and more energy put into raising them. These dogs can be animal aggressive so will need to be socialized around dogs, smaller animals (cats) and other people at a very young age to ensure they can be comfortable in various situations as an adult. The Wire Fox Terrier is a great watchdog because they are constantly on guard and alert when at home as they can be quite protective of their territory. Although they have a very active lifestyle, the Wire Fox Terrier will need a large amount of attention as they thrive on the love they receive from their owners!


This breed will need to be brushed weekly and bathed every month or two. They are very clean animals that don?t require too much grooming maintenance. Their coat will need to be stripped and depending on the owner, this may be done very often or minimally. The Wire Fox Terrier is prone to Epilepsy, skin allergies, Legg Perthes syndrome and sometimes deafness. Eye problems may be inherited in this breed as well, some of which are cataracts and luxation of the lens.


This breed will need an owner who is experienced in training because these dogs can show rebellion and behavior difficulties. A firm hand will be needed as well as gentle methods to teach this dog basic house rules and obedience. Repetition and short lessons will be an easier way for the Wire Fox Terrier to grasp the information, so multiple mini training sessions daily will be perfect!


The Wire Fox Terrier will need to be taken to an off-leash park or on a long walk regularly. Running around in a fenced in area will be much better for them to burn off their energy but as long as they get a minimum of an hour per day of exercise, they will be a happy dog. This breed will do well in an apartment if they are taken out daily. A backyard would be preferable but is not a necessity.

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